This summer has been momentous for the Antioch movement. Our movementof churches across the nation and globe, sharing the vision “A passion for Jesus and His purposes on the earth,” were unified for the first time on a shared mission to engage the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. People from all different walks of life and contexts came together, believed for the extraordinary, and saw God move in very powerful ways.
Also, this summer our church joined the Antioch Wheaton and Antioch Fort Collins churches in Tijuana, Mexico. We partnered with All Peoples church in Tijuana to share the gospel, serve at orphanages, and worship together as one body in Christ. Despite language barriers and sickness, many people gave their lives to Christ and experienced God’s love through compassion and prayer. Our team was blessed as well to see God move supernaturally through physical healing.
While these mission trips may seem like a one-time event or just another box to be ticked in a yearly to-do list, they are simply the overflow of God at work in our daily lives. The invitation to engage the extraordinary in the ordinary is for us today, and every day, as we “keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25). It’s not past tense- it’s right now.
This week, during the Ypsilanti Young Adults Connect Group, we prayed in faith over two of our friends, one who had a headache and another who had a fever. After we prayed, with confidence and authority, the headache went away and our friend with the fever said she felt warmer, so warm she had to take off her sweater! Earlier this year, another friend’s back was healedfrom pain. In another Connect Group, an ankle was healed. The extraordinary is not limited to once a year mission trips - God is demonstrating his great love for his people through the miraculous in our weekly connect groups!
‘For creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.’ Romans 8:20-21
We can’t do this Christian walk on our own. We need continual reminders that we are part of one body and one Spirit. We need other Christians to speak into our lives, and to encourage us to go deeper in Jesus than what might be comfortable for us. Connect Groups are a place where we can acknowledge God, and create a safe place to know and understand his will, and seek the extraordinary together. We continually invite the extraordinary in the ordinary, so we all might experience freedom.