The Bible uses many pictures to describe Christians as a community: a household (Eph. 2:19), a human body (I Cor. 12:12-31) and a temple made up of “living stones” (I Peter 2:4-5, Eph. 2:21). All of these illustrate God’s desire for us to connect as a family, our need for each other and our commitment to each other. Our covenant with God and our commitment to one another create our culture and our community.
Bethel Austin Membership is an outward, formalized sign of the inward mutual commitment we have made with each other as a Bethel Austin Community and the Lord. This commitment defines not only our role, but also the intention of our heart; it affects our decisions and influences our perspective. We take this commitment seriously and believe the payoff to be significant. As Bethel Austin members, we join together for God’s glory and our mutual benefit; we share the responsibilities and rewards of all that God will accomplish through us.