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
To hear necessitates action; if we hear the words of Jesus and yet don’t act on what He said, we did not hear because we did not respond. In order to hear, we must be desperate for the Lord, separating ourselves from what would keep us from acting and present in a believing community.
Amid uncertainty, we must remember two things – Jesus is King and we are called to love, serve and follow Him above all else. While the challenges of today may seem immense, God calls us to live our lives with an eternal mindset. Following Jesus is about biblical truth and living accordingly.
We have to acknowledge that sin is never just about us—it always affects others. Broken relationships and a lack of forgiveness drive all sin and hinder us from the fullness of life God has for us. When we are submitted to God and press into repentance, there is power in our life.
Just like an undercurrent in the ocean, culture is slowing eroding the message of the Gospel. But Jesus gave His followers a tool to combat the pull of culture – the Lord’s Prayer. In it, He clarifies who He is, calls us to forgiveness, challenges us to trust His for our provision and gives us a model of how to pray. In the midst of everything happening in the world, we are called to be those to pray.
Perspective is everything. The American mindset puts us at the center of our own story. But the Kingdom narrative says that our lives are part of God’s greater story. When King Jesus is rightly enthroned in our lives and we’re living with the people of God for the Kingdom of God, we find victory. Wherever the King is ruling and reigning, that’s where the Kingdom is.