ABOUT US


MISSION


The mission of Austin Bluffs Church is to build bridges that enable people to encounter God and discover His purpose for their lives.

STORY

The arrival of the 1980's brought with it a season of challenge for the Austin Bluffs Community Church Family. Despite financial pressure and membership challenges, this fellowship of believers held fast to their dream and welcomed a young new pastor and his family. In 1988, John and Cheri Pauls arrived full of energy and ideas. The young couple breathed new life into the ABC family and their leadership served as a catalyst for rapid transformation and growth. Fueled by their numerical growth, God began to provide funding for the new vision.

While in prayer early in 1992, God opened John's eyes to a clear purpose for ABC. John's vision began with an old rope and plank bridge spanning a chasm both deep and wide. The ropes of the bridge were frayed and the planks were worn and rotted. Some of the planks had even worked loose and fallen into the chasm below - a picture of danger. In the distance, coming into view, he began to see the silhouettes of two people making their way across the bridge. As the first man, a believer, led the second man, a seeker, he could see the tension on the ropes and knew that the bridge was not safe and the two men making their way across were frightened... (More)

BELIEFS

Our church believes God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine. The Bible is God's perfect guidebook for living. Jesus is God showing himself to us. Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now. Nothing in creation just happened. God made it all. Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God. Faith is the only way ... (More)

PRINCIPLES


We hold to the following five principles:
• Saved people serve.
• Changed lives change lives.
• Found people find people.
• We're better together.
• God is our foremost pursuit.

VALUES

WORSHIP

We seek to respond to the love that God has shown us by expressing our love to Him through worship. We love the personal connection that comes through spending time in His presence. (Psalms 100:2-3 NLT)

THE BIBLE

We pursue God's authoritative instruction for right living. 'The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16 TLB)

RELATIONSHIP

We grow together and we share our lives with one another by regularly meeting together in large and small groups. ... you are members of God's very own family...and you belong in God's household with every other Christian. (Ephesians 2:19 TLB)

MATURITY

We seek to grow up spiritually as we apply God's principles to everyday living. We are not meant to remain as children... but to grow up in every way into Christ... (Ephesians 4:14-15 Ph)

GENEROSITY

God is the giver of everything, so we willingly and generously give back to Him. The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25 NLT)