Killarney Baptist Church exists to bring glory to God through his Son, Jesus Christ by reaching out to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ; by becoming a people who fulfill the greatest commandments of loving God and loving others; and by becoming a united family of followers of Christ that reveal God’s eternal purpose of creating for himself a people who come together across ethnic, socio-economic and demographic differences to be united as one with all others believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to reach out to people and
lead them to know and to follow Jesus Christ.
The value that drives our mission is love:
Our love for God and our love for people.
The end result will be the people of God united together
in Jesus Christ, showing forth the love, truth, and
glory of God to the entire world.
As a disciple-making church our mission here at Killarney Baptist Church is to reach out and share Jesus Christ with others. Jesus told his first disciples, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men” Mark 1:17 (ESV). In order to reach people for Christ we must talk about Jesus Christ, who he is, what he had done and how he calls us to live. This is what we call, “witnessing”–telling others about the Jesus we know.
Jesus said to his followers at the time of his ascension into heaven, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—In Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8 (NLT).
Jesus calls reaching people for Jesus Christ, “making disciples.” “Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, as you go, disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age” Matthew 28:18-20 (ISV).
The primary motivation that compels us to carry out our mission of reaching people for Jesus Christ is love. First we are motivated by our love for God, and secondly we are motivated by our love for others.
Jesus said the most important commandment was, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” Mark 12:30-31 (ESV).
Loving God is more than a feeling; it is what we do. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” John 14:15 (ESV). Loving others is also more than just a feeling. It is doing good; it is showing mercy; it is forgiving; it is being kind; it is helping the hurting; it is restoring those in need; it is speaking the truth in love; it is celebrating life together; and most importantly it is sharing the gift of forgiveness and life that comes by God’s grace through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The end result of reaching and loving will be bringing people (from all different backgrounds) together into the body of Christ. Through our reaching and loving, God will produce his people united together in Christ. Jesus himself prayed that we would be united so that the world would (1) believe that God had indeed sent Jesus and (2) that they would know that God loves us, just as he loves Jesus (John 17:20-23).
The Good News of Jesus Christ is all about reconciliation—bringing people together in Christ. Revelation, the last book of the Bible, portrays a magnificent scene in heaven. John says, “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a mighty shout, ‘Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10).
At Killarney Baptist Church it is our goal, motivated by love for God and love for people, to lead others to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are ambassadors for Christ sharing the message of reconciliation and being used by God to bring together his diverse family united as one in Christ. To God be the glory forever and ever, amen!