Author: Mike Riess

How To Engage The Crisis From Waco

Every major news outlet displays the heartbreaking headlines. It is hard to miss what is happening in Europe and the Middle East. Violence and civil war have left millions of people displaced, and it is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.

We want to be a people who engage with the crisis in our world. We want to hear the stories and be moved to action – and we want everyone to be involved!

We have already sent out multiple teams to work with refugees in Greece and the Middle East. This summer we will be mobilizing hundreds of people to bases across Europe and the Middle East to be the hands and feet of Jesus to this hurting population. But not everybody can or should go. And that is okay! Whether you go or stay, you are vitally important in this movement! Prayer is the most powerful weapon we possess. Let’s be a people who take up the mantle of prayer for the orphan, widow and refugee.

Here are some ways that you can be a part of Engage the Crisis right now:
  • Pray for safety for the boats crossing the Mediterranean. This January, a reported more than 60,500 crossed the sea to the Greek island of Lesvos.
  • Pray for the refugees landing in Europe and beginning their long journey across Europe this winter. They have left everything behind in search for safety, their home, their city, their country, their language and their culture. If you were in their shoes, what would you want prayed over you? For food? A home? A way to learn the language easily? A job? A warm bed for your children?
  • Pray for the refugees to have open hearts to the Gospel and to find new life in Christ. Our volunteers in Europe have seen an openness among the Muslims unlike anything we have seen before. Pray for the refugees to meet people who can share the truth of Jesus with them on the way to their new home.
  • Pray for our Engage the Crisis leadership team in Europe and in Waco as we prepare to send the masses this spring and summer.
Pray for Engage the Crisis:
  • Mondays from 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 403 Ruby Dell Ln.
  • Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. in the Prayer and Equipping Center
  • Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Room located in the church office building
Stay Connected:

 

Apply to go on an impact trip this summer at engagethecrisis.org. Applications are due March 11th.

Building Update {In Pictures}

Things are really starting to take shape in our new building! As Jimmy shared in his update last week, it continues to be an incredible journey to watch God provide so powerfully throughout our building project. On our most recent giving day, Sunday, February 7th, we not only raised what we needed to meet our financial deadline, but we raised $41,000 more! Way to go, church! We are blown away by your generosity, faith and sacrificial giving. 

If you missed Jimmy’s most recent update where he shared about the new May 1st move-in date, you can read it here. You can also watch this video for an update.

Here are some photos of our most-recent progress:
antioch stone pillar blog (2)

The stone is going on the columns in the new Lobby!

antioch speaker blog (3)

The first installation of the AV and sound equipment started going in this week.

antioch acoustic cloud blog (2)

This is a picture of the ceiling in the new Auditorium. These “clouds” are designed to help with the acoustics.

antioch building work paint

The balcony is getting a fresh coat of paint.

 

 

All Dressed Up And No Place To Go

“So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.” Exodus 13:18

They thought they were ready. The armor, newly and miraculously looted from their prior captors, shone in the sun and instilled a confidence not felt for 430 years.  They were warriors (just LOOK at the armor!) and they were itching for a fight. Growing up oppressed and in slavery will do that to a people.  After all, God had done so many miracles along the way and here they were, in the midst of the most stunning trick of all, walking out of Egypt — why shouldn’t they be ready to fight? Not only were they parading out of their four-century tour of forced labor, but they were doing so in style, dressed for war courtesy of their former captors. It must have been quite mind-blowing for them to look down and see the clothing worn by their oppressors become the clothing in which they would conquer their enemies in order to enter the Promised Land.  Surely the hour of vengeance on their enemies was at hand!

“When Pharoah let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.  For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.’” Exodus 13:17

God knew they weren’t ready. He also knew if they didn’t believe that they were a people of destiny, driven forward by the pursuit of fulfilled promise, they would never leave their captivity. If they left Egypt with the mindset that they were slaves without a master, their sole drive would be to find a new master or return to the old one.

So it became an issue of the utmost importance for the Israelites to believe, to KNOW, they were warriors, called to victory.

But, their shoulders were not yet broad enough to shoulder the weight of war and God would not suffer His called-out ones to return to the shackles of slavery. They needed to go through a period of intense training that would draw their hearts into a place of trust with their Deliverer, so captivity dwelt only in the halls of reminiscence and never polluted the paths of destiny so carefully laid out for them.

“Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:12

You know the rest of the story. God was proven right as we see the reaction of the Israelites to the threat of war from the pursuing Egyptians. The mindset of slavery had not yet been fully purged and they immediately returned to it when a threat came their way.  The Lord won the victory for them by swallowing up the Egyptian army in the Red Sea and a new mindset began to form in these prior slaves.  A God who delivers and who goes before them can empower them to win battles.  They were well on their way to becoming a people who could, and ultimately would, win battles as mighty warriors.

In Response:

How long have you waited? What things have been spoken over you as identity-defining words from Heaven that have yet to come to pass?  What if you changed your perspective on the season between spoken promise and fulfillment? You are having your shoulders broadened in the Spirit, so when the time of commissioning comes, you aren’t tempted to return to the place of bondage.  After all, God will not suffer His called ones to return to the shackles of slavery.

We must remember that having a call on our lives doesn’t mean we are ready to walk it out immediately.

God wants to show us the power of His deliverance and the security of walking in relationship with Him, so that when the times of trial come and the hour of our destiny is at hand, we rise to the challenge, shoulders strong from the hours of training in the secret place.  The place where we cultivate dependence on the One through whom destiny is realized.

 

By Trey Green, Director of Antioch Discipleship Night School

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Come To The Mountain: Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Today, Adult Pastor Vincent Carpenter continued our Come To The Mountain series with a message based on Matthew 5:6. We find fulfillment when we press into Jesus. Righteousness doesn’t come from what we do or don’t do, but it comes from the person of Jesus. Check out some of our takeaways from today’s message:

“Righteousness is a person, it isn’t about what you do or don’t do.”

“Righteousness is responding in faith to what God is calling us to.”

“In order to have a blessed life we must put our faith in Jesus and His word.”

“The faith that produces righteousness is following Jesus.”

“It is not about what we do or don’t do, it’s about our response to Jesus.”

“Self-righteousness fails us because it is independent of God.”

“Stop trying to fix the problem and find Him in the problem, you can’t be fixated on the problem and Jesus at the same time.”

“Fulfillment comes with understanding that righteousness is the person of Jesus.”

 

Missed part 1 or 2 of our series? Get caught up here!

World Mandate 2014 Highlights: Part 1

We had an absolute BLAST worshipping God and changing the world with you! Take a minute to watch the highlight video and look through some of our favorite pics. Check back in later this week for more Mandate highlights!

The AntiochLIVE band led powerful times of worship

The AntiochLIVE band led powerful times of worship

Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert and his wife Laura pray for the kick-off of World Mandate

Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert and his wife Laura pray for the kick-off of World Mandate

Francis Chan shared an incredible message on Friday night

Francis Chan shared an incredible message on Friday night

More with Francis

More with Francis

The AntiochLIVE band

The AntiochLIVE band

Worshipping God and changing the world

Worshipping God and changing the world

The AntiochLIVE band

The AntiochLIVE band

Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert asked us to sign up again for a life fully devoted to Jesus

Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert asked us to sign up again for a life fully devoted to Jesus

The AntiochLIVE band

The AntiochLIVE band

Did you have an awesome time at World Mandate? Let us know!

From the Inside-out

Everyone has been able to see the progress our building has made in the last year. We’ve watched the foundation get poured, steel beams go up and now the entire structure is enclosed and under a roof. But what you haven’t really gotten to see is the progress of what is happening inside the building!

We thought we’d treat you to a look from the inside-out.

Please continue to pray as we move forward in believing God for our expanding campus!