Our church family here is a loving, close-knit group of Christians trying our best to live for Christ. We’re not perfect, of course, but we’re striving each day to let God’s Word be our guide for everything we do—in everyday life, at work, at school, at church. . . everywhere. Many of us come from different backgrounds, and we work in different fields, but we share a common love for Jesus Christ and His church and look for opportunities to share that love with others.
Maybe you’ve realized there’s a void in your life, like something’s missing. This is a perfect opportunity to visit us to find opportunities to connect with Christians in this area. It’ll be a non-threatening environment, and you won’t be singled out or made to feel uncomfortable in any way. Just come join us for this simple worship service where we’ll reflect on what Jesus Christ has to say to our lives.
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The most important question for Christianity in every generation is asked by Jesus in Matthew 16:13: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” After the disciples give various (and incorrect) answers, Jesus frames the question more personally: “But who do you say that I am?” (v. 15). Peter responds, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (16:16). After commending Peter on his answer, Jesus makes it clear that His kingdom and its mission would be founded on this reality of his identity and nature (v. 18).
Every generation of Christians are expected to understand and defend that central truth: the reality of Jesus as the Son of God. Who we are as a people is shaped by that reality. Of course, with that belief comes a mission—the same mission that Jesus fulfilled. If we are going to uphold and defend the person of Christ, then we also have a responsibility to continue fulfilling His purpose.
With that in mind, we want the church in Dripping Springs to have a clearer understanding of what we are about. In previous years we had different yearly “themes” that were promoted and upheld. These served us well. Yet, the elders thought it was even more important for the church to have defined “pillars” that are constantly at the forefront of our minds at Dripping Springs. What is the church all about? What are the most important things that we need to pursue and uphold as a congregation? Here they are:
Pursuing Love. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Let everything you do be done in love.” He wrote earlier that we should “Pursue love” (14:1). In a world filled with hate and malice, the church must be a beacon of self-giving, grace filled love. Jesus said the love that we share with each other would have apologetic value; that is, people would come to realize we were truly followers of Jesus by this (John 13:34-35). At the Dripping Springs Church of Christ, we want to pursue love in everything we do. Our desire is not only to promote love and brotherly affection amongst ourselves, but also to share that love with others in acts of service and benevolence in our community.
Promoting Truth. Love is primary and absolutely essential to fulfilling the mission of God, but without truth it is simply sentimentalism. As the church we are to “Speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15). As is our Savior we are to be “Full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). So many segments of Christianity have lost their way. In hope of bringing in the masses through entertainment and comforting platitudes, they have lost their anchor in the truth of God’s word. The denominational world continues to fracture more and more. At the Dripping Springs Church of Christ, we want to remain steadfast on the Bible, rooting ourselves deeply in the teaching of Christ so that we may grow thereby (Col. 2:6-7). We believe more than ever that the Restoration Plea is relevant: to be Christians and Christians only; to trust and teach the Bible and the Bible alone. Promoting truth is at the center of our identity as God’s people.
Practicing Godliness. If we are pursuing love and promoting truth, then the natural outgrowth will be holy and godly living. As Paul wrote in Titus 2:11-12, the grace of God teaches us how to live godly lives in this present age. We have to be sure that we “practice what we preach.” Godly living means that we reverently live in holiness and righteousness before God: soberly, modestly, and humbly. In other words that we “walk worthy of our calling” (Eph. 4:1).
Proclaiming the Gospel. All of the previous pillars—love, truth, and godliness—lead us to our final one: evangelism. We can’t fully practice the former things without wanting to share them with others. At the heart of the Dripping Springs Church of Christ is the great commission: to go and make disciples of every nation (Matt. 28:18-20). We want to be a disciple making church in everything we do, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the community of Dripping Springs.
This is our vision for the church: to pursue love, promote truth, practice godliness, and proclaim the gospel. As we share this vision together and fulfill this great goal, we truly will be the church of Christ.