WHY ARE WE HERE?
We are a local church located in a beautiful yet broken community. There are many wonderful things about East Austin, and at the same time there is a great need for healing and restoration here. We believe God has placed our church here to be a blessing, bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors in word and deed so that God will be glorified and our community would flourish (Jer. 29:7, Acts 17:26-27). Based on this conviction, our vision is to be: “A family of believers living as Christ's body for the good of our community and the glory of God.”
A family of believers – In a city full of fragmented families, alienated individuals, and diverse but segregated cultures, we envision a church where young and old, single and married, rich and poor, and every ethnicity all worship together, bearing witness to the power of the gospel in our city. Regardless of age, life stage, race, or economic status, we become family in Christ (Eph. 2:19), so we prayerfully work toward diverse, multi-generational worship and discipleship.
Living as Christ's body – In a city that is skeptical of religion, but in desperate need of Jesus Christ, we envision a church where our worship and proclamation of Christ is complemented by our loving, faithful, incarnational presence in the lives of each other and our neighbors, giving credibility to our message. As members of Christ's body (1 Cor. 12:27), we serve one another and incarnate the life and teaching of Christ to our neighbors in tangible and understandable ways so that they might see the reality of the gospel in us and give glory to our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16).
For the good of our community and the glory of God – In a city that people are flocking to in order to consume its culture, we envision a church that blesses our city and gives to our city rather than consumes it. We believe that living as Christ's body should benefit our city, bringing all kinds of spiritual and social renewal as we engage every man, woman, and child in Austin with the life-changing reality of Jesus. We long to see our city flourish through the life-giving power of the gospel, having favor with people and glorifying God as he draws souls to himself (Acts 2:47). The ultimate good of all people is seeing and savoring the glory of God, and showing his glory to others. God is passionate about his glory (Is. 48:11), and we share that passion, and long for the day when the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of his glory, in all its truth and beauty and splendor (Hab. 2:14).