Author: Jimmy Seibert

The Time Is Now

As I look back on 30 years of ministry, I’m overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God to answer our prayer that He would give us marvelous comrades that fear His name. He has exceeded our wildest dreams by bringing each of you into our midst.

Last fall, I began a journey with our local leaders at Antioch Waco and leaders across the Antioch Movement to seek what God has for us in 2019. After coming together, we all walked away with a deep sense of urgency.

We believe THE TIME IS NOW. This is the word of the Lord to us as the Antioch family for 2019.

Now is the time to return to our first love. Now is the time to humble ourselves with prayer and fasting. Now is the time for the restoration of broken families and marriages. Now is the time for radical discipleship and church planting. Now is the time for you to engage, be activated and live on mission.

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:15-16

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to share more about what God is speaking to us in this season. I wanted to take a moment to highlight the key elements of what we believe God is speaking to us for the year. Please take some time to watch the Five Circles of Church and The Time is Now from the past two weeks. I also encourage those of you who were unable to attend the church-wide Vision Night on Sunday to watch Lead Pastor Carl Gulley’s admonition to practically live out this calling in 2019.

In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because the people “did not recognize the time of [their] visitation.” I wholeheartedly believe that Jesus is giving us a window of time to turn to Him so that we will not miss the day of OUR visitation here locally, as a movement and as a nation.

We are called to be a people like those in the Book of Acts. I believe God has deposited a few core elements to anchor our hearts with His so that we would not miss His visitation in these days as we make a way for others to enter into His grace.

Apostolic Vision of Jesus //We are called to be an apostolic people who have an apostolic vision of Jesus. He has given us an invitation to step into to the Throne Room. He’s awaiting our response in this hour. Hebrews 10:19-23 assures us that by the blood of Jesus, the way has been made and the door is open for us to not only access, but to live in His presence.

Apostolic Lifestyle //Romans 13:11-13 warns that in the time of His visitation, we are called to lay aside the things of the world that we may lay hold of Him and make a way for others. Friends, “the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life” and “the way is broad that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13-14). Our commitment to the apostolic lifestyle can have an eternal impact on the lives of those around us.

Apostolic Mission //The world is living as sheep without a shepherd. Our world is unraveling and removing the foundations of Judeo-Christian values from every fabric of society. However, Jesus says in John 4:35-38 “…lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest…For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored…”.

Friends, THE TIME IS NOW. The time is NOW to return to Jesus and His throne in simplicity and purity of devotion. I look forward to all that God has for us in 2019 as we fully step into the calling of the Antioch family in this time.

Jimmy Seibert
Senior Pastor

A Message from Jimmy –

When Laura and I planted Antioch Community Church in 1999, we were honored to be surrounded by a group of friends that shared a passion for Jesus and His purposes in the earth. These marvelous comrades stepped into the journey with us to create a church community that encourages and equips every person that calls Antioch Waco home to share the story of Jesus with the unreached in our city, our nation and every nation of the world.

Throughout the past 30 years, we have seen God bless the Antioch Movement beyond what we ever imagined possible. Many of you have been personally impacted by the growth we have experienced locally at Antioch Waco, but that is just a small part of the growth we have experienced as a movement.

As our church-planting initiatives have continued to expand all over the world, I have continued to provide direct oversight at the movement level while also leading the local church in Waco. In order to continue to enlarge the place of our tent, we are expanding our leadership team in Waco so that I will be able to provide more oversight to the Antioch Movement, which includes 35 churches in the United States and more than 80 international church-planting teams in more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

Very practically, this expansion of leadership allows me to provide vision and strategic direction for the Antioch Movement, which includes Antioch Waco. I will be leaning into what God is saying to us as a people and determining what initiatives to push out to all of our U.S. and international church plants. As I look forward, Carl Gulley will be implementing that vision and strategic direction deeper and wider here at the local level by taking on a more visible preaching role and providing direct oversight of our church staff.

From the beginning, Carl was one of those marvelous comrades that stepped into the journey with Laura and me. Over the years I have seen him faithfully lead and champion others time and time again. Carl has served as the youth pastor and, most recently, the college pastor, and he is excited to step into this new role as lead pastor of Antioch Waco. He is a “good man that is full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (Acts 11:24).

Please watch this short video message from our new lead pastor, Carl Gulley, about his love for the local church in Waco and his passion for leading each one of you in your pursuit of an intimate relationship with Jesus.

Jimmy Seibert
Senior Pastor


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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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