We are committed to being a church that reflects the passion of God. God loved us so much that He pursued us and gave His own Son, so that our sins might be forgiven and we could know Him. God gave us the Bible, so we can grow in our knowledge of who He is and know how we are to follow Him. Jesus was a servant who calls us to serve others and make a spiritual difference in the world. In light of these truths, our mission at Austin Ridge is to "pursue people at all cost, so they can KNOW Jesus, GROW in Him, and SERVE Him daily.”
Our core beliefs function as a summary of the doctrine and teaching of Austin Ridge.
We believe in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments as being inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings and to be the final authority for life and faith.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
God eternally exists as 3 persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and each person is fully God and there is one God.
Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:1-2
God the Father rules in a sovereign, yet personal, way, over His creation, judges justly according to His holiness, and compassionately reconciles a lost world back to Himself.
Genesis 1; Exodus 4:22, 34:6-7; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 4:6
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. While living on earth, Jesus was both fully man and fully God.
Isaiah 53:12; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1-2, 14, 18; Colossians 1:19
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and works in and through the church, gifting us to accomplish God’s purposes.
John 16:8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11,13; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18
Mankind and Sin
People were created in the image of God but fell out of relationship with God through sin and became separated from God. The effect of this first sin is transmitted to every person.
Genesis 3; Romans 3:23, 5:6-12, 6:23
The Work of Jesus
Jesus Christ died on a cross as a substitute for us and paid the price we deserve for our sin. Following his crucifixion, Jesus defeated death by rising from the dead three days later.
Matthew 27, 28; Romans 8:3, 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21
Salvation is a gift from God by grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. All who are saved are kept secure in Christ forever and are both saved from the penalty of our sin and given the promise of eternal life.
John 10:27-30; 14:6; Galatians 2:20-21; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Peter 1:3-5
Jesus will physically return to establish His kingdom in all the world, making all things new. All humanity will then experience a physical resurrection; believers to eternity with God and unbelievers to eternity apart from him.
Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; Hebrews 9:27-28
Our church's core values serve as a description of what we believe the Bible calls us to be and do as followers of Jesus. The people of Austin Ridge are committed to living out the following values daily:
When an individual believes in who Jesus is and what He has done for them, their focus in life shifts from being self-focused and self-centered to Christ-focused and Christ-centered.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The Scriptures are the very Word of God. A disciple becomes more Christ-centered as they are led by these Scriptures. The Holy Spirit guides the Christ Follower as they read, study, obey, and live according to the Scriptures.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
In Biblical Community
Once someone becomes a Christ Follower, they become a part of the body of Christ: the Church. Christ Followers are to be in biblical community within the Church by gathering, loving, serving, submitting, honoring, and forgiving one another.
“I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Christ Followers have the privilege and opportunity to experience intimacy with God through prayer, trusting, and depending on Jesus moment by moment.
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5b-7)
We believe that following Jesus compels the Christ Follower to give generously of themselves—their time, energy, and resources—so that others may know, grow, and serve Jesus.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
Since the Christ Follower has experienced God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus, they seek to make more Christ Followers inside the church and also take that message outside the walls of the Church to reach the lost and serve the vulnerable.
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
The aim of a Christ Follower is to help others grow into lifelong learners and followers of Christ; to multiply who they are in Jesus and then help others do the same.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a)