We exist to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ, transformed and empowered by His Spirit, who live to transform their world.
Transformed to Transform
A disciple is simply a devoted follower of Christ who experiences the love of God and expresses His love to others. The result of that devotion, experience and expression is transformation. In other words, following Jesus is life changing.
Our commitment as a church to making disciples who are transformed to transform their world means making a commitment to both being a disciple and making disciples. As we grow in God’s truth, we also share His truth with others. As we receive God’s love, we love others. Discipleship is an ongoing, active process never meant for isolation. We need each other to grow. It’s our community with each other that strengthens our relationship with Jesus and enables us to wholly follow Him.
At Austin Oaks Church, our pathway to discipleship is easy. It requires your commitment to:
- WORSHIP - Faithfully participate in corporate worship where you learn God’s Truth and celebrate His majesty with your offerings and praise
- COMMUNITY - Faithfully participate in a sermon-based small group where you explore God’s Truth and His love more deeply alongside others, and
- MISSION - Faithfully participate in the expression of God’s Truth and His love by actively serving the church body and others in the world.
Commit yourself to the Discipleship Pathway today. Contact us here or give us a call (512) 891-1600 for information about how you can join or start a sermon-based small group.
Our Statement of Faith
Austin Oaks Church is a member of Evangelical Free Churches of America. Visit their site here. AOC is also the proud host of the 2017 National EFCA Conference.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
(See Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:3; Isaiah 6:3; Psalms 90:2; 102:25-27; 1 John 4:8, 16; 2 Corinthians 13:14;Deuteronomy 32:6; John 1:14; Galatians 4:6; Jeremiah 32:17; 2 Timothy 1:9; Matthew 19:28; Revelation5:9-14)
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of
human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings,
the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of
human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches,
obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
(See Matthew 1:22; 2 Peter 3:15, 16; Luke 1:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter
1:23; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 10:23)
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In
union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His
wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.
(See Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-6; 1 John 1:8; Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 5:10; 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1
Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 4:24)
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus
—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He
lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
(See Matthew 1:21; John 1:14, 18; 1:1; Hebrews 5:7-8; John 3:13; Genesis 3:14-20; Matthew 1:18; Luke
1:34, 35; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 27:26; 28:1-10; Luke 24:51; Hebrews 1:3; 2:17; Romans 8:34)
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the
perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the
only ground for salvation.
(See Romans 5:18-19; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:14; 10:1; Romans 3:21-26; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Colossians; 2:13-15; Romans 4:25)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world
of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as
heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for
Christ-like living and service.
(See John 16:14; 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5; Mark 1:8; Romans 5:15-21; Titus 3:7; 2 Corinthians 6:18; 1
Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 4:4-15; John 16:13; Romans 12:4-8; Ephesians 3:16; Galatians 5:22-23)
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone
in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true
church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord
Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the
gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith,
these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
(See Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 3:20-28; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 9:31; 1
Corinthians 1:2; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 16:34)
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose.
God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially and to live out our faith with care for
one another, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s
power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to
Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in
word and deed.
(See Hebrews 12:1, 14; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 14:13; 15:7; Psalms 82:3, 4; Ephesians 6:10-18;
Hebrews 3:13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; Matthew 5:13-16)
We believe in the personal, bodily, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of
Christ, at a time known only to God, requires constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates
the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.
(See Matthew 24:30; Revelation 20:1-10; 19:11-21; Matthew 24:36; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Titus 2:13; 2
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in
repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge
the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment, and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord, in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.
(See Acts 17:30; Romans 10:14; Daniel 12:2; Acts 17:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 25:34, 46; 2 Peter
3:13; Ephesians 1:6, 12)