This week at our Celebration Service, Jake shared about the power of the church to see transformation in people's lives. (If you missed the sermon, check it out here!) He challenged us that when we gather as a church, the power of God is present and that as believers, focusing on Jesus means also focusing on the church. Our heart is to look like the Christians in Acts 2:42-47: living life as a family.
To illustrate God's power in the church, Jake shared a few testimonies that we want to share with you here. We hope that as you read the stories below, your faith is encouraged and stirred for how God is using the Body of Christ today!
Recently during worship at our Youth Lifegroup, one of the leaders approached a group of five girls, asking them if they had ever heard the Gospel. The girls replied that they hadn't but were interested in hearing more. The leader was able to share the Gospel with them and all five girls prayed to give their lives to Jesus!
A girl in a Young Adult Lifegroup had plans to get LASIK surgery, but before she went in for her appointment, her discipleship group prayed for her to be healed. During her pre-op appointment, the doctor asked her, "Have you noticed that your vision is any different? I don't understand. You now have 20/20 vision, you don't need LASIK surgery anymore!" God healed her eyesight!
Unbound, our anti-human trafficking initiative, has been working in a local shelter with girls that are in the foster care system to tell them about their personal value and to educate them about human trafficking. After several weeks of interacting with some of these girls, one of our volunteers shared the Gospel with the group. One of the girls, who had never heard of Jesus, gave her life to Him! Another one of the girls said that she had been thinking about running away, but after the volunteers told her about trafficking, she decided not to. This is a huge victory because runaway youth are the most at risk for being trafficked.
A few weeks ago, a young woman started coming to one of our Young Adult Lifegroups and to church on Sunday. She came because she was hungry for community but felt that she didn't really belong anywhere. In her loneliness, she felt God ask her to trust Him and to visit Antioch even though she didn't know anyone. After coming to church and Lifegroup, she shared: "I've never felt as welcomed or as instantly accepted and loved by a group of people like I have at Antioch. It brings me to tears when I think about how the Lord orchestrated everything. He truly is so faithful and I've been able to intimately experience His strength, joy and peace through my response to follow Him and find community at Antioch."
Over the past two weeks we have had seven people give their lives to Jesus in our Sunday Celebration Service. Four of them were from the same family and it was their first time to church!
Ephesians 3:17-21 says, "...so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory IN THE CHURCH and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen."
It is God's heart to use our church to bring Himself glory in our city and in the nations! We are seeing Him do just that and want to invite you to be a part!
Have a testimony of your own to share? We'd love to hear it! You can submit testimonies here.