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Risk

Today, Jady Griffin shared a message on transitions and the risks we have to take to make it through. Life transitions aren’t easy, but there is a promise from God that He will be with us through the process and bring us to our destination.

Key Takeaways:
  • There is nothing in life actually more complex than transitioning from one place to another place.
  • Don’t let the pain of your transition allow you to miss your destination.
  • The only way we can make it through a transition into our destination is by remembering that God is with us along the way.
  • God wanted the Israelites to know: You’re wandering is not a waste.
  • Don’t stop one lap short.
  • How we respond in our holding patterns often determines how we enter into the destiny we’re waiting to for.
  • I will be with you,” Jesus went through great lengths to make that a reality for us.
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The Four Soils

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It doesn’t get much better than summer nights with friends and snow cones; even if you’re not into snow cones, which I totally don’t understand. What is there not to love?! It’s ice & sugar. And here in the 100° days of Texas, ice and sugar is equivalent to the nectar of heaven.

But seriously, summer is a blast. Swimming. Vacation. Family. And for college students, more free time and opportunities than you probably get in the other nine months of the year combined. That is why summer isn’t just fun – it can be the most catalytic time of year or the most crushing. The funny thing about summer is that it’s a pivotal break – a time where we can rest and refuel. And yet the summer “break” can be deceptive. All those options you were excited about can actually be your undoing. The truth is, in order to maximize your summer break, you need a plan.

Now that might be one of the craziest things you have ever read. “In order to rest, I have to have a plan? I thought rest WAS the plan… Sleep till noon, eat bonbons all day and just chill.”

Living things don’t just chill; they are either progressing or regressing.

My heart for us this summer is that we would heed the words of Jesus in Mark 4 where He tells a story about soil. Now I’ve gotta be honest; I can’t say I know a ton about soil. The only jungle I’m about is the concrete one. I do the great indoors. But all that changed recently when our college staff spent some time with a farmer. And here’s what we learned:

Good soil doesn’t just happen. Good soil has to be cultivated.

Jesus gives us a clear picture in Mark 4 of a heart moving forward. A heart I believe we must have in order for these final weeks of summer to rock us and not crush us. It’s now July and it’s time for a re-up. Watch this video we made about “the parable of all parables,” and after it’s over, ask yourself what will make your summer a win. Let’s be good soil. I believe in you.

By Jady Griffin, Associate College Pastor

College in Capetown

Each summer, Antioch’s college ministry sends out teams of students on short term “Impact Trips,” giving them the chance to experience sharing the love of God in other countries, and even in other cities in the U.S.

This summer, the college ministry sent teams out to North Africa, Mongolia, India, Capetown, Brazil and Portland. We caught up with college staff member Maddie Phenix and asked her to share about her impact trip to Capetown, South Africa in July.

How do you think impact trips change the lives of the college students who go on them?

Our international college trips have the unique ability to have life-altering impact on each and every college student who chooses to go, voluntarily placing themselves in a new setting and environment where they are stretched out of their comfort zone and into a position where their dependence on God skyrockets. As a staff, we pray and converse with our long term teams (families and groups of individuals who have committed for a certain number of years to see a church network established) to find the best locations and destinations to send our college teams to for their trips. Students’ lives are transformed by the change in scenery, the relationships built with our long term teams and daily moments scattered throughout the three weeks. Almost every student returns with a testimony to share about their first time to share the full Gospel, their first time to see someone decide to follow Jesus, their first time to see God move in power or their first time to experience the power of the Church bringing hope, life, and joy to a broken nation. What God is able to do in the life of a student during a three week trip in a foreign nation cannot be replicated or duplicated in everyday life here in Waco.

What is something you learned about God specifically through meeting with Him in Capetown?

God is on the move in the African continent. It was exciting and inspiring to be a part of something that felt so much bigger than myself. Cape Town is a dynamic city because different parts and regions feel like our modernized America, while other areas have a European flavor and still other major parts definitely feel like underdeveloped Africa. Our team got to interact with believers and non-believers in both area!. It was powerful to see the gospel penetrate hearts and birth hope and life into every form of society in Cape Town. Also, the country is gorgeous! The best way to describe Cape Town is to say it is a collision of the Colorado Mountains and California beaches. Waking up to that environment every day awakened my eyes to the beauty of God’s creation.

How have you been changed by going on impact trips?

My first Impact Trip was to Haiti in 2010 after the enormous earthquake that devastated much of that country. That trip, in particular, demonstrated the power of the local church as our team of 16 college students shared the Gospel, baptized new believers and discipled Haitians.  In the face of poverty and utter destruction, we were able to shift the atmosphere of a nation by bringing the hope and life of Jesus.   Also having had the opportunity to go on trips to Uganda and India, my eyes have been opened to the beauty and glory of God that rests in different people from every nation, tribe and tongue.  My heart has been shaped by more than just what I grew up knowing as normal. Laying my hands on the sick in India, playing in the streets with orphans in Uganda, sharing the Gospel with college students in Cape Town and baptizing believers on the shore of Haiti have all dramatically altered my perspective of life, joy, purpose and my relationship with God and others. I am eternally grateful for my experiences on Impact Trips- they have forever changed me.

What was a trip highlight for you?

I was in a group with four other people from my team and we were eating lunch at a place called “Wimpy’s.” Our waitress’ name was Susan and we had engaged with casual conversation with her as she took our order and brought us our drinks. Whenever she brought out our burgers and asked if there was anything else we needed, I simply told her that we were a group of students from America who loved Jesus and wanted to bless her by praying for any need she had or by sharing the story of Jesus with her. She excitedly responded to us by telling us that she had never been told the story of Jesus and that she wanted some of her friends that were working to come and hear the story. We were able to share the entire gospel with Susan and her friends, everything from God creating the heavens and the earth to Jesus dying on the cross for each of our sins and then how his resurrection gives us all victory over sin and death. By the end of our story, three more of Susan’s friends had joined the circle. It was amazing! After we wrapped everything up, we asked Susan and her friends again if they had heard that story. Each of them discussed and came to the conclusion that they had heard bits and pieces, but never the full story.  Hoping that today would be their day of salvation, we asked them if they wanted to have a relationship with God and ask Jesus to come and take away their sins by putting their faith fully in Him. They were hesitant to put their faith fully in Jesus because of some questions they still had but were open and willing to dialogue more on different day when could take another break from work. Before we left them all, we asked if we could pray for them. One of the ladies sitting there had a burn on her hand giving her much pain. We were able to pray for her in Jesus’ name and the pain immediately stopped. Also, we prayed for girl who was struggling with some issues that had surfaced from a broken relationship she had been involved in. As we prayed for her and told her how much Jesus loved her and had a plan for her life, she began to weep. It was an incredibly powerful moment and a life-changing lunch for 7seven waitresses at Wimpy’s Diner.

What does the college ministry do to prep students to go on these trips?

Our preparation for these trips begins at the very beginning of the school year as we start to prayerfully consider where the trips will be sent the next summer. By the end of October, we have our trips finalized and begin to talk with our college leaders to pray and plan on who will lead each trip. As soon as the trip locations are announced, the numerous interest meetings begin for each individual team. By December, teams begin to form, conversations with parents continue to happen and dates begin to be penciled into the calendar. After teams are finalized, we encourage our team leaders to have 3-5 meetings with their teams to build chemistry, communicate details and equip them on the culture of their chosen country. At the end of the spring semester, we have a day and a half training called School for the Nations. It is an orientation type format for every college student that is going with Antioch on any of our Impact Trips. At this training, we equip, envision, and inspire our students to go and make disciples of all nations. As a staff, we look forward to this time to equip the students, as well as give vision and encouragement to each of our teams that will be heading out the door as soon as the end of May.

If you have any questions about Impact Trips or Antioch’s college ministry, contact Meredith Gordon. You can also follow Antioch College Ministry on twitter!

Buck The Stuck

I remember riding up the chairlift one clear, crisp winter day with a buddy of mine as we spent the day snowboarding. As we flew over the tops of the trees beneath us, he asked if I had ever heard of a tree hole before.

As a born and raised Texan, I was new to the whole winter-sport realm and had no clue as to what he was talking about. What I learned that day, though, I will never forget. You see, as snow falls, the branches of a tree act as a ruff and stop the snow from gathering directly at the base of the tree. Still, the wind throughout the winter blows the snow underneath the tree, making it look like the snow has a consistent depth across the forest floor. In reality, that illusion of snowy, level ground is a deceptive false floor. If you find yourself in one of these tree holes, it is virtually impossible to make your way out alone. You are stuck with nothing to hang on to and no where to go.

It’s interesting that even though most of us haven’t been stuck in a tree hole, and have no clue about how that would feel, we know exactly what it feels like to be stuck.

Stuck might be one of the worst feelings on the earth, and trying to get unstuck on our own can at times result in becoming even more stuck. The heart of God isn’t that you would live stuck in a tree hole, but that you would “buck the stuck” in your life and live free of what seems to be holding you down. In Mark 5, Jesus has a run-in with a woman who was right there; she was stuck. She had been bleeding for 12 years and in verse 24 it says, “She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.”

Have you ever felt like you were doing all the right things and getting all the wrong results?

This woman at the end of herself took an aggressive step to be in a place where she would have an encounter with a man she had heard would “unstuck the stuck.” Starting in verse 27 it says, “ When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ ‘You see the people crowding against you,’ His disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’

If you want to buck the stuck in your life, you need to break the silence and reach for Jesus. This woman did what very few of us are willing to do; tell the whole truth and reach out for help.

I believe if we get real, open up about what is happening in us and reach for Jesus, we will find ourselves rescued from what we thought we would have to endure.

I believe this week is a “buck the stuck” week in your life. Go ahead; break the silence and reach.

By Jady Griffin

Did you miss this sermon? You can watch it here!