In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives the church its mission. The primary goal of the mission Jesus gives is to make disciples, which, simply put, means that the church must tell people about Jesus and help people follow Jesus. Making disciples includes baptizing new converts, which implies evangelism and incorporation into local churches. Teaching means that the church is called to equip people to obey all that Jesus has called us to obey.
Here’s how we summarize the mission Jesus has given us:
KACF exists to captivate the hearts of all peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ by making disciples for the glory of God.
We are after THE HEARTS of people.
The Bible teaches that the heart is the control center of who we are (Prov. 4:23; Matt. 15:18-19), and when a person’s heart is ruled by Christ, the person is ruled by Christ. We want to help people dedicate their entire lives to Jesus and not treat him as a “tack-on” to their lives. Moreover, our goal is not to make people more religious (going through the motions); we want them to know Christ personally.
We want ALL PEOPLES to know Christ.
The Bible pictures the church as a diverse group of people; not just one kind of people, but people from every ethnicity, language, nation, and background (Eph. 2:1-11; Rev. 5:9). Therefore, we do not limit our disciple-making efforts to certain kinds of people. We desire all peoples to know and follow Jesus.
We want to see hearts CAPTIVATED BY THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
We are all about the gospel, since it is the gospel that is the power to save the lost and sanctify believers (Rom. 1:16; Col. 1:6-7). It is the gospel that we declare and preach to all peoples. To learn more about the gospel, click here.
We pursue this mission TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
Our existence and mission as a church is all about God and his fame (1 Cor. 10:31). Our highest aim in all we do is to see God's glory put on display.
At Kinney, we value everything God values as he's revealed in Scripture. But there are certain core values every church has, which reveal the kinds of things that are most important to any given local church. Below are the values we believe are emphasized in Scripture that we seek to reflect in what we value as a church.
We desire to reach unbelievers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. At Kinney, we seek to make it a normal part of our lives to share the gospel with those who have not yet believed.
Discipleship happens when at least one follower of Jesus helps another follower of Jesus better follow Jesus. We believe discipleship is s best performed in the context of a local church that practices meaningful membership.
As Christians, we are not meant to live life in isolation. We need one another. Therefore, discipleship is essential. Discipleship occurs on many levels: formal counseling, Bible study, meeting for coffee, prayer after a service, etc. As long as we are intentional to be transparent and point each other to Christ in our relationships with one another, discipleship will occur.
The ultimate aim of evangelism and discipleship is to create worshippers of God. God is worthy of our worship, and he created us for worship. Our highest joy is to see God exalted; therefore, God's command that we worship him comes from a heart of love!
At Kinney, we believe all of life is worship. Worship does not merely include our Sunday morning gatherings where we sing and pray and hear preaching. Everything we do is an expression of worship. Therefore, at Kinney Avenue, we desire to be worshippers of God in all we do!