At Southwest Bible Church, God has brought together a great group of people who desire to connect with one another in love and hospitality and to extend that love and hospitality to everyone who visits our church. We have a great mix of people that reflects our Southwest Austin community - including people of different ages and life stages that get along very well and encourage one another. We are imperfect people following a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ.
Small groups are fundamental in how we build community, obey Jesus and become like Him (Col.1:28-29, 1 Cor. 1:9-10). People grow spiritually by embracing and obeying the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, which is always interwoven with the work He is doing in the lives of others. Small groups are the primary avenue in SWBC for community, hospitality, care for people of the church, and more; in fact, most needs within the church are met first within a small group, then - if needed - within the church or beyond. We strongly encourage anyone attending to get consistently involved in a small group.
For a listing of and more information on current small groups.
LIFE CHANGE GROUPS
What are Life Change Groups?
Life Change Groups are the best opportunity to pursue intentional discipleship within SWBC. These groups foster close relationships among a small number of men or women for the purposes of spiritual growth, accountability, and the pursuit of Jesus's commission to all Christians. All groups are encouraged to meet weekly or bi-weekly to discuss the following four questions when they meet:
1. What is God teaching you from His Word?
2. How is Satan coming after you?
3. Who is God putting on your heart?
4. How can I pray for you?
For more information about Life Change Groups and how to join one, please contact Elder Michael Blue.
Partnering with Parents in Training Their Children to Love and Live for Jesus
By Engaging Them with the Timeless Truths of God’s Word in a Learner-Friendly and Life-Related Way
At SWBC, Children’s Ministry is more than childcare—Children’s Ministry is discipleship. We believe parents are charged by God to train the children he has entrusted to them to:
LIVE for God rather than for themselves (Matt. 22:37-38)
LOVE others as themselves (Matt. 22:39)
LEAD others to do the same (Matt. 28:18-20)
We believe the church also has a responsibility to teach the next generation about God (Deut. 6, Psalm 78), which we fulfill in partnership with the parents through Children’s Ministry.
We have Children’s Ministry classes on Sunday mornings for infants through 3rd grade during both services, and our 4th-5th grade class meets at 10:30 during second service. Each class is focused on teaching children in safe, age-appropriate environment to value and understand God’s word. Classes are divided into the following groups:
NURSERY (approximately 0-3 years)
Koalas:* This is our babies class (approximately 0-22 months). As they are getting comfortable with church, our babies are cared for by loving servants that hold them, play with them, pray and sing with them, read the Bible to them.
Kangaroos:* As these kids (approximately 22 months-3 years) are getting stable on their feet, they are also getting a stable foundation in Scripture. Over the course of a year, the Kangaroos learn the “big picture” of the Bible and get to start memorizing six foundational Bible verses. They also learn valuable lessons about living for Jesus through play-time and worship.
PRESCHOOL (approximately 3 years-Kindergarten)
Monkeys:* The Monkeys class spends the year learning lessons from either the Old Testament or the New Testament depending on the year. The Monkeys learn 12 memory verses in their class, and spend time learning to worship through song.
Giraffes:* The Giraffes class functions similar to the Monkeys class, but as these children enter Kindergarten, the lessons involve greater detail and depth in a way the older kids will understand.
ELEMENTARY (1st-5th grade)
1st-3rd: The 1st-3rd graders continue to study the whole of Scripture, but as their understanding increases, so does the depth of the lesson. Beginning in 1st grade, the children learn one verse per month, including new verses each year, which we hope gives them time to not only memorize the verse, but understand what it means and store it in their hearts.
4th-5th: As these kids prepare to transition from elementary school to middle school, they have opportunities to learn more about studying the Bible, memorizing Scripture, and sharing their faith on their own. Also, this class only meets during second service, and we encourage these kids to begin attending worship service with their families during first service.
* These classes have no rigid age requirements, but the general guidelines are: Koalas (birth-20 months), Kangaroos (20 months-3 years and potty trained), Monkeys (3 years and potty-trained-4½ years), Giraffes (4½ years-Kindergarten)
For more information about Children's Ministry, please contact Family Pastor Scott Rhodes.
At SWBC, the students in grades 6th through 12th are a very important part of who we are.
Our desire is to partner with parents as we disciple them, and their students, in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe and teach our students that following Jesus isn’t just what you do after you graduate high school, or when you are an adult, but that it should begin now. We believe this will allow students to connect, and serve, at a high level within the church even after they graduate High School.
Middle School is made up of students from 6th through 8th grade and meets from 10:30 am to 11:45 am on Sunday Mornings. They are also encouraged to attend the 9:00 am worship service. During the school year, they also participate in a mid-week gathering, from 6:45 - 8:30 pm on Wednesdays, with the High School students at the church Ministry House.
High school is made up of students from 9th through 12th grade. During the school year, they meet in discipleship groups (D-Groups) at various times and locations throughout the week. They also participate in a mid-week gathering, from 6:45 - 8:30 pm on Wednesdays, with the Middle School students at the church Ministry House.
For more information about scheduled student activities, or if you have any additional questions, please contact our Student Ministry Pastor Paul Emerson.
A Christ-Centered Recovery Program
The focus of Celebrate Recovery is not about just recovering from a faulty way of life. It is about recovering God's original design for each of us. It is about recovering the "fearfully and wonderfully made" one-of-a-kind masterpiece God intended for you and me to be.
Only 1 in 3 people in Celebrate Recovery have an addiction to substances. CR is for anyone who is human, anyone who has struggled with sin, anyone who has a hurt, habit or hang-up. In other words, all of us.
Please contact Mollie Axtell for more information about Celebrate Recovery.
Southwest Bible Church supports a variety of missions in both local and global regions.
Local to Austin, Texas: Celebrate Recovery, M.O.P.S., TruCare Pregnancy Center, Social Design Alliance
Global Regions: England, Mexico, Turkey, Various other unreached people groups
Please contact us to find out more about our mission efforts.