The History of Christ Our King Anglican Church
Having only just celebrated our 6th Anniversary, Christ Our King’s part in His-Story is still unfolding. The life of this parish began in October 2008 when 225 people joined with Pastor Chuck Thebeau in founding the new church plant, Christ Our King. Father Chuck and his family had actually ministered here in New Braunfels for seven years before the Lord led members to establish a new community committed to radically living out their faith.
Accordingly, our history simply put is God’s story of seeking out His people, calling them into a personal, loving relationship while living under His rule. This ancient story begins with God’s promise to bless Abraham and bless the world through Him, establishing an everlasting covenant of grace. This simple covenant means that the people of God are charged with the responsibility – and enjoy the privilege – to bless everyone!
Yet the human condition is such – that while our sin is great, our power to make up for it is meager (impossible really). So God sent His Son Jesus into the world as the climax and culmination of His mission. Jesus stood under the misery of the world’s sin paying the debt we could not, “Giving His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NIV.)
On Easter day, Jesus rose from the dead victorious. But He did not rise alone. He rose as the head of a body of people who would follow Him in faith, be empowered by His Spirit, and extend His mission in the world. This is where we come in! We look to the life of Jesus and faith of the first disciples as our model for living in today’s modern world.
How did the earliest community of Jesus’ followers function? What did they “do”? The Bible says, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonder.” (Acts 2:42 NIV). Like the earliest followers of Jesus and His Way, we live out the ancient faith in our own context . . . in joyful expectation of “signs and wonders.”
There are too many ways to be Christian without being Christ-like. “Church” is not an event or a place. It’s not part of life. For the follower of Jesus, it’s the way of life. What does it mean to actually follow Jesus? It means to think like Jesus, act like Jesus and invest like Jesus. We follow Jesus by joining and investing ourselves in His redemptive mission here in New Braunfels, in the U.S. and the world-over.
Our local story continues in the same direction, with the same deep roots anchored in God’s Word. We are in the process of developing our twenty-two acre site just outside the New Braunfels City limits on FM 1863. In September of 2012, we completed the first phase of our building project that we have named ‘City on a Hill’. We are worshipping in the sanctary of our Ministry Center, which also has ample space for Sunday School for all ages as well as a large fellowship hall for gatherings. We look forward to serving and blessing this growing area.
We rejoice in being part of a global fellowship of believers with more than 80,000,000 members. This body, known as the Anglican Communion, embraces the ancient faith, believing what Christians have believed for 2,000 years. Truth and love must both be present to reflect the whole heart of God for people.
Jesus launched His earthly ministry with
a simple invitation: “Come and see.”
We’d love for you to come spend some time
with us and see for yourself the presence and
power of God. Come see what it looks like to
know and follow Jesus, participating in God’s
mission of setting things right in a broken,
hurting world, redeeming and restoring it to what
God has always intended. We are the people
of God partnering with God in His redemptive
mission to the world. Come . . . and take
your place in God’s story. Your chapter awaits!