Author: Jimmy Seibert

Living Fully Alive // Part One

This morning Jimmy Seibert kicked off our new series, Living Fully Alive. We are invited into the family of God, and we are called to live fully free as His children. Throughout our three-week series, we will be taking a look at Romans 8 to find out more about our identity and purpose as God’s children.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • God’s desire and design for us is to live alive.
  • When we’re living fully alive, we can’t help but reflect God’s goodness to everyone around us.
  • Our adoption gives us the full blessing of our new family.
  • Everything changes when you realize Jesus chose you.
  • There is no junior Holy Spirit within you because you are worth everything to God.
  • We cannot see the goodness of God apart from Him.
  • When you come into the family of God, the spirit of slavery is gone.
  • Find out what hope looks like on the other side of fear and make steps toward that place.
  • God delights in our communion with Him.
  • Everyone needs to know they belong – even if they’re imperfect.
  • The power of belonging brings health and life.
  • If you let Him, God will defend you from the works of the enemy.
  • Your relationship with God is based on His faithfulness, not yours.

IN RESPONSE:

Today Jimmy challenged us to read Romans 8 every day throughout the course of our series. We encourage you to jump in with us as we remind ourselves of the freedom and identity we walk in because of Jesus. As you read, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What does this passage say about God?
  2. What does it say about me?
  3. How can I respond or obey?

By Jimmy Seibert – Senior Pastor

Imago Dei // Part Six

This morning Jimmy Seibert continued our Imago Dei series with a message on the process between knowing we are made in the image of God and living in a way that reflects His glory. When we press into God in the midst of trials, we ultimately become more like Him.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • Every person is worth everything to God.
  • Everything God created is for His glory and for your good.
  • All things work together for our good, but it doesn’t mean all things are good.
  • If you love God through every trial, you will ultimately become more like Him.
  • There isn’t a junior Holy Spirit in you and a senior Holy Spirit in someone else; the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead resides in all of us.
  • If you are not plugged into Jesus, then the conversation with Him is being cut off.
  • The Scriptures are clear: emotions do not set us free, truth does.
  • Emotions can’t be the leader of your life, the Spirit of God must be the leader of your life.
  • We need to visit the past to find out where we need healing, but we have to let the past go and walk with God in the opposite direction to find healing.
  • We need to replace every wrong thought with Scripture because our natural drift is toward lies instead of truth.
  • If God is not central, we have no power.

By Jimmy Seibert – Senior Pastor

Imago Dei // Part Five

Today Jimmy Seibert continued our Imago Dei series with a message on overcoming the blame game. When Adam and Eve gave into sin they were filled with shame, pulled away from God and began blaming someone else for their sin. Until we know we are enough in God, we will never get over shame. And until we own our sin and stop blaming others, we will never be free.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • If you know Jesus, you are free from the power of sin.
  • God has already planned a way of escape for you.
  • When we question what God has said, we allow sin to enter our lives.
  • We can’t be controlled by the voices of others, we have to be led by the voice of God.
  • When your appetites and desires aren’t submitted to God, they will get out of control and consume you.
  • If you are trying to get to God by hoping your good will outweigh your bad, you’ll never get there.
  • Shame is the belief that we are not good enough.
  • If we become salt and light as we were intended to be then we will see change in the world.
  • If I’m not running to God then I’m running with the devil.
  • We lead with empathy, but if we don’t get to truth we don’t get to freedom.
  • Whether you are the initiator or the receiver of sin, Jesus offers a place of healing.
  • You have to forgive so you can be free.
  • Bitterness does not get you to righteousness.
  • If we keep blaming and complaining about everything, we’ll never be free from anything.
  • No one else is responsible for your walk with God but you.
  • The gospel is the only hope for this world.

By Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor

Imago Dei // Part Four

This morning Jimmy addressed two situations that affected our church family this week. He also continued our Imago Dei series with a message on Genesis 3:1-6. Because we are born into sin, we are in desperate need of a Savior.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • It is always right to worship Jesus.
  • We  must have justice because without it, there’s chaos. We must have mercy or else there is no gospel.
  • We forgive so we can be healed and restored.
  • Real forgiveness is the willingness to live with the consequences of someone else’s sin. (Neil Anderson)
  • God has never been out to condemn you, but to save you.
  • Because we have a sinful nature, we need a Savior.
  • God has already said how to live out every issue.
  • God is always right and true.
  • If you want to live an enjoyable life, you have to believe that God doesn’t have a problem.
  • We have made a god out of empathy instead of truth.
  • To leave someone with empathy and not bring them to truth is to lead someone to destruction.
  • God is merciful and God is truth.
  • The end-game of God is to set you free.

By Jimmy Seibert

Imago Dei // Part Three

Today Jimmy Seibert continued our series, Imago Dei, with a message on how sin has marred our perception of ourselves and our culture. Sin released brokenness, but with Jesus’ resurrection we were made victorious and are called to walk out in freedom. By renewing our minds with God’s Word, we are able to discern lies from God’s intent for us.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • Every person is a glimpse of God’s glory.
  • Apart from the grace of God, we are broken on the inside.
  • The phrase, “Has God really said…?” unleashed the brokenness that still affects us today.
  • The devil is the divider, God is the unifier.
  • The devil is not a co-equal with God.
  • The story of redemption is not, “God barely wins.” He has absolute victory.
  • God’s desire is for you to have a full, life-giving relationship with Him.
  • The answer to, “Has God really said…?” is  always, “Yes, He has.”
  • There is delight in what God says because His only intent for us is good.
  • You can’t trust culture to lead you because it changes constantly.
  • Only Jesus is going to save people and heal the hearts that have been broken.
  • When men are passive, societies are destroyed.
  • When you begin to pull away from God, you begin to walk into the enemy’s trap.
  • Until you’re willing to own your own sin, nobody will every be free.
  • Our greatest place of pain becomes our greatest place of victory when we let God in.

By Jimmy Seibert – Senior Pastor

Imago Dei // Part One

Today Jimmy Seibert kicked off our new series, Imago Dei, which means, “in His image.” We were made in the image of God, and therefore, we’re all made to display His glory. When we know our value as sons and daughters, and know we are wholly loved by God, there is nothing that can diminish our value.

Jimmy also shared about some upcoming staff transitions. Jimmy and Laura will still serve as our senior pastors, but their role will be shifting. Jimmy will primarily be involved in strategic leadership, city outreach and serving our overall Movement, and Laura will be taking on a more pastoral role. Carl and Blair Gulley will be transitioning from College Pastors to Lead Pastors. Carl will be heading up Sunday mornings, and lead our pastoral team. Luke and Rachel Whyte will be transitioning from Young Adult Pastors to leading the College Ministry, and Chase and Lacey Moore will lead the Young Adult Ministry.

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE:

  • We are deeply shaped by culture, but our culture is constantly changing.
  • You display the glory of God in a unique way, and no one else on the planet can display His glory in the same way.
  • You are made in God’s likeness and beauty.
  • When you were born it was good, and it was exactly what God wanted.
  • You have value, beauty and glory placed on you by God’s doing, not by your choosing.
  • When you feel valued as a child of God, no one can take away your dignity.
  • No one can ever love you perfectly because they aren’t God.
  • People are drawn to glimpses of glory because we’re ultimately made for glory.
  • You have to understand God’s original intent in order to really grasp how bad sin is.
  • You are an image bearer – made to uniquely display the image of God.
  • The blood of Jesus is enough to cover any and everything.
  • Jesus calls us into sonship so we can live fully alive.

IN RESPONSE:

Throughout this series, we want to memorize two passages:

  • Every morning, declare Genesis 1:27-28 over yourself. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…”
  • And pray Ephesians 1:17-19 every day. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might.”

Download a copy of the Scripture card we handed out this morning here.

Return to Radical: Global Sending Church


Today Jimmy Seibert wrapped up our Return to Radical: Being the Church in the 21st Century series with a message on how we can be the Church that changes the world. When the Church is in action, God is glorified. Take a look at some of our takeaways from today’s message:

  • When the Church is the Church, God is glorified
  • The word of God is the anchor for your soul
  • God’s initiative plus our response, equals our destiny
  • Everybody wants a miracle, but not everybody wants to be in a position to need a miracle
  • God is always at work, even in the midst of the struggle
  • When we do God things, God shows up
  • God’s grace is always available for anyone who turns His way
  • When there are troubled times, we are called to pray
  • Everybody needs a place to call home if you’re going to change the world

Return to Radical: Societal Transformation

Today Jimmy Seibert continued our series, Return to Radical: Being the Church in the 21st Century, with a message on allowing God to define who He is. When we get to know God on His terms and not on our own, we get deeper revelation of who He is. Because God’s character never changes, we always have solid ground to stand on.

Take a look at some of our takeaways from today’s message:

  • When we are trying to figure something out, the question should always be, “What does God say about it?”
  • You have to decide who you’re going to trust, you or God.
  • When you see the glory of God, you can’t help but declare the glory of God.
  • You have the highest value to God.
  • Because of who God is, there is solid ground beneath you, and there is always a place to stand.
  • When you have a man-centered worldview, you will never know where solid ground is.
  • The word of God rightly describes who He is.
  • Jesus is the doorway to everything we’re made for.
  • The desire and delight of God is to rescue people from their sin, not condemn people for their sin.
  • There is never hopelessness when the people of God are in action.

By Jimmy Seibert

 

 

A Letter from Jimmy:
Our Response to Hurricane Harvey

Dear Antioch Family,

As I write this letter our hearts are grieved for all our friends, loved ones and those we have never met in Houston and across Southeast Texas. The Antioch Houston church and leaders are doing an incredible job taking care of their own, loving their neighbors and have started helping with clean-up as they begin the restoration process. Additionally, for the last two days we have had teams from Waco and College Station with boats doing house-to-house rescues to help get people to safety.

In the midst of the devastation, there are several ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey:

PRAY

  • For the rain to stop and stay away so the waters can subside and the restoration can begin
  • For no more loss of life and for everyone to be rescued
  • For full provision for all of our friends, family and Antioch Houston
  • For those helping to be great witnesses of Jesus’ love to their neighbors
  • For a revival to come on the heels of the devastation and for full restoration to happen physically and spiritually

 GIVE

  • Our goal is to raise $100,000 to fund our clean-up efforts as well as to support those affected by the flood through Acts of Mercy. If you would like to give, you can do so here. Be sure designate “Hurricane Harvey Relief.” You can also text to give by texting “ANTIOCH” to 444999, be sure to select “7” for Acts of Mercy.
  • If you would like to give directly to Antioch Houston’s flood relief efforts, you can do so here.
  • We have also identified several resources needed in order to be the most effective in our relief efforts. Please check this list to see the items we need. If you would like to donate, please bring your items to 2021 Fort Avenue, a grey house, by Friday at 5 p.m.

GO

Our relief team leader, Blake Hartsock, and his team are working directly with our Houston team to provide practical assistance:

We are looking for men and women who can help deconstruct drywall and carpet in houses, which have been flooded and need to be cleared before mold begins to spread. We are sending out teams this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Teams will be formed based on people’s availability. If you are interested, please fill out this form.

We love you all. These historic moments give us opportunities to pray, love, give and go as the Holy Spirit leads. Be lifting up the people of Houston, that they may find the glory of God in the midst of the pain and challenges.

In His strength and love,

Jimmy Seibert

Return to Radical: Jesus is the Head of the Church

Today Jimmy Seibert continued our series, Return to Radical, by unpacking the question, “Who do you say Jesus is.?” The way we perceive Jesus will determine the course of our lives. When we are confident in who Jesus is, we are set to make it for the long haul. We also took a look at three ways Jesus reveals Himself in Scripture:

  • 1. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
  • 2. Jesus is our Salvation
  • 3. Jesus is the closest friend we could ever have
Take a look at some more takeaways from today’s message:
  • Wherever Jesus is ruling and reigning there is peace, righteousness, health and love.
  • You have to know who Jesus is to take on the challenges of this world.
  • If you are waiting around to be good enough to get to God, you’re never going to get out. You need Jesus to get out of the stuff you’re in.
  • No matter what happens in life, there is only one Savior and one place of refuge. His name is Jesus.
  • God answers the cries of our heart.
  • In your pain, run to Jesus and not from Jesus because He is the only one who can heal you.
  • Everybody wants to know Jesus they just don’t know it yet.
  • Jesus is the exact representation of God’s glory.
  • When you want to understand the heart of God, look at Jesus.
  • There is nothing but good for you in the heart of God.
  • We aren’t inviting you to a religion, we’re inviting you into a relationship.

By Jimmy Seibert

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