Beggars: There are those in our culture who are under the impression that the church is filled with people who think they have it all together. Many have wondered if they would be accepted if they tried to find answers within the church.
We hope our name dispels all pretenses that we have somehow arrived. We declare that we stand before an awesome and amazing God, with no illusions regarding our ever-present, universal need. We chose the name, “Beggars Gate” to clearly state our relationship with God.
The Bible clearly describes humanity as helpless, needy, and very, very broken. One term used by Jesus is, “poor in spirit.” Spiritually, we have nothing in ourselves to offer God or this world, i.e. we are all beggars. We all are very simply, spiritual “beggars” in desperate need of help. Help for eternity and help for every day of our lives as we struggle with the daily challenges of life.
Gate: Jesus used many images to describe His unique standing as the hope of the world. The Gate in our declaration is Jesus himself, the central figure of all of human history. He is the only doorway to spiritual life—Jesus Himself is our Gate. Life is found through this Gate and only through this gate. The Gate is to us, an image of hope, of beginning, of restored relationship. By the Gate, we gain entry into the presence of God.
With our name we hope to demonstrate that like every person on the planet, we are spiritually needy people who seek to “enter in” through the person of Jesus and to honor His life and teaching.
What should I expect?
We come together as God's church each Sunday morning at 10:00 am and we meet at 122 W. 29th Street in Loveland, Colorado.
Our gathering environment starts long before we actually arrive on Sunday morning. Our heart is to not just show up to church and expect to be entertained or to just "see" something, rather we gather as God's church with the intention of finding Him. We want each person to actually experience who God is and the love that He has for each and every person. With that in mind, our gathering is not simply a time when we "go to church", rather we show up expecting God to be there and to be real as we gather as an expression of His church. Our expectation is that each person comes with an eagerness to be a part of what God wants to do. And so, that's the starting point, a heart that loves God and loves others with a genuine desire to know Jesus better ourselves and to see it as our mission to introduce Him to others.
What Gatherings Are Like:
Singing together - we sing as a form of worship and celebration of Jesus
Sharing scripture - we will often simply encourage one another by reading scripture
Prayer - we will pray a lot in various different forms; in large groups, in small groups, and by ourselves
Communion - many of our gatherings include a time when we will specifically remember who Jesus is and what He has done
Collaborative teaching - God's Word will be shared through teachings or messages, but many times these are interactive and take on more of a discussion form rather than a speech form
Casual atmosphere - think of our gathering place as a big living room rather than a "church building"
Conversation - come early and stay late to hangout and engage in conversation with others over a cup of coffee
Casual dress - wear whatever makes you comfortable (well, maybe not "whatever") - most people wear shorts or jeans - you know, casual