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God’s Vision:but the righteous
will live by his faith…

(Habakkuk 2:4b)

OSL Vision: Our neighbors recognize
that Our Savior is an integral part of
the community fabric because we touch
their lives and witness Christ to people
of all ages.

Worship Services:
8 AM & 10:45 AM

9:30 AM
Sunday School, Bible study
& Fellowship

Email OSL office

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:
Rev. Eric Borchers
Pastor &
School Administration
Yvette Aguilar
Childcare Director
Pam Kalmbach
Music Director
Dorothy Maass
Secretary
Tiffany Henson
Secretary
Skyla Counts
Secretary
Sheryl Josserand
Business Manager

Visit us!
1513 East Yager Lane
Austin, TX 78753

(512) 836-9600


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God’s Vision:but the righteous
will live by his faith…

(Habakkuk 2:4b)

OSL Vision: Our neighbors recognize
that Our Savior is an integral part of
the community fabric because we touch
their lives and witness Christ to people
of all ages.

Worship Services:
8 AM & 10:45 AM

9:30 AM
Sunday School, Bible study
& Fellowship

Email OSL office

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:
Rev. Eric Borchers
Pastor &
School Administration
Yvette Aguilar
Childcare Director
Pam Kalmbach
Music Director
Dorothy Maass
Secretary
Tiffany Henson
Secretary
Skyla Counts
Secretary
Sheryl Josserand
Business Manager

Visit us!
1513 East Yager Lane
Austin, TX 78753

(512) 836-9600


Caring + Sharing + Serving 

Check us out on facebook.  Church Facebook

Check us out on facebook.  School/Childcare Facebook

 

OSL WeatherBug Site
CURRENT CONDITIONS



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Our Savior Lutheran Church is a congregation of caring Christians committed to sharing God's love through Jesus Christ with each other and the people of the community.

We believe God’s vision for us is summaried in Habakkuk 2.4b:

…but the righteous will live by his faith…

The vision statement for Our Savior Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas:

Our neighbors recognize that Our Savior is an integral part of the community fabric because we touch their lives and witness Christ to people of all ages.

 

If you are not a member of our congregation, we invite you to visit our campus and worship with us several Sundays to get a feel for our community of faith. Pastor John Fibelkorn, our interim pastor, is available to visit and discuss our community of faith. If you would like to know what we believe, teach and confess you can click HERE to read through "What We Believe". You can find a brief history of our congregation HERE. And check out our ministry areas, worship services and Bible study opportunities

We Look forward to your visit!

Rev. Eric Borchers

 

 OCTOBER MESSAGE

How Luther went viral in the 16th Century?

Dear Our Savior Families,

In today’s world going viral can mean something much different than it did in the 16th Century.  The definitions of the word viral are below.

  1. of the nature of, caused by, or relating to a virus or viruses.
  2. relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.

Martin Luther, a Catholic priest and a professor of theology went viral in the 16th Century.  However, the Catholic Church felt that he was like a virus.  That is a pretty nasty thing to say isn’t it?  There aren’t very many good things about viruses – they usually attack your body and make you sick!  In the eyes of the Catholic Church, Luther was this virus.  Things were going along swimmingly with plenty of money coming in for the Church, through the sale of indulgences, to continue with the restoration of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome until one day when this lowly Catholic preacher put ink on his pen and opened his mouth!

Luther had been troubled for a number of years by his faith and this was made worse when in 1517 John Tetzel was empowered by the pope to sell a piece of paper known as indulgences.  The people who purchased these papers believed because of their purchase they had been forgiven for their sins.  Luther understood the only thing that can free and forgive us from our sin is to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

In response to this action by Tetzel, Luther wrote a pamphlet called "The 95 Theses” against the indulgences.  The Church took these theses or points as an obvious criticism of the Church and therefore by association the leadership of the Pope.  However, they were written in a remarkably humble and academic tone, questioning rather than accusing. The first two points contained Luther’s central idea, that God intended believers to seek repentance and that faith in Christ alone, not our works, would lead to our salvation. The other 93 points, supported the first two, with a number of them directly criticizing the practice of indulgences.  Luther desired for these points to be discussed at an academic level - they were not for general public discussion.  He sent these points privately to friends and opponents alike.  He may even, as legend has it, have nailed them to the church door, a common method of starting academic debate.

This pamphlet of Luther’s spread faster than anything had ever moved before across the land.  Within 2 weeks, copies had spread throughout Germany; within two months throughout Europe.  In January 1518 friends of Luther had translated Luther’s work from Latin into German, printed, and widely copied them, making the controversy one of the first in history to be aided by the printing press.  Since there was no internet or social media the pamphlets had to be disbursed by a printer.  A printer in one part of the land would pass it on to another printer in another part of the land and so on and so forth.  Luther, as we know it today, had gone viral!  But let me be clear.  When we post a video on YouTube in 2014 our hope and intention is instant popularity or fame.  We desire to go viral.  Luther had no intention of going viral, no hope for popularity or fame, and no desire to break from the Catholic Church.    

If you will recall I stated, “there aren’t very many good things about viruses – they attack your body and make you sick!”  However, sometimes I think God allows a virus to run its course so that a vaccine may be discovered and disbursed.  The interesting thing about Luther is that he pointed out the vaccine that had been there the entire time, the church just wasn’t using it.  It is undisputed among Catholics and Lutherans today: We are saved by GRACE through FAITH ALONE in JESUS CHRIST!

Did you know it has been almost 500 years since the Reformation took place?  The Quinn-centennial or 500th year celebration, is only three years away on October 30, 2017.  You want to help me start planning the celebration?  Let’s give glory to God for all that He has done for us. 

Happy Reformation Month!

Christ’s Servant…Your Shepherd.

Pastor Eric Borchers

 

 

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH IS AFFILIATED WITH:

  



Our Savior Lutheran Church is a congregation of caring Christians committed to sharing God's love through Jesus Christ with each other and the people of the community.

We believe God’s vision for us is summaried in Habakkuk 2.4b:

…but the righteous will live by his faith…

The vision statement for Our Savior Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas:

Our neighbors recognize that Our Savior is an integral part of the community fabric because we touch their lives and witness Christ to people of all ages.

 

If you are not a member of our congregation, we invite you to visit our campus and worship with us several Sundays to get a feel for our community of faith. Pastor John Fibelkorn, our interim pastor, is available to visit and discuss our community of faith. If you would like to know what we believe, teach and confess you can click HERE to read through "What We Believe". You can find a brief history of our congregation HERE. And check out our ministry areas, worship services and Bible study opportunities

We Look forward to your visit!

Rev. Eric Borchers

 

 OCTOBER MESSAGE

How Luther went viral in the 16th Century?

Dear Our Savior Families,

In today’s world going viral can mean something much different than it did in the 16th Century.  The definitions of the word viral are below.

  1. of the nature of, caused by, or relating to a virus or viruses.
  2. relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.

Martin Luther, a Catholic priest and a professor of theology went viral in the 16th Century.  However, the Catholic Church felt that he was like a virus.  That is a pretty nasty thing to say isn’t it?  There aren’t very many good things about viruses – they usually attack your body and make you sick!  In the eyes of the Catholic Church, Luther was this virus.  Things were going along swimmingly with plenty of money coming in for the Church, through the sale of indulgences, to continue with the restoration of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome until one day when this lowly Catholic preacher put ink on his pen and opened his mouth!

Luther had been troubled for a number of years by his faith and this was made worse when in 1517 John Tetzel was empowered by the pope to sell a piece of paper known as indulgences.  The people who purchased these papers believed because of their purchase they had been forgiven for their sins.  Luther understood the only thing that can free and forgive us from our sin is to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

In response to this action by Tetzel, Luther wrote a pamphlet called "The 95 Theses” against the indulgences.  The Church took these theses or points as an obvious criticism of the Church and therefore by association the leadership of the Pope.  However, they were written in a remarkably humble and academic tone, questioning rather than accusing. The first two points contained Luther’s central idea, that God intended believers to seek repentance and that faith in Christ alone, not our works, would lead to our salvation. The other 93 points, supported the first two, with a number of them directly criticizing the practice of indulgences.  Luther desired for these points to be discussed at an academic level - they were not for general public discussion.  He sent these points privately to friends and opponents alike.  He may even, as legend has it, have nailed them to the church door, a common method of starting academic debate.

This pamphlet of Luther’s spread faster than anything had ever moved before across the land.  Within 2 weeks, copies had spread throughout Germany; within two months throughout Europe.  In January 1518 friends of Luther had translated Luther’s work from Latin into German, printed, and widely copied them, making the controversy one of the first in history to be aided by the printing press.  Since there was no internet or social media the pamphlets had to be disbursed by a printer.  A printer in one part of the land would pass it on to another printer in another part of the land and so on and so forth.  Luther, as we know it today, had gone viral!  But let me be clear.  When we post a video on YouTube in 2014 our hope and intention is instant popularity or fame.  We desire to go viral.  Luther had no intention of going viral, no hope for popularity or fame, and no desire to break from the Catholic Church.    

If you will recall I stated, “there aren’t very many good things about viruses – they attack your body and make you sick!”  However, sometimes I think God allows a virus to run its course so that a vaccine may be discovered and disbursed.  The interesting thing about Luther is that he pointed out the vaccine that had been there the entire time, the church just wasn’t using it.  It is undisputed among Catholics and Lutherans today: We are saved by GRACE through FAITH ALONE in JESUS CHRIST!

Did you know it has been almost 500 years since the Reformation took place?  The Quinn-centennial or 500th year celebration, is only three years away on October 30, 2017.  You want to help me start planning the celebration?  Let’s give glory to God for all that He has done for us. 

Happy Reformation Month!

Christ’s Servant…Your Shepherd.

Pastor Eric Borchers

 

 

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH IS AFFILIATED WITH:

  



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