This was something that a lot of us had been looking forward to for quite some time. Before I tell you what that "thing" is, let me give you a little history.
I met the woman who has been my wife now for a little over six months, back in November of 2008. We dated for a month before she was comfortable bringing me to the church she attended.
Two years later, not only are we married, but we are members of a place that has made a profound impact on my life.
I wasn't the person I am today before I started attending there, in fact, I wasn't anywhere close. I remember how everything changed in December of 2008 while watching their Christmas performance.
I wasn't the only one to comment on it, but it moved me in ways I can't even describe. I realized a few months after that night, it wasn't the play that was moving in my heart, it was God. I don't remember the moment it hit me, but I knew that I had to do something to get out of the rut I was in.
I gave my life and my heart to the Lord on March 2, 2010, and things haven't been the same since.
Fast forward to November 13, 2010. The brand new campus of Gateway Church was opening it's doors for the very first service.
This marked a brand new era and a brand new list of endless possibilities.
My wife and I got the chance to go on Sunday, the first service that morning, and what we saw absolutely amazed us.
We walked into the entrance that led to the Kid's "Amazement Park." It was everything a kid of any age could dream of.
It was simply overwhelming. Everywhere you looked, there was a new detail, a new room, and a new sight to behold. The rooms were full of every color you can imagine as well as characters on the wall that fit the theme our church was after.
The title of the message from our pastor, Robert Morris, couldn't have been more fitting to what we all saw this past weekend. "It Feels Like Home."
He is absolutely right. While I felt so comfortable at this church for so many years, this place felt so much more like home and so much like a real community, that it took my breath away. I'm so proud to be a part of this church and what they're doing.
Make no mistake about it, they aren't just known in Southlake, Texas. They are known throughout several states in our country and beyond. Heck, I found out last week that an on air personality from ESPN Radio in Fresno, California had heard good things about this place.
You can hear all you want and you can watch online as many times as you can, but there's absolutely no better feeling than being there yourself and experiencing all God is doing in this new building.
This is just phase one. What's to come for this great church is still yet to be seen, but when it's all complete, this could be the fastest growing church in the world. Of that, I am sure.
To close, I want to send a big Thank You to Gateway Church and to all of those who were a part of making this past weekend possible. I can speak for myself, and my wife, in saying that we are so thrilled to be a part of what's to come.
It seems ironic that the Gateway Church worship team released their new live album "God Be Praised." The title seems fitting for this church as well.