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DRIPPING SPRINGS church of christ

rooted in Christ, reaching our community






 

Connect With Christ

Ministry Plan

   
 
 According to Ephesians 2:10 Christians are the workmanship of Christ.  As a saved people, we are to perform good works. We are, in effect, an extension of Christ and His work today is to be accomplished through His people.  The elders of the Dripping Springs church of Christ have outlined a course of work designed to continue on with the ministry
that Jesus began some 2000 years ago.  It is a work that we do both as individuals and collectively.  Our work involves evangelizing the world, edifying the Christian, and doing good to others.
 
We believe that these works of ministry, put forth solely to glorify God, offer a wide and interesting variety for people of all ages and involvement interests.
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Worship


WORSHIP



        SUNDAY MORNING                                         SUNDAY EVENING                         WEDNESDAY EVENING                
    Bible Class (for all ages) - 9:30                            Worship - 6:00                            Bible Class (for all ages) - 7:00
    Worship - 10:30 


FIRST SUNDAY FOCUS
Every First Sunday of the month:  
Bible Class (for all ages) - 9:30 AM; Worship - 10:30 AM; Congregational Noon Meal; Worship - 1:30 PM
[For this one Sunday only, there will be no 6:00 PM Worship service]

 


The center and sole focus of Christian worship is God--the Father, Son, and Spirit (John. 4:24). In worship we humbly come before the throne of God's grace and offer the entirety of our heart, soul, mind and strength to the Creator who willingly and lovingly laid down everything for us at Calvary. We love God fully, and it is within our worship that we hope to show that love to its greatest extent. We pray that our worship is a place where children of God can pour out their hearts on the altar of sacrifice.
 
A heart full of wonder for our Savior cannot be separated from His word. As we bow our souls to Him, we realize that God does not simply accept any worship that we give; rather He dictates that we word. As we bow our souls to Him, we realize that God does not simply accept any worship that we give; rather He dictates that we come to Him on His terms which are displayed in scripture. Therefore, as his purchased people, we strive to the best of our ability to offer to God "acceptable worship, with reverence and awe" (Hebrews 12:28).
 
As our guide for worship we look to Jesus and the word of His covenant, which is seen in the New Testament. There we see the early church partaking of the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:71 Corinthians 11:23-26), singing (Ephesians 5:19Col. 3:16), praying (Acts 2:42), teaching (Acts 20:72 Timothy 4:2) and contributing to the needs of the saints (1 Corinthians16:1-2). As 21st century believers we desire to simply be Christians and Christians only, to go back to the Bible and the Bible alone; therefore we follow the pattern laid out for us in the New Testament.

We hope that you will join us as we gladly rejoice in our God and Savior and "play our hearts out for God" (Ephesians 5:19)! 

 

Learn & Grow

The Dripping Springs Church of Christ offers a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow in the word of God.  Among these are Bible classes for all ages, for both children and adults.

Bible Classes are offered for all age groups from Cradle Roll through Adult, each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening.  The cirriculum for ages 3 through 8th grade involves the "Bible Study Guid for All Ages" (see http://biblestudyguide.com/churches.php for more information).  The Middle School and High School class (combined) is following a four-year curriculum approved by the Elders, with content for the Adult classes varying from quarter to quarter.

Every summer we hold our Vacation Bible School, each year with lessons based on a centralized theme.  In VBS. the children will enjoy and participate in many "hands on" activities designed to enrich and encourage them as they grow in Christ.

The Academy of Christian Studies (ACS) is a work of the Dripping Springs Church of Christ and under the oversight of its elders.   The ACS is committed to teaching the biblical text, apart from denominational bias or creed. With an avowed commitment of faithfulness to the sacred text, each textual course will focus entirely upon the Bible itself.  ACS offers a unique opportunity to study God’s word within the context of a formal classroom setting.  Courses are open to anyone and are designed to give committed students an opportunity to survey the entire Bible while examining the precepts and principles for Christian living, ministry, and a biblical worldview. (Find more information on ACS
 here)


GROW.
The moment you become a Christian is the start of your walk with God. Everyone who has been baptized into Christ has put on Christ (Galatians 3:27), and is forgiven of their sins (Acts 2:38). But that is not the whole story. The moment God freely justifies a person, the process of “sanctification” begins. Sanctification can also be known as “spiritual growth”. But what is spiritual growth? And how does it work?

The Bible pictures spiritual growth as a way of showing God’s grace and workmanship in the life of the Christian. The object of the Christian’s life is no longer himself, but the Lord Jesus! Therefore, the beauty in the life of a Christian is not his own beauty, but the image of his Lord and Savior. The Bible speaks about the “putting off” of the old self and the “putting on” of the new person. For example, we read in 
Colossians 3:1-17 a beautiful description of spiritual growth. The image of God, our Creator, becomes more visible in us. Beautiful virtues like honesty, genuine love, forgiveness, kindness and speaking the truth are some of the ways that will reveal to others and ourselves just how much we have grown. It is as though you meet Christ Himself when you meet a Christian.

But is spiritual growth easy? No, it’s not. 
Proverbs 24:16 reads like this: “The righteous falls sevens times and rises again…” Jesus Himself warns His followers that “the narrow way leads to life” (Matthew 7:13-14). The writer of Hebrews says that Christians must pursue “the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Paul the apostle acknowledges that Christians face a spiritual battle, conflict, between the flesh and the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26). But don’t be discouraged because you face temptations or trials, for God has called you to become like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). What a glorious day it will be when you pass the finish of this narrow way! Then, the image of Jesus Christ will be seen perfectly in you. N
o more sin. No more spot, nor blemish.

To aid us in growing God has called the church to equip people for works of service. How we respond to that call is very important. Investing deeply in the lives of people, equipping them with the tools they need to lead, and empowering them to engage in ministry is the heart of an Ephesians 4 church. At the Dripping Springs Church of Christ we want to be that church—a church that equips Christians for growth and work.  Throughout the pages of this website you can find many ways to make that growth a reality. There are many opportunities and avenues open to you that will be facilitate spiritual growth. We invite you to use this website both as a source of information for growth but also as a means of learning about all that we have to offer you in facilitating growth in your walk of faith.

In addition to our overall ministry of works, we also believe in the essential nature and power of the publicly proclaimed word to aid in the sanctifying of each Christian. 


PROCLAMATION.
Jesus is Lord, the Prince of Peace, and the risen Savior, but he was also the greatest preacher to ever grace an audience with his presence. His proclamation of truth was both substantive and practical. It was both liberating and provocative; convicting and consoling.  God anointed Him to proclaim good news to the poor, to the broken hearted, to the captives, to the blind, and to those who were oppressed (Luke 4:18). His sermons came straight from the heart of God and were designed to convict hearers of sin, and to present them with a message of love and redemption.
 
God chose through act of preaching to save them that believe (
1 Cor. 1:21). Preaching that saves is that which glorifies God and exalts his all sufficient word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The word is powerful and transformative. It is God’s word—thus at the Dripping Springs Church of Christ we are dedicated to a careful analysis of the text of scripture, and committed to making applications that are faithful to God’s intent. Thus, our sermon preparation and presentation of spiritual truths is rooted in the expository method which seeks to follow the structure and flow of the text and is keenly aware of the historical and literary context in which they are found.  
 
Jesus came not to be ministered unto, “but to give his life a ransom for many” (
Matt. 20:28); he also came to preach (Mark 1:38). In our quest to be like Jesus we seek to proclaim a message abounding in grace and centered in God. At every assembly we seek to present a message rooted in the biblical text and proclaimed in love. We believe that when scripture is properly exposed and its timeless truths revealed that lives will be forever changed and relationships enhanced. We also believe that scripture is the sole authority in matters of faith, and that its message is transformative in its effect, providing hope and help in all matters of daily life, personal development, eternal redemption, and devotion to God. We seek to aid others with their physical needs, but we yearn to impact the lives of others through cross-centered preaching and instruction.

Serve

Guidance


We all struggle to some degree with the challenges, strife and trials that this life bring us.  The only thing for certain is that no one is perfect; we all have weaknesses and flaws.  Sometimes the shoulder of a good friend to lean upon is the best medicine for working out troublesome issues. 







CHRISTIAN MINISTRY AND GUIDANCE SERVICES


The Dripping Springs church of Christprovides guidance assistance for families and singles within the congregation (and their friends) in numerous areas ranging from marital issues to personal issues.  Members may choose to meet with the Elders as a group and/or request individual counseling sessions.  All sessions are confidential and based on the inspired scriptures as the final word and guidelines for change of behavior.  For a meeting with the eldership, please contact the elders to schedule an appointment.  For individual or family counseling, please contact John Moore.  (Contact Us)


More information on Guidance Services here.

Virtual Library



Additional Resources for the Christian Study - There are many resources for the study of God's word, in the form of written works, study guides, DVDs, radio/television programs and more.  Find more information here.

dscofc blog

      Read from various contributing authors on our brand-new blog!
 

SUMMER QUARTER BIBLE CLASSES

 

Wednesday Night:

Auditorium – God’s Covenant Promises in the Face of Defeat: A Study of 1 & 2 Chronicles 
(Instructor: John Moore)

 

Intended as a message of reassurance and hope to a rejected and defeated Jewish people, the book of Chronicles has a powerful and relevant message for every generation of believers. To expose and apply that message this course will give a careful examination of the historical, textual, geographical, and archaeological data associated with the contents of this epic book of the Old Testament. A study of these books, as they look back across the centuries of Israel’s history, will also give students a better grasp of the events, history, and theology of the Old Testament scriptures. 
 

Sunday Morning:

Auditorium – Drawing Near to a Holy God                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Instructor: Jacob Rutledge)



A Study of the Book of Leviticus

The story of scripture is the story of God: how God shows His glory in the creation, redemption, and sanctification of humanity. Every detail of the story is important; including the book of Leviticus. Often forgotten, Leviticus is key to understanding concepts such as redemption, atonement, worship, sacrifice, and priesthood. Yet, the most important lesson that Leviticus teaches is summed up in one word: Holiness. This book, unlike any other, shows one of the central characteristics of God and how it relates to His people. In this study we will see the beauty and the bounties of God’s grace and holiness, and the struggle between sinful man entering the presence of a Holy God, ultimately leading to the greatest sacrifice of all: Jesus Christ. 


                                   
                                                                           
                             
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DISCIPLE YOU


Discipleship University is a youth conference hosted by the Dripping Springs Church of Christ in Dripping Springs, Tx every summer. This year's date are August 5-7 and our theme is “Encountering Christ: Experience the Majesty of Jesus.” Our desire is that our young people walk away fully comprehending the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. DU is meant to equip, engage, and encourage young people from middle school to high school on every level. We pray that you will join us. We invite you to visit the Discipleship U website for more information.
 

                                                                                                  
 

                                  








 

The Bible story and its message of salvation are rooted in a historic and geographic setting – a real time and a real place in history. To better understand that setting is to better understand the Biblical story.

Bible Land Passages is dedicated to helping others to better understand and appreciate the Bible, and thereby deepen their faith in the sacred text and in the God who gave us the Bible.  We want everyone to know that when they read about places like Beersheba, Jericho, Jerusalem, Caesarea, and cities surrounding the Sea of Galilee, that those places exist just as the Bible describes.

But Bible Land Passages is more than just about defending Christianity and its historical roots, we are also dedicated to examining and showcasing the lands of the Bible and its environs because they provide for us a window into the ancient past. By sifting through the archaeological data, by traveling down the pathways of the Bible lands and by traversing through the passages of its ancient cities, trade routes, and caves we come to not only better understand and appreciate the challenges of life faced by our religious forbearers, but we also come to see how God used the historical and geographic setting of the Bible lands to refine and develop their faith. 

Those same real places and same real settings - when examined in our modern era - can likewise become a passage for us in developing greater faith and devotion for God.  Bible Land Passages is therefore all about helping connect people to God and encouraging others in their own personal walk of faith.    More information on the Bible Land Passages Videos and Study Program can be found
here.