No Church Aug. 6: A Letter From Our Executive Pastor

Hello Antioch Salt Lake City family! I wanted to let you know that due to an administrative oversight on my part, we unexpectedly found out yesterday that The Falls (where we meet for church) was already booked.

After prayer and counsel we have decided to CANCEL CHURCH THIS SUNDAY. As a Staff we actually looked at a few alternative venues for church, and after seeing door after door close, we prayed and felt peace about not having church — at least, church in the traditional sense.

While we may not be having "normal" church, this is an opportunity to stand on our belief that church isn't a building, but a people. Logistically, your Lifegroup leader should let you know if your Lifegroup will be doing something Sunday night. If you are not currently a part of a Lifegroup and want to get connected, or want more information about them you can check out antiochslc.com/lifegroups or email me directly at codiwasion@antiochslc.com.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Codi Wasion
Executive Pastor

Dreaming With God

As we look ahead to what is in store for 2017, we believe it is important to reflect on this last year. We encourage you to take the necessary steps to give yourself that space to see the wheat and the weeds, and really process your last year with God to give you sharper vision on how to dream for what is next. Below is a blog written by Liz Griffin, who is one of the lead pastors of Antioch in Austin, TX. She is an incredibly gifted writer and communicator and I believe her picture is in the dictionary next to perseverance.

Liz loves hearing other people's dreams and helping them make a plan to see those aspirations come to pass. We can't think of a better person to help facilitate our time dreaming with God for what is to come in 2017.

ENCOUNTER

"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed." - Psalm 126:1 > What part of my life feels dry/numb and needs an encounter with God? > What are some areas of disappointment or pain that I need God to heal? > List out realistic steps for ways to meet God in this place?

SEEK THE RIGHT THINGS

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33

> What are some goals for your spiritual life with God? > Are there any particular things you'd like to study in scripture or grow in this year? > List some areas you need to see freedom from sin or more discipline in. How will you pursue that?

PURPOSE

"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." - Proverbs 19:21

> Spend time reflecting on your skills, giftings, passions and interests. What has God created you to do well practically? > Start the process (it's okay if it takes awhile) of asking God to clarify God's purposes for your life. Who has He made you to be?

DEAL WITH YOUR FEAR & EXCUSES

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." - Isaiah 41:13

> What lies have you been believing about God or yourself that are holding you back? > Think through all the fears and excuses you play in your head. Pray over them and ask God to give you faith in those areas instead of fear. > What are practical steps you can take to turn your excuses into action?

ASK

"Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession." - Psalm 2:8

> What would you do if you knew you could not fail? > What are you going to ask God to do this year in your marriage, family, school, finances, industry, career...? > Think even bigger for a minute. Is there a social issue or people group that you want God to use you to impact? > Write all of these down and pray for them each day.

STAND

"...and after you have done everything, to stand." - Ephesians 6:13

> What are the promises or dreams you are standing on right now? > How will your find rest for your body, mind, spirit and emotions while you wait? > Who do you need to share these with so they can stand and believe with you?

There is no doubt in our minds that God is going to do amazing things in and through you. Our city and generation will be changed as you surrender your life to God's purposes for you. When you are done, we highly encourage you to share your answers with a friend or your Lifegroup! We believe the best is yet to come in 2017!

Learning How To Sabbath

Post written by Brittany Baker

On Sunday, JR preached about the Sabbath. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, it says to “run in such a way as to win the prize." Understanding the Sabbath and what that means to us today is important for all of us to make it for the long haul. We believe in the long haul at Antioch. Like, when I'm 93, you better be right beside me in the retirement home helping me lead my shuffleboard partner to Jesus.

I also believe that the Sabbath has a lot to do with our understanding of time. How much we allocate to things we need to do, are called to do and should actually say no to. In our resting, we remove the pride that it's up to us. We all have time, treasures and talents. And when we rest it is almost like tithing our time to Jesus. We say, again, that God can have it all. And in our rest He refreshes, re-envisions, and restores us for what we are made for. He sharpens us.

So, where are the places we need to step back and look at where we are allocating our time so that we can make it for the long haul and place importance on our Sabbath?  In Matthew 6:34, it talks about being present. Don't worry about tomorrow, because that day is not guaranteed.

Time is limited and one of the most precious things we have been gifted. Maybe some of us feel like we can't Sabbath because we don't have enough time, or we think providing is all on our shoulders, we pride ourselves in being the one that always says YES, or we use busyness to run away from things we need to deal with. I don't know where you are on the spectrum. But it's so important that we start involving God in this dialogue as we discover what this looks like for each of us.

Below I have listed some questions to ask yourself that will hopefully help you and God start a conversation about rest. I encourage you to grab some quiet moments and ask God these questions and see what He points out to you. I find he is actually way more kind to me than I am to myself. Without God, processing is just a list of how you don't measure up. BUT with God, He is faithful to point out a few things He sees in this season, and remains patient in our process. He is not always there highlighting your faults.

Remember, God sees you as holy and blameless in Jesus Christ. How bout dem apples? Ok, on to the questions...

What revives me and makes me come alive? Where do I find true rest? 

If you have no clue, take note of what fills up your tank. For me its mowing the lawn and maybe cleaning out a closet I have decided to stuff with random objects for the past few months... say what? I know, weird. That's not the usual answer. Hence why you should start taking note of these things. (Who knows, maybe cat juggling is something that makes you feel refreshed.)

What are some time wasters that are posing as places of relaxation?

For me, it's "turning off my brain" and searching Instagram like I'm in the FBI. It poses as rest, but actually does nothing for me.

What am I called to do? And am I saying YES to things that further this calling and NO to things that clutter my mission?

What does Sabbath look like for me this week?

This is something I have to ask myself each week, because I have an unpredictable schedule, as I'm sure most of you do. So, this is important to ask each week, because sometimes rest might look like pockets of time or it might look like a whole day.

What do I plan to do for my Sabbath this week?

Having a plan might seem funny, but it helps you actually get what you need.

Are there any places where rest is hard for me? Are there things that get brought up when I choose to be still that I've been avoiding, but need to deal with? If so, what are they?

 

JR and I love you so much and cannot wait to hear your testimonies and revelations!