The Heart of our House

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Enduring Passion

Our passion is relentless, unwavering, consistent. Some people might see us and say that our devotion and zeal for Jesus won’t last. But we know that God’s love for us is everlasting and His love fuels our passion without end. Passion speaks about love for God and His purposes. He has consumed us and every day is to be lived in the knowledge of the love of God.

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Selfless Love

We love without thought of selfish gain. It stopped being about us when we accepted Jesus. We died to self so Jesus could love through us. We love both God & people this way. This is at the heart of what it means to be a spiritual father and mother. It is sacrificial and in service to others.

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Wholehearted Commitment

We’re all in. We don’t look to the right or to the left searching for another option. There are no other options apart from Jesus. It’s not hollow when we follow through in the hard times because we made a commitment.  It is our pleasure. With all that we are we say, “It is an honor to follow you, Jesus!” We are committed to His purposes and to those he has placed around us. God has set us in a family and it’s not something we take lightly. We are committed to the body. We are a part of something bigger then ourselves and we realize that our actions affect each other.

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Courageous Generosity

Generosity is about giving.  Giving time, money, energy, and our lives.  God might call us to give our selves to our neighborhood or a nation we’ve never heard of. In all things we are those who give freely and readily; always looking for opportunities to give and sow into the Kingdom. We give with courage. We give when it feels risky. We do it afraid, if we have to. If God calls us to give our lives to his purposes, courage leads our hearts and keeps fear at bay, so faith, hope, and joy will be our constant companions on the journey.

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Intentional Empowerment

“Intentional” speaks to the quality of what we do. Its not something we just throw out there hoping that everything works out.  It’s thought through, it’s planned, it’s structured, and we take it seriously. “Empowerment” encompasses all that we want to do in ministry.  We want to develop, mature, encourage, strengthen, and release people into everything God has for them. It is also an inclusive word. No matter how far along you are on your journey with God you can always use more empowering.

Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative, living, eternally-reliable Word of God. We believe it is without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible and our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason. It is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice and necessary to our daily lives.
[II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12]

The Godhead

We believe in one God who has revealed Himself in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. [Romans 1:20]

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal and all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future.

  • FATHER [Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 102:27; 1 Timothy 1:17]
  • SON [John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8]
  • HOLY SPIRIT [Hebrews 9:14]

We believe in God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible. [Colossians 1:15-16]

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who came into the world to reveal the Father and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. Jesus Christ was the Creator of everything, for by Him all things were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form and that He was very-God and very-Man. [John 1:1-2, 14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38]

We believe in Jesus Christ’s pre-existence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary and atoning death, bodily resurrection, bodily ascension into heaven, exaltation, present rule at the right hand of God, coming personal return in power and great glory and everlasting Kingdom and dominion. [Acts 1:11; Acts 3:19-21; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 20:4]

We acknowledge His Lordship—that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven, on earth and under the earth. [Philippians 2:9-10]

We believe in the Holy Spirit, His present ministry, His indwelling, His empowering, His impartation of gifts for today and His transforming power in the lives of all believers. [1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 1:13-14]

Man & Salvation

We believe man was created by a direct and immediate act of God. [Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:4]

We believe man, by transgression, fell from the state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God. As such, he is unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the gospel. [Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4]

We believe repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ are an integral part of God’s work of justification of the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, he or she is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ. [Romans 5:1, 9]

We believe it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. [Ephesians 2:8-9]

We further believe the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be on demonstrating righteousness and purity of heart, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh, living a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ and not being conformed to the world. [Jude 24; Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 4:1-5; Romans 12:1-2]

We believe repentance is dependent upon the conviction of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers and upon their response. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in the revelation of the sinfulness of self, which should lead to godly sorrow. [2 Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 51; Acts 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25; Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 9:12-13]

We believe that in the final judgment, which will accompany the return of Christ, every person will give an account to God of every aspect of this earthly life. Unbelievers will be separated from God for eternity in hell. Believers will experience the final resurrection and live eternally with Christ in the new heavens and the new earth. [1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15]

The Lord’s Commands

We believe in the Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism as acts of our obedience and a testimony of our faith. [Matthew 3:6; Mark 16:16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29]

We believe water baptism (by immersion) is an obedient response to the command of Jesus. Baptism is to be performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. [Matthew 28:18-20]

We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. [Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6]

We hold that the real evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is one’s response to the Word of God, a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ’s character and experiencing and manifesting the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. [John 16:13-14; John 15:26; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11]

Marriage & Family

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his companion in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.
Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 2:20-25; Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 5:25; Ephesians 5:24; Genesis 2:20-21; Titus 2:4-5; Psalm 139:13-15

The Church

We believe the Church is both universal and local. All believers form the Church, in unity with all believers throughout history; and yet, the church is also local, with believers gathering in committed community and under the authority of Christ. [Ephesians 1:22-23]

Scripture describes the Church as:
  • the Body of Christ [Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:22-23]
  • the household of God [Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 3:26-4:7; Ephesians 2:11]
  • the temple of God [1 Corinthians 3:9-17; Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10]
  • God’s chosen people [Romans 11:17; Galatians 4:28-31; Ephesians 2:19]

encountering God, life-on-life discipleship & mission

Antioch’s ministry philosophy is based on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We express this in three core ministry values: encountering God, life-on-life discipleship and mission through the local church. Each of our local churches is committed to growing deeper and wider in these three values.

Encountering God references our value for helping individuals come face to face with Jesus. Whether this be through Sunday services, personal evangelism, prayer ministry or personal devotional times, we believe this is what people truly need. They need to encounter Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Not just once, but over and over again. We are committed to bringing people into those kinds of encounters however we can. We look for ways to get ourselves out of the way and get people into God’s presence.

Discipleship means life-on-life relationships, where individuals help each other grow closer to God. This can happen one-on-one, like in a marriage, mentorship or friendship, or in community oriented groups like Lifegroups or groups of two and three. We believe that lasting transformation happens when we do discipleship in intentional, encouraging, challenging and accountable community environments. We look for ways to make this happen.

Mission is our commitment to reach out to our cities, our nation and the nations of the earth. We believe the church is called to empower every single person to live on mission in their unique sphere of influence. We believe the church is the frontline for fulfilling the Great Commission and seek to train and send people to plant churches in our nation and among those unreached with the gospel around the world.