Nic Lesmeister

Nic Lesmeister is an American pastor and the Executive Director of "Gateway Center for Israel”. He is also the Executive Pastor of Church & Jewish Relations at Gateway Church. Nic received a life calling to serve the Jewish people in 2011 while in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with one of his spiritual fathers, Dr. Wayne Wilks. After a successful business exit as an entrepreneur in the finance sector, Nic moved his family to Israel where in 2015 he earned a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, Nic Lesmeister led the vision to create the new "Gateway Center for Israel" as a part of Gateway Church, and serves as its Executive Director. Nic and his wife, Tabatha, have three children and live in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

  
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In this first episode of our new series: "Responding to Viewer Comments", Gateway Center for Israel Executive Director Nic Lesmeister examines whether or not Paul disavowed Judaism because of the Gospel opposition he encountered from the Pharisees and Sadducees. Nic uses examples of how Jesus Himself responded to this same Jewish leadership opposition to formulate his conclusion.
Theology
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If Jesus was Jewish and celebrated what many call the "biblical feasts," shouldn't we, as Gentile believers in Jesus, also celebrate them? Using Acts 15, Nic Lesmeister, director of the Gateway Center for Israel, answers this question by explaining why it is important for Jewish and Gentile believers to maintain their God-given distinctions through mutual love and respect.
Jewish Holidays, Jewish Outreach
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For decades, world leaders have searched for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nothing seems to work, as the conflict rages on. Most Christians care about this conflict, but are intimidated and confused on what to believe, what to say, and what to do about it. Speaking at the Gateway Church Shabbat service in June 2023, Pastor Nic Lesmeister provides the "why" behind this conflict, and offers a simple framework for how Christians can navigate this complicated issue.
End Times, Modern Israel
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How can we take all that we've learned in the Israel Masterclass and put it to practical use in our daily lives? Nic Lesmeister wraps up this ninth and final session by explaining how to grasp - and then discuss with understanding - the very complicated issues surrounding Israel & the Jewish people today.
Antisemitism, End Times, Jewish Outreach, Modern Israel, Theology
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Few words can stir up both negative and positive reactions more than the term Zionism. This phrase has been a lightning rod on a global scale since the October 7 Hamas attack against Israel. There are many forms of Zionism: religious, secular, Christian, and even Islamic (yep). It can be defined simply as the national movement of Jewish people returning to and establishing self-autonomy (or self-rule) in their ancestral homeland, Israel. But what exactly does the Bible say? Did Jesus ever speak about Zionism?
Antisemitism, Jewish History, Lecture, Modern Israel, Theology
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On October 7, 2023, the most horrific attack against Jewish people since the Holocaust 80 years before was carried out by Hamas. But, instead of empathy, the world has responded to this atrocity by being offended by Israel's self-defense. Unfortunately, the Church as a whole has been rather silent as a violent war of words has been unleashed against the Jewish people. Exactly how should the Church be biblically responding to this global offense toward Israel?
Antisemitism, Interviews, Lecture, Modern Israel
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When, why, and how did Pastor Robert Morris -- and then Gateway Church -- embrace the importance of having a biblical, sincere love for Israel & the Jewish people? In this introductory session of the Israel Masterclass, Nic Lesmeister sits down with Dr. Wayne Wilks and Dr. Greg Stone to talk about this fascinating history.
Interviews, Lecture, Theology
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Just how close are we to the return of Jesus due to the war in Israel? In this final segment of the TKU Center for Israel Q&A, hosted by Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter, Nic and David discuss the three prerequisites Yeshua outlined in Matthew 24 for His second coming - and offer insight into biblical prophecy and the end times from a Jewish perspective.
End Times, Interviews, Lecture, Modern Israel, Theology
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What should a Christian's response be towards those who are Palestinian or pro-Palestinian? Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter takes several questions along this line from the TKU Israel Q&A student audience on this topic for Gateway Center for Israel's Nic Lesmeister and David Blease to tackle. Their answers include what it means to show compassion towards those we may never agree with, and how to be a bridge of love to those who are hurting and suffering on the Palestinian side of the current war.
Antisemitism, Interviews, Jewish Life, Modern Israel, Theology
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Is it possible for Christians to "stand for Israel" and love Palestinian believers as well? During the TKU Center for Israel Q&A, Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter poses this question. In their answer, Nic and David define the theological "scandal of particularity" and how Christians can indeed love both in a world that demands we choose a side.
Antisemitism, End Times, Interviews, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Is this current war between Hamas and Israel different in some way from the other military conflicts Israel has had in the past? How does the second coming of Jesus fit into this scenario? In this TKU Center for Israel Q & A session hosted by Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter, Nic and David explore a biblical view of the current war and offer insight into how Christians should respond and pray into this simple yet complex situation.
End Times, Interviews, Modern Israel, Theology
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Wasn't Israel's Old Testament covenant with God replaced by Jesus' "new covenant" with the whole world? In this second video of the TKU Q & A session conducted by Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter, Nic and David discuss how and where God's covenantal promises can be found in the New Testament - and why it's defaming God's character to claim He broke His covenant with Israel.
Interviews, Jewish Outreach, Lecture, Theology
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Gateway Ministry Experience Pastor Phillip Hunter recently conducted a Q & A with Gateway Center for Israel's Nic Lesmeister and David Blease at The King's University. In this introductory session, they give a short biblical and historical overview of the Jewish people, spanning from Abraham to modern day Israel.
Interviews, Jewish History, Lecture, Modern Israel
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Did a frustrated Paul, famously known as the "Apostle to the Gentiles," actually give up on his own Jewish people? Gateway Center for Israel Executive Director Nic Lesmeister unpacks in this video how certain verses in Acts 18-21 have been historically misinterpreted - and how they prove instead that Paul continued to prioritize his ministry "to the Jew first."
Jewish Outreach, Theology
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Did Jesus, born a Jewish man, stop being Jewish and just start a new religion? What about Paul, the "Apostle to the Gentiles?" Did he abandon his Jewish life? Watch this conversation between Gateway Center for Israel Teaching Pastor David Blease and Executive Director Nic Lesmeister as they take a deep dive on the topic of the Jewishness of Jesus - and why it still matters today.
Interviews, Jewish Outreach, Theology
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In this podcast, Nic Lesmeister and David Blease with Gateway Center for Israel try and simplify some of the complex points of Israel's history that have led to today's current events. Topics touched on in their conversation include the secular founding of the modern State of Israel, the Arab world's view of Palestinians, the legitimacy of a Palestinian state, what the West fails to understand about the Middle East, and why the Jewish people have been historically hated down through the centuries.
Interviews, Jewish History, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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With worldwide antisemitism on the rise, it is more important than ever for Christians to take a biblical stand for Israel & the Jewish people. But Is it possible we have missed a crucial warning written in the book of Romans by the Apostle Paul?
Antisemitism, Modern Israel
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As a follower of Jesus, do you ever feel helpless about how to effectively pray and support Israel? Gateway Center for Israel Executive Director, Nic Lesmeister, unpacks a seemingly basic yet biblical method that guarantees profound results.
End Times, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Is the current war in Israel simply God's way of judging it as an immoral modern nation - just like He did in the past? Gateway Center for Israel Executive Director Nic Lesmeister exposes how this erroneous way of thinking overlooks a key component of God's covenantal promises to the Jewish people.
End Times, Jewish History, Modern Israel
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Pastor David Blease and Pastor Nic Lesmeister with Gateway Center for Israel have an honest, unscripted conversation about the difficult questions coming from people witnessing the war in Israel.
Antisemitism, Interviews, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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What is Gaza? A lot of us hear this word, the Gaza Strip, and we actually don’t know the history of it, so I want to unpack it for you really quickly.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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