Kennewick Baptist Church exists to exalt Jesus Christ for the glory of God and the good of our community.
We are not defined by our politics, our ethnicity, our music, or our demographics. Instead, we want to be known by our common confession of Jesus as both Savior and Lord. At KBC you will find individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds. We believe God is more than enough to draw us together as His people.
Our vision as a church is to exalt Jesus, see our community changed, and give God all the glory along the way. We seek to do that as we sing and pray together, serve and love one another, sacrifice and give to our community, and hear and apply God’s Word in our lives. As we seek to live out God’s Word He sends us into our neighborhood, our city, and the world to tell the good news of Jesus Christ.
God’s glory is most supremely displayed in the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. Our vision as a church that loves the gospel of Jesus is to magnify the great value of Christ by trusting in what he has done for us and growing in our affections for him, and in so doing so we glorify God. This, in turn, leads us to obey him as our Lord by going into the world to make disciples, and joyfully seeking the good of our community in the power of the Holy Spirit.
As a church our desire is to focus most clearly on who God has called us to be and what he has called us to do. While there are many areas in which we could invest, we want to keep what is central to God central to our own hearts as individuals and as a church. In light of our vision, and in light of what God teaches us in His word, we desire the following values to shape all of our ministries as a church.
1. God’s Glory
Because we believe that God is supreme in all creation, and that we are created for the glory of God, our desire is to keep God central in all that we do as a church. We want to enjoy making much of God, not ourselves. We believe that as we do we will be filled with joy and able to glorify him with every fiber of our being.
(Isaiah 43:6-7, 1 Cor. 10:31, 2 Cor. 3:18)
2. Gospel Centrality
Because we believe the gospel is not only for our salvation but also for our sanctification, we desire to remind one another of the gospel regularly. This means that in our preaching, teaching, singing, praying, counseling, and any other ministries to one another we will strive to help each other remember what Christ has done for us, who we are as children of God, and what his promises are for daily life and our eternal future.
(Rom. 1:16, 3:21-26, 8:1-2, 1 Cor. 15:3-4)
3. Biblical Faithfulness
Because we believe that the Bible is God’s revelation to mankind, without any error and totally trustworthy, we desire to orient our personal lives and all of our ministries as a church around what Scripture says to be good, right, and true. We want to keep central what the Bible says is central and allow God’s word to shape our priorities.
(Matt. 4:4, 1 Tim. 4:13, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
4. Prayerful Dependence
Because we recognize that we are totally dependent on the One who created us, we desire to be a people who are marked by earnest and consistent prayer for God to be at work in us, our church, our neighborhoods, and in our world. As we do this we show that we are dependent on God’s grace and mercy, and he gets the glory.
(Matt. 21:22, Phil. 4:6, Col. 4:2, 1 Thess. 5:17)
5. Faithful Eldership
Because we believe that God calls spiritual leaders to serve the Church and has established the role of elders in the Church who are to lead, feed, and shepherd the flock of God, we desire to be a people who joyfully submit to biblically qualified elders who lead with humility, faith, and joy to build up the body of Christ.
(2 Cor. 1:24, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Thess. 5:12-13, Heb. 13:17, 1 Peter 5:1-5)
6. Christian Discipleship
Because we believe it is the responsibility of the Church to go and make disciples, and that this includes helping one another grow in the knowledge of God and in obedience to his word, we desire to orient all of our ministries around the aim of Christian maturity leading to lives of faith, hope, love, wisdom, knowledge and grace.
(Matt. 28:18-20, John 17:3, Col. 1:9-10, 1 Tim. 4:12, 2 Peter. 1:5-8)
7. Church Membership
Because we believe that when God saves people he makes them part of a body of people who represent him and display his glory, and because we believe that as God’s people we belong to one another in relationships of love and mutual accountability, we desire to take church membership seriously, identifying those who belong to Christ and holding one another accountable as parts of the body of Christ.
(Acts 2:44-47, 20:28, Eph. 1:22, 3:8-10, 4:15-16, 1 Tim. 3:15, 1 Peter 2:9-10)
8. Mutual Care
Because we believe we are called to uniquely care for one another as the people of God and display our love for Christ by our love for one another, we desire to be a church that is marked by humble, servant-hearted care for one another. In this way we desire to build each other up in faith.
(John 13:35, Rom. 13:8, Gal. 6:2, 1 Thess. 5:11)
9. Community Minded
Because we believe that God has called us together as a local church in this specific community at this specific time, we desire to be faithful to reach out to our community in Kennewick and the surrounding area with the hope of the gospel and in the love of Christ. We want to see this happen through courageous witness and practical care that displays the supreme value of Jesus Christ.
(Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 4:5-6, 1 Peter 2:9)
10. Global Outreach
Because we believe that God is worthy to receive glory and honor, and because we believe Jesus is worthy because he was slain and by his blood ransomed people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation, we desire to preach and teach in such a way as to trumpet the call for God’s glory in the gospel to be spread among the nations and to dedicate resources (both financially as well as people) to accomplish this great task.
(Matt. 24:14, 28:18-20, Rev. 4:11, 5:9-12, 7:9-10)