The Church is the most unique thing on earth because it houses the grace of God within a community. His unconditional love, forgiveness and oneness are demonstrated specifically in marriage, family and ultimately the Church. The enemy wants to bring division in these relationships, but God gives us the power to be unified!
Simply put, spiritual warfare is seen and unseen attacks on God’s divine design for all mankind. The enemy’s goal is to break down our covenants with God, our families, the Church and our mission to the world. To discern lies we must be immersed in the Truth. We are surrounded by voices. The question is, what is the voice we’re tuning into and living out of? Because that will determine our lives.
Finding and living our purpose doesn’t have to wait until we have it all together, it starts NOW. Our faithfulness sets the stage for God to fulfill His promises. So no matter your season or vocation, what does it mean for you to cultivate faithfulness today?
The Church is a supernatural community, designed to host and display God’s presence and live surrendered to Jesus. In order for this body to function healthily, it requires forgiveness, encouragement and speaking the truth in love. The world needs the Church to be all it was made to be.
We are created for God. Before any other purpose, our heart for Him determines everything else that follows. It’s not about our gifts or our glory; it’s about the Lord as our Shepherd, His voice and His purposes being fulfilled. Connecting to the Shepherd connects us to our purpose.
It’s a new year and with that comes a fresh word of the Lord for us as a church! This year our elders, staff and leaders across the Antioch Movement have taken extra time to pause and seek the Lord for His direction and leadership. We sense God conscripting us to return to our purpose by getting back to our apostolic & prophetic calling – to be ones moving forward on mission with our ear always open to what God is speaking. Hear from our pastors how we plan to be a people conscripted to God and His purposes in 2021.
We’ve always been a people with a passion for Jesus and His purposes in the earth, and this year we have a new take on our original vision. After much time of listening and prayer, we sense God conscripting our church for such a time as this to be a troop carrier for His glory. This means that we all have the chance to live differently in 2021 than we did in 2020 – to rewrite the story and be those who move forward missionally while intentionally listening to God.
When we have God’s perspective, we then have the power to work through everything else. Starting from a place of thankfulness, remembering what He’s done and said in 2020, and taking our pain to God, are all necessary if we’re to have that heavenly perspective. Revisit the message from last week to take time to listen to God and check out our resources for processing the past year and looking ahead.
What better way to usher in the new year than with worship, prayer and listening to God! As we seek the Lord, we’re asking and listening for what He says – and not moving ahead of Him. God, what are Your plans for me? What are You speaking about my personal needs? What areas of my heart do I need to surrender again?
Dear Antioch family,
If you are reading this letter, it means YOU MADE IT through this year! God’s hand has certainly carried us all and will continue carrying us forward.
David said in Psalm 90:12, “Teach me to number my days, that I might present to You a heart of wisdom.” So much of moving forward is looking back to reflect on God’s faithfulness, the lessons learned and the doors to close. On December 27th’s online service, I shared a message out of Paul’s encouragement in Philippians 3 to lay down what lies behind and press on toward the prize of the call of God in Christ Jesus. As we close the door on 2020, I want to encourage you that God has wonderful, open doors for each of us in 2021. So I’m leaving you with four tools and a podcast to help you reflect on 2020 and look forward to 2021.
The last thing I’d like to leave you with is an invitation to reengage with the Antioch Waco family to reestablish His purposes and plans for us all. On January 3rd, we will gather again, both in-person and livestreamed, for a time of worship and prayer to exalt the name of Jesus together and connect as a family.
We are so proud of you for making it through this year. Our prayer is that you are encouraged as you look back and are expectant as you look ahead.
We love you so much! Happy New Year!
Jimmy & Laura