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Testimonies from Across
the Antioch Movement

2017 has been an incredible year for the Antioch Movement! Our churches are growing, lives are being transformed and cities are being impacted. It has been so encouraging to see what God is doing around this nation, here are just a few testimonies:

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN //

There is a girl in one of our Lifegroups who has considered herself a Universalist since college. She is a young mom and she and her husband have found a lot of life by being in community, but she still had walls up toward God. She had a rough family background, and that played a part in her skewed view of God and herself. As she began being discipled, walls started to come down and things started clicking. On Halloween, she called and said, “I finally understand that God loves me, He died for me and He is good!” There is still a lot of healing that needs to happen, but she has given her life to Jesus, was baptized and is continuing to learn more about God.

A woman from China showed up at church one Sunday, and a family invited her to Lifegroup. As they were doing a Discovery Bible Study, they noticed how she just kept reading verses and flipping through pages. The family soon realized this woman had never been allowed to have or read a Bible in China. The Lifegroup leader shared the Gospel with her and invited her back the next week. We’re excited to see how the rest of the story unfolds, and it was amazing to see her excitement as she read the Word of God for the first time.

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS //

This past summer, a college Lifegroup took an international trip and while there, Josh got a big heart for international students. He started offering rides to international students to go to the grocery store and built relationship with one student named Sham. Since being in America, Sham has struggled with depression. Josh shared the Gospel with Sham and brought him to Lifegroup where he gave his life to Jesus. He has since experienced freedom from depression and anxiety. Go God!

FORT WORTH, TEXAS //

Last month, a freshman from TCU was struggling with suicidal thoughts and attended one of our services. During the service he felt the love and presence of God like never before, and gave his life to Christ. He is continuing to be transformed and is getting baptized this week!

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON //

This past year, Mosaic Community Church in Seattle raised more than $1 million to purchase a building in a strategic location in the city. They are now working together as a church to renovate the space and make it their own. Check out their new space, and consider partnering with them financially to see their building project finished.

Better Than You Think

Have you ever had something that was better than you thought it would be? It’s like the best thing ever. Nothing makes you feel like more of a winner than when something you bought is better than you thought it would be!

This is how I feel about Chipotle EVERY time I go! I know I’m going to spend less then $10 and have a delicious meal. But somehow, every time I walk out of Chipotle I leave feeling like a winner because my chicken bowl is always better than I thought it would be.

I think God is a lot like my chicken bowl at Chipotle. Other than the fact that the two have nothing in common, they are the same in that over the years I’ve begun to realize that God is ALWAYS better than I think. Always!

One way He continually shows me that He is better than I think is through His outrageous love.

I used to think I had a pretty good grasp on God’s love. He’s a good father, He loves me, you know, all that stuff. I was ready for the deep stuff, ready to move on from the elementary truth that “Jesus loves me” and dig into some big boy, pastor stuff like the rapture.

Then Rose was born.  Rose is my almost 2-year-old daughter and she is something special! When she was born I started to think and feel and do things I hadn’t ever thought, felt or done before. Saying that I love Rose just doesn’t seem to cut it. I love her SO MUCH!

You know that SO love? That love that pulls on you, moves you and makes you look silly? That love that hurts so good? Yeah that. That happened.

One morning when I was feeling good about how great of a dad I was the Holy Spirit spoke to me, “Andrew, you’ll never be a better dad than Me.” He wasn’t saying it to discourage me with comparison, I could tell He was inviting me into something deeper. If as Rose’s dad I SO love her…and I can’t be a better dad than God…how much must He SO love me? How much must He SO love you?

In John 3:16 God says He “…SO LOVED the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

What if Jesus doesn’t just love you? What if Jesus SO LOVES you?

What if the God of all creation, in all of His majestic perfection and power, looks at you and has such a deep, compulsory, powerful and dare I say foolish affection for you that He passionately dives head first into your dirty diaper, can’t really speak very well, don’t know how to walk, spills everything all the time (figuratively or literally…) life not because He is obligated to do so as the all-powerful, stately Ruler Of The Universe but as your Father that SO loves you?

In Response:

What would be different about your life today if you believed God SO loves you, that He voluntarily gave His life to pay your debt and forever be with you – because He really likes you?

Would you be free to ditch that grudge? Would you like yourself more? Would you worry less? Would you laugh a little more easily?

Maybe God is SO good that the knowledge of His SO love doesn’t actually have a ceiling on it…or a floor…or walls (Ephesians 3:18-19). Maybe today, no matter where you are, what you think or what you’ve experienced the love of God is better than you think.

By Andrew Znachko, Antioch College Station Executive Pastor

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Andrew and his daughter Rose