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WHAT TO EXPECT AS A GUEST
You have a standing invitation to join the Community of ACTS for a Sunday Worship Gathering. It’s one of the best ways to discover what ACTS is all about. Show up a few minutes early (dress is casual) and make a few new friends. Grab a cold drink or a cup of coffee from our Café – where all proceeds benefit local Mission partners. Nursery care and Kids’ programing are offered every Sunday morning, so look for the Kids’ check-in station in our lobby.
Sunday Worship Gathering
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Nursery Care: Infant through Age 3
KidsQuest: Age 4 through 4th Grade
Grapple: 5th and 6th Grades
1304 Ranch Road 620 North
Lakeway, TX 78734
SENDING CHANGED PEOPLE INTO A CHANGING WORLD.
“What will it take to get people ready to be the church… out there in that changing world?” If we are not transforming and sending people, through God’s power, then we are probably fooling ourselves that our other church ‘business’ is really that important. This is why we have asked God to give us the motivation and the mobilization to be a church that ACTS.
Values: Why are we doing it? These are the shared convictions that guide the actions and reveal the strength of the church: Adventure. Community. Transformation. Sending.
Strategy: How are we doing it? This is is the process or picture that demonstrates how the church will accomplish its mandate on the broadest level: Multiplying Followers. Multiplying Leaders. Multiplying Churches.
Measures: When are we successful? The missional life marks are a set of attributes in an individual’s life that define or reflect accomplishment of the church’s mandate: Growing in Generosity. Growing in Grace. Growing in a Group.
LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING
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MISSION DEVELOPER: STUDENTS & SENDING
A native of Southern California, Kyle is an avid sports fan, both as a spectator and participant. Kyle’s favorite activity, however, is spending time with his wife Danielle and their two children, Henry and Maria. A love for family and for Christ is Kyle’s motivation for serving in his role with ACTS with students and sending.
WORSHIP LEADER / MINISTRY FACILITATOR
Originally from California, Danielle is an experienced actress, vocalist, director and teacher. She is passionate about helping others discover their own God given talents and use them to worship the Lord. When not singing, you might find her on the sidelines with her husband as they cheer on their kids at one of their many sporting events!
WORSHIP LEADER / PRACTICUM STUDENT
Josh is currently a full time student at Concordia University Texas in the Religious Education program. His calling stems from God impacting him through his youth minister back home in Katy, Texas. From that point, Josh has found himself using music to glorify God and lead others to Him through the gifts He has given Josh.
Ryan is a studio musician, recording artist and songwriter. He is a Central Texas resident that enjoys fishing, hiking and the outdoors. Ryan grew up in the church and has been on staff at ACTS in the music ministry for the last 5 years. You can also find Ryan playing music at a variety of venues throughout the Austin area beyond Sunday morning.
CONNECTIONS COORDINATOR / BUSINESS MANAGER
Joslin came to ACTS from the education and non-profit worlds. She now enjoys focusing on her family (Eric, Blake and Lauren) as well as supporting the mission of ACTS by providing administrative support to the staff. A highlight for her is getting to working with the awesome Sunday morning volunteers each week.
Pete serves the mission of ACTS Lakeway primarily through communication, vision casting, and leadership development. In addition, he facilitates church planting across Central Texas through the ACTS Church Network and the LCMS – Texas District. Pete gravitates toward hiking, skiing, reading a good book, or sharing a good meal.
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ACTS Church Lakeway sprang into existence in 2001 after Pastor Bob Mueller was asked by the Texas District LCMS to launch a new church in the Lake Travis area of Austin. Bob and his wife Shauna and family soon began hosting a small group in their home for Bible study and discussion. This group prayed that God would give them the opportunity to communicate with those who were disconnected from God and from the local church. Initially gathering under the name CrossBridge Community Church, this hard-working group consistently reached out to other individuals and families with surprising acts of kindness. They began meeting regularly for contemporary worship services in a local community center and later in Lake Travis Schools.
After the Mueller family relocated to New Jersey in late 2007, the church went through a period of soul-searching. Convinced that their presence in the Lakeway area was as vital as ever, they invited Pastor Pete Mueller of Ellisville, MO, to re-launch their mission effort. In the spring of 2009, shortly after Pete’s move to Texas, the church took a deep breath of faith and purchased a recently-constructed commercial building on Ranch Road 620 in Lakeway to serve as the headquarters for their growing ministry. ACTS Church Lakeway was launched in the summer of 2009, and the congregation intentionally began living out the values of Adventure, Community, Transformation, and Sending.
In 2011 the ACTS Church Network was initiated with the specific purpose of ‘Helping churches launch churches in the greater Austin area.’ Between 2012 and 2013, ACTS Church Lakeway identified a group of families who would start a new church on the north edge of Austin, under the leadership of Pastor Gabe Kasper. In September of 2013 ACTS Church Leander was officially launched and joined ACTS Church Lakeway in its strategy of Multiplying Followers, Multiplying Leaders, and Multiplying Churches. Between 2014 and 2017, two additional churches joined the ACTS Network: ACTS Church Lakeline and ACTS Church Kyle. The ACTS Church Network is now pursuing a Spirit-fueled goal of launching 25 churches in the greater Austin area by 2025.
The Bible is the only source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness. We can discover things about God by observing the beauty of creation or the orderly nature of the human body. The Bible’s God is this Creator God, and it also tells us much more about Him. Only in the Bible do we learn that while God is a just God who punishes sin; He is also a merciful God who forgives our sin at no cost to us. It is through the Bible that God speaks to us today, giving us the rule and norm for all we do and say. Since it was written by men as they were directed and guided by God’s Holy Spirit, the Bible is true and without error.
There is only one true God. Contrary to public opinion, only one spiritual path leads to heaven. And that path passes through the God of the Bible, who has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father is the Creator and sustainer of the universe. When God first made the universe, He was pleased with everything He created. And when He created mankind—Adam and Eve—the Bible tells us God said they were “very good!” By giving them each a soul, God’s desire was that they would reflect His image, live in fellowship with Him and care for His creation. But Adam and Eve doubted that God would provide and care for them in the best way possible. So they rebelled against God. Once they broke that relationship, their natures became selfish and self-centered.
Now every human being is born with a self-centered (sinful) nature and a tendency for evil that violates God’s will and desire. Attempts to change human nature or to please God with our own good are doomed to failure, for God demands perfection. No matter how hard we try, we are not and can never be perfect. Therefore, all of us are in the same boat: we need to be forgiven. That total and real forgiveness is found only in Jesus.
Jesus Christ is God the Son. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh—He was 100% human and 100% God, all in one. As such, He experienced all the pain, suffering, and temptation we do. But because He was God, He dealt with it all in perfect, sinless ways. He did what none of us can do: He never sinned. After three years of publicly teaching and demonstrating that He was God, He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross, paying the price for the sin of the world. Through His crucifixion, the debt we owe for our sin has been forgiven. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead testifies to this fact.
God the Holy Spirit gives us this new relationship with Jesus. It’s a relationship built on faith, a simple word that speaks more about heart- knowledge than head-knowledge. “To have faith in Jesus” means “Jesus has saved and forgiven me…and I trust in that fact.” It’s the Spirit who gives us that relationship. That same Spirit constantly reminds us of what Jesus has done, encouraging and empowering us to mature in this relationship with God.
For the Christian, death is no longer something to be feared. Rather, all those who trust in Jesus will live in joy with Him in heaven for eternity. Death is now simply a doorway to another level of intimacy with God.
The Church is the fellowship of everyone God has brought to faith. The Church is more than one congregation or denomination. It consists of everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. God has given His Church two great gifts to continue its growth: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. In Baptism, God establishes a relationship with us, marking us as members of His Family and promising to always be our God. While baptism is a simple act of washing with water in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, its power lies in God’s Word as He gives us a new name—His. The power of the Lord’s Supper is also found in the Word of God when Jesus promises that “this (bread) is my body…this (wine) is my blood.” While the Supper is a simple act consisting of bread and wine and involving all of our senses, the Word of God ensures that Jesus’ body and blood are also present, in and with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our relationship with Him.
A Christian is a member of the Church not because of what she has done or who he is, but because God has brought him into a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It’s a very one-sided thing: God has forgiven our sin because of Jesus’ death on the cross. Now His Spirit brings us into God’s Family so that what Jesus did, He did for us personally. So even though our imperfections remain with us while here on earth, thanks to Jesus we are already perfect in God’s eyes.
Christians are called to live for Jesus, seeking to serve and honor Him in all facets of life. Life cannot be divided into compartments, some where Jesus is present, others where He is not, for He is the author and Lord of all of life. To guide us in how to live, God gave the Ten Commandments. The first three of these commandments address our relationship with God: He wants and deserves to be first in our lives; we are to treat Him and His name with respect; worship of Him should be a regular part of life. The last seven commandments address our relationships with other people. This group covers the waterfront and forms the basis for an orderly society: authority is to be respected, beginning in the parent/child relationship; life should be protected, not intentionally taken; sexual intimacy is a gift to be shared only between husband and wife; another person’s property, name, and relationships are to be treated with respect. Jesus condensed these commandments into two: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The tension in the Christian walk is that we are called to love people deeply and obey God fully. Thankfully, God forgives us when we fail and gives us His forgiveness and love to share with others!