Our mission and vision
For over 60 years the First Baptist Church of Kernville has been at work in the Kern River Valley.
Our Valley is home to thousands of people, all created in the image of God. He created us, and has put us here for his glory, to love Him, and be loved by Him. Many have yet to hear about our loving Father. They have not found the reason for the great joy we have in Christ, and if we don’t reach out to them, they may never find God.
Our church’s mission was given to us directly by Jesus. In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus speaks to his followers. His words spoken 2000 years ago point to the plan he put in place.
“You are the light of the World”. We are the light in this dark world. How can this be? We are far from perfect. Even so, Jesus uses us. We are to be the light of the world. If we take this instruction as truth, then we must go into the world and shine.
Jesus goes on to say that our lives are “like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” The people all around us are noticing our lives. They see how our families work together. They see how we treat the people all around us, from our superiors to those who serve us. Our lives, our whole lives are shining for the world to see.
What example are we setting? What example should we set?
“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” The work that God is doing in us and through us was meant to be seen. As light we are here to shine. To show the world what God is doing in our lives, and what he wants to do in the lives of every person.
This work that He has done; the forgiveness, the restoration, the light that He places in us was meant to be seen. Jesus commands us to shine our light for all to see. “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see.” Go out and shine. Go and do Good, just as Jesus went about doing good.
We are not content sitting in our comfortable church, reflecting every week on how blessed we are, and neither is Jesus. The work that He is doing, and the sacrifice he made was meant to be shared. So we Go. Our Father has sent us into the world to proclaim the Good News about Jesus Christ. We come together every week to celebrate what Jesus has done for us, and to worship our Father. We go out every week, doing the good we can do, shining in this world, that all may see our Father, and know that He is good.
So shine your light “that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We are flawed, broken people, doing the good we can, that others may see what God is doing in us and through us, and find forgiveness, hope and love. This is our mission. The most profound truths are often the simplest to understand. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it SHINE!”
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.