We are all about Leading People to Life in Jesus. At Austin Life, we believe the life we are all looking for is found in knowing, loving, and trusting Jesus, and then in giving our lives away for the glory of God and the good of others.
In this world, we will face trials. The earth will give way beneath our feet. But, we do not have to fear. Why? Because the LORD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. We can rest regardless of circumstance in who He is!
We all experience unrest. There is a longing, a searching for more to fill and satisfy our lives. But most of what we chase after leaves us wanting more. It may satisfy for a bit, but only a bit. David writes in Psalm 23 where the answer lies to for rest in our souls. There is Hope for each of us to be fully satisfied.
We are in a war. Every day. Every moment. There is a spiritual battle waging war all around us. And The Lord calls us to stand firm against any and all schemes of the devil. How? By putting on the armor of God!
The Bible is incredibly clear that our relationships with one another matter. As wives & husbands, children & parents, employees & employers. But no matter what relational context we find ourselves in, we are all called to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Paul continues to teach the church that in response to the new life given through Jesus, we are to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. It only makes sense that as we receive new life, we live it out! Paul makes three points of how we are to walk as followers of Jesus: Walk in love. Walk in light. Walk in wisdom.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:17-32 to put off our old selves and to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. When accusations come our way from the enemy, we need to replace them with the truth of God's Word. We need to remember we are changed and have a new identity in Christ because of what He has done for us.
We need hope. Without hope, we lose the power in life to keep moving. The light goes out, and we soon follow. But that is not the good news of Easter. The good news of Easter is that in the resurrection of Jesus we can be born again to a living hope, a hope that will never disappoint and never fade.
God’s design for us is to be shaped into the image of Jesus. More and more we are to look like Christ. This is what we are called to as a response to the Gospel. However, we all need one another playing our role in order to best grow up into Christ. Everyone has a part to play in the church!
We all grow weary. Faith is hard. If we are going to follow after Jesus and not lose heart, we will need help. The good news is that we can ask our Father, who gives according to the riches of His glory, to strengthen us for the race He has set before us.
We all love a good suspense story. Moments that we just didn’t see coming. This is what happened when Christ came, and what Paul is focusing our attention to yet again in Ephesians 3. But not only that Christ came, but that in so doing He offered an invitation to anyone and everyone to come as they are in faith, let Him be Lord, and to be united in one family with all who follow Jesus. But it doesn’t stop there either! The mystery continues to unfold to the watching heavenly beings through the lives of the church!
Hostility between one another continues to persist. However, for those who are in Christ, we must realize that we have been brought near by grace alone, and the hostility of Christ’s death has removed any place for hostility to remain among the church. We must pursue harmony in diversity according to God’s design for the church.
The climax of a movie always comes at the moment of greatest despair, when the hero enters to save the day. In our stories, the climax of life is when God in mercy and love stepped into to give life to those who were spiritually dead.
Paul prays diligently to The Lord asking Him to show us who He is - the hope He has called us to, the riches of His inheritance in us, and the immeasurable greatness of His power. What Paul knows it that when we truly see God and His work for us, that everything will change. May He cause us to see and know Him!
For each of us, there are things that matter most to us that we chase after. But there is only one thing that in this life that truly matters - knowing Jesus. Paul encourages us to Press On after Jesus, the one who first pressed on after us.
Spiritual maturity is God’s work in ours, but that doesn’t mean that it is opposed to making every effort at maturity. The biblical principle of sowing and reaping allows us to make every effort toward spiritual maturity as we live out the Christian life while trusting that God is going to work in us.
After you've been born again, God’s highest priority for your life is your spiritual maturity. Looking at Hebrews 5, we see both a helpful definition of spiritual maturity, and three main diagnoses to help us understand where we might be persisting in immaturity. God is committed to finishing the work He has started in us!
Most of us are not comfortable with chaos. We much prefer the illusion of control. So what do we do when real life shatters that illusion? What Jesus did, at the most chaotic time in his life, gives us a perfect model for what we should do all the time.
On some level, all of us are seeking blessing. And most of us equate that with ease and comfort and success. But is that what is really means to be blessed? In this message, we'll consider one Old Testament character’s pursuit of blessing and what his experience can teach us about God and the blessings He gives.
We live in a day when selflessness seems to be increasingly fading. We “put it on” for the Christmas season, you know Christmas spirit and all, but our hearts are much the same - selfish. But that can change. Because Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and He is willing to serve us and give us a heart of service towards others.
There are multiple reasons Jesus came, multiple things He did. But one that is often overlooked is that Jesus came eating and drinking, a friend of sinners. More than power or position, Jesus was concerned with people. And anyone and everyone was invited to have a seat at the table with Jesus.
Waiting is the worst! We all have to wait on things in life, and no one really enjoys it. Because waiting means we are unsatisfied with the status quo and we are waiting for something new, something better. But there is good news of great joy for all people. Our waiting is over. Maybe you’re still waiting on a different circumstance, but what we are ultimately waiting for has come and is available to us today!
Anxiety and stress seem to be at an all time high for so many of us. We are busy going from place to place, completing one task after another, or experiencing a trial, that we so easily get overwhelmed, worried, and anxious about this life. Jesus personally invites us to come to Him and explains where we can truly find rest.
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Psalm 46:10 ESV / “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 37:7 ESV / Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Exodus 14:14 ESV / The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Mark 4:39 ESV / And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Psalm 62:5 ESV / For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Philippians 4:6 ESV / Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Isaiah 41:10-13 ESV / Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 32:17 ESV / And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Lamentations 3:24-26 ESV / “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Romans 12:12 ESV / Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Psalm 62:5-6 ESV / For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Isaiah 26:3 ESV / You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 40:31 ESV / But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Psalm 100:3 ESV / Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 ESV / O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. Revelation 21:4-5 ESV / He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
We’ve all felt the feeling of hopelessness. In over our head. Unable to measure up. In need of outside help. This was the problem with the old covenant - it left us hopeless to measure up to God’s standard. But BEHOLD, there is good news. God makes a new covenant, a covenant of grace, that allows anyone and everyone to enter into relationship with God through faith.
The Story of the Bible takes us to David. David, after having received so much, wants to give something to God. But God instead chooses to yet again give to David, and far more than he ever imagined. And today, we too receive the same gift God gave David - an eternal Kingdom with Jesus as King.
It seemed God had abandoned Israel. They were broken, hopeless, and in need of rescue. And it was to these people that God said, “I am the Lord. I see you, I hear you, and I know. And I promise to rescue you to restore you to life with me.” This is the Lord who saves!
God makes a promise to create a new family for His glory. God creates this family through one man's obedience which ultimately leads to another Man's obedience. It is in the second Man's obedience that we can find our salvation and the creation of a new family.
God created everything very good. But we are far from very good today. What went wrong? Adam & Eve chose to trust, love, and live for themselves rather than God, and this sin has broken everything and everyone. But grace enters in to fix what was broken. And not only then, but today as well.
We all want to know what our purpose in life is. Knowing our purpose leads to a place of human flourishing. The Bible teaches that we are made by God, and for God, to reflect His image in our lives and to make His ways known in the world.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The story of the Bible begins here, with God. This is ultimately his story. And how we view God changes everything - how we read the Bible, and how we respond to who He is.
In a culture that is increasingly fragile and unstable with the blowing winds of personal opinion devoid of fact being the primary power and authority, there is a genuine tried and true stability found in the power of God’s Word!
No one wants to be lonely. And that’s in part because we are created for community; community with God and with others. The best community will have a rhythm of Up, In, Out, as together we build one another up in Christ and invite others to join us in relationship.
Last words matter. If we know we only got one more opportunity, we would choose our words carefully and make them count. With Jesus’ last words on earth, He gave His followers one command - Make Disciples. His plan was to entrust those who are disciples to go and make disciples. And this would change the world. Are you a disciple? Are you making disciples? At Austin Life Church we are committed to making disciples of all people in all places.
We are looking to make the most out of life. Every one us. We long for abundant life. And so many of the places we look will never satisfy. BUT there is an answer. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Abundant life is found with God through Jesus!!
Unity is essential for the purpose of the church. For the advance of the Gospel, for Christ to be lifted up, unity among His church must be present. On the other hand, selfishness leads to disunity, and disunity leads to destruction. Whether in a job, or a relationship, or a church, where there is disunity, it’s only a matter of time before destruction follows. Paul’s message to the Philippians in chapter 2, is that Christ is lifted up through lives laid down. That we have unity through humility.
What matters most in your life? If someone were to watch us, listen to us, and examine our lives enough, they would be able to tell us what was most important. Because what matters most is what flows out of our lives.
Blaise Pascal said life is a wager. We are all betting our lives on something. We live life leaning forward, bent on arriving at the place we long for, betting with our lives that what we are heading towards is right. Pascal’s famous wager asks the question, “What if what we are betting our lives on is the wrong thing?” That’s a pretty big wager.
Is there a right answer to lean into with our lives? Is there something that should matter most in our lives? What if we get to the end and realize what we went after was the wrong thing?
In Matthew 22, Jesus gives us the answer to what matters most in all of life. Above all else, this is what we should lean into.
Jesus stood in my place of sin and condemnation so that I could stand in His place of righteousness and freedom. God’s holiness has not diminished one bit. But we have an advocate who suffered in our place. We look to the Gospel, we think on the mercy of God, and that is what changes us.
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich." - 2 Corinthians 8:9
As Christians we are called to give and be generous, tithe to the church, support the needs for others, and care for those around us. And our motivation to live as generous people is because we are the greatest recipients of generosity - the free gift of life in Jesus.
So many things we do like supporting and sending missionaries & church plants, ministry teams, hospitality to others, operations, facilities, and so much more all happen through your generosity.
God has invited us all into a life of generosity, to show the love of Christ to others, and to see the faithfulness of God as we hold on loosely to all things.
Because He Is Risen, everything changes. The resurrection proves the fact that Jesus is trustworthy and will forgive our sins and make us right with God. Is your life different today because He is risen? Our prayer and our hope is that this Easter, you would see Jesus, believe Jesus, and trust Jesus with your life. Happy Easter! #BecauseHeIsRisen
What comes to mind to you when you think about community? A few friends? Groups of people? Biblical community has great purpose and value behind it, but oftentimes we miss out on the full meaning of it. Here are 3 main definitions of what biblical community really is and how to live those out.
We believe as a church, to have life in Jesus first and foremost means life through the Gospel. So what exactly does that mean? Here’s part 2 on how we define what it means to live life through the Gospel.
Christmas brings to the forefront in each of us an unrest, a desire for more. But in reality, it’s more than just Christmas. There is a longing in each of us for something more in our lives. We can hope, look for, wait for many things, but only Jesus satisfied. Jesus is enough. Jesus changes everything.
All of us want to make the most out of life and there’s nothing wrong with that, but oftentimes we look in the wrong places. Whether it’s relationships, jobs, financial security, things to buy, or experiences, these things have a short and temporary shelf life and won’t actually satisfy.
When we lose our lives for Jesus’ sake, that is when we find life. Jesus gives us a new way to live, a better way. When our lives are found in Jesus, we are set free to live and enjoy life today, tomorrow, and forever.