Dear Antioch Family,
This past Sunday we had an incredible time hearing from our dear friends, Chip and Joanna Gaines. God has done so much in their lives over the past few years and they were able to share the story behind the story with us.
They started off by talking about who Jesus is to them and when their relationship with Him became real. In the Gospels, Jesus asks His disciples who other people say He is. He goes on to ask, “But who do you say that I am?” This is a question that all of us, no matter who we are, need to answer.
They shared about how their families and community have helped them in their journey. Both Chip and Joanna had Godly families that cared for them and created an environment of unconditional love. It was inspiring to hear them honor their parents and the lessons they learned at home and how they are applying those same things to their family today. They also talked about the church community and the power of what we call Lifegroup – the small group community that has gathered around them through the years to pray with them, stand with them and put hope in their hearts.
We got to hear about what strengthens their marriage and how they keep love fresh and alive. And they shared some powerful testimonies of what God has done through Magnolia. As they ended Chip talked about what I often call the death, burial and resurrection of a dream or a promise. In John 12:24 Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies it bears much fruit.” Often times God puts a dream in our hearts but we go through times where it doesn’t look like the dream is going to come to fruition and we have to persevere before we ultimately see a resurrection. Time and time again, we find that God is faithful if we hold on to Him through the process and the persevering.
All of these key issues matter not only for Chip and Joanna, but for all of us. Let me encourage you to watch the interview again and answer those questions about your own life:
- Who is Jesus to you?
- How has your family affected your life?
- How does church community work in and through our lives?
- What does it mean to keep your marriage and family alive?
- How do you work through the process of the death, burial and resurrection of a dream?
Be sure and pass this on to family or friends – especially anyone who is wrestling or struggling in life. I pray it will bring hope, help and healing to them. Also, let me encourage you to pray for Chip and Joanna. God has given them a platform but there are also many pressures and challenges and we want to pray for God to continue to give them favor, covering and protection in the journey.
In His strength and love,