What We Believe

Our Basic Beliefs

  1. The Name of Jesus:  The Biblical command to individual Christians and to the church body that everything we say and do should be done in the name of Jesus: Col 3:17.
  2. The Person and Work of Christ. The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man (without ceasing to be God) and, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might be God manifest in the flesh and redeem sinful men (1 Tim 3:16, Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8). The Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb.9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
  3. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and,  He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor.12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1: 13-14).  The Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1: 17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27). God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12). The sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary “Biblical authorship confirmation gifts” and ceased with the completion of the sixty-six books of the Bible (1 Cor 13:8-10, Mark 16:20, Heb 2:1-4). Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and  ultimately the deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection.  However, God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
  4. Creation. God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20: 11).
  5. Resurrection:  The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). through Him alone we have promise of total victory over sin, death, and the grave since Christ rose from the dead by His own power:  Luke 24:46; John 10:17-18; Mat 12:26-27
  6. Deity of Christ:  Our savior Jesus Christ is God himself and enjoys all the fullness of God’s person, power, attributes, and privileges.  Col2:9-10; 1 Tim 3:16; 1 Joh 5:7
  7. Salvation:   Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Essentially this gift of grace is God’s unmerited favor granted to us when we exercise true faith and repentance (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19, Eph 2: 8-9; Tit 3:5; Act 17:30-31; Act 20:20-21).
  8. Eternal Security and Assurance:  The scriptures teach that all of the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5).  It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
  9. Sanctification:  Our new, spiritually induced change and repentance  which is indicative of the truly saved Christian:  2 Cor 5:17;  2 Cor 5:14-15.  God teaches that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God ( Rom. 12: 1 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7: 1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17).
  10. KJV Bible:  Our biggest faith building tool is the inerrant Word which serves as our final authority for all matters of faith and practice  (Psa 12:6-7).  The Old and New Testament are the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and are the complete, and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures have three senses (which are of no private interpretation): 1., literal, 2., figurative, and 3., spiritual; and every part of the Bible is written explicitly to either the Jews,  to the Gentiles and/or to the church of God (1 Cor 10:32). As such, the King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by Austin Gatherings Church (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20 ).
  11. Chastisement:  Our child-father interaction with God as he corrects those who are truly saved and have fallen into sin:  Heb 12:5-7
  12. Baptism:  Our command for already saved Christians to exercise their first act of obedience and to get scripturally baptized:  Mat 28:19
  13. Communion:  Our command for already saved Christians to remember Jesus’ sinless life and sacrificial death by  taking the Lord’s Supper often:  1 Cor 11:23-26
  14. Open Meeting:  Our scriptural evening meetings where the body ministers to itself (in truth and love).  Led by brothers who study, prepare, pray, and preach the word:  1 Cor 14:31; Eph 4:15; 2 Tim 2:15
  15. Rapture:  Our great anticipation of our heavenly transportation and ascension prophesied to occur just before the great tribulation.  1 The 4:13-18; Rev 4:1; 1 Cor 15:51-57
  16. Human Sexuality:  God has wisely instilled within humankind a wholesome desire for intimacy for the express purpose of marital consummation and procreation between one man and one women, until death.  Anything outside of this wise institution, is sin (Gen 2:24, Heb 13:4; Rom.7:2; 1 Cor. 7: 10; Eph. 5:22-23).
  17. Spiritual Leadership and The Home: The Bible teaches that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).
  18. Abortion:The Bible reveals that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16: Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
  19. The Total Depravity of Man. The Bible teaches that while man is endued with the moral constitution to obey God, the impenitent sinner is supremely selfish, and is alienated from God by choice. Universally, all inpenitent sinners have carnal minds that are at enmity against God, and abjectly destitute of any real love to God (“every imagination of the thoughts of his heart, [not hearts] is only evil continually” – Gen 6:5). (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
  20. Missions. God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).
  21. Lawsuits Between Believers. According to New Testament scripture, Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).
  22. Giving. The New Testament teaches that every Christian, as a steward of all of God’s wealth entrusted to them, is obligated to support their local church financially. We believe that every Christian should give proportionally of their income, consistently, sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:12; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; 2 Cor. 9:7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).
  23. Civil Government.  God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).