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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As a pastor, you may understand that Israel is important, but don’t know what to do next. Nic outlines three ways that you and your church can begin to biblically engage with Israel.
Jewish Outreach, Theology
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Who has the "right" to the Land of Israel - Jews or Palestinians? What does the Bible say about the Jewish people's claim to the Land of Israel? In this video, Nic shares key Scriptures that highlight what God has to say about this conflicting issue.
Modern Israel, Theology
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Over the years, many Christians have unintentionally fallen into two major ditches trying to love and relate to Jewish people. Nic explains the effects of these pitfalls, and how Gateway Church seeks to humbly model a more balanced approach that is biblically honest yet sincerely respectful of Jewish identity.
Jewish Outreach, Theology
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Nic Lesmeister, director of Gateway Center for Israel, sits down to interview international lawyer Andrew Tucker from the Netherlands. Andrew leads an initiative called "Thinc," which advocates for the legal defense of Israel in places like the International Criminal Court, the European Union and the United Nations. Andrew discusses "lawfare" as a weapon to delegitimize the State of Israel, as well as the Two-State Solution as a means for peace in the Middle East.
Antisemitism, Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Well over 90% of the stories in the Bible happened due to the geography of the land in which the stories took place. By learning the geography of Israel and the Bible lands, you'll unearth new understanding of your Bible and of God's promises to the Jewish people.
Theology
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As the most discussed injustice today, it is vital that Christians engage in thoughtful dialogue about racism. The key divisional issue in the Early Church, however, was not skin color – but enmity between Gentile and Jewish believers that led to Jewish persecution. In this video, Nic explains how Paul foresaw this problem as he wrote Galatians, and how the eventual healing of this FIRST divisional wound will affect all others as a result.
Modern Israel, Theology
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When the Apostle Paul said "there is no longer Jew or Gentile" in Galatians 3:28, what did he mean? Do believers in Jesus lose their ethnic distinctions when they put their faith in the Messiah? "Gateway Center for Israel" director Nic Lesmeister describes Paul's vision for "equality with distinction" to help understand this verse.
Theology
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“Has the time come for You to establish Your kingdom here on earth?” Many scholars believe this question asked by Jesus’ disciples in Acts 1:6 was way off base – to say the least. But, was it? In this video, Nic reminds us how important it is to view scripture through a Jewish lens to gain a full understanding of its meaning.
Theology
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Did you know it is possible to be Jewish without Christianity, but impossible to be a Christian without Judaism? In this video, Nic explains three reasons why the Church’s relationship with Jewish people is not an option in order to be all that God desires us to be.
Theology
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Jewish religious life can vary from ultra-Orthodox to secular or agnostic. "Gateway Center for Israel" director Nic Lesmeister shares the various Jewish expressions of religion across the spectrum in this video.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Nic Lesmeister, Director "Gateway Center for Israel," explains the term Hebrew term "aliyah." This is the process of a Jewish person immigrating - or returning - to the State of Israel. Find out why this is important for Jews and Christians in this video.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, is a well-known place in the Old City of Jerusalem. But what is it? From where did it come? Why is it important to the Jewish people - and to Christians? Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" explains.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Using the anachronism C.A.R.E., Director Nic Lesmeister with Gateway Center for Israel outlines four quick ways that Christians can respond to the evils of antisemitism.
Antisemitism, Jewish Outreach, Lecture
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is constantly in the news. But what is the Temple Mount? Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" shares about the locations of the mosques on the site and how to detangle the complexity of the issue.
Modern Israel
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When Israel was founded in May 1948, estimates say there were only six families of Jewish Israelis who believed in Jesus. Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" shares what this number has grown to today, and why this should be exciting to Christians.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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What is the political movement called anti-Zionism? Can being critical of the State of Israel cross into antisemitism? Nic Lesmeister from "Gateway Center for Israel" shares three ways you can tell that anti-Zionism is actually antisemitism.
Antisemitism, Modern Israel
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It's been a hectic period in Israel lately, with news stories about new elections, changing the Supreme Court, the end of democracy, terror attacks, West Bank violence, and on and on. I think I can help you understand all of this with a little more clarity.
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Did you know that Paul, known as the Apostle to the Gentiles, actually prioritized taking the Gospel to the Jewish people first? Nic Lesmeister examines Paul's ministry pattern and what it should mean to Christians today.
Jewish Outreach, Theology
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What makes a nation "holy?" How can Israel be called the “holy land" when there is so much conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? Gateway Center for Israel's Nic Lesmeister suggests a different way of thinking about the term “holy."
Modern Israel, Theology
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There’s no question that America is home to a very large Christian population. According to a recent Pew Research report, around 64% of Americans identify as “Christian” (210 million people). This percentage is down from around 90% in the 1970’s, but that is an article for another day. Because America is so heavily populated by […]
Jewish Life, Modern Israel
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Is it possible for Christians to really relate to Jewish people? Nic Lesmeister shares three ways that Christians can lovingly relate to Jewish people without compromising the truth about their Messiah Jesus.
Jewish Outreach
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