Seated With Him

Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert once got to go to a basketball game with a congressman. He got floor seats, free refreshments and a slew of important people stopping by to say hello. But he didn’t get all this because he’s famous or important. He was simply enjoying the benefits of knowing somebody. In this week’s sermon in our series, “A Focus on Ephesians,” Jimmy preaches on the benefits we receive simply by knowing the greatest Somebody in the universe.

Ephesians 1:20-23 says we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. That means a lot. It means He has made a marriage covenant never to leave us or forsake us. It means He has become our vine, that we may be grafted into Him. It means we have constant access to Him throughout the day, every day. We can speak to Him at any time, and He will answer. This sermon digs deep into who we become simply by knowing Jesus.

The Tricycle Church

It’s a new year and a fresh start at Antioch! Having wrapped up the Christmas sermon series, Jimmy Seibert kicks off the year sharing a message on what the Lord is speaking to us as a church in 2014.

Jimmy’s favorite toy as a kid was his tricycle. He never went anywhere without it because it provided him a way to move forward with stability. Similarly, God is calling us to move forward this year in stability and growth. So what are those three wheels on Antioch’s tricycle in 2014? The lead wheel is encountering God and being changed by His presence as it pulls us forward in power. But behind us are our two stabilizing wheels: discipleship and mission(s). And the frame that holds it all together is the church.

Messy Christmas: The Gift of Peace

“Let it go, Jimmy!” That’s the mantra Pastor Jimmy Seibert used to repeat to himself when the stress and anxiety of the holidays got to him. Thankfully, the Bible says Jesus gives peace in all circumstances. In this week’s edition of Messy Christmas, Jimmy Seibert explores the gift of peace.

Psychologists have said the major issues that cause anxiety during the holidays are financial and family issues. It seems no matter how much you plan out your gift list or try to love those difficult family members, the stress still comes. But according to John 14:27, peace is a person and a promise. It is Shalom, the rule and reign of Jesus. In this sermon, Jimmy explains how we can overcome Christmas anxiety by having a “peace summit” with Jesus, so we can be peace-makers this year.

This message is from Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas by Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert
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Messy Christmas: The Gift of Forgiveness

It’s Christmas time! But Christmas isn’t always the magical winter wonderland the commercials say it is. When it comes to faith and family, a lot of us have Christmases that are more messy than magical. In the first installment of his new sermon series, “Messy Christmas,” Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert explains how forgiveness is the first step towards an authentic encounter with God this year.

You might have trouble with forgiveness because you’re unaware of your sin, you want justice or simply because you’re caught in self-pity. It happens to many of us. But unforgiveness can be the thing that blocks us from connecting with Jesus and can keep us blaming everyone else for all our problems. If you’ve been hurt in the past, forgiveness might just be the best gift you can give this season, and it might just set you free as well.

Nothing Can Separate

Paul concludes the first portion of his letter to the Romans with, “What shall we say to these things?” Similarly, Jimmy finishes his series on the book of Romans by asking the same question. What does all this mean?

In this sermon, Jimmy recaps what has been covered in the Romans series. First we learned about Jesus being the personification of grace to us. Then we spent a few weeks unpacking the sin of our day to day lives and how it affects us. After that, we learned about our hope being the confident expectation of God’s goodness, and finally the outworking of grace and the reality that we belong to Jesus. So what, then should we say to all these things? The answer might prove to be better news than you had expected…

All Things Together for Good

The Bible says God works all things together for good, right? So why do bad things happen to good people? Why do they happen at all? Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert is back this week with another installment of Romans: Making Sense of a World Gone Astray.

Sometimes we go through pain and trials in a way that shows us God’s greater plan, but sometimes we don’t. In those times, we can choose to draw near to the Lord in relationship. We also have the opportunity to focus on His purposes in the moment, and become more conformed to the image of God in Christ. This sermon is an explanation of God’s heart in all these circumstances.

The Power of Belonging

By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video that chronicles the story of Davion Only, the orphaned boy who came before a church congregation and asked if anyone would be willing to adopt him. Why does this story stir us so much? Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert continues the series on Romans this week with a message about the power of belonging.

Romans 8 says that there is now no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. This isn’t because we’re perfect people who no longer struggle with sin. It’s because we’ve been welcomed into the family of God. We no longer have to live righteously in order to win God’s approval. Instead, we start from a place where approval has been given to us and that empowers us to live righteously. We still struggle and we still fall short. But the acceptance God gives us assures us that we can always get back up again.

 

Choosing Grace

If the grace of God has forgiven us of all our sin, is it okay to go on living in sin? What about the law? Is it legalistic to place ourselves into structure and discipline so we can clean up the mess in our lives? Grace brings up a lot of questions and Jimmy Seibert attempts to address those questions in this week’s sermon on the book of Romans.

In Romans 6, Paul asks if we should continue in a lifestyle of sin so that grace may abound. His answer is, “may it never be!” He can answer his question in this way because grace has two definitions. One is the unmerited favor and love of God towards an undeserving people, so we know that no matter what we do, God will show His love for us. But the second is that grace is the power of God to do the will of God, which means that grace enables us to walk in freedom from sin.