Who We Are
Kaleo Church exists to be a Christ-treasuring community formed by the Gospel and sent into the world through the power of the Holy Spirit and for the glory of God.
A People Formed by the Gospel
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this; that one has died for all, therefore all have died: and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sakes died and was raised” (II Corinthians 5:14-15).
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).
Jesus’ finished work on the cross changes us. No longer are we condemned to live for ourselves; now we are free to live for the one who loved us and gave himself up for us. No longer do we have to be controlled by our feelings and circumstances; now the love of Christ is able to control us. At Kaleo, we are committed to doing everything we can to live in the light of this new and better reality.
A People Formed into a Family
The Gospel takes radically diverse sinners and breaks down all the buriers and unites them into one family. The Church is a family!
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
A Family that Loves Jesus
As a family we are united around our shared love for our Savior. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
A Family that Loves Each Other
As a family, we are committed to loving one another through sin and in need just as our Savior has loved us through our sin and in our need.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ Loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 4:31-5:2).
A Family that Loves the World
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:18-20).
You and I were saved because someone shared with us the good news of Jesus love. Now Jesus comes to us and says “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). We are ambassadors for Christ; God has chosen to make his appeal to this lost world through us.
A Family Dependent on the Power of the Holy Spirit
“Such is our confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (II Corinthians 3:4-6).
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:13-16).
It is the Spirit that reminds us of our adoption. It is the Spirit that unites us as one family, and it is the Spirit that sends us out as ministers of a new covenant. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.”
A Family about the Glory of God who is Our Father
“Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heaven and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols” (Isaiah 42:5-8).
“For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk. 2:14).
Our God is worthy. He is worthy and one day the knowledge of his glory will come like a tsunami and topple everything in its way until it covers the earth like the waters cover the sea. Until that day we are committed to doing everything we can to spread a passion of God’s glory wherever it is lacking.
In order to do that we are committed to exalting God’s only Son Jesus in everything that we do. For you see the “God who said, “let light shine our of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6). The glory of our great God is seen in the face of his only Son. So let us be a people who treasure Christ and give our lives to making him known.