1 Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. 2 We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. 3 If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. 4 All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get. 5 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. 6 It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. (Message Bible 2 Corinthians 4:1-6)
One of the greatest challenges about ministry is the reminder it’s not our call, its God’s! Where He leads us He provides for us and fine tunes our gifts and talents and inspires us with a passion and vision for fulfilling His mission in a world so desperately in need of His love.
Antioch Community Church, formally known as Antioch Baptist Church, has been located in the Whittier community for over 50 years. A church with Baptist roots and tradition was forged in a legacy of black needs and struggle. Antioch has always sought to reach it’s community with the gospel. Our legacy for the gospel and reaching our community still remains strong in the midst of diversity and growth that’s rapidly changing the context of ministry.
To meet the needs of a changing environment and culture, we at Antioch are seeking to gather a cohort of transformational leaders to serve, research, learn, observe, study, and engage in urban church ministry that will make a difference for God’s Kingdom. We are interested in meeting and challenging men and women who God has called to be servants, creators, visionaries and students of our time; men and women, who are effectuating in their lives a love and worship for God and a love and compassion for neighbor.
Paul challenge 2Corianthians 4:1-6 is great because the message is not about ourselves it’s about proclaiming Christ the Master of us who are called to be messengers. Join us at Antioch Community Church in worship , fellowship service, and prayer.
May God Bless and Keep You!