Brief History

 

In the 1960’s, some believers living in West Texas began seeking more light and truth from the Bible. They discovered the ministry of Watchman Nee and received more spiritual vision and edification. Their understanding of God’s purpose as revealed in the Bible became clearer and their love for Jesus Christ was freshly rekindled. They met Watchman Nee’s co-worker, Witness Lee, who was speaking and practicing the same thing as Watchman Nee. These believers realized the Lord’s strong desire that all His followers would be one, even as the Father and Son are one (John 17:11, 21, 22), and began meeting in such a way to express this oneness. Their enjoyment of the Lord continued to increase, which was a reflection of His satisfaction. Around 1970, the Lord led them to move to Houston and Dallas to strengthen the Lord’s testimony in those cities.

In the early 1970’s, through the Lord’s blessing, the local churches in Houston and Dallas grew and were strengthened. As they fellowshipped with the Lord and began to pray about the college campus in Austin, it seemed to them that the Lord was desirous that believers would begin meeting as the church in Austin. This took place in the summer of 1973 when approximately 35 members of these churches migrated to Austin. Some of them were students, who began preaching the gospel at The University of Texas at Austin. Then in early 1974, two more groups of believers moved to Austin from the church in New Orleans and the church in Memphis. The Lord blessed these migrations by saving many college students and adding them to the church throughout the remainder of 1974.

From 1975 to 1984 the number of believers meeting as the church in Austin averaged about 180 to 200. New believers were being added at about the same rate that existing believers were migrating to other local churches. In 1985 the membership began to steadily increase to its current total of over 500. We attribute the Lord’s blessing to the practice of four key principles in the Bible which we were helped to see more clearly through Witness Lee’s ministry. A Christian living and church life according to these four principles practically and organically builds up the Body of Christ:

1. Begetting—to bear fruit (John 15:4-5, 16)

We abide in Christ and “go forth and bear fruit.” To ‘go forth’ means to go to visit people to share Christ with them.

2. Nourishing—for the fruit to remain (John 15:16)

We meet in homes to spiritually feed and cherish newly saved believers.

3. Perfecting—to equip the believers (Ephesians 4:12)

We meet in small vital groups for fellowship, prayer, mutual care, and teaching the truth.

4. Prophesying—to build the church (I Corinthians 14:4-5, 12, 26)

In our large meetings we practice prophesying, that is, speaking for Christ and ministering Christ to one another.

We are thankful to the Lord for His continued presence and blessing among us. “To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:21)