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The Power of Prayer // Part Two

“For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit…” Hebrews 4:12

This week, senior pastor Jimmy Seibert continued our series, The Power of Prayer, with a message on praying the Word of God. Whether praying for breakthrough in our personal lives or on behalf of other people, we can all get to a point where we aren’t sure what to pray. This is where we need the Word of God. When we pray the Words of God, it paves the way for Him to move.


We need the Words and promises of God at the center of our prayers. Otherwise, we’ll run out of what to pray. When we declare Scripture over our lives and the lives of those we are believing for, we never have to worry about whether or not we’re praying accurately. The Word of God is always applicable and will never return void.


  • From the moment we wake up, we can use Scripture as our framework to lead us into worship and prayer. Jimmy gave the example of breaking down Psalm 103.
    • “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name” // Start by worshipping and declaring the character of God.
    • “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits” // Verse two calls us to declare who God is and recount the places where we have seen His goodness.
    • This week take time to go through the next few verses of Psalm 103, and start your day by declaring the very Words of God.
  • We also want to intentionally pray into the lives of those around us. It isn’t enough to just ask God to bless our family, friends, co-workers and others we’re believing for. Ask God for Scriptures and promises you can pray and declare. The Word of God can never be shaken, and if we are standing on His promises, we can pray with confidence for those around us.


  • Scripture says to, “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) meaning we are continually invited to pray. Whether you are driving to drop the kids off at school, heading to work or walking to class, pray for the businesses and other places you pass. Ask God to bless the various places, and for Him to be glorified in every area of our city.
  • If we’re honest, we forget to actually pray after we tell someone we’ll pray for them. If you are able, pause and pray for someone the moment they ask for prayer.


  • We can be confident both in the character of God, and in the truth that His promises and Words will never return void. Whether you’re believing for breakthrough in your personal life, for your family or your city, ask God for a promise that you can declare in the midst of the waiting. The promises of God are not contingent on our circumstances. We need the promises of God to be our solid foundation that we can stand on.

We are invited to pray, and God gives us the very words to pray through His Word. As the people of God, we are the number one activators of the presence of God. It’s through our prayers that we see the presence and power of God unleashed in our lives.


  • Ask God for a Scripture to daily declare over yourself. Write the verse on your mirror, a sticky note in your car or any other place that you’ll see every day. Continually declare the identity and promise God has for you.
  • Corporate prayer ministry // If you are interested in getting plugged into all we have going on with our corporate prayer ministry, visit their website.

The Power of Prayer //
Part One

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert kicked off our new series, The Power of Prayer. Throughout the next three weeks, we will be diving into what it means to unlock the power of prayer in our lives and see the promises of God come to pass through our prayers.

Every believer wants to have an effective prayer life, but very few understand how. The heart of God is for each of us to have a fruitful prayer life. Throughout our morning we took a look at Philippians 4:4-8 as a model for prayer over anxiety. A little anxiety in our lives can feel normal, but in Jesus we have access to total freedom from anxiety.

  • T: THANKSGIVING // Start with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:4 tells us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” When we rejoice, we enthusiastically celebrate and give praise. When we first give God thanks for all He has done in our lives, we put Him in His rightful place. Our praise is meant to precede prayer because praise gives us the perspective to pray.
  • H: HUMILITY // With humility, we give our requests to God. James 4:6, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” When we pray, we want to come with a humble spirit, rather than entitlement, acknowledging that God is in control and will work all things together for our good. If we go in with pride, anger, arrogance, etc. we miss the heart of God, and ultimately miss the power of humble prayer.
  • A: ALWAYS ATTACK ANXIETY // The reality of life is that anxiety is waiting for us at every turn. Everyone has different things in their lives that cause anxiety, but one common weapon that we all have is prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to not be anxious about anything. God invites us to give our anxieties to Him, and He promises that He will give us peace. Anxiety is not meant to be something that we get used to dealing with, we have access to freedom from anxiety. When we give our anxieties to God, we put them in a trustworthy place.
  • T: TRUTH // Philippians 4:8 says, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” We need to let the truth of God continually renew our minds. When we intentionally spend time in the Word of God and allow Him to shift our perspective, everything changes. We go from anticipating the worst to believing for God to meet us in our everyday.


We were made to live in freedom, and prayer is the key to unlocking freedom in our lives. When we give our anxieties to Jesus, we exchange our fear for faith, hope and love. Jesus is inviting us to pray. In that place, He wants to meet with us and give us breakthrough.


  • Use the Philippians 4 prayer model we talked through today. Whether you take five minutes or an hour of your day, we encourage you to pause and walk through each step of this prayer model. For a downloadable card to keep with you, click here.
  • Our Corporate Prayer Ministry has various events that you can jump in with throughout the week –
    • Jesus Hour // This hour of worship and intercession is every weekday from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium.
    • Encounter // Join us on Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium for an extended time of spirit-led worship, prayer and ministry.
    • Sign up for an hour of prayer // We encourage you to take an hour in the Prayer Room. You can jump in with an existing group or create your own. Visit our Corporate Prayer Ministry website to check out the weekly schedule and to sign up.
  • This morning, Jimmy mentioned the song, Look What the Lord has Done from the Brownsville Revival. If you need something to jump start your day with praise, check out this song!
  • If you are interested in learning more about the foundations of prayer, we encourage you to check out our past sermon series titled, Jesus, Teach Us to Pray.
  • If you are looking for resources on how to spend daily time with God, take a look at this packet.

Be One. Make One. // Part Two

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

Today senior pastor Jimmy Seibert and young adult pastor Chase Moore continued our series, Be one. Make one. by breaking down discipleship and sharing a few practical tools.

While tools and processes are helpful, we can’t let our focus shift from our relationship with Jesus. People and relationship are the centerpiece of discipleship. We want to walk out a life of encountering Jesus, and we want to help others do the same.


This morning, we introduced four types of discipleship:

1.Peer Discipleship // These are small groups where we find accountability, encouragement and sharpening. Peer discipleship is found within the structure of Lifegroup.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

2.Mentoring // This is the investment and input of spiritual fathers or mothers into our lives. These relationships form outside the structure of Lifegroup.

 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Timothy 2:2

3.Intensive // The Antioch Discipleship School is a great opportunity for intensive discipleship. These are medium to large groups focused on growth through a seasonal experience and led by a trained teacher or leader.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

4.Evangelistic // The purpose of evangelistic discipleship is to introduce people to Jesus and help them follow Him. We find this by investing in two to three people within our sphere of influence.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Peer and evangelistic discipleship should be a continual part of our lives as followers of Jesus.


  1. Discipleship is the genius of God // You will never be all Jesus has for you unless you’re investing in someone else. When we give, we end up receiving. It’s the way of the Kingdom. When we invest in others through discipleship, we end up learning more about Jesus.
  2. Discipleship is relational // People aren’t always looking for the right answer, they’re typically just looking for someone who cares. Building relationships doesn’t need to be difficult. Ask people for their story, and ask God about His heart for them.
  3. Discipleship is about modeling // Discipleship isn’t about being an expert, it’s about initiating relationships and growing together. We are called to follow Jesus and invite people to come along with us. Don’t ask people to do something you wouldn’t do as well.
  4. Discipleship is real time // Walking with people in discipleship is about meeting people right where they are. We aren’t calling people to do something, we’re walking thought life together and pointing one another to Jesus in every situation.


We are committed to the presence of Jesus when two to three of us gather. Meeting together in discipleship is not about empathizing with one another, it’s about pointing people toward Jesus.


1.S.O.S METHOD // One practical method you can apply when reading the Bible together is the SOS method. This is a series of questions that can help you deeper dive into a passage:

  • S: What does this passage say about God, and what does it say about me?
  • O: What am I being called to obey?
  • S: What do I share with those around me?

2.Accountability questions // Go through a list of questions to help one another stay accountable, and to go deeper into what is happening in one another’s lives. It’s one thing to tell one another what we do and don’t do, but it’s another thing to go deeper and talk about the heart behind our decisions.

Download the seven questions we talked about this morning here!

Discipleship is all about relationships. We need fathers and mothers to call us up, brothers and sisters to call us out and friends to walk with.

The Time Is Now

As I look back on 30 years of ministry, I’m overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God to answer our prayer that He would give us marvelous comrades that fear His name. He has exceeded our wildest dreams by bringing each of you into our midst.

Last fall, I began a journey with our local leaders at Antioch Waco and leaders across the Antioch Movement to seek what God has for us in 2019. After coming together, we all walked away with a deep sense of urgency.

We believe THE TIME IS NOW. This is the word of the Lord to us as the Antioch family for 2019.

Now is the time to return to our first love. Now is the time to humble ourselves with prayer and fasting. Now is the time for the restoration of broken families and marriages. Now is the time for radical discipleship and church planting. Now is the time for you to engage, be activated and live on mission.

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:15-16

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to share more about what God is speaking to us in this season. I wanted to take a moment to highlight the key elements of what we believe God is speaking to us for the year. Please take some time to watch the Five Circles of Church and The Time is Now from the past two weeks. I also encourage those of you who were unable to attend the church-wide Vision Night on Sunday to watch Lead Pastor Carl Gulley’s admonition to practically live out this calling in 2019.

In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because the people “did not recognize the time of [their] visitation.” I wholeheartedly believe that Jesus is giving us a window of time to turn to Him so that we will not miss the day of OUR visitation here locally, as a movement and as a nation.

We are called to be a people like those in the Book of Acts. I believe God has deposited a few core elements to anchor our hearts with His so that we would not miss His visitation in these days as we make a way for others to enter into His grace.

Apostolic Vision of Jesus //We are called to be an apostolic people who have an apostolic vision of Jesus. He has given us an invitation to step into to the Throne Room. He’s awaiting our response in this hour. Hebrews 10:19-23 assures us that by the blood of Jesus, the way has been made and the door is open for us to not only access, but to live in His presence.

Apostolic Lifestyle //Romans 13:11-13 warns that in the time of His visitation, we are called to lay aside the things of the world that we may lay hold of Him and make a way for others. Friends, “the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life” and “the way is broad that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13-14). Our commitment to the apostolic lifestyle can have an eternal impact on the lives of those around us.

Apostolic Mission //The world is living as sheep without a shepherd. Our world is unraveling and removing the foundations of Judeo-Christian values from every fabric of society. However, Jesus says in John 4:35-38 “…lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest…For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored…”.

Friends, THE TIME IS NOW. The time is NOW to return to Jesus and His throne in simplicity and purity of devotion. I look forward to all that God has for us in 2019 as we fully step into the calling of the Antioch family in this time.

Jimmy Seibert
Senior Pastor

5 Circles of Church

“Upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18b

The Body of Christ. The fullness of Christ. The army of God. The pillar and support of truth. The hope of the world. This is the Church.

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert reminded us of who we are called to be as the Church, and talked through the five circles of Church.


We want to live completely surrendered to Jesus and with a passion for His purposes. When we are all God has called us to be, the world sees Jesus. But first, we need to be anchored to Jesus and to His people. If we are anchored deep, we are able to extend wide and reach those that God has called us to.


1.ME AND JESUS // As the Church, we want to be committed and surrendered to Jesus. Being alone with Jesus through daily devotionals, we become more like Him. We can’t get our relationship with Jesus from someone else, it’s on us to meet with Him daily.

2.TWO – THREE GATHERED // Jesus says where two or three are gathered, there He is also (Matthew 18:20). We all need two or three people in our lives that really know the ins and outs of our life. This is discipleship. We are called to both be disciples and to make disciples. Jesus uses discipleship to multiply the Kingdom through His people.

3.HOUSE TO HOUSE // Acts 2:42-27)This is Lifegroup, the house to house gatherings where we share meals, pray with one another, share resources and live missionally. As we meet house to house and see the Church that Jesus promised come alive, and we can’t help but invite others into it.

4.CHURCH GATHERED // There is something special about the whole Church gathering together. It is a place of passionate worship, a place to celebrate and declare freedom, a place for the believers to be equipped and encouraged, a place where we contend and pray for one another and a place for the broken and hurting to find home.

5.IMAPCT THE WORLD // As the Church, we are called to impact the world through every location and vocation. When we are living out the other four circles, and are anchored in Jesus and His people, we have the power to live out the mission God has set before us. It is through the Church that we are empowered to express the glory of God on the earth.


We are the Church. With Jesus, we are the hope of the world.


“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

This week Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert shared a message on giving. We don’t give out of compulsion, we give because God wants to set us free in the area of finances. We need the hand of God in the middle of things. When we hold on to resources that are ultimately God’s and not ours, we invite the enemy to create chaos in our lives.


  1. We give consistently // Proverbs 3:9 tells us to honor the Lord with our finances and give Him our first fruits. We give consistently through tithing; meaning we give our first 10 percent to the Lord by supporting the local church. When we give the best first, we are trusting that God will bless the rest. Tithing is our consistent base for provision.
  2. We give above and beyond // We want to be a part of what God is doing in the world around us, and we can do that through offerings. Consider partnering with an overseas missionary or a local non-profit. When we give consistently through offerings, we get to be a part of the inheritance in the nations.
  3. We give spontaneously // This is the fun part! We don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the joy of giving. Without the discipline of consistency, we can’t have the spontaneity. When we submit our finances to the Lord, we can trust that He will provide for our needs and the needs of others. God doesn’t just want us to be blessed, He also wants us to be a blessing.


Choosing to give is choosing to be a part of what God is doing. It is also choosing to trust God with all that we have. When we give what we have, we can trust that God will multiply it and provide above and beyond.


For the next six months, we want to take on the challenge of giving consistently, giving above and giving spontaneously.

  1. Tithe // Choose a local church to partner with, and commit to giving your first 10 percent to that church. It can be Antioch, or it can be another church in our city. Whatever you choose, trust that when you give your best first, the other 90 percent will be blessed. If you would like to partner with Antioch, you can do so here.
  2. Offerings // Pray and ask God for a missionary or an organization that you can partner with for the next six months.
  3. Give spontaneously // Ask the Holy Spirit how you can be a part of blessing someone else.

Trust God with your resources because He will always give you a hundred fold return.

Passport Sunday

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'” Revelation 7:9-10 

Yesterday we celebrated Passport Sunday, a day of declaring our willingness to go wherever Jesus calls us. We want to be people that are committed to sharing the love of Jesus until all hear and know. The Church is God’s plan A for spreading His love to all people.

Throughout our morning, we talked about seven reasons why we want to be a part of the mission of God //

  1. World evangelization is possible
  2. We are the people of God on display for His glory
  3. People are hungry for Jesus, but the laborers are few
  4. We are motivated by God because He has already given us the power of the Holy Spirit
  5. Obedience is better than the sacrifice
  6. Eternity is forever, and the only way to get there is through Jesus
  7. Jesus is worthy

Everyone is made for relationship with Jesus, but many people still do not know about the very One they were made for. We want to be the people that respond and invite people into the greatest relationship they will ever know.


We encourage you to pray and ask God how you can be a part of His mission. Here are a few opportunities we have here at the church –

  1. Sign up for World Mandate // Join us February 1st – 2nd as we gather for a weekend of worship and teaching, and believe for God to awaken our hearts to what He is doing in the nations of the earth.
  2. ENGAGE THE NATIONS // ETN is an opportunity to serve for three months with one of our international teams. More information will be coming soon.

The Fear of the Lord is… //
Part Three

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert wrapped up our series on the fear of the Lord. Throughout our series, we have defined the fear of the Lord as living in awe, respect and love of God so that we joyfully obey Him in all things. We also learned that we are blessed when we have a balance of both the fear of God and the love of God. Today, we talked about joyful obedience.


When we have a righteous fear of the Lord, His commands are not burdensome but a joy. God’s desire for us is to experience unity, joy and adventure with Him. Joy is different than happiness because happiness is contingent on our circumstances. Joy is a deep sense of contentment and satisfaction, regardless of circumstances. When we abide in Jesus and obey Him, we have joy.


The Lord will never ask us to do anything impossible. He will always give us the grace and strength to do the things He asks us to do. It’s in that place of surrender and obedience that we find the adventure and joy God intended for us.


When we choose to forgive someone that hurt us, we are obeying the command to forgive just as Jesus forgave us. Forgiveness is central to the gospel. We nullify the grace of God when we are unwilling to forgive. We are al accountable to God, and when we choose release and forgive someone, regardless of what they have done to us, we find freedom. We also give someone else the opportunity to find freedom. For more on what it looks like to choose forgiveness even when it’s hard, check out this past message from Jimmy.

Two hurdles that keep us from joyful obedience are –

  1. Misunderstanding of God’s character // If we don’t believe God is who He says He is, we are hesitant to obey. We have to believe that God is good, faithful and so worth trusting. Ask God to reveal more of His character to you this week, He’s faithful to meet you.
  2. Democracy and negotiation // God gives each of us free will. He will never make us do something. However, until we surrender our will to the will of God, we will never experience the fullness that God has for us. We need to trust that God’s way is so much better than ours.

When we live with an awe, respect and love of God, we will joyfully obey Him because we can be confident that His ways are for our best!

By Destiny Gonzalez – Assistant Communications Director

The Fear of the Lord is… // Part Two

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert continued our series, The Fear of the Lord is…, with a message on the blessings we receive when we fear God. Fearing God is different than the human fear we typically think of. Human fear causes us to pull away, while Godly fears causes us to lean in because we don’t want to be away from God.

Like we talked about last week, the fear of the Lord is living in awe, respect and love for God so that we joyfully obey Him in all things. While we need the fear of God, we also need the love of God. The love of God is His mercy, kindness and grace toward us as undeserving people. The fear of God is His protection, boundaries and covering.


If we focus heavily on the love of God and disregard the fear of God, or vice versa, we will get off track. We need a balance of God’s love and of reverence and awe for Him.


Acknowledging the awesomeness of God is ultimately for our good. When we put God in His rightful place, we are blessed.


  1. Survival (Deuteronomy 6:24)// Out of His mercy and kindness God gives us boundaries. He isn’t trying to control us, He is actually trying to keep us away from destruction.
  2. Free from Sin (Proverbs 16:6) // Our actions don’t determine how much God loves us, but there are consequences for our sin. God’s heart is for us to walk out free of brokenness and free from sin.When we obey His commands, we find that His ways are always best.
  3. Contentment (Psalm 34:9-10) // Scripture says that those who fear the Lord have no lack. When we seek the wisdom of God, He provides us with everything we need. There is no longer striving, but total contentment and provision.
  4. Those around us are blessed (Psalm 128:1-3) // When we are right with God, we not only bless those around us, but we also pave the way for our families in the future.
  5. Intimacy with God (Psalm 25:4) // When we submit to the ways of God and lean in, we experience deeper relationship with God. When we fear God, we understand that He is a covenant-keeping God.

The fear of the Lord is central to our freedom, and it is for our good. When we partner the fear of God with the love of God, we ultimately are blessed.


In order to get the balance of the love and fear of God, we need to –

  1. See God for who He says He is, and acknowledge both His grace and awesomeness.
  2. Repent of anything that is keeping us from God.
  3. Read and meditate on the Words of God
  4. Obey the next thing God tells us to do

Throughout our series, we are diving into what the Bible says about the fear of the Lord throughout the week. Take a look at this card for verses to use in your time with God this week. You can also follow Jimmy on Instagram for morning devotionals centered around this topic.

By Destiny Gonzalez – Assistant Communications Director

A Message from Jimmy –

When Laura and I planted Antioch Community Church in 1999, we were honored to be surrounded by a group of friends that shared a passion for Jesus and His purposes in the earth. These marvelous comrades stepped into the journey with us to create a church community that encourages and equips every person that calls Antioch Waco home to share the story of Jesus with the unreached in our city, our nation and every nation of the world.

Throughout the past 30 years, we have seen God bless the Antioch Movement beyond what we ever imagined possible. Many of you have been personally impacted by the growth we have experienced locally at Antioch Waco, but that is just a small part of the growth we have experienced as a movement.

As our church-planting initiatives have continued to expand all over the world, I have continued to provide direct oversight at the movement level while also leading the local church in Waco. In order to continue to enlarge the place of our tent, we are expanding our leadership team in Waco so that I will be able to provide more oversight to the Antioch Movement, which includes 35 churches in the United States and more than 80 international church-planting teams in more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

Very practically, this expansion of leadership allows me to provide vision and strategic direction for the Antioch Movement, which includes Antioch Waco. I will be leaning into what God is saying to us as a people and determining what initiatives to push out to all of our U.S. and international church plants. As I look forward, Carl Gulley will be implementing that vision and strategic direction deeper and wider here at the local level by taking on a more visible preaching role and providing direct oversight of our church staff.

From the beginning, Carl was one of those marvelous comrades that stepped into the journey with Laura and me. Over the years I have seen him faithfully lead and champion others time and time again. Carl has served as the youth pastor and, most recently, the college pastor, and he is excited to step into this new role as lead pastor of Antioch Waco. He is a “good man that is full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (Acts 11:24).

Please watch this short video message from our new lead pastor, Carl Gulley, about his love for the local church in Waco and his passion for leading each one of you in your pursuit of an intimate relationship with Jesus.

Jimmy Seibert
Senior Pastor