Core Principles

1. Life Purposecore-principles-target

In a world of distraction, we seek to be a people focused on knowing Christ and making Him known. That means a steady diet of taking in God’s Word (through personal devotion and small group interaction) and seeking opportunities for going out to serve other people (loving the least of these, and being the hands and feet of Jesus).

We believe that in order to be a great church, we must seek to live out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

2. Gospel Transformation

An understanding of the gospel of grace as the dynamic for all life-change and ministry.

“Religion,” the default mode of the human heart, is “I obey – therefore I am accepted.”  But the gospel of grace is “I am accepted through Christ – therefore I obey.”  Nearly everyone thinks Christianity is another form of “religion.”  But when the gospel is communicated clearly, it not only amazes and attracts those who don’t believe, it helps Christians grow in grace who are mired in the self-righteousness, pride and anxiety that moralism produces.

3. Authentic Community

A heavy emphasis on small groups and the necessity of deep community.

God’s purpose in history is not simply to save individual souls, but to create a new humanity, a people with a communal life that reflects, to some degree, the future kingdom of God.  We are to see people united in love who could never have been brought together without the power of the gospel to humble, affirm and transform their identity.  Christians are, therefore, not to simply come to church to receive inspiration and information, but are to give themselves to real community and personal relationships.

4. Missional Living

A welcoming heart toward people who don’t believe in Christ.

The gospel removes any sense of superiority toward those who don’t share our beliefs.  We respect and remember what it is like to seriously doubt Christianity.  We therefore expect not-yet-believers in almost every facet of KGBC’s ministry and we make every effort to engage and address their questions and concerns.

A holistic emphasis on ministry in both word and deed with a concern for missions.

Jesus didn’t save us just with words, but mainly through his deeds… his work.  The gospel demands that every recipient of God’s grace surrender the illusion of self-sufficiency.  This removes all superiority toward the poor.  It equips us to use our gifts and resources to love our neighbors not just in word, but through deeds of sacrificial love.

A goal of equipping people for cultural renewal through the integration of faith and work. 

The gospel brings us a unique perspective on God, human nature, the material world, the direction of history, and the importance of community.  All of these inevitably influence the way we work, whether in business, government, healthcare, service industries or school.  Therefore, we help Christians integrate their faith with their work in order to serve the common good of the whole community.

A radical commitment to evangelism and discipleship.

The vigorous, continual spreading of the gospel is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ, the renewal of existing churches, and the overall impact of the church on the culture of our area and the world. We seek to exalt the Savior, equip the saints and evangelize our society.