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Baptism Bash 2019

“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4

This week, we celebrated with eighty-six people as they publicly declared their decision to follow Jesus through baptism. There really is nothing better than seeing people step into new life with Jesus! Throughout our morning, lead pastor Carl Gulley led us through a recap, and took a look back at all God did throughout the year. We capped it all off with baptisms, and it was the sweetest end to an incredible school year!


Raised to Life

“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4

 This morning U.S. Director Drew Steadman shared on the significance of baptism. Baptism itself does not seal our salvation, but serves as a symbol of our decision to follow Jesus. Similar to a wedding symbolizing the covenant of a marriage, baptism is a symbol of our covenant with God. It is an act of obedience and a declaration of the new life we have in Jesus! We centered our morning around Romans 6:1-10, and took a look at what it means to be buried and raised with Christ through baptism.


We are saved by grace and grace alone. We cannot earn our salvation though works or anything else. Being saved by grace doesn’t mean we should just go on doing whatever we want. If this is our perspective, then we really don’t understand salvation.


Baptism is the symbol that declares that change. By definition, baptism is the process of immersing someone in water as a sign of their new faith in Christ and their inclusion in the Church. This isn’t a symbol that just popped up in the New Testament, it is weaved all throughout the Old Testament.


The story of Noah and the ark is more than a fun Sunday school story. It is actually a sobering example of the destruction of sin. Because of the wickedness sin caused in humanity, the flood washed away everything on earth and made a way for new life. The flood waters, similar to the baptism waters, symbolize the cleansing and washing away of our sins.


In Exodus, God supernaturally parted the Red Sea and made a way for the Israelites to step into freedom. This symbolized His promise to destroy our oppressors and set us free. The waters represent crossing the barrier between slavery and freedom.


After freeing Israel from slavery, God promised them a new land to settle in, but they wandered for forty years before inheriting the land. Once again, they came across a flooded and impassable Jordan river that prevented them from entering. God supernaturally parted the water and allowed them to cross and claim their land. The Baptism waters remind us of the promises and inheritance we step into.


At the sound of God’s voice, creation emerged out of the waters. Baptism signifies the new life we receive when we give our life to Jesus. When we accept grace and salvation, we are cleansed of our sin and made and new creation.


The Bible says we are baptized into Jesus, meaning we take part in His death, burial and resurrection. In order to step into the new life, we first need to die to our old self. Our sin will continue to filter into every area of our life until we lay aside our old selves and allow Jesus to be at the center.


God isn’t asking us to have it all together to come to Him. He invites us in our brokenness and promises to make us new. Baptism isn’t a requirement for salvation. It is a symbol of our new self being raised to life with Jesus.


Next Sunday is our Baptism Bash! It is going to be a celebration of new life, and if you would like to be a part, you can sign up here. If you would like to learn more about baptism, click here.

Water Baptism

Today Jimmy Seibert shared a message on the significance of water baptism. By definition, baptism means to immerse completely. But it is much more than that – it is an outward declaration of an inner reality. Baptism does not determine our salvation, but it symbolizes the cleansing of our sin, and it is a key that unlocks the things of God. Being baptized is an act of obedience, and when we take steps of obedience, we have joy and power. We need the power of God in order to do the things He has set before us.

Baptism is for anyone who believes in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism publicly declares that our heart intent is to fully follow Jesus. Whether someone is eight-years-old or eighty-years old, if their heart is fully given to Jesus, they can be baptized.

We are so excited to celebrate baptisms at our annual Baptism Bash on May 20th! Whether you have already been baptized or you are planning to get baptized, we encourage you to join us at either of our services.


  • Read more about the power of baptism in your time with God this week. There are around 100 verses or references to choose from throughout the New Testament. We read out of Acts 2 this morning, so you can start there.
  • Get baptized at our Baptism Bash on May 20th! If you have fully given given your life to Jesus but haven’t been baptized, we encourage you to take that next step in declaring your faith. You can sign up for our Baptism Bash here.
  • As believers, we continually need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit because we need the fresh filling of the power of God. Pray for a fresh filling today.

Find Water

When I lived in Indonesia, I ran across a group of Indonesians who had a desire to share the gospel with anyone they met. They were really excited and always carried a backpack with a Bible inside and something else – a bathing suit! Their theory was that when we find someone who is ready to believe, the next step is Baptism. So, they needed to always be ready to “find water” because often in the Bible salvation is followed quickly with baptism.


It is a personal decision between God and a man, woman or child!  But baptism is the act of going public with your faith. Water baptism for an Indonesian, and I believe for many others in the world, isn’t a small decision. Baptism is the “line” that many Indonesians will come up to but not cross because they know this is when they aren’t just keeping their faith to themselves anymore. By the act of baptism, they are proclaiming to family, friends and strangers that they are a follower of Jesus. They are “all in.”

In the Book of Acts there is an Ethiopian man that believes. Philip, the apostle, finds this man trying to figure out what the Bible is saying and who is this Savior he is reading about. Philip explains to him about Jesus and the man wholeheartedly believes. As they travel the man sees a body of water and says, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Philip baptizes him right then – hours, maybe even minutes after salvation.

But did he know the Roman road salvation plan?

He hadn’t even heard a Billy Graham sermon.

He probably didn’t even know the 10 Commandments at this point. And he probably couldn’t tell you more than a couple of stories in the Bible.


So, he got baptized.

I work with kids and they have all kinds of thoughts about baptism. I’m sure some of us have the same thoughts, but don’t say anything for fear of being wrong. Below are some of the reasons kids have thought you get baptized:

  1. “The water washes off all your sins.”
  2. “God cleans your heart when you go under the water.”
  3. “The water is magic water and helps you to never ever sin again.”

Often kids think baptism is the time when your sins are wiped away. So, I get to talk to them about the moment they believed.  We talk about where they were and what they felt when they prayed to receive Jesus. At that point, their sins were forgiven, and they began a relationship with Jesus. They are forgiven by God for all their sin, and we talk about how amazing forgiveness is. We talk about how everyone doesn’t know about what God has done in their life, but baptism gives them the opportunity to let others know.


We go in the water to show people that we were full of sin. But then we met Jesus and die to our old way of life. When we come up from the water, we show everyone what has happened to us on the inside – we have become a new creation.

So, we find water when we find Jesus so everyone else can see what God has done and perhaps find Him themselves!

If you are interested in getting baptized at our Baptism Bash on May 20th, sign up here!

By Shawn Dunn – Kids Pastor

The Three Baptisms

Today Jimmy shared a message on repentance, the obedience of water baptism and the power of the Holy Spirit. When we repent, we are acknowledging our need for a Savior. After we give our life to Jesus, the next act of obedience is water baptism. Water baptism is a public declaration of our faith and a celebration of the glory of God. When we give our life to Jesus, we also receive the Holy Spirit. When we are daily walking out in the Holy Spirit, we have authority to help the people around us.


  • To repent means we take ownership of our sin and turn to a Savior.
  • Our sin affects everyone.
  • There is a solution for sin, His name is Jesus.
  • We’re all on a journey, a sanctification process, but that doesn’t nullify the work of God.
  • No matter what you do, God is going to be faithful because you have called on His name.
  • A water baptism is our identification with the death of Jesus, so our identification with the life of Jesus can be made known to the world around us.
  • Every time we respond to God’s word in obedience, it is a celebration of the beauty of God.
  • Our obedience to Jesus is a declaration to the rest of the world.
  • When we call on the name of the Lord, the Spirit of God comes and seals us.
  • There is no way to be a child of God without the Spirit of God.
  • We believe the power of the Holy Spirit is for today because people need the power of God.


Next Sunday we are declaring the new life found in Jesus with a Baptism Bash during each of our services! If you have given your life to Jesus and would like to get baptized, we encourage you to sign up at antio.ch/baptismbash17. It is going to be a sweet time as we worship and celebrate together, and we hope you jump in with us!

Responding to Jesus

Dear Antioch Family,

Wow, last week was incredible as we celebrated Jesus – His death, burial and resurrection. On Thursday night we had a sweet and powerful time together at our Communion Service. On Good Friday we had the Stations of the Cross in our Prayer Room where young and old, families and individuals came to remember the journey Jesus took on our behalf.

On Easter Sunday we had more 5,000 men, women and children gather to not only celebrate Jesus, but to respond to the invitation to believe in Him, receive from Him and belong to Him. We won’t know the full impact of the weekend until Eternity, but we do know that more than 100 people responded to the Gospel and committed in their hearts to follow Jesus!

We also know that hundreds of others were ministered to, strengthened, built up, touched and healed by God’s great grace. Thank you to all that volunteered, thank you to all who were a part of the journey. The greatest thing about Easter, for us as believers, is that it can be lived out every day of our lives. Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, we are His sons and daughters, alive with full access to His Spirit and His grace.

If you know people who have recently given their lives to Jesus, I encourage you to invite them to church again this Sunday. I will be teaching on “The Three Baptisms” and talking about what it means to live a new life in Jesus, to be baptized in water and to be filled with the Spirit. On Sunday, April 30th we’ll have our annual Baptism Bash where we will spend the entire service worshipping and baptizing people who have just come to know Jesus and those who have believed but have never followed through with water baptism. I want to encourage you to jump in the river with us, whether that is figuratively or literally, as we look forward to our Baptism Bash 2017!

If you or anyone you know is interested in getting baptized on the 30th, please sign up at antio.ch/baptismbash17.

Looking forward to a great Sunday with you!

In His strength and love,


Baptism Bash 2016

We will never get tired of celebrating people as they declare to follow Jesus! Today, more than 100 people were baptized and 40 babies were dedicated. We are amazed at the way the love of God can impact someone’s life! Check out some of our highlights from our Baby Dedication and Baptism Bash:



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Special thanks to our photographers: Jacob Simmons, Nate Emerson, Dannielle Perez and Joe Griffin for helping us capture the amazing moments from the day!


Today, our Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert talked about taking steps of obedience and the power of baptism. By definition, baptism means to immerge and to plunge. For believers, baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing our declaration to follow Jesus.

Key Takeaways:
  • Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality.
  • A simple act of obedience turns a key that opens the door to breakthrough and unlocks your destiny and purpose.
  • Baptism identifies us with Jesus.
  • Baptism is an act of obedience.
  • Baptism is a picture of cleansing from sin.
  • Baptism unlocks power and ministry in and through our lives.
  • Matthew 28 isn’t the “great suggestion,” but the Great Commission.
Key Scriptures:
Get Baptized!

If you would like to be baptized, sign up to participate in our Baptism Bash on Sunday, May 29th!

Week{end} in Pictures

What an incredible weekend! Here’s a run down of all that we did:

  • The Waco Loves West community outreach had more than 150 volunteers who helped with yard work, basic carpentry and plumbing, moving and cleaning. Watch this story about the day from KWTX.
  • Jimmy had a book signing at Mardel. Lots of people came out in support of him and his new book, Passion & Purpose.
  • On Sunday we celebrated new life with our Baby Dedication and Baptism Bash.  Eighty-five people were baptized! Watch this video to see some of the incredible stories of transformation. You will be blown away at how God’s love can impact a life!
  • Christianity Today listed Passion & Purpose in their June issue’s “New and Noteworthy” section.
  • The Waco Trib wrote a great article about some of the new things going on at Antioch.

It was such a memorable weekend!


Team work at its best!

Serving people in West, Texas in really practical ways like clean up and moving.

Some of the professional landscapers who helped.

Praying for the Blankenships at our Sunday church service as they head out to the LA area to plant a church.

Jimmy speaking a blessing over the babies and families at our Baby Dedication.

“There He was. There was Jesus. I’d been away from Him for 73 years and He was waiting for me to come back.”

Praying over a sweet little girl who was just baptized.

So much joy and life!

Raised to walk in newness of life!

So many sweet little ones making a decision to live for Jesus forever.

Our Spanish service, Antioch Español, held a baptism service as well!

Passion and Purpose is one of Christian Today’s “New and Noteworthy” books in their June issue:

The Waco Trib wrote a great article about some of the things going on at Antioch: