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Bethany Lutheran church is located in Austin, TX. We are a church dedicated to Christ and creating a community for people to belong. Bethany is a place to belong, explore, and enjoy the presence and grace of Christ.

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Bethany Lutheran church is located in Austin, TX. We are a church dedicated to Christ and creating a community for people to belong. Bethany is a place to belong, explore, and enjoy the presence and grace of Christ.

    Eternity Is Now in Session | Abiding: Life in the Spirit

    Eternity Is Now in Session | Abiding: Life in the Spirit

    Jesus is our life line. If we are to receive and enjoy eternal life, we must make sure we are connected to the source of eternal life. We will never graduate from our need for Jesus’ grace and power. So, how do we remain connected to him? We shall see as we wrap up our Eternity Is Now In Session series.

    Jeremiah 2:20-22 (ESV)
    “For long ago I broke your yoke
        and burst your bonds;
        but you said, ‘I will not serve.’
    Yes, on every high hill
        and under every green tree
        you bowed down like a whore.
    Yet I planted you a choice vine,
        wholly of pure seed.
    How then have you turned degenerate
        and become a wild vine?
    Though you wash yourself with lye
        and use much soap,
        the stain of your guilt is still before me,
    declares the Lord God.

    John 15:1-17 (ESV)
    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
    “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

    • 25 min
    Eternity Is Now in Session | Pop Quiz: Who Do You Say I Am?

    Eternity Is Now in Session | Pop Quiz: Who Do You Say I Am?

    “Who do you say I am?”. This is a question that Jesus asked Peter. Who do you say Jesus is? How you answer that question will greatly shape how you respond to the teachings of Jesus. And how you respond to Jesus’ teachings will shape how you live your life in this world. So, who do you say Jesus is?

    Matthew16:13-30 (ESV)
    Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
    From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

    • 20 min
    Eternity Is Now in Session | Purgation: Leaving Our Baggage Behind

    Eternity Is Now in Session | Purgation: Leaving Our Baggage Behind

    As we live into eternal life in the here and now, we will become painfully aware that we are all carrying some heavy baggage on the journey. Instead of trying to carry that baggage on our own, what if Jesus is reaching out to us asking us to release that baggage into his care?

    Isaiah 6:5 (ESV)
     And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

    Luke 5:1-9 (ESV)
    On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

    • 26 min
    Eternity Is Now in Session | Mountain Top Experiences: Seeing God Everywhere

    Eternity Is Now in Session | Mountain Top Experiences: Seeing God Everywhere

    A mountain is where heaven and earth come closest together. Mountain top experiences mark the lives of biblical characters like Moses, Elijah, Jesus, and the 12 disciples. It was in those mountain top experiences where those characters had awakenings that opened their eyes to God’s presence and power in their ordinary lives. What is Jesus has already opened our eyes to God’s presence and power in our ordinary life? What if all we need to do is pay attention because eternity is already in session?

    Matthew 17:1-8 (ESV)
    After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
    Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
    While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
    When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

    • 20 min
    Eternity Is Now in Session | Follow Me

    Eternity Is Now in Session | Follow Me

    Jesus first words to his disciples were not, “Come and believe in me”. They were, “Come and follow me”. Is it possible that the modern church has created a false division between belief and obedience or what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called cheap grace. What if Jesus’ words, come follow me, are the greatest invitation we could ever receive? What if Jesus’ invitation is an invitation into a deeper understanding of what eternal life truly is?

    Matthew 4:18-20 (ESV)
    While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

    Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

    • 23 min
    Eternity Is Now in Session | The Minimum Entrance Requirements

    Eternity Is Now in Session | The Minimum Entrance Requirements

    When it comes to salvation, heaven or eternal life many people ask, “How good is good enough?” What if that is the wrong question? What if Jesus is inviting us to reframe our idea of eternal life from being a place we go to when we die to it being a reality we get to live into in the here and now. What if salvation isn’t about getting you into heaven? What if true salvation is about getting into you?

    Psalm 63:1-4 (ESV)
    O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
        my soul thirsts for you;
    my flesh faints for you,
        as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
    So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
        beholding your power and glory.
    Because your steadfast love is better than life,
        my lips will praise you.
    So I will bless you as long as I live;
        in your name I will lift up my hands.

    Mark 10:17-31 (ESV)
    And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
    And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

    • 21 min

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