One of the principles we see demonstrated in scripture is the fact that God sent his son Emanuel meaning “God with us.” Christ is our sympathetic high priest he has been tempted in every way yet did not sin. We recognize that our God didn’t come deliver a message and then leave, but he spent time with his people, lived, ate with sinners, and taught His people in the method of spending time with one another. This form of discipleship we believe has been lost in our fast paced ego-centric, me-centered society. Our culture has desired to make everything fit into a nice neat little package, and make discipleship into a class room-only form, and it has attempted to impart everything based upon knowledge alone. Although we are not against classroom time whatsoever we believe that this is only one component of how people are discipled. The classroom only model is contrary to how Christ taught his disciples. This singular approach often lacks heart, relationships, and those bonds that Jesus used in allowing his disciples to learn from Him and to know Him.
Thus considerations for LFKC, there is no biblical mandate to move near one another, this is descriptive in God’s word not prescriptive. While the majority of the leadership at LFKC live in the Northeast section of Kansas City there is no requirement whatsoever for anyone part of the Church family to move down into the city, yet we affirm it’s practical ministry benefits with relationships, ministry, and discipleship, which are more readily and easily able take place when we are near one another.
It would be our heart that this is only the beginning around the city, that if LFKC people move up north or down south in the city, that there would be people who would move in next to one another and begin create community where they are at in hopes that we will be a multiplying church who raises up leaders to plant future churches.
We affirm also that “Community” saves no one, but only provides a vehicle for the Gospel to be lived out. We do not raise community to an unhealthy level, only affirm that without community as a priority there is much less opportunity for personal sanctification, loving, and serving one another, bearing one another’s burdens etc. It is by the preaching of the word, the hearing of the word, the repenting, and believing on the gospel of Jesus Christ that Men are saved. We affirm that it is Christ alone, and community is not a functional savior or fix-all but again simply a context for spiritual growth and sanctification!