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Easter 2018

Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and the life we have because of Him! Lead Pastor Carl Gulley shared on the impact the cross has on our lives. Jesus closed the gap between our performance and God’s perfection, and now we can have relationship with Him. From our Kids Ministry to our main services, we are so thankful for everyone who joined and worshiped with us.

CHECK OUT SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR MORNING:

Check out yesterday’s message from Carl Gulley here.

The Meaning of the Cross

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

EASTER IS A TIME TO NOT ONLY CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, BUT ALSO ALL HE ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS.

Jesus took our sin on the cross, was dead for three days and then was raised to life before He ascended to heaven. This new life we each have access to is unbelievable and wonderful, but at least for me I know I can become accustomed to this good news. The power of what Jesus did on the cross is not diminished, but my celebration and sensitivity toward it can be. The approach of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter are reminders for me to re-examine my heart and invite God to sink the power and magnitude of the cross deeper into my heart.

WE WANT OUR HEARTS TO BE OPEN TO GREATER REVELATION OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS.

Because of this, March 29th through Aril 1st, we are having the Stations of the Cross in Antioch’s Prayer and Equipping Center. This room, located at Fort and 20th, will be a place where you can engage in a self-guided time of Scripture reading, reflection and prayer. There will be multiple interactive stations as well as an opportunity to take communion.

My prayer is that through the Stations of the Cross, the revelation of what Jesus has done for us would continue to sink deeper into our minds and hearts, we would experience more deeply the love of the Father and draw nearer to Jesus in anticipation of Easter.

Please come join us as we journey through the Stations of the Cross!

By Olivia Andrade

Reaching our City this Easter Season

With the Easter season, comes the opportunity to not only celebrate the life Jesus gives us, but also invite those around us to hear the gospel message, again or for the first time.

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

This verse is what we are inviting people into when we invite them to attend the Palm Sunday production or Easter services. There is really nothing better than having the opportunity to invite people into relationship with Jesus! If you are looking for ways to invite people and get involved in our Palm Sunday production and Easter services, here are a few practical ways you can be a part.

WAYS YOU CAN JUMP IN:

  • INVITE SOMEONE TO OUR PALM SUNDAY EASTER PRODUCTION // Performances of “John, His Story” by Jeannette Clift George are Saturday, March 24th,  at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 25th, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. In thjs production, four people creatively portray 27 characters, and bring the Gospel of John to life. It’s family-friendly, but we will also have Kids Ministry available for birth through 6th grade. If you aren’t bringing someone with you, we encourage you to attend the Saturday performance to make room for guests as we anticipate large attendance on Sunday.
  • INVITE SOMEONE TO JOIN YOU EASTER SUNDAY // We will have inspiring music and an encouraging message in our Auditorium, as well as fun activities planned for kids ages birth through 6th grade. This is a wonderful time to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to hear the Gospel. Services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • INVITE SOMEONE TO THE ALPHA COURSE STARTING APRIL 9th // Alpha is for anyone who is looking for a place to explore the meaning of life and have open discussions about the challenging questions regarding the Christian faith. Whether you are new to following Jesus or not, anyone is welcome as we explore these important questions.
  • VOLUNTEER MARCH 24th, 25th OR EASTER SUNDAY // We’re expecting lots of guests this Easter season and invite you to serve during a service and bless our guests! If you’re available to volunteer, please let us know by filling out and submitting this form.

We are so excited to celebrate this Easter season together!

Week{end} in Pictures: Easter

Thank you to all who participated in our Easter Sunday festivities! Below are a few pictures from this weekend. Enjoy!

We have more than 900 kids visit our Kids Ministry this Sunday during our Easter services!

James Mark Gulley and the band led us in a powerful time of worship.

Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert shared an inspiring message on the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Our amazing team of volunteers served our kids this Sunday and had a blast!

The kids in our Quest classroom enjoyed an entertaining message by one of our volunteers.

We hosted four services this past Sunday in order to accommodate all of our guests!

Our Kids Ministry led a fun interactive worship and prayer time with the kids.

Thank you for joining us for Easter Sunday despite the rainy weather!

The Challenge

While a student at Baylor, I sought to share the Gospel with those around me. One time I asked a cashier if he knew the story of Easter. To be honest, my question seemed cheesy and I cringed while awaiting his response. But his reply stunned me.

He slowly shook his head. I felt he must have misunderstood, so I rephrased the question, asking if anyone had ever shared about Jesus dying of the cross. Again, he gave the same reply. I recognized this was a sacred moment and had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with him for the very first time.

This experienced opened my eyes. There are people here in our city, people in your unique sphere of influence, who don’t know who Jesus is. Some have never heard of Him while others have never been given a chance to respond.

Easter is an incredible opportunity to share the Gospel. We have a nationwide holiday celebrating the Gospel.

People are more open to visiting church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other day of the year. What better way to celebrate the Gospel story than making sure those we interact with have a chance to hear it?

As you consider how to respond, read 2 Corinthians 5:18-20:

“God … reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

We have been entrusted with an incredible message, the true meaning of Easter. Jesus died to reconcile us to God.  That is worth celebrating this Easter. But don’t stop there. Let’s make sure we actively invite others into this gift of relationship with Jesus.

I want to offer a specific challenge:

In the days leading up to Easter, pray daily for three to five people in your life who don’t know Jesus and then invite them to attend church with you, or even directly share your testimony. We will have invitation cards available on Sunday to help you invite someone. You can take as many as you like! Our Easter services will give a clear opportunity for people to respond to the Gospel.

Let’s celebrate the resurrection this Easter. Let’s live in awe of what Jesus did for us, and let’s faithfully extend His message to others.

By Drew Steadman, Director of Ministries and U.S. Church Planting

Our Easter Weekend in Pictures

There is never a bad time to remember and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior.

And we really loved getting to come together as church body to celebrate Easter this year! From the Community Feast, to our Sunday worship service to our Kids Ministry, Jesus was high and lifted up and His sacrifice remembered. Thanks to everyone who joined us – we hope you had a powerful experience encountering the presence of God.

The Community Feast handed out 200 invitations to our Easter services at bars and hotels:

The Community Feast kids and adults celebrated Easter on Friday night with a meal, worship, teaching and fun games:

Easter morning brought a stunning sunrise over Antioch’s arch:

Our Easter service started with a dynamic spoken word piece and featured a huge choir on stage:

Our Senior Pastor, Jimmy Seibert, delivered a message on how Jesus brings us from a failure to a future. Meanwhile, our Journey Pastor, Jessie Nahom, shares the joy of Easter with our 1st – 3rd graders:

We’re excited! Waco Drive and 20th Street is open again: