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Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

Moving from get to be

For a lot of folks the focus of faith is “how do I get in?” This might be getting into the church or it might be getting into the right group. For a lot of people it’s about getting into heaven. At Resonate we take a different approach. The question is not about getting in, instead it’s about being in; or just being. This subtle shift allows us to focus less on convincing people and more on training, preparing, nurturing and supporting you in your spiritual journey. 

WE FOCUS ON 3 SPIRITUAL QUESTS

Having more Shalom (or peace) and less anxiety

Experiencing the real presence of God

Becoming a more loving and contributing person in the world

Moving from get to be

For a lot of folks the focus of faith is “how do I get in?” This might be getting into the church or it might be getting into the right group. For a lot of people it’s about getting into heaven. At Resonate we take a different approach. The question is not about getting in, instead it’s about being in; or just being. This subtle shift allows us to focus less on convincing people and more on training, preparing, nurturing and supporting you in your spiritual journey.

WE FOCUS ON 3 SPIRITUAL QUESTS

Having more Shalom (or peace) and less anxiety

Experiencing the real presence of God

Becoming a more loving and contributing person in the world

HOW IT WORKS

We approach spiritual growth through the whole person. Heart, mind, soul, and body are all places that spiritual growth takes place.

Heart

For our purposes, when we talk about the heart we’re talking about your emotional core. Your feelings, but more than that. Your heart is the place you make all your decisions, feel things most deeply, experience joy or despair. There are some churches that have demonized the heart, saying that it can’t be trusted or that’s where evil comes from. While it’s true that our hearts can deceive us, they’re the place life springs out of, how we’re suppose to love God, even where we’re promised to find him.  At Resonate we help you grow by engaging, healing, and shaping your heart to look and feel more like God’s.

Mind

For many of us faith seems impossible because it requires us to stop believing in what science and reason have taught us. Instead we’re suppose to believe fantasy stories written thousands of years ago by people who thought the earth was flat. But this isn’t real faith. Prior to the 1800s, Christianity was at the forefront of every major technological, philosophical and artistic breakthrough. This is because faith teaches us to embrace and explore Creation. We want to return to that place. This means learning about the Bible and it’s historical setting. It also means making amends with science and taking seriously the objections it raises. At Resonate, we create space for this to happen. We celebrate doubt and skepticism, because these are the springboards of faith, not the enemies.

Soul

What can I say about the soul? It’s the immaterial part of us that gets lots of attention sometimes and is completely written off other times. The soul, or spirit, is the part of you that is your being and consciousness. You feel it most when you are connected to greater things, like family, music, a moment, and of course God. Sometimes it feels warm and tingly. Other times it’s a sense of profound rightness. Identifying, engaging, and connecting the soul is a skill that you can learn and we’re eager to help you with. It comes more naturally for some, but everybody can do it. And we have a variety of ways to teach you. At Resonate our goal is to help you find your soul and like a seed, plant it into the Spirit of God.

Body

Our bodies are spiritual. More and more we think of our bodies as mere vessels or containers for our real selves. Thoughts of heaven, the internet, and self books have conditioned to do this. The Bible doesn’t think this way. According to Jesus, everything is spiritual- especially our bodies. And it is through our bodies and connection to our bodies that we experience the most profound spiritual growth. Things like sharing a meal, taking communion, hugging a stranger are physical things that shape us. At Resonate, we embrace an embodied faith. This means engaging in things like mission trips, grounding actions, engaging in liturgy.

What about evangelism?

Some might be thinking that we’re not serious about “saving people.” That simply not true. We are. We just approach it differently. When Jesus began his ministry, he started with one simple phrase – “The kingdom of God is now.” He wasn’t inviting people to some sort of future thing. Rather he was waking them up to something that we already happening. That’s our approach. 

Think of salvation as a swimming pool. You can talk to people about swimming and that one day there will be a great heavenly pool that will take away all of our pain. Or you can teach people how to swim, take them to pools that already exist, and help them see all the places they’ll be able to swim. You could invite them to your pool parties and invite them to join you. It’d be scary (as swimming is for the first time) but they’re familiarity to it makes it easier when those opportunities are present. 

In short, we treat everybody like they’re already going to heaven. Like Jesus, we treat outsiders, just like insiders. 

HOW IT WORKS

We approach spiritual growth through the whole person. Heart, mind, soul, and body are all places that spiritual growth takes place.

Heart

For our purposes, when we talk about the heart we’re talking about your emotional core. Your feelings, but more than that. Your heart is the place you make all your decisions, feel things most deeply, experience joy or despair. There are some churches that have demonized the heart, saying that it can’t be trusted or that’s where evil comes from. While it’s true that our hearts can deceive us, they’re the place life springs out of, how we’re suppose to love God, even where we’re promised to find him.  At Resonate we help you grow by engaging, healing, and shaping your heart to look and feel more like God’s.

Mind

For many of us faith seems impossible because it requires us to stop believing in what science and reason have taught us. Instead we’re suppose to believe fantasy stories written thousands of years ago by people who thought the earth was flat. But this isn’t real faith. Prior to the 1800s, Christianity was at the forefront of every major technological, philosophical and artistic breakthrough. This is because faith teaches us to embrace and explore Creation. We want to return to that place. This means learning about the Bible and it’s historical setting. It also means making amends with science and taking seriously the objections it raises. At Resonate, we create space for this to happen. We celebrate doubt and skepticism, because these are the springboards of faith, not the enemies.

Soul

What can I say about the soul? It’s the immaterial part of us that gets lots of attention sometimes and is completely written off other times. The soul, or spirit, is the part of you that is your being and consciousness. You feel it most when you are connected to greater things, like family, music, a moment, and of course God. Sometimes it feels warm and tingly. Other times it’s a sense of profound rightness. Identifying, engaging, and connecting the soul is a skill that you can learn and we’re eager to help you with. It comes more naturally for some, but everybody can do it. And we have a variety of ways to teach you. At Resonate our goal is to help you find your soul and like a seed, plant it into the Spirit of God.

Body

Our bodies are spiritual. More and more we think of our bodies as mere vessels or containers for our real selves. Thoughts of heaven, the internet, and self books have conditioned to do this. The Bible doesn’t think this way. According to Jesus, everything is spiritual- especially our bodies. And it is through our bodies and connection to our bodies that we experience the most profound spiritual growth. Things like sharing a meal, taking communion, hugging a stranger are physical things that shape us. At Resonate, we embrace an embodied faith. This means engaging in things like mission trips, grounding actions, engaging in liturgy.

What about evangelism?

Some might be thinking that we’re not serious about “saving people.” That simply not true. We are. We just approach it differently. When Jesus began his ministry, he started with one simple phrase – “The kingdom of God is now.” He wasn’t inviting people to some sort of future thing. Rather he was waking them up to something that we already happening. That’s our approach. 

Think of salvation as a swimming pool. You can talk to people about swimming and that one day there will be a great heavenly pool that will take away all of our pain. Or you can teach people how to swim, take them to pools that already exist, and help them see all the places they’ll be able to swim. You could invite them to your pool parties and invite them to join you. It’d be scary (as swimming is for the first time) but they’re familiarity to it makes it easier when those opportunities are present. 

In short, we treat everybody like they’re already going to heaven. Like Jesus, we treat outsiders, just like insiders. 

Worship Services

Sundays, 10am
12200 Meridian Park Blvd
Austin, TX 78739

Resonate Church Austin

PO BOX 91445
Austin, TX 78739
512-394-3750
info@resonateaustin.org