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We are continuing in the book of Amos. Today we're discussing everyone's favorite topic: politics! In our political-heightened society we can often run head-long into politics (and often run straight into idolatry in the process!), or run away from it as fast as possible. What if there was a third approach? Studying Amos 8 gives us insight into how…
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Join us as we continue in our series in the book of Amos. In this sermon, we tackle the issue of poverty. Scripture seems to have conflicting messages about poverty, money, wealth, riches, etc. There are some things that are clear (we should treat those in poverty with dignity, love, sacrifice, and respect), others... not so much (is it bad to be r…
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Join us as we talk about God's heart for how we address corporate injustice as Christians. Often when we think about justice we think about all of the ill of the world and feel overwhelmed. This is actually a good thing. Lamentation, which we’ll discuss briefly, can be a really good way to respond to all of the ills of life. However, we can also do…
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We continue in our series in the book of Amos. Today we tackle the topic of "spiritual injustice." Church hurt that is crated in individuals, often because of poor spiritual leadership, is a serious issue that God finds appalling. Further, God desires for people to know God, the true God, and worship Him. Both of these issues, spiritual abuse and s…
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We continue in our justice and mercy series, this week focusing on how God feels about humanity, specifically humanity that is rebelling against God! Often we see God as this cruel, ready-to-punish God, but the Scriptures present someone quite the opposite, even when people are in active rebellion against God. How might understanding God's heart ri…
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Join us as we kick off our series walking through the book of Amos. Amos is a prophetic book that focuses on justice, righteousness, God's heart for the vulnerable, and our response to the brokenness of the world. As we enter into 2024 (another political election year!) we'll likely be reminded, often, of the brokenness of the world. What should ou…
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This Sunday we continue with Advent, meditating on the future love that we will receive in Christ. One day, because of God's love for us, we will be wed to Him in marriage. This is a wild concept, and one that is hard to even believe. What does it mean that we'll be wed to God? How much does God really love us? How can we receive this love even now…
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“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength…’” Isaiah 30:15. Each year The Well purposefully sets aside one Sunday a year to reset. We desire to stop, slow down, and personally remember the works of the Lord over the past year. We intentionally look…
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Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us, “and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” But, why?! What actually happens when we gather? Why is it so important? Join Mary and Tory as they discuss on th…
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This Sunday we wrap up our series in discipleship thinking explicitly about our Generosity. Often calls to give generously strike us in our "strength" portion of our love (our obedience), but they completely miss our heart, minds, and souls in the process. Because of this, we often miss why God calls us to give. What would it look like to really be…
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We conclude the book of Titus and think strategically about our application of the book. How do we make disciples? What if we don't know how? Do we believe discipleship is actually as important as the Scriptures proclaim? How does our heart, soul, mind, and strength get involved here? Discipleship has a bigger impact than we realize, and we're each…
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In this episode we have a special guest, Carlos Jones, discussing why we tend to not share the gospel. Although tools, methods, Biblical reasoning, etc. are all helpful, the biggest motivator towards sharing our faith is not found in methods, but in our relationship with Jesus. If we love him, if we frequently encounter Him, we’ll share not out of …
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This Sunday we continue our discipleship series (introducing one more helpful framework in discipleship!), focusing on how the gospel is our ultimate discipleship tool. More than any method, the gospel equips us to love Jesus with all of ourselves, and help reproduce people who love Jesus similarly. The gospel keeps us from being crippled by sin or…
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We were made for community, but often our idea of community is bent toward self. The church re-orients us to community with God at the center— his presence and power, his glory and mission. This is not something we can find on our own, but rather, it is something God gives us in Christ.Av The Well
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In this episode, Tory and Mary do live discipleship… there’s no pre-planning or structure, just one simple question, “what is the Lord teaching you?” Join us as we vulnerably share and intentionally point one another towards Christ, ultimately finding truth in hard places.Visit our website for show notes and more information:https://thewellaustin.c…
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Join us this Sunday as we continue in our series on Titus, focusing on discipleship. This week we study a difficult passage in our context and see the spiritual truths underneath. Not only are those in "lesser" positions valuable to God, those in "lesser" positions can actually make disciples of those above them based on how they act. This means, r…
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What is discipleship? How does this belief influence and shape our relationships with the opposite sex? Can men and women disciple each other? Does this glorify God? What does it actually look like? What about boundaries and convictions? Join us as we answer these questions and explore loving, following, and serving Jesus together.Visit our website…
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This week we talk about how active personal discipleship is the key to growing spiritually regardless of our cultural climate. The Importance of personal discipleship can not be overstated. We will also cover signs of spiritual maturity to look for in our personal discipleship relationships that help us ensure we are growing spiritually.…
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This week we continue our series in Titus focusing on discipleship, specifically focusing on the importance of corporate discipleship this week. When we think of discipleship we often think individual, personal, 1:1 discipleship only. However it is clear throughout Scripture that so much discipleship happens in the context of community, specificall…
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In this episode, Tory and Mary continue their conversation on lament. How do we move from sorrow to laughter? How do we receive good in the midst of loss, disappointment, anger, etc.? Can you hold sorrow and joy? How do we learn to trust Him? How do we see suffering as a good gift from our loving Lord? For truly, “the heart of the wise is in the ho…
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We begin a new series in the book of Titus, focused on the topic of discipleship! Discipleship, for many of us, has become confusing and convoluted. It is often very narrow. However, Biblical discipleship is much more expansive. As we begin the series Paul clearly has a personal discipleship relationship with Titus. He begins to inform him how to c…
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Wait what?! How is sorrow better than laughter? What is grief? Is it different than lament? What makes lament inherently Christian? Why should we lament and what do we even lament in the first place? Join us as Tory and Mary dive into the gift of sorrow and how God invites us to turn to to him and confront the brokenness in and around us.Visit our …
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Join us as we continue in our short "Invisible Leaders" sermon series. Today we will focus on Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. This duo meet in the most uncommon way, on a road, in the desert. Its apparent that God has a plan for the Eunuch's life and he invites Philip to be a part of it. Philip's obedience is the response to God's invitation and h…
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Join us this Sunday as we continue in our short "Invisible Leaders" sermon series. Today we focus on Rufus, who thought he was relatively unknown, had a major impact, mainly because of the sovereignty of God and the decision of his father. We see how every little decision that we make can have major implications in the Kingdom of God. Do we think a…
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As shepherds and overseers of a local church, elders are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping and caring for the corporate church body and her individual members. In this episode, Daniel, a current elder, and his wife Marina Lentz join Tory and Mary to discuss eldering and share their wisdom and experiences from their last 4 years of faith…
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Join us as we begin a new short series, looking at some of the "invisible leaders" in the Bible. Often in Scripture we try to emulate the giants oft he faith, but what about he lesser known people? Could they even be more of an encouragement to our faith? Today we study Epaphroditus, and meditate on how his sacrificial service is still impacting us…
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Join us as we conclude this series and this book we see this really… strange ending! It seems that Ezra has a right heart, but very likely took the wrong action (see contemporary prophet Malachi 2). It is clear God cares about our hearts, both individually and corporately. So in this sermon we'll thoroughly explore what it will take to have hearts …
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You asked and we answered! In this episode of Well Said, Mary and Tory answer listeners' submitted questions on spiritual warfare. Can believers be possessed? Why does spiritual warfare seem more “obvious” in other countries compared to America? We walk through passages such as Saul raising Samuel from the dead and discuss why the disciples couldn’…
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Join us as we continue in our series on Ezra, focusing community, and we personally play a role in building the temple through the gifts and talents God has gifted each one of us with. Ezra is getting ready to leave and lead a 2nd group back to Jerusalem to continue restoring the temple. He notices people are missing! Ezra sees the importance of th…
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Join us as we continue in our series on Ezra, focusing on how God is calling us to build His temple (people). Do you realize God is calling you to partner with Him in the expansion of His Kingdom? Today we focus on God's extreme provision in the rebuilding of the temple through many different means. We're not always quick to build the temple (peopl…
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This Sunday we continue our Rebuilding Well series. Today the book's namesake, Ezra, steps onto the scene. If the story sounds slightly familiar, it is! Ezra finds himself and Israel in a similar situation as before. When the Scripture repeats stories, it is likely because we need to hear it. How do we (re)build well, whether our lives or our churc…
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Acts 17:24-25 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” Why does God, who owns everything and can control everything, call for our gen…
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Join us as we continue in our series on Ezra. This week we see the completion of the rebuilding of the temple. Many things happen in our lives when we focus on what God is calling us into. There's joy, there's a joining in on God's promises and mission, there's the beauty of being used by God; but there's also danger. It is easy to, after initially…
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Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “for we are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” God has graciously given us characteristics of Himself and a part to play in His grand plan to reconcile and redeem all things. But, how do we know we are living in the giftings and calli…
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This Sunday, we continue our series on Ezra, focusing on rebuilding. This week Zerubbabel gets hit with some serious opposition, and the Text is just overall... confusing, like opposition often is. When opposition comes into our life, from within or without, it is often confusing to us. Why are we suffering? What is happening? It is often hard to e…
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In The Unseen Realm, by Michael Heiser, he says, “When an enemy wants nothing, but your defeat and annihilation, neutrality means choosing death.” We believe that there is no neutrality. We can’t and don’t sit on the sidelines. We are loyal to God, or we are loyal to something else. Although Christ has won the ultimate and final victory, we live in…
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We continue in our Ezra series focusing on rebuilding. This week we focus on Ezra 3, and the completion of the foundation of the temple. For such a significant moment in Israel's history, you'd think there'd be a ton of celebration. There was... but it was mixed with a ton of sorrow and confusion. Often when we're rebuilding, we too can, if we're n…
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We are continuing our new series in the book of Ezra. Here at The Well we believe God’s Kingdom is not built on the talents of a few, but the sacrifices of many. As the people of God, what does it look like for us to have this heart posture and to be used for the Kingdom of God? Join us as we dive into this book together.…
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We believe in the spiritual realm. The Bible is explicitly clear, that there are spiritual forces at war with God and those loyal to Him. You don’t have to get far in reading the scriptures to see it. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve are deceived by a serpent. The father of lies and those who rebelled against God along with him, continue to assault, oppr…
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This Sunday we begin a new series in the book of Ezra. We feel this will be a sort of vision series for our church. As we begin, we see God using foreign kings, and wanting to use His people to do a restorative, powerful work on this earth. As the people of God, what does it look like to "have our hearts stirred," to be used for the Kingdom of God?…
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We believe in multiplication. From God’s commission in Genesis 1, “be fruitful and multiply,” to its echo in Matthew 28, “make disciples of all nations,” we see that we are all called to be spiritual mothers and fathers. On this episode of Well Said, Mary and Tory talk about one relationship we didn’t talk about in our Loved to Death sermon series,…
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Join us as we finish off our series in the Song of Songs. This week we will be discussing the topic of covenant. As we dive into this last chapter of the book, we will dig out important biblical truths about commitment that we can apply to all our relationships. It’s easy to quit pursuing, enduring, fighting for relationships, etc, but as followers…
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We continue in our Song of Songs series, this week focusing on deepening our relationships. The reality is you never arrive in your relationships and friendships. There is always more depth and intimacy to be had. Let’s learn how to be intentional in our relationships and friendships and with the Lord. Join us as we continue our series!…
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We believe that studying the bible is essential to growth, maturity, and spiritual effectiveness in the life of a believer. The acronym E.F.A.P. helps us to read scripture in light of the Gospel and through the lens of Christ. When reading, is there something that reminds you of the person or work of Jesus and is an example to follow? Are there fin…
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