“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
EASTER IS A TIME TO NOT ONLY CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, BUT ALSO ALL HE ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS.
Jesus took our sin on the cross, was dead for three days and then was raised to life before He ascended to heaven. This new life we each have access to is unbelievable and wonderful, but at least for me I know I can become accustomed to this good news. The power of what Jesus did on the cross is not diminished, but my celebration and sensitivity toward it can be. The approach of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter are reminders for me to re-examine my heart and invite God to sink the power and magnitude of the cross deeper into my heart.
WE WANT OUR HEARTS TO BE OPEN TO GREATER REVELATION OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS.
Because of this, March 29th through Aril 1st, we are having the Stations of the Cross in Antioch’s Prayer and Equipping Center. This room, located at Fort and 20th, will be a place where you can engage in a self-guided time of Scripture reading, reflection and prayer. There will be multiple interactive stations as well as an opportunity to take communion.
My prayer is that through the Stations of the Cross, the revelation of what Jesus has done for us would continue to sink deeper into our minds and hearts, we would experience more deeply the love of the Father and draw nearer to Jesus in anticipation of Easter.
Please come join us as we journey through the Stations of the Cross!
By Olivia Andrade
Sometimes it feels like so much happens during World Mandate weekend that it can be hard to keep track of it all, process it and develop practical steps to respond. So much wisdom and revelation is being declared through the speakers, hearts and lives are being shaped during ministry time and the Spirit of God is speaking individually to people. In the midst of everything going on, everything that God is pouring out in that short weekend, how can we be good stewards? How can we hold onto all that God has done in us so it is not just a weekend experience but life-long transformation?
This is a question that I have asked myself after every World Mandate. I first started going to the conference in 2008 when I was thirteen, and each year I have walked away more in love with Jesus and envisioned to pray, give and go. But how can we cultivate that to last so we are not living FOR World Mandate but living it OUT all year long?
I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THREE PRACTICAL STEPS THAT HAVE HELPED ME HOLD ONTO WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN ME AT WORLD MANDATE:
1.WRITE IT DOWN // This one is so simple and practical that it is easy to overlook. However, it is still just as important. Whether or not you would say that you like to journal, write down what God has spoken to you at World Mandate. Not only does it help you to remember what God has done in you because you are able to look back and read it, but when doubts may come your way it can act as a lifeline to remind you of the promises God has spoken.
2. TELL COMMUNITY: CELEBRATE and ACCOUNTABILITY // “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8
We are not only made for community but we are also made to celebrate and have accountability with our community. Share with your community what God did in your life during World Mandate. Celebrate your victories with them and in places where you need to grow or follow through, invite them to hold you accountable.
3. RELEASE IT TO GOD // Even if there are things that you forget from World Mandate, God sees all and does not forget. The fulfillment of God’s promises to us does not depend on us being able to remember everything He has spoken. We can fully trust and release those promises to God.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7
World Mandate is a life-changing weekend that catalyzes people into the love of Jesus and the calling He has upon their lives. Let’s take the time to steward what has been spoken and what God has been doing so that we can look back on this World Mandate and not just see an incredible weekend but life transformation.
By Olivia Andrade