Kainos is about one person: Jesus. Everything is about Jesus. He is the Leader of the Church and He is the One we worship. Our priorities and strategies revolve around Him. Everything else is second place.
OUR VISION IS TO BE A CHURCH FOR ALL PEOPLE, FROM ALL PLACES, FOR ONE PURPOSE.
New. 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” means a blank slate, an improved version of an existing product, or a step forward into the familiar. But throughout the Bible, God uses this word to illustrate something much more. Rather than just maintaining and improving, God is creating something that is both new and even challenging to our identities—yet it’s something essential to our original design.
This is “kainos”—the Greek term the Scriptures use to describe the new life that comes from knowing Jesus. Although kainos is often translated as “new” in English, the Greek use of the word is used to describe three life-changing and world-shaping realities:
First, the word kainos means “new creation.” It doesn’t take long for human beings to experience emotions like regret, sorrow and hurt. As we get older, we each develop ways to cope, survive, or even escape the hardships of life. Often, it can feel like we’re scraping by under the weight of expectations, responsibilities, and even our own mistakes. Ultimately, we find that that the brokenness in our world and even in our own lives is unavoidable. For this reason, Jesus Christ came to make a way for each of us to do more than survive the trials of life—Jesus came to give us a new, abundant life where we are made into a new creation. (John 10:10; 2 Cor. 5:17)
Second, the word kainos means “new community.” When we consider the condition of our earthly communities, it’s not hard to see the paradox of beauty, development and progress, often coupled with tension, division, and strife. In a postmodern world, we have become virtually accustomed to this reality. The result of living in such an inconsistent world is an era riddled with fear and angst. But, there is hope.
Through Jesus, we not only experience life as a new creation but we can begin to experience the world as part of a new community; one that is increasingly being freed from division, racism, and classism; one that is empowered by His love, and changed into His image. (Eph. 4:1-6, 31-32; 2:14-16; Rom. 8:28-29)
Third, the word kainos means “new calling.” The Bible teaches us that people made into a new creation are also made into a new community. We believe that with this new community comes a new calling. In the Scriptures Jesus teaches that He is making all things new. So, while our lives on earth are surely being changed now, there is an even greater “new” to come. Eternity then, begins to shape the present. It allows us to be sacrificial in serving others now, in pouring into communities today, and in living faithfully here. With Heaven as our home, life on earth becomes an opportunity to reflect the ultimate newness to come through what we say and what we do, not just as a good endeavor, but as our ultimate calling. (Rev. 21:1-7; Col. 3:17)