Baptism Bash 2014

Don’t miss this incredible Gospel presentation by Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert followed by the celebration of new life with baptisms! There were 85 people baptized at Antioch throughout our three services that morning!

Come to the Waters

What would it look like to be immersed in the presence of God? But that’s just what is being captured when we practice water baptism. In preparation for our Baptism Bash on June 1st, Jimmy Seibert preaches on just what it means to come to the waters of this ancient Church tradition.

We see baptism all over the new testament. John the Baptist did it as an integral part of his ministry, and all throughout the book of Acts we see people repenting and being baptized as an outward sign of faith in Jesus. Baptism can be a picture of repentance, but also an act of obedience that invites fresh power from the Holy Spirit to respond to God. No matter what, it is a sign to the world that the person being baptized is dead to sin and alive to God.

Fight Back

Wake up! It’s been a long semester and the time of the year just before the summer is the point during which most of us are lulled to sleep by the constant demands of every day life. That’s why Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert preaches this message, encouraging us to check in on our life in Jesus, and set goals for a summer of thriving.

It’s been an encouraging few months at Antioch. Since Jimmy casted vision for a “tricycle church” at the beginning of the year, God has blessed us with power as we’ve come together corporately. There have also been encouraging breakthroughs in our personal lives. Ephesians 5:14-17, however, tells us to wake up and to make use of our days. That’s why it’s so crucial to ask ourselves where we want to be in God by the end of this summer and to help get us started, Jimmy’s going to explain how he executes a “fight back week!”

From a Failure to a Future – Easter

We celebrate Easter to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. So what was it like for the men who were actually there? Jimmy Seibert offers some perspective on the disciples this sermon from Easter Sunday.

The disciples were privy to the life and ministry of Jesus in a powerful way. They got a close up look at the power of God, the forgiveness of God and the love of God. None were more passionate than Peter, but he was nowhere to be found when Jesus was crucified. He failed to dwell on the promise God had for him. But when Jesus rose from the dead, everything changed. The resurrection took Peter from a failure to a future, and it can do the same for you.

Farewell to the Ephesians

After spending years with the church in Ephesus, the apostle Paul set out for Jerusalem, prompted by the Holy Spirit. So what does an old Church Father tell his congregation before he leaves them? Jimmy Seibert explains Paul’s farewell to the Ephesians and how it is still relevant to us today.

In Acts 20, Paul gives his parting words to his friends, telling them that, despite all his hardships, he has lived a good life. He encourages them to live the same way; With Christ at the center, bearing with others through tears and trials, valuing a giver’s heart, practicing repentance towards God, faith in Jesus, and always speaking the word of grace. In our final sermon on the book of Ephesians, Jimmy walks through each of these points, demonstrating how we can lead a life like Paul in the 21st century.

Armed for the Struggle

In the height of World War II, allied forces won a key victory on the beaches of Normandy, France. Since that moment, it was widely known that we were fighting a winning war. This week, Jimmy Seibert shares how the battle is similar for us since Jesus has already won the key victory on the cross.

A continuation of Ephesians discussion on spiritual warfare, this sermon focuses on claiming our victory by putting on the full armor of God. Using a suit of S.W.A.T. team armor, Jimmy walks through each piece, from the belt of truth to the sword of the spirit, giving practical explanation of how each Christian can take hold of the victory Jesus won. The key, he argues, is to simply reject passivity and stand firm with the tools God has given us.

The Struggle is Real

Neville Chamberlain went down in history as one of the most naïve leaders of his era because he underestimated how evil his enemy, Adolph Hitler, really was. In this week’s edition of “A Focus on Ephesians,” Jimmy Seibert talks about how we tend to make the same mistake with our enemy.

Paul says in Ephesians 6:10-12 that our struggle is real, and it is not with flesh and blood but against spiritual forces that would lead us further and further away from Jesus. The devil wants to lie, steal and kill. He is often as subtle as an inappropriate television show that is allowed to be left on in our house through our passivity. But we can engage in spiritual warfare with confidence, knowing that we have the high ground because we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

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Did you have a woobie when you were little? Woobies, of course, are those things we held onto for security as children; blankets, teddy bears, a favorite toy… But what happens when we have woobies as adults? Jimmy Seibert continues his Ephesians series this week with a sermon on what to do when your desire for woobies crowds out your hunger for God.

Ephesians 5:18-20 says that it’s better to be filled with the Spirit of God than with wine. We all seek worldly pleasure sometimes. It might be wine, T.V., food or any number of other comforts. But it’s far too easy to assume we need these things more than God, and it might be necessary to empty ourselves of the pleasures of the world to make room for the pleasures of God. Fasting is one great tool to do just that. Through fasting, we can access greater intimacy with God and spiritual breakthrough.

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Spiritual Halitosis

Ever been trying to hold a conversation with someone who has really rotten breath? This week, Jimmy continues his series, A Focus on Ephesians, with a teaching on something very similar. It’s called spiritual halitosis and it stinks!

Ephesians 4:29-30 says to let no unwholesome talk come from our mouths. But what does the word “unwholesome” mean? In the biblical context, it has to do with any talk that is fowl and rotten, like a piece of bad fruit. It’s not just about cussing and lying. It also has to do with the critical speech we are so prone to spew. But where is the balance between “venting” and just “throwing up” all your junk? Jimmy explores this and many other topics in this sermon.

This message is from Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas by Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert

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God Is Building His House

Do you believe in miracles? In the 1980 Winter Olympics, the United States hockey team famously made at least one commentator believe. They did so by pulling together against all odds and showing the world that God designed us all to be a part of a team. In this week’s installment of A Focus on Ephesians, Jimmy Seibert talks about what God’s team—the Church—is called to be.

Ephesians 3:10-11 says the Church is the representation of God to a lost world. It is called to be an agent of transformation in society. We see it all throughout history in the stories of St. Patrick and the transformation of Ireland, or John Calvin and the restoration of Geneva. We believe God wants to do it again, right here in Waco, Texas! But to do so, we will have to pull together as a church. We must be the building of God, each one of us an individual brick, working together. We must be a family looking out for and serving one another. Most of all, we want to make a place for you to join in the journey with us!

This message is from Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas by Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert
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