What We Stand For
“We see a community where God is glorified because spiritual seekers are becoming committed Jesus Christ followers in a community of love, acceptance and forgiveness that brings the Kingdom of God to our local community, our city, our nation and the nations of the world.”
“To turn spiritual seekers into fully committed followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, who in COMMUNITY, actively seek to: CELEBRATE the life of God, CULTIVATE personal growth in Christ, CARE about one another in Christ, and COMMUNICATE Christ to the world?”
“Kenmore Baptist Church seeks to be a community of committed followers of Jesus Christ who passionately seek to encounter Him, be transformed by His indwelling presence, empowered to live out His kingdom values in grace, love, acceptance and forgiveness, so that He is glorified and His kingdom is powerfully revealed to, and experienced by, our local community, our city, our nation and the nations of the world.”
Submitted to Christ; Worshipfully Living; Intentional Stewards; Passionately Seeking God; Growing in Christ-likeness; Bible-Centred; Relationally Connecting; Fully Participating; Compassionately Caring; Spirit Empowered; Evangelistically Outreaching; Missions Engaged
- Community: A congregation of Christ-followers committed to living out together our 12 kingdom DNA
- Celebrate: Allowing the attributes of God who lives in and through us by His Spirit, to be progressively manifested in our personal and corporate life
- Cultivate: Assuming personal and corporate responsibility for every Christ-follower in our church community to grow progressively more Christ-like through both informal and formal discipleship
- Care: Accepting both personal and corporate responsibility to demonstrate God’s compassionate and merciful care to both those within KBC and those within our local community through both informal and formal processes
- Communicate: Accepting both personally and corporately the Great Commission (Matthew 28 and Mark 16), the Great Commandment (John 13), the Cultural Mandate (John 17), and The Creation Mandate (Genesis 2), through both informal and formal processes.
What We Believe
1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:26 – 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again some day to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:22 – 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1 – 5; 14:10 – 30; Hebrews 4:14 – 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3 – 4; Romans 1:3 – 4; Acts 1:9 – 11; 1 Timothy 6:14 – 15; Titus 2:13 – 14.
3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved to be used in service for God. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7 – 13; 14:16 – 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3 – 8; Ephesians 5:18.
4. About the Bible
The Bible as originally given is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
2 Timothy 3:15 – 16; 2 Peter 1:20 – 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5.
5. About People
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3 – 6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2.
6. About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must personally accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8 – 9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.
7. About Eternal Security
Eternal life is a free grace gift of God won for us by Jesus Christ, and available through faith. Any person who has been genuinely saved, is trusting Christ to sustain them through the work of His Spirit, who continues to seek after God, and who is responsive to the discipline of God, can be totally confident of their eternal security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10; 12:1 – 12; 1 Peter 1:3 – 5.
8. About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. They will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is hell. The place of eternal security with God is heaven. To be eternally in unison with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11 – 13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 24:46.
9. About Baptism and Communion
Baptism and communion are the only two mandatory ordinances of Scripture. Baptism is the immersion of believers upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is symbolic of the fellowship of the regenerate in His death, burial, and resurrection. Communion is a memorial regularly practised until He comes, of the sacrifice of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23b-26.
10. About Service and Sacrifice
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full-time Christian service” regardless of vocation. As a “minister”, every Christian should find a place of service and ministry. Revelation 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9. The empowerment for true service is intimacy with Jesus Christ through prayer, obedience to His Word, and dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit within. The Holy Spirit, in addition to gifting every believer, places believers in appropriate ministry areas, and supernaturally manifests His presence as the believer ministers in His power.
John 15:5; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 5:18; John 14:21,23; Romans 12:3 – 8; Ephesians 4:11 – 13; 1 Corinthians 12:7 – 11, 28 – 31.
Recognising that all we possess as Christians belongs to God, we are encouraged to give liberally to God’s work in our church through our tithe, and to other causes through our offerings.
1 Corinthians 6:20; 16:2; Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 8 – 9.
It is the responsibility of every Christian minister to share the Good News of the Gospel with those God leads across our path, by life and word.
1 Peter 3:15; James 2.
11. About the Church
Christ is the recognised head of the church universal (of which our church is a local expression), not any person, group, or religious organisation. While recognising the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing through the leading of the Holy Spirit, yet interdependent with other churches and our denomination.
The local church is God’s living structure designed to:
a. cultivate within its membership true worship and spiritual service
John 4:23 – 24; 1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17; 6:19; Ephesians 2:19 – 22
b. preserve His revelation and unfold His eternal purpose and salvation in Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:6,9,12,14; 3:10; 1 Timothy 3:14 – 15.
c. cultivate true fellowship and mutual care among the children of God
Acts 2:42 – 47; 4:32 – 33; Ephesians 2:20 – 22; 1 John
d. edify and perfect the saints of God
Acts 20:27 – 28; Ephesians 4:11 – 16; 1 Peter 5:1 – 3
e. admonish the unruly and to discipline the impenitent professing Christians
Matthew 18:15 – 17; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6 – 15; 1 Timothy 5:19 – 20
f. bear the weak in faith, care for the ill in the faith, and restore the erring ones in the faith and life
John 15:1 – 7; Romans 15:1 – 15; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Galatians 6:1; Colossians 2:16 – 23; 1 Thessalonians 2:7 – 16.
g. proclaim the gospel and evangelise the world
Matthew 5:13 – 14; 28:18 – 20; Mark 16:15 – 16; Luke 24:45 – 49; John 20:19 – 23; Acts 1:8
h. function in this world as a conscience and judge of culture and movements. It is the salt of the earth and the Light of the world.
Matthew 5:13 – 16; Philippians 2:14 – 16; 1 John 4:1
i. demonstrate before the world the virtues of God the Father, the servanthood of the Son, and the presence and grace of the Holy Spirit, in loving, unselfish, and sacrificial service to needy mankind.
2 Corinthians 1:3; Mark 10:45; Hebrews 10:29; Matthew 5:16; Galatians 6:10; Philippians 2:15 – 16; 4:5; 1 Peter 2:9