Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

Family Ministries Meal this week will be

Baked Chicken & Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole

Meal begins at 5:30, ministries for the family begin at 6:30 PM.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival was one of the best ones ever!  Lots of children, families, games, fun and food!  What a blessing it is to extend love to the community.  Thank you to all who took part in helping in this outreach!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

What Does God's Sovereignty Look Like

What difference does God's sovereignty make In my life?

1. It gives me courage to face my days
There are innumerable events and circumstances in our lives that are beyond our control. Fear and worry can haunt us, arrest us, paralyze us. If God is not in control, then I ought to be afraid! If I think this universe runs according to luck, I ought to worry. But when I see that He is there in the details, controlling, directing, ruling them for my good, I am strengthened and given courage to obey Him.

2. It helps me give thanks in adversity.
There is no such thing as pain without purpose for the child of God. He holds you and your sorrows in His mighty hand and is working in them an eternal weight of glory.

3. It humbles us in our planning
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due time. It is only If the Lord wills that will can do even the most mundane things in life. Don't take another step without considering Him.

4. It deepens our confidence in Him
God's question in Lam. 3:37 gets to the crux of the subject: "Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained [it]?" If no plan of God's can be thwarted by human actions or acts of nature, if He rides every storm and directs all things with purpose for His glory and my good, then He is worthy to be trusted with every fiber of my being.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Festival - Let's Get Ready!

Our fall festival will be Saturday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. We are excited about some time set aside to bless our church families and community with fun, games, food and much more.

With the growth of this ministry through the years, we will need many volunteers to help in a variety of ways. 

Set up will be Friday beginning at 5:30 PM.  We will be unloading the bounce houses, setting up games and outside activities. 

Saturday beginning at 10:30 AM, we will be meet to get things ready with many details to get ready. 

We welcome all to join us as we prepare and through the festival to bring blessing to our community. Please bring the family and invite friends to share in this time of fall fun!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

God's Resume

Sunday's sermon shared a glimpse of what God's resume might look like.

  •  He existed before anything else.
  • He created all things.
  • He sustains all things.
  • He is above all things.
  • He knows all things.
  • He can do whatever He pleases.
  • He orchestrates all things.
  •  He rules over all things.
  • He is in control of all things.
He controls the choices of world leaders
He controls the course of human events
He controls calamity
He controls our circumstance
Nothing will enter your life that God does not either decree or permit. And this God, who sustains every atom of this universe, who raises up nations and brings them down, who remains un-thwarted in the accomplishing of all His purposes…this King over all loves you! He wants you to seek Him, to rely on Him, to wait for Him, to walk with Him.

He is Sovereign.  "To say God is sovereign is to say that He is unrivaled in majesty, unlimited in power and knowledge, and unaffected by anything outside Himself. He is outside of time and completely free to do whatever He wills to do anywhere, at any time, in every single detail without interference. He reigns, period. That is what it means to say God is sovereign. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

We are expecting a little cool down in the weather this week!  Fall may finally be arriving in our area!  Our family ministries meal will be a perfect compliment to cooler weather:

Soup, Salad, Cornbread and Dessert.  

Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the family begin at 6:30.  Let's fill our bodies and souls with the warmth of God's love!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Secret Sister Reveal

Tuesday night will be the Secret Sister Reveal!  Last October our ladies picked a name and became a 'secret sister' through the year, remembering their sister with gifts and thoughtful messages.  On Tuesday, we will reveal each ourselves to each other. There will also be a time to pick secret sisters for the new year.  All ladies are welcome.

We will meet at the home of Diane L. at 5:30 PM.  We will also be carpooling from the church if you would like to ride with someone.  Plans are to leave the church at 5:10.   Please bring a finger food or dessert to share!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

5th Sunday Night Sing

October 29  at 6:00 PM there will be a 5th Sunday Night Sing.  All are welcome to share a talent, testimony or favorite Scripture.  It is a beautiful time of sharing and being a blessing and YOU will make it even better!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

God is Good

Our sermon Sunday was a powerful reminder of God's goodness. 

We sing about it and we say it often. But do we fully understand this attribute of God?  The Bible defines God's goodness in two ways. One has to do with His character; the other focuses on His actions. Ps. 119:68 captures both when it says of God: "You are good and You do what is good . . . " God is the original definition of good. He is good in and of Himself.  How do you see the true character of a person? By his actions. the Bible is full with descriptions that point to His kindness, His mercy, His steadfast love, His generosity. 

There are three specific channels God uses to broadcast His goodness to us.

 Natural blessings
This is the lowest level at which He expresses His goodness and the one we tend to overlook or take for granted.

Kind interventions
God comes to the rescue of people who are frantically searching for something or someone that will satisfy their soul. When they cry out to the Lord, He will deliver them and their soul will find its true home.
God rescues those pounded by calamity. When the storms threaten to sink us and we're at our wit's end, we can call to Him and see Him command the storms to be still, because He is good.

Through God's Son, Jesus
Romans 5:8 says, "God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!" God's extravagance flowed to us in the amazing substitution of His Son in our place on the cross. His death for us is the undisputed picture of unmerited goodness. 

 Respond to God's goodness?
The goodness of God calls for a response. 
A. Repent of unbelief and ingratitude
B. Rest in His goodness when adversity comes
C. Step out in faith
When you believe that God is good all the time, it frees you to take ever-increasing steps of faith. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The menu for this week's Family Meal will be
Chicken and Rice
Zipper Peas
Cole Slaw

Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the family begin at 6:30 PM.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

SBA Annual Meeting

The Suwannee Baptist Association will hold the annual meeting Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend the meeting which will be at Wellborn Baptist Church.  A covered dish meal will begin at 6:00 PM followed by the meeting which will begin at 7:00 PM.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Special Birthday

Today is a special day...it is Mrs. Kitty's birthday. She is the oldest living member of Antioch and celebrates her 97th (we think) birthday today. Mrs. Kitty has been a beautiful, vibrant and godly influence on so many in our church family. She loves Jesus, the church, her family and friends. She has a contagious joy and smile. Please say a special prayer for her today that she has a blessed day today. Also may we say a prayer of thanksgiving for leaders and special people like her God has placed at Antioch.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

7 Simple Ideas for Daily Prayer

1) Praise: Praise is our response to the person of God. We praise him for who he is. Praise is not noise, just as reverence is not silence. It is the acknowledgment of God’s greatness. It is recognizing he is “hallowed,” or “holy,” as the Model Prayer tells us (see Matt 6:9). Sometimes reading a Psalm of praise helps here. Beginning with praise starts our praying with a focus on God, not us, which is always best.

2) Thanksgiving: This is our response to the goodness of God. Thank him for what he has done. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving” (Ps 100:4). “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess 5:18). An attitude of gratitude should permeate our lives.

3) Confession: Confession is our response to the holiness of God. Our sins will hinder our praying (see Ps 66:18). As we pray, we can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal each sin in our lives. Then we can confess the sin (see 1 John 1:9) and forsake it. When broken relationships are involved, we should seek to make them right as well (see Matthew 5). Remembering God’s forgiveness in Christ also helps us to be forgiving to others.

4) Intercession: This is our response to the love of God. Intercession means taking time to pray on behalf of others. When we ask of God, Foster reminds us, we are not “trying to manipulate God and tell Him what to do. Quite the opposite. We are asking God to tell us what to do. God is the ground of our beseeching… Our prayer is to be like a reflex action to God’s prior initiative on the heart.”[i]

5) Petition: Petition is our response to the love of God for us. It is appropriate and necessary for us to ask God to meet our needs. 

6) Listening: Listening is our response to the voice of God. You may not be aware of it, but wherever you are as you read this, noises are all around you.
Prayer operates the same way. God is constantly speaking to us, teaching us, leading us. He always speaks through His word, and He never speaks contrary to it. The question is not whether God is speaking but if we are listening.

7) Consecration: Consecration is our response to the activity of God. It is a prayer of commitment. Often in Scripture believers made specific, fresh acts of consecration: Jonah in the whale’s stomach (Jonah 2:1–10); David, following his sin with Bathsheba (Ps 51); Paul, our Lord, and others. In our times of prayer, we are often confronted with the need to make a fresh, new commitment to God.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The Family Ministries Meal this week will be:

Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Green Limas

Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for youth, children, ladies Bible study and prayer meeting begin at 6:30 PM.  Be encouraged to come fellowship around the table and then spend some time growing in the Lord.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Secret Sister Reveal

Our ladies began a secret sister ministry last year.  For one year ladies drew the name of a lady and blessed their secret sister with gifts, notes etc. on special occasions.  This month we will have a secret sister reveal where they will reveal their identity to each other.

This will be held Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30 PM at Diane L.'s home.  There will be more information in the church bulletin soon.  During this meeting, we will again draw names for a new year of secret sister ministry. All ladies are welcome  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Festival Coming Soon!

Save the date! Saturday, October 28 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM will be our Fall Festival! We are planning for a great crowd and a great time of ministry in our church and community. But we will need YOUR help!
There are several opportunities to serve - cooking hot dogs, driving for the hay ride, setting up/tearing down, desserts for the cake walk, donations of candy. A sign up sheet will be available soon.

Friday, October 6, 2017

166th Homecoming this Sunday

Antioch's 166th Church Homecoming is Sunday!  We hope you are planning to be a part of this day of celebration.

The Lighthouse Children’s Home Choir will be our special guests and we are excited to have them to minister in music beginning at 9:45 AM. There will be no Sunday School. The Lighthouse Children's Home is located in Tallahassee, Florida and has been ministering to children and their families since 1977

Rev. Hugh Dampier will be the special speaker in the 11:00 AM service. Bro. Hugh is a beloved friend of Antioch and a former pastor. Our church has many fond memories of his leadership, ministry legacy and impact on many lives. 

Dinner on the grounds will follow the morning service. There will be no Sunday evening service.  Please spread the word and invite church family, church friends and neighbors. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Real Men's Event

Save the date!  October 21 is the Real Men's Event which is an incredible event for men and boys to come together and do things that MEN do! Our events range from shooting, to car & truck show, to different sport and all the way to the 600 foot zip line! With over 15 events going on all day long you will be sure to have a memorable time!
General Admission: $25 for 13 years and older;
$15 for 12 years and under.

For more information see Real Men's Event

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Family Ministries Meal

The Family Ministries Meal this week is:

BBQ Pulled Pork
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw

Meal begins at 5:30 PM, ministries for the entire family begin at 6:30 PM.  Come be a part!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Church Homecoming

Please join us Sunday (October 8) for our 166th Church Homecoming.  The special day will begin at 9:45 AM with special music from the Lighthouse Children's Choir and morning worship will be at 11:00 AM with special guest, Rev. Hugh Dampier. Dinner on the grounds will follow the morning service. Church family is encouraged to provide food for the meal and some extra for our guests.  We hope you will come celebrate and share this special day with us!