Our Identity & Rooting In The Gospel Story:
We are an elder-led Messianic family congregation of gospel-believing Jewish & Gentile disciples. We are growing & gathering as a people loved by God & pursuing joyful, loyal, intimate relationship with God as - the Father, the Son, & the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit). As a people of His Presence & Word, we are also being bonded together in joyful & loyal sacrificial love for one another. As a born again disciples, with the new heart & Holy Spirit He has given, we intend to live for God’s honor & glory, seeking first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness, listening to & putting into practice Yeshua’s Teachings. For we love Yeshua above all, worship Him, & desire to be transformed by His grace & obey His commands. On this journey of working out our salvation, we acknowledge our need & desire for God’s power to fulfill ours intention to live as Spirit-filled, led, & empowered disciples of our King, who has come and is coming again! (Matt. 28:16-20; Rom. 6:1-10; Col. 2:9-15; Matt. 6:33; 7:21-29; 11:27-30; Lk. 6:46-49; Tit. 2:11-14; Eze. 36:35-37; Phi. 2:12-13; Matt. 3:11; Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:5-8; 2:1-4; Eph. 5:18; Jn. 8:31-32; 15:8; Heb. 9:28; Jn. 6:40).
Our community identity is rooted in the gospel story. According to the Scriptures of ancient Israel & their completion with the New Covenant Writings, the gospel of the kingdom reveals the unity of ADONAI, the one Creator God - as Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. For the Father sent His Son & the Spirit. Yeshua as the Spirit-Anointed Son of the Father is the promised Messiah & is the Central Figure Of All The Scriptures! As the Son of Man, He shares fully, & from eternity, in the identity of the ADONAI, the God of Abraham, Issac, & Jacob. And since His first coming into the world when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit a betrothed virgin named Miriam, He shares fully in the identity of the Jewish people as a Man. Yeshua is Immanuel, the Word made flesh, the promised Davidic King of the Jews & Savior of the Whole World.
The gospel includes His two comings, each promised & told in advance in Israel’s Scriptures. One coming is past with massive present & future implications for the world, & one is future, which will bring the implications of His first coming to full resolution.The gospel unleashes the power of God to bring the promised redemption, rescue, renewal, reconciliation, restoration, re-formation of character, & Holy Spirit empowerment for the Jewish people & also the nations! It also promises bodily resurrection & everlasting life in the Kingdom God! For it promises the total victory over the Evil One & the liberation of all creation, reconciling everything in Heaven & everything on Earth in the King through the blood of the New Covenant that He shed on the Tree! So with Yeshua’s first coming, this salvation has already become available now in this age! And it promises fullness in the age to come when Yeshua returns! Since there are these two comings of the one King, one past, & one future, the promises of God in Yeshua are now & not yet. In this age, through His incarnation, ministry, obedience, suffering, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, gift of the Spirit, & intercession, great New Covenant blessings of redemption & salvation are available to us in Yeshua, for the Jewish people first & also for the Gentiles! In the age to come, the fullness of New Covenant blessings of redemption & salvation will be enjoyed by a redeemed, saved, & perfected Family of Israel & Nations! This will be in the fruit of the times of the restoration of all things promised by God, when Yeshua will return to establish His Father's Kingdom on Earth as in Heaven by the anointing & power of the Holy Spirit bringing that promised total victory over the Evil One & the reconciliation of everything in Heaven & everything on Earth through the blood of the New Covenant that He shed on the Tree! (Col. 1:16; 1 Cor. 10:4; Jn. 8:50:58; Matt. 16:16; Jn. 1:49; 13:34-35;1 15:9-17; 17:20-23; Acts 2:42-47; Eph. 2:20-22; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Jn. 4:23-24; 14:23; Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8; Ex. 20:1-17; Deut. 5:6-21; Psa; 1: 19:7-14; 119; Matt. 5-7; Lk. 24:27; 44-49; Jn. 5:39-40; 2 1 Tim. 1:9-11; 3:14-17; Eph. 2:1-22; 3:6; Rom. 11; Rev. 7:4-10; Gen. 1-3; Gen. 3:15; 49:10; Ex. 19:6; 20:1-17; 10-11; 12:1-3, 15, 17, 22, Ex. 3:1-15; 6:1-18; 12; 20:1-17; Deut. 5:6-21; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Psa. 2:6-8; 72; 89; Eze.36:24-38; Jer. 31:31-38 (30-37 TLV); Hebrew 8:8-12; 10:14-18; Lk. 22:20; Jn. 1:1-3; 3:16-18; Gal. 3:8; Matt. 1:1; 21-23; 4:17; Rom. 1:16-17; 11:11-15, 25-32; 8:18-24; Col. 1:19-20; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 20:1-10).
Our Vision & Mission
To abide in our King's love for us as Spirit-filled, led, & empowered disciples, loving God & people faithfully & fruitfully. We week to find everyday ways to show, share, & saturate our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, third places, city & world with the joy & light of the Good News of the Kingdom! Our purpose is to gather & grow God's gospel-believing Messianic Family of Israel & Nations by making & multiplying Jewish & Gentile disciples who by the grace of God are born again with a new heart & the Holy Spirit so that they too will listen to & put into practice Yeshua’s Teachings in love for our King who has come & is coming again! (Matt. 22:37-40; Deut. 6:4-5; 30:6; Lev. 19:18; Ex. 20:1-17; Deut. 5:6-21; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Eze.36:24-38; Jer. 31:31-38 (30-37 TLV); Lk. 22:20; Hebrew 8:8-12; 10:14-18; Gal. 3:8; Matt. 4:17, 19, 23-25; 11:27-30; 16:24-29; 19:28-30; Lk. 1:32-33, 46-55, 67-79, 2:10-11, 14; Rom. 1:1-5, 16-17; 3:21-26; 5:1-21; 6:1-23; 8:1-39; 9-11; 1 Cor. 15:1-8, 19-28; 50-55; Acts 1:6-11; 3:17-26; Rev. 14:4; 19:11-20; 1 Thess. 1:9-11; 4:13-18; 5:9).
This purpose of making disciples includes our commitment to support & encourage Jewish people who believe the gospel & follow King Yeshua, continuing to identify & live as Jews according to the Scriptures in the New Covenant. This also includes our commitment towards Gentiles of the nations who believe the gospel & follow King Yeshua being preserved in their ethnic identity & becoming who they were created to be too! We intend to honor & keep the unity of the Spirit between Jew & Gentile in Yeshua in this congregation as a testimony to the gospel & promote this vision to the world! (Matt. 28:17-30; Lk. 24:44-49; Mk. 8:34-38; Jn. 20:21; Acts 21:17-26; 15:6-21; Eph. 2:11-22; 3:6; 4:1-6; Rev. 7:4-10; 21:12-14, 24-26; 1 Cor. 7:17-20; Gal. 3:8; Matt. 5:21-26).
Our Heart For Unity & Hope For The Kingdom
We seek to be united in love & purpose to the King's one redeemed Bride from Israel & every Nation as we complete the great commission together through much tribulation, preparing, praying, & waiting for the hope of His second coming, when the Son of David will come for His one Bride, manifest the victory of God over all evil & fully establish His Father's Kingdom on earth as in heaven by the anointing & power of the Holy Spirit! (Eph. 5:25-27; 4:11-13; 17:20-23; Rev. 5:10; 7:4-10; Rev. 19:7; Eph. 1:17-19; 3:14-21; Matt. 6:5-15, 33; Heb. 9:28; Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-20; Matt. 19:28-30; 24:37-30; 25:31; Acts 1:6; 3:19-21; Micah. 4:1-18; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Isa. 9:6-7; 11:1-10; 65:17-25; Rev. 20-22; Col. 1:19-20; Eph. 1:10).
You Are Welcome To Visit A Shabbat Service
As a Messianic Family of God's Presence & Word, united together as Jews & Gentiles in the Gospel Story, we love to worship! Because we love ADONAI our God who is the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit. God is the most glorious & treasured inhabitant in our Community when we gather on Shabbat!
We are singles and family friendly! For those with younger kids, we have classes during service for ages 2-11. All of our classroom are led by people who are trusted and faithful and have passed background checks. And we have onsite security to protect family, friends, and visitors. We also have a wonderful program for the teenagers that you can learn more about.
At a Shabbat Worship Service, besides people glad to see you and a warm cup of coffee waiting for you, things you will usually experience are:
-A place for you to seek to know God better!
-The reality of God's Presence with us!
-Jews, Gentiles, diversity of ethnic groups, singles, marrieds, families, & people of all ages
-You will experience ancient Jewish liturgy being creatively song to ADONAI!
-Prayers from the Psalms!
-Prayer for things important to God!
-The Scriptures read!
-The Scriptures taught!
-Joyful celebration with music & song!
-Freedom and order in the Holy Spirit!
-Healing prayer being made available for the sick, hurting, and oppressed
The Gospel Is For Children Too!
As Messianic Family of God's Presence & Word, we believe Yeshua wants the children to come to Him, to know Him, & His love for them! We believe children from an early age can learn the gospel of the kingdom and believe it and start a relationship with their King.
For The Gospel Is For Kids Too:
God planned Before Time To Have A Family, And That Includes Kids.
God Made The Whole World To Share With People & To Be With People He Loved & Who Loved Him. But Then One of God's Goods Angel That He Created Turned Himself Into A Bad Angel. Then He Tricked God's Kids. For He Wanted To Be Like God & Rule As King Over The Humans & Be Worshipped By Them. The Humans Sinned Against God & Each other. This Separated Them From God, One Another, Their Home & It Hurt God's World. This Also Hurt Kids, For The Sin Got In Their Heart Too.
God Promised & Prophesied That A King Would Come & Save The People He Loves & Fix His Broken World, Making It New Again.
God Began To Keep His Promise When The Father Sent His Son Yeshua Into The World To Be Born A Baby Boy. He Became A Kid Who Grew Up To Become A King & The Savior Of the World
God Told People How To Be Saved From Their Sin Through His Son Yeshua. Yeshua Taught That His Kingdom Was For Kids Too. Yeshua Did Lots Of Healing & Miracles To Show He Is A Good King Who Can Help People & Who Has The Power One Day Heal The Whole World, Making It New Again.
God Was Honored By Yeshua Always Obeying Him. Yeshua Obeyed Because He Loved His Father. He Also Obeyed So That We Can Be Saved & The World Could Get Freed From Evil & Be Only Good One Day.
God Was Honored When Yeshua Died On The Cross. He Died For Our Sin. So It Could Be Wiped Away. So We Could Be Connected Back To God Forever. To Be His Kids. Loved By Him. Loving Him. He Also Died So That All Evil Will Be Defeated In God's World One Day.
God Didn't Leave Yeshua In the Grave. He Loved His Son. And He Raised His Body From The Dead To Live Forever With Him. This Showed That God Will Also Give All His Kids Bodies Like Yeshua's. Bodies That Can Live Forever In A Healed World Of Goodness.
God Wanted Yeshua Right By His Side. So After He Got His New Body, Yeshua Went To Be In Heaven With His Father. Yeshua Is There Now. But He Is Also With Us Here Too. Right Now. He Can Save Anyone Because He is the King Who Is Charge Of God's World. Jews, Gentiles, People From Every Nation. Kids. Daddies. Mommies. Brothers. Sisters. Grandparents. Cousins. Friends. Everyone Can Be Saved By Him If They Will Believe In Him Becoming Followers Of The King.
God Is Going To Send Yeshua Back To This World One Day. And When He Does, Those On Yeshua's Side Who Believe In Him & Follow Him Will Get Their Promised New Bodies Like His. They Will Get To Live With the King Forever In His Kingdom.
God's King Yeshua Will Heal And Fix The Whole World. All The Evil Will Be Gone. All His Kids Sadness and Hurting Will Go Away Forever. No Evil Will Not Longer Be Able To Hurt Any Of God's Kids Or The World Anymore. And His Children Will Get To Be Royal Princes & Princesses In His Kingdom. This Will Be An Adventure Of Joy That Will Never End. God's Family Will Be Happy Forever And Ever In His Kingdom.
Everyone, Including Kids Can Believe In God's King & Start A Real Relationship With Him. Like Aslan Was The King of Narnia, So Yeshua Is The King Of God's Kingdom. Those Who Want To Be In His Kingdom Need To Follow The King Of The Kingdom. We Have To Choose Our Side. Will We Be On The Good Team? Or the Bad Team? Just Like Edmond Wasn't Supposed To Follow The White Witch, We Can't Follow The Devil. The Devil Tries To Get Us To Do What He Wants, & Tells Us To Whatever We Want, Even If It's Hurts Us Or Others.
If We Are Honest, We Have To Admit We Have All Hurt Others, Haven't We? We Have Made Mistakes. We Have All Sinned Against God & People. And Like Aslan, Yeshua Died So We Be Forgiven For All Our Sins. We Need To Tell Yeshua We are Sorry For Our Sins. And Commit To Listen, Learn, & Do The Good He Teaches Us & Helps Us To Do. God Will Even Give Us the Holy Spirit, Who Is God's Spirit. He Will Come & Live In Us & Help Us Follow Our King With Hearts That Want To. This Is Not Boring, But A Life Of Adventure & Joy. Yeshua Died So We Can Be Free To Follow Him As The Only One True King. He Will Give Us The Heart We Need & The Power To Follow Him. He Will Do This If We Make Him The Only King Of Our Life. Will You Do This?
We Are An Elder Led Congregation Who Have The Joy Of Pastoring & Overseeing A Portion Of Yeshua's Flock That Has Been Entrusted To Our Care
RICH CLEARY | Elder
Richard was born in Canada to an American mother and a Canadian father. He has been married to Sarah Elise since July of 2004. Today they have three children together - Luke, Hope, and Zechariah. In August 2012, Richard and Sarah were called by the Spirit of God to move their family to Kansas City. It was soon after they moved, that they connected to the congregation. In 2018 he completed his Master's of Divinity Degree Messianic Jewish Studies Program at the The King's University.
LON WIKSELL, D.Min | Elder
Lon, originally from Sioux City, Iowa, grew up in church as the son of Pentecostal pastors. He completed his first two years of college in Iowa before moving to Springfield Missouri and working for Evangel University where he met his wife Fran. He later worked for Drury University and Missouri State University, where he also completed his BS and MBA. In 1988 they moved to Tulsa where Lon studied at Oral Roberts University and received his MDiv in 1992. In 2013 he received his Doctorate of Ministry in Messianic Jewish Studies from The King’s University.
Lon and Fran were co-founders and co-leaders of Or HaOlam Messianic Congregation from 1995 to 2002. They then went on to start House of Messiah in 2004, devoted to understanding the words of Yeshua within their historical context and celebrating the seven biblical festivals as a pattern of personal and community life. Lon and Fran have now merged House of Messiah with Kingdom Living, and are also highly involved in organizing our city-wide Biblical festivals.
ERIC SIMON | Elder
Eric wants to learn "everything," though some of us think that Eric can already do anything. When not working to build up the software company he owns, Eric serves on the Kingdom Living leadership team as an elder, works with the professionals in our congregation, and helps lead corporate worship on the piano and bass.
In his company, he strives to integrate principles of the Kingdom of God into his business. He also speaks Italian. He is a husband to Susan and father to Eliana, Zade, Noble, and Elliot. He spends a time studying the Jewish Roots of the faith and continues to lead others into that understanding, in the Kingdom Living community and beyond.
TOM BLAKE | Elder
Tom and his wife Leah first became elders and part-time staff at Kingdom Living in 2007. They were ordained as Tikkun Emissaries in 2011 and lived in Jerusalem, Israel from 2012-2014. In Israel, they connected with the Tikkun network and Tom studied the Bible from a Hebraic perspective as a part of a PhD program at the University of the Holy Land. They moved back from Jerusalem in 2014 and helped Kingdom Living transition from a home congregation to a weekly public Shabbat service. Tom serves as a teaching elder and pastor and plans to finish his doctoral studies at The King’s University.
He is passionate about imparting a Spirit-empowered Hebraic worldview unto the unity of Jew & Gentile so that the world would know and believe that G-d loves them.
Tim Wilson | Elder
Dylan Carter | Elder
Yohanes Tewodros | Elder
Sam VanBuskirk | Elder