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Who We Are As A Kingdom and Covenant — Gospel People

In Yeshua (Jesus), We Are One, With Distinctions — As A Jewish and Gentile, Multi-Ethnic, Male and Female, Intergenerational – New Covenant Congregation of God’s Children Indwelt By The Holy Spirit.

This is really simple at one level but profoundly beautiful and freeing. When we believed in God’s kingdom and covenant gospel-story concerning His Son, we became one in Yeshua. Yet it is God’s eternal purpose that we are preserved and matured in who God created us to be in Yeshua, and that means we still have complementary differences. Jews remain Jews. Gentiles remain Gentiles. All ethnic groups were made by God, redeemed by His Son through faith, and renewed by the Spirit to be preserved in the Messiah and His kingdom. Our most salient identity together is in the Son. We are one in Him, united, but also beautifully different as children of Abba, Father, indwelt by the Ruach (Spirit). The Father is forming us together as males and females into the Messiah’s likeness by the Spirit. Our community seeks to be a small microcosm of His plan for the whole body. Let’s be who God created us to be and value who He created others to be. The world needs to see this! (Gen. 12:1-3; 22:18; Gal. 3:8; Eph. 2:11-22; 3:6; Rev. 7:4-10; 1 Cor. 7:17-20, 24; Acts 15; 20:21.)

Pillar 1: The Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom
In Yeshua, through the availability of the gift of eternal life, we value getting to know the LORD better as He is revealed in the whole Bibles, kingdom and covenant — gospel story. Knowing the one true God and His love for us in sending His Son for our salvation is a joyful impetus for loving and enjoying God — the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, and learning to live as disciples in the 'now and not-yet' of the kingdom, with a Messianic Biblical Worldview. (Jn. 3:16; 17:3, Phil. 3:8; Lk. 24:27, 44-49; Jn. 5:39-40; 1 Jn. 4:10, Rom. 5:6-10; 19; Jn. 14: 17, 23; 2 Cor. 13:13; 1 Jn. 1:3; Matt. 4:17-19; Lk. 16:16; Rom. 12:1-2.)

Pillar 2: The Kingdom is Expressed in Worship
In Yeshua, we value regularly coming together before God's joyful face — to worship the LORD under the Word, and celebrate our salvation. We seek to cultivate and keep a dwelling place for the LORD'S Presence, a taste of heaven on earth, spilling over into a life of worship. (Act 2:46; Heb. 10:19-25; Ps. 16:11; 105:4; 27:4, 8; 63:1-2; Jn. 4:21-24; 5:23; Tim. 3:15; 4:13, 16; 2 Tim. 3:13-4:1-4; Ps. 100; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 5:9-10, 11-14; 7:10; Gen. 2:15; Ex. 25:8; 29:45-46; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:20-22; Numb. 10:34-36; Matt. 6:9-15; 2 Cor. 6:16-7:1; Rev. 21:3; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17.)

Pillar 3: The Kingdom is Expressed in Community
In Yeshua, we value His personal love for us as an impetus and example for building a loving, relationally healthy, faithful, merciful, just, joyful, generous, honoring, hospitable, reconciling, serving, gifted, small group-based community — that prays, cares for, and encourages one another. (Gal. 2:20; Jn. 13:34-35; 15:12; Col. 2:2-5; Act 2:42-47; 4:32; 1 Pet. 4:8; 1 Jn. 4:11; 2 Jn. 6; 1 Thess. 4:9-10; 1 Tim. 5:1; Matt. 23:23; 1 Thess. 5:16; Phil. 4:4; 2 Cor. 8:1-13; 1 Cor. 16:1-23; Rom. 15:27-28; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 4:18; Rom. 12:10,13, Matt. 5:21-26; 7:3-5; 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Pet. 4:10; Jn. 13:12-15; Acts 2:46-47; Rom. 16:5; Col. 4:15; Eph. 6:18; 1 Cor. 12:25; Heb. 3:12-15; 10:23-25; Col. 3:16; Rom. 15:14.)

Pillar 4: The Kingdom is Expressed in a Life of Power
In Yeshua, we value pursuing love that builds others up, desiring the gifts of the Spirit for this purpose. Furthermore, because Yeshua still heals today — we compassionately pray for healing for the spiritually and emotionally hurting, the demonically afflicted and oppressed, and the physically injured or sick. (Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 8:1; 13:8-13; 14:1; 12:4-11, 27-31; 14:15, 12, 17; Ps. 147:3; 34:18; Isa. 61:1-3; Jn. 14:12; 5:20, 36; 7:3; 9:3-4; 10:25, 32-33, 37-38; 15:24; 4:34; 17:4; Matt. 4:23-25; 9:35-37; Lk. 10:1-9; 17-20.)

Pillar 5: The Kingdom is Expressed in a Life of Character
In Yeshua, we value the grace-empowered disciplines (‘means of grace’) that root and ground us deeper in God’s love and help us grow to maturity in the joy of loving God and people, including our enemies – as the Spirit transforms our character from the inside out. In this training and transformation journey of beholding Yeshua, we aim to follow His voice, teaching, and presence wherever He goes and to endure hardship well, with the strength His joy supplies. These individual and community ‘means of grace’ that the Bible teaches are accessible. They can be practiced in the context of our daily life and troubles, with the hope and promise that God will complete the good work He has started in us and work everything together for good in the process. (Matt. 4:19; 11:25-30; Gal. 5:16, 22-23, Rom. 8:13-16; Eze. 36:25-27; Tim. 4:7-8; Tit. 2:11-14; Lk. 6:40; Rom. 6:11-14; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:1-17; 2 Pet. 1:3-11; 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Rom. 8:1-18; 12:1-2; 13:8-10; Ps. 1:1-3; Ps. 19; 119; Lk. 10:38-42; Heb. 3:12-15; 10:23-25; Ja. 5:16; 1 Jn. 1:3-10; Eph. 4:11-16; Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Matt. 5-7; Ps. 16:11; 27:4; 105:4; Jn. 14:13; 1 Jn. 1:3-10; 2 Cor. 1:3-7; Matt. 1:23; 28:16-20; Rom. 8:28-30.)

Pillar 6: The Kingdom is Expressed in Apostolic Order
In Yeshua, we value the raising up and receiving of — spiritually, relationally, theologically, and ethically — healthy elders, deacons, and a.p.e.s.t equippers, who are devoted to the Apostle's Teaching in the Scriptures — are faithful, tested servants, and who keep on growing in Messiah as examples to all (Matt. 28:17-20; 2 Tim. 2:2; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Tim. 1:9-11; 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; Eph. 4:11-13; Acts 2:42; 2 Pet. 3:2; 1 Jn. 4:6; 2 Jn. 9; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 5:17-20; 1 Cor. 4:1-2; 1 Tim. 3:10; Jn. 13:12-15; Mk. 10:41-45; Heb. 13:7; Phil. 3:17; 1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 1:1.)
The elders who serve among the people, are given the primary responsibility for the shepherding-care, teaching, leading, overseeing, and guarding of the local flock (Acts 20:17, 25-25; 1 Tim. 3:2; 5:17-18; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Tit. 1:5-9.)

Pillar 7: The Kingdom is Expressed in a Quest for Unity
In Yeshua, we value proclaiming, pursuing, protecting, praying for and celebrating our relational unity with distinction in God's kingdom family. We are to seek this in our marriages, families, friendships, small groups, leadership, congregation, the body of Messiah in our city, and in the family of Messiah throughout the world. With Yeshua as the Head of the body, and the Holy Spirit leading, we are participating in the King's quest for one, unified, Jewish and Gentile, Multi-Ethnic, Male and Female Bride — that He died for and is coming back for! (1 Cor. 1:10; 12:25; 7:1-24; Eph. 5:21-6:4; Col. 2:2-5; Jn. 13:34-35; 17:20-23; Eph. 2:11-22; 3:6; 4:1-16; Rom. 11:11-12:2; Rev. 7:4-10; Eph. 1:15.)
God's quest for a unified kingdom family preserved in their good and beautiful created distinctions in the King, has been clearly revealed in His word: He planned this before creation, promised this in the ancient Scriptures, sent His Son into the world to bring it about, who then prophesied it was coming, prayed for it to happen, and then died to effect it! And after rising from the dead on the third day and ascending into Heaven to God's right hand, He sent His Spirit to empower this oneness with distinction in His new covenant family made up of the saved remnant of Israel and the saved of every nation, people, tribe, and language. Furthermore, He established this teaching of unity with distinction through the apostle by the Holy Spirit, exhorted us to pray for it, to guard it, and to grow in it. This quest for unity through growing in intimacy with the Father and Son by the Spirit and in growing in love for one another — will lead to the world knowing we are the King's disciples and believing that the Father sent His Son to bring salvation! (1 Cor. 7:17-20, 24; Eph. 1:3-14; 2:11-22; 3:1-11; Gen. 35:11; Isa. 2:1-4; Rom. 4:9-12; 15:7-8; 2 Cor. 1:20; Jn. 10:14-18; Jn. 17:20-23; Eph. 2:11-22; Acts 2:1-13, 41-47; 4:32; 8:14-19; 10:44-48; 19:1-7; Acts 15:1-20; 16:3; 21:18-26; 1 Cor. 7:17-20; Gal. 2:11-14; Eph. 4:3; Rom. 15:4-6; 16:17-18; Eph. 4:11-13; Phil. 1:27-28; Jn. 17:20-23; 13:34-35.)
Lastly, this good, beautiful, and mutually honoring oneness with distinction between Jews and Gentles in Yeshua — foreshadows the age to come, when Israel and the nations will be one in the kingdom of Messiah, yet preserved in their distinctive ethnic identities, all the way into the New Heaven and New Earth — forever and ever! (Acts 15:12-20; Rom. 15:7-12; Rev. 5:9-10; 7:4-10; Isa. 11:10; 25:6-7; Micah 4:1-8; Ps. 22:27-28; 2:7-8; 45:17; 67:1-5; 86:9; 102:15; Rev. 15:4; Rev. 22:12-14, 21-27.)

Pillar 8: The Kingdom is Expressed in Jewish Calling
In Yeshua, we value communicating with humility the truth of why Israel still matters to God's heart, what this means practically, and why this is good for the whole world. (Gen. 12:1-3; 22:18; 35:11; Gal. 3:8; Ex. 4:22-23; 19:4-6; Rom. 11:28-32; 3:2; 9:1-5; Rom. 4:12; 9:6; 11:1-6, 11-15, 16, 1 Cor. 7:17-20, 24; Acts 15:1-20; 16:3; Isa. 49:6; Acts 13:46-48; 2:1-13, 41-47; 4:32; 8:14-19; 10:44-48; 19:1-7; Deut. 4:7; 7:8; Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:6-10; Rom. 11:1-36; Gal. 4:4-7; Acts 3:17-25; Matt. 23:39; Zec. 12:10; 14:9, 16; Matt. 19:28-30; Acts. 1:6; Jer. 33:9; Rev. 21:1-8; 22:1-5.)

Pillar 9: The Kingdom is Expressed in Discipling the Nations
In Yeshua, by the Spirit's energizing work, we value — catalyzing and sustaining worship-fueled missions that spread the joyful news of the kingdom — to the Jewish people and also the nations — through prayer, giving, sending, and supporting. And whether local or abroad, we seek to partner with Yeshua who is compassionately seeking and saving the lost, making, maturing, and multiplying new covenant disciples in the kingdom who grow in: knowing, enjoying, and obeying God - the Father, Son, and Spirit; and grow in love for one another, and who continue and finish His mission faithful to the end. (Matt. 28:16-20; Lk. 24:44-49; Acts 1:8; 13:2-3; Rom. 1:16-17; Matt. 9:35-10:42; Lk. 10:1-10, 17-20; Acts 13:2–3; 2 Jn. 5-8; Phil. 1:3-4; 4:4; Eph. 6:18-20; 2 Thess. 3:1-13; Jn. 17:3; 1 Jn. 1:3; Jn. 13:34-35; 1 Thess. 3:11-13; Jn. 14:12-14; 4:34; 17:4; Act 1:1; Matt. 24:14; 23:37-39.)

Pillar 10: The Kingdom Is Expressed in Hope for the Coming Fullness
In Yeshua, we value walking side-by-side into the future, not shifting from the hope of the gospel — with clear vision of the last days, of both the wheat and tares growing together until the harvest at the end of the age. In this context of increasing light and darkness in the world, Yeshua is bringing His Bride to the fullness of maturity — including the fullness of the Gentiles (Nations) coming in, leading to the fullness of Israel through their national salvation, which leads to life from the dead — at the coming of the LORD, our blessed hope! Then the King will establish the fullness of the kingdom on earth as in heaven. We pray for all this and seek to do our share in this joyful work of the kingdom. (Phil. 2:2; 4:2; Col. 2:2; Ps. 133:1; Mk. 9:50; Rom. 12:16; Col. 1:6, 21-23; Matt. 23:24-29, 36-43; Rev. 12:7-18; 13:1-8; 2 Thess. 2:1-12; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Eph. 4:11-16; 1:20-23; 3:19; Jn. 17:20-23; Rev. 19:7; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 7:4-10; Rom. 11:11-15; 25-32; Matt. 23:39; Zec. 12:10-13:1; 1 Cor. 15:19-20, 50-55; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 11:15; Matt. 19:28-30; Dan. 7:9-14, 22; Rev. 20:1-10; Isa. 65:17-25; Col. 1:19-20; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 21:1-8; 22:1-5; Rom. 10:1.)

Pillar 11: The Kingdom is Expressed in Every Life Sphere
In Yeshua, we value stewarding faithfully and fruitfully the gifts of marriage, children, singleness, work, and resources — as servants, who salt the earth, and shine as lights in the world (1 Cor. 7:1-20; Eph. 5:21-6:4; Matt. 5:13-16; Phil. 3:7-8; 14:33; Matt. 13:44-46; Gen. 1:26-28; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17; Lk. 12:35-40; Prov. 12:11; 13:25; 18:9; 19:15; 20:4; 21:5, 21, 25; 24:30-34; 26:13-16; 27:23-27; Gen. 14:19-20; 28:20-22; Ex. 35:4-5; 36:3-7; Lev. 27:30-34; Numb. 18:21, 26; Deut. 14:28-29;15:10; 16:10; Psa. 50:10-12; Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24-25; 19:17; 28:22, 27; 1 Chron. 29:2-3, 9-12; 2 Chron. 31:4-5, 12; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 Cor 9:7-14; Neh. 10:35-37; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 6:1-4, 19-24; Matt. 23:23; Mk. 12:41-44; Act 2:44-45; 20:35; Rom. 15:27-28; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; 9:6-15; Phil. 4:19; Heb. 13:16; Lk. 16:1-13)

Pillar 12: The Kingdom is Extended through Prayer
In Yeshua, and intimacy with the Father by the Spirit, we value praying God’s word and promises day and night, until all Israel is saved, the Messiah returns, and the kingdom of God is fully established on earth as in heaven! (Matt. 7:7-12; Lk. 11:1-13; Matt. 6:1-8; Gal. 4:6; 18:1-8; Isa. 62:1-6; 2 Chron. 6:20; 1 Kg. 8:59; Neh. 1:6; Ps. 88:1; Isa. 21:8; Lk. 2:37; 1 Thess. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:5; 2 Tim. 1:3; Rev. 7:15; 1 Thess. 5:17; Rom. 12:12; Col. 4:2; Matt. 23:39; Rom. 10:1; 11:25-26, 11-15; Isa. 62:1-6; Eze. 36:24-38; Lk. 21:34-36; 1 Cor. 16:22; Rev. 22:20; Matt. 6:9-15; Rev. 11:15; Matt. 19:28-30; 25:31; Acts 3:17-25.)

(These are the Twelve Pillars of our greater Tikkun Messianic Family. As a local community within the Tikkun Messianic family, our approach has been to take the basic theological idea represented by each of the Pillars, study it out deeply in Scripture to understand it well, in context, then to prayerfully contextualize it for us, for who we are, with our own particular vision and values. This is briefly summarized in the descriptions part. This serves to show both our unity within the Tikkun Messianic Family, as well as our distinction as Kingdom Living Messianic Congregation.)

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 and learn to live as children of the kingdom!

 

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.

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