Our preaching comes straight from the Bible and centers on Christ. The songs that we sing are chosen because they are about Christ. In all that we do, we seek to focus on Christ and we fail. We fall short of this goal time and time again; but this is the very reason that we concentrate on Him. We are weak in so many ways, and He is strong. We are sinful and he is full of pardoning grace. We are oftentimes faithless, and yet He is faithful, and so we fix our aim on Him.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Churches have changed a lot since the New Testament and many of them have not changed for the better. Our desire is to go back to what churches would have looked like in the beginning. Some of the things that might stand out to visitors are:
We worship as families. We do not have children's programs or youth groups. We believe that all who trust in Jesus, even children, are part of his church and should be present when the church gathers to worship and those who have not come to believe in Jesus, should also be present, experiencing the worship of God and hearing His word being preached.
We preach verse by verse through entire books of the Bible. This ensures that we are not just preaching our favorite passages and skipping over the ones that we are uncomfortable with or find difficult. We seek to preach the whole counsel of God.
Our pastors don't just stand behind the pulpit and preach. They take a hands on approach to pastoring. They desire to know the sheep and to spend time with them, both inside and outside the church doors. Having dinner with the pastor is a normal occurrence for our members.
We encourage hospitality. Having dinner with other families in the church during the week is a normal occurrence.
We take the Lord's supper every week as a part of our fellowship meal because we think that it is important.
Louis was saved by God at the early age of six years old and since junior high has desired to be involved in ministry. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Accounting. Later, he studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He then enrolled in Grace Family Institute in Spring, Texas where he served as a pastoral intern before founding Emmaus Road Church in 2014. Louis and his wife Vivian have 3 children. He loves to discuss theology and it's implications on every area of life. He thinks that one of the greatest joys in life is that of caring for God's people.
One of the founding pastors has stepped down in order to pursue a doctoral degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We are currently searching and praying for his replacement. Lord willing, a new pastor will be added soon.
Our pastors (elders) seek to obey the calling of God to lead, protect, feed and know their flock. They have received their charge directly from God in the Scriptures: "...shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,and not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:2-3)
Our pastors take this charge seriously and seek to know and personally care for those who are members. Sometimes, those who are not used to pastoral care may feel a little uncomfortable when the pastor asks if he can come over for dinner, but once you get used to the caring friendly culture, you'll come to love it. In order for an elder to properly pastor his flock, it is necessary that he actually know them and their circumstances.