Who We Are

Who We Are

We are Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, age-integrated, and elder-led.antioch_october18_2015_web-17

  • We believe in the sufficiency and authority of God’s Word.
  • We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man and the only mediator between God and man.
  • We believe in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe the church is the sum and substance of God’s plan in the world.

We embrace the reformer’s creed: in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.

Our History

Antioch Community Church began in the spring of 1987, when five families agreed together to plant a work that we believed would be God’s answer for all the problems in our county. Boy, were we young and naïve! Now we look back and see God’s hand of faithfulness as He guided us, matured us, sometimes disciplined us, and always reminded us that “from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever” (Romans 11:36).

There are two big events that have shaped us as a church, beginning with the nine years we spent on the college campus, from 1993 to 2002. We met every Sunday at Elon University during the months when school was in session and had the opportunity to disciple more than 500 students during that time.

The second event was moving into the church building, where we currently meet, in the summer of 2002. God has given us a ‘home base’ in which He has built a congregation of people who love Him, His Word, and each other. From that building, we go into the community to serve and to love those with whom he has given us relationship and influence.
Our Vision

The vision of Antioch Community Church is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We seek to fulfill that vision in the following ways:

  • To build families, singles, and students to respond to God with their whole heart, to walk out their calling, to accomplish His purposes for their lives, to grow as servants in the church and in the community, and to be ready for the Lord to send them out to help establish new works.
  • To provide a Christ-exalting service of worship every Sunday where the whole congregation comes together to hear the Word preached, and to interact with that Word in singing, prayer, giving, and fellowship.
  • To provide home-based gatherings once a week for all of the congregation to come together to encourage one another, to study the Word or special topics in the Word as directed by the elders, to pray with one another, and to reach out to the lost and unchurched in our communities.
  • To submit to the Lord’s leadership of Antioch Community Church through the elders, and to support them in prayer and encouragement as we “imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7).
  • To provide an environment where the fathers will be challenged and equipped to lead their families, and where every program or ministry of the church that is directed to children will help to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6) and to the Lord.
  • To provide an environment where women and young women are encouraged and equipped to be supportive wives, loving mothers, or godly singles, and to serve the Lord with their gifts in the body of Christ and in the community.

Antioch’s “life verse” is Revelation 3:8. “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.”

By God’s grace, we will continue to serve Him in His strength, keeping His Word, proclaiming His name to the nations. Will you join us?

Summary

  • Antioch Community Church, founded in 1987
  • A nondenominational, Bible-believing, Christ-centered, age-integrated Christian fellowship
  • Seeking to glorify God by loving Him and people with the goal of fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ
  • Missions-minded
  • Led by biblical eldership
  • Worship is a blended style with God-honoring praise songs and hymns
  • Age-integrated, where everyone worships together
  • Weekly small groups in homes of our people