Distinctives

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The Word of God
What is the most important thing in our church? Antioch is committed first and foremost to studying and living out the Word of God. In a world that operates according to programs and agendas, we are tempted, like the busy-body Martha, to forget the most important thing. At Antioch, we are reminded that we need to be like Mary, who sat and listened with reverence and delight at Jesus’ feet, before we actively serve like Martha.

 

Antioch is committed to the study and teaching of God’s word through devotional time, Bible studies, Sunday School, Sunday messages, seminars, retreats and discipleship training for personal growth and for the purposes of training and evangelism.

 

Value of One Soul
In Luke 15:3-7, the shepherd who lost one sheep leaves the rest of his flock of ninety-nine to go and find the one lost sheep. Though impractical and ludicrous by the standards of our culture, God loves every person as tenaciously and limitlessly as this shepherd. At Antioch, we experience this same personal love from God and strive to consider each other as valuable as God does.

 

Lordship
Mark 14:1-9 is an inspirational example of lordship in the woman who breaks her alabaster jar to anoint Jesus with her most precious possession. This act captures the essence of what it means to serve Jesus as the Lord of our lives. At Antioch, we strive to emulate such whole-hearted devotion as the only appropriate response to God’s extravagant love.

 

Team Ministry – Covenant Relationships
The Bible abounds with examples of beautiful relationships of love and trust. We believe that God desires that His church not only devote itself to loving Him intimately, but also to loving one another and working together for the salvation of others. Examples like Paul and Timothy, David and Jonathan, Naomi and Ruth serve as our models for covenant relationships. It is within these covenant relationships that we cultivate godly love, obedience, trust and sacrifice. At Antioch, we want to allow God to use our covenant relationships as channels for His will.

 

Family of God
In a world where relationships are disconnected and families fragmented, the family of God provides a place of true connection. As we cultivate relationships, the church becomes a web of love, and we participate in continuing God’s story. At Antioch, one of the ways we endeavor to build up God’s family is through fellowship. Whether it is through food, games, trials or victories, we join together as one body with Christ as the head.

 

World Missions
Beginning with one person, and extending to the whole world, the Antioch family obeys God’s commission to share His Good News to “the ends of the earth.” As we expand God’s tent, we are committed to strengthening each stake, holding nothing back, as we send out and support our long-term and short-term missionaries all over the world.

 

Prayer and Intercession
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges of Christian life. Individually and corporately we experience God’s power through prayer, even in seemingly impossible situations. The Word of God and Prayer – listed here as the first and last of our principles – serve as bookends holding together all the other values of Antioch.