Bethel Church Austin
Bethel Church Plant In Austin Texas

HOPE IN A GLORIOUS BRIDE

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CORE VALUE

The Church is the bride of Christ and she will successfully fulfill His great commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will experience transformation.

We work to leave a legacy and inheritance for future generations, just as previous generations have done for us. While anticipating Christ’s glorious return, we simply do not know when He will come, which should inspire us to have a long-term earthly vision. Proverbs 13:22; Acts 2:39; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; James 5:7-8; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 25:1-29; Hebrews 11:4-30.

We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations, even in the face of resistance and conflict. John 17:15-18; Luke 10:2-3; Matthew 28:18-19; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 16:33; Revelation 11:15; Acts 13:13-52.

The Church is called to overcome in all circumstances; in times of suffering and persecution, but also in times of prosperity and great influence. John 16:33; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:21; Philippians 4:11-13; Isaiah 41:10; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4; Romans 8:37-39; 1 Chronicles 28:6-10; 1 Kings 5:3-5; Acts 4:13-37.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

The church, both local and global, may not be glorious yet, but the Lord has promised she will be. So we love and serve our church into becoming the glorious bride she was created to be. Ephesians 5:25-27; Ephesians 4:11-16; Revelation 19:7-9; Galatians 6:1-2; Galatians 6:10.

We are called to be the light of the world, not the light of the church. Matthew 5:14-16; Mark 2:16-17; Isaiah 60:1-3; Jonah 4:10; Genesis 22:17-18; Matthew 28:19-20.

We seek to disciple individuals, families, cities, and nations because the kingdom of this world has become and is becoming, the kingdom of our God. Matthew 28:18-20; Revelation 11:15; Psalm 2:8-12; Acts 14:21-28; Isaiah 61:1-11 (Luke 4:18-21).

We have been given responsibility and supernatural power to bring about transformation; therefore, we refuse to have a mindset that empowers the devil and disempowers the church. Matthew 13:31-33; Isaiah 61:1-11 (Luke 4:18-21); Matthew 10:8; Matthew 16:18-19; John 20:22-23; 1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:15.

We remember and thank God for what He has done, knowing He is more than able to do it again. Hebrews 13:8; 1 Chronicles 16:23-36; 2 Chronicles 20; Joshua 4:1-9; Psalm 119:2; Psalm 119:111; Romans 15:4; Revelation 12:11; Revelation 19:10.

We serve and encourage leaders in society, whether or not they are believers, and work with them to build communities of honor, health, and wholeness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17; John 13:34-35; 1 Timothy 5:17-19; Genesis 45:7-8; Job 29.

We put our trust in God, not in the prosperity and power of governments. Philippians 3:20; Jeremiah 17:5-8; Hebrews 12:28-29; Matthew 6:24-26; Psalm 20:6-7; Proverbs 23:1-3.

We see every obstacle as an opportunity for Christ to bring answers. Philippians 1:12-20; Romans 8:28-29; Genesis 50:20; Isaiah 54:17; Psalm 34:19; Deuteronomy 31:6.

Prophetic words concerning leadership and government should be consistent with God’s mission to seek and save the lost and should flow from a heart of love, hope, and empathy, rather than wrath and judgement. 1 Corinthians 14:3; Romans 14:19; Luke 9:53-56; Romans 5:20; John 12:46-50; John 3:16-17; 1 Timothy 2:4.

We equip believers to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle so that they can bring transformation to their areas of influence. Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24; Luke 9:1-6; Luke 10:1-21; Ephesians 4:11-13.

 

DON'T MISUNDERSTAND...

God is already at work in the darkest places and nations of the world. Romans 5:20-21; Psalm 139:7-12; Jonah 1:1-2; Jonah 4:1-2; Jonah 4: 10-11; Acts 8:26-40.

The Kingdom is always expanding into new areas of influence in the world. Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Matthew 13:31-33; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 3:8-20; Habakkuk 2:14.

We are not giving up on the world and just waiting to go to Heaven. John 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 5:13, 43-45.

We do not need to become like the world in order to powerfully influence it. 1 John 2:15-17; John 17:13-19; John 15:19; Philippians 2:14-15; Mark 2:15-17; Matthew 11:16-19.

Not everyone will be enthusiastic about the Kingdom being established. We must be prepared to experience resistance, rejection, and persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 5:11-12; Matthew 10:21-23; John 15:18-27; Psalm 34:18-20; Luke 21:16-19; Acts 19:23-27.