Perhaps no other word in the English language has the potential of being more powerful, hopeful, and desperately needed than this one, singular word. To many, the word “new” incites a blank slate, a return to the default, or a step forward into similarity and assimilation. But throughout the Bible, God uses this word to illustrate much more. Rather than returning to the default, God’s desire is that we powerfully push forward into something remarkable, unforgettable, and exceptional. This is “kainos”—the Greek term the Scriptures use to describe the newness of Kingdom life (Rom 6:4). This Kingdom newness tears down all that divides us and invites us into a new relationship with God, ourselves, and each other (Eph 2:14-16). It is an everlasting, never-changing, and always original newness that God provides, procures, and produces in those He calls His people (Rev 21:5).
Applied to the brokenness of our world, kainos authors a new hope. It resurrects the person, redeems and reconciles the people, and remedies the poor. Kainos—in it’s Spirit-authoring newness—is what our culture, communities, and cities need most. Kainos is what we envision God is bringing to the city of Lilburn.