South Austin Baptist Church
About South Austin Baptist Church
We believe that the 66 books of the King James Version are the preserved and inspired Word of God for this generation. We believe that the Bible is without any errors and is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. We believe in the Holy Trinity. That there is one God who has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Each person of the Godhead is fully God. We believe that God created the world and all the universe in six, literal, 24-hour days as recorded in Genesis. We do not believe in the day-age theory or any other theory that attempts to reconcile evolution with the Bible. God created the world out of nothing by speaking his word. We believe Jesus Christ is fully God from the beginning.
His earthly existence began when He was begotten by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ lived a perfect, sinless life. He was fully God, yet fully man. We believe He shed His blood on the cross for our sins. He was buried, and bodily arose from the grave. He ascended up to Heaven from whence He will return one day. We believe that all men are born with the sin nature inherited from Adam. This sin nature manifests itself in all mankind. All men, apart from the saving grace of God, will spend eternity in Hell as punishment from a holy God.
We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith. Man cannot work or earn his way to Heaven. Salvation comes by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ. When a person trusts in and relies upon the blood of Christ to save him, he is regenerated and immediately indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This indwelling of the Holy Spirit is not evidenced by speaking in tongues, but by godly living. A saved person possesses eternal life. He is saved NOW. This is a permanent work of grace, never to be repeated. Salvation cannot be lost. Once saved; always saved.
We believe a saved person should live a holy, sanctified life. Worldliness should not characterize the Christian's life. Once a person is saved, they should be baptized by immersion, join a good Biblepreaching church, witness to the lost, and faithfully serve the Lord. We believe in the personal, pre-tribulation return of Jesus in the air to rapture out the believers. After this rapture, there will be a 7-year Great Tribulation, followed by the physical return of Jesus to the earth to set up His Kingdom and reign for 1,000 years. The saved will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord. The unsaved will be cast into a literal Lake of Fire to suffer conscious torment forever and ever.
*These are just some of the beliefs we hold. We regularly say, "Whatever the Bible says is true."
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Question and Answer:
Our church has always had an open-door policy. Feel free to ask any question about any ministry. We welcome your questions. Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.
What's in the name Baptist?
This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God's Word gives us two ordinances for the church baptism and the Lord's Table. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons.
What does it mean to be an independent church?
As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 10,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.
How can I be involved in ministry?
There are two types of ministry involvement at South Austin Baptist. Many people help, in a given month, with volunteer projects in areas such as maintenance and office related projects. Feel free to contact the church office if you would like to volunteer your time in this way. If you are interested in teaching, helping, singing, or other visible positions of leadership; an appointment must be set with the ministry leader. Often a waiting period and a spiritual gift assessment are required.
What is required for membership?
To be a member of South Austin Baptist you must first be saved and then baptized in a Baptist church of like-faith.During a Sunday evening service, you and your family will be invited to attend our new members reception, to become more acquainted with the church family.
How is the leadership of the church structured?
Ultimately, Christ is the head of this church. On a daily basis, the church is primarily led by the pastor and pastoral leadership team. This team works together in prayer and decision making to follow the leading of God for our church ministry. Also, our deacons serve as a church elected group that meets with the pastor monthly to review and discuss matters of church importance. This provides a high level of accountability as well as a great spirit of team cooperation as we follow God's leading for this church.
What is the church's approach to financial giving?
We have never practiced pressure techniques or fund-raising schemes. Rather, we choose to occasionally preach and teach what God's Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. How you respond to that teaching is a heart issue between you and the Lord. The only times you will be contacted about your giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement summary.