As God's redeemed people, united by faith in Christ, empowered by His Spirit, we worship God, live by His Word, and join His mission in the world.
The Bible is the revealed Word of God, given by the Holy Spirit through chosen men and women, and so is fully inspired, authoritative, and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice for the believer. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; 2 Pet. 1:21)
God exists eternally in three persons who are revealed in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While these three are one, each has special office and activity; God, the Father, is the source, support, and end of all things; God, the virgin-born Son, is the medium of revelation and redemption by virtue of His incarnation, life and death; God, the Holy Spirit, is the one who inspires divinely-chosen persons, reproves the world because of sin, regenerates and sanctifies the believer, and now represents the Son on earth. (Mt. 28:19; Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Mt. 1:23; 1 Cor. 15:3; Mt. 28:6; Rom. 8:34; Jn. 16:7-11)
Creation is the act of God by which He brought the universe and all that it contains into existence; the universe is preserved by natural law which is an expression of God’s will; at the same time, God’s miraculous working is not excluded from nature, as a means of making known His plan and purpose according to the pleasure of His will. (Gen. 1:1; Neh.9:6; Ps. 102:25; Acts 14:15)
Humanity was made in the image of God and originally sinless. Men and women are fallen in Adam, the head of the race, and are now by nature and choice sinners, living in revolt against their Creator, and are unable to escape from their sinful state on their own. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21; 3:23; Heb. 9:27; Jam. 2:10; Ez. 18:4)
God’s only way of reconciling sinful humanity to Himself is provided in the work of Christ, the incarnate Son, fully human and fully divine; in His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension, and His present intercession, He reveals at the same time God’s grace and His loving provision for His creatures. Humans are reconciled unto God only as they by faith appropriate for themselves the salvation provided in Christ. (Rom. 3:21-26; 1 Jn. 2:2; Heb. 9:14-15, 22; Heb. 7:24-27; Eph. 2:8,9; Isa. 53:6; Acts 16:31; Rev. 3:20; Rom. 10:10, 13; Jn. 6:47; Jn. 1:12)
The Church is that universal and spiritual body which includes all the redeemed of which Christ the Redeemer is the head; the church in the local and visible sense is a group of believers, immersed on profession of faith in Christ, united under the direct, personal, un-delegated Lordship of Christ, voluntarily joined together for worship of God, empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit for service to others, and for carrying out the work of the Great Commission as given by Christ. Each local church is an autonomous body under Christ, cooperating with other churches of like faith and order in the work of evangelizing the world and advancing the interests of the Kingdom of God. (Eph. 5:25; Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18; Mt. 18:17; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 1 Cor. 14:4, 12, 26; Eph. 4:1-16; Mt. 28:19; Acts 1:8; Heb. 12:23)
There are two ordinances: baptism and communion. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, following confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; baptism symbolizes the death of the old life and the rising of the new.
Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is a memorial instituted by Christ to be kept by believers as a symbol of His atoning death, and of Himself as the Bread of Life, the One through whom we have spiritual life and vitality. (Mt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Mt. 3:16; Acts 2:41; Mt. 26:26; Mk. 14:22; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-32)
The second advent of Christ is His personal return by which the present age will be terminated. The ultimate hope of the believer is not in history but in this great event by which the present age is brought to its conclusion. The culmination of history takes place in the final judgment in which the unredeemed will be punished through eternal separation from God, and the redeemed will enter into a state of eternal peace and righteousness with Him. (1 Thess. 4:16-18; Mt. 24:26-33; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 21:2-8)
Teen Challenge is a residential facility offering a faith-based solution to drug addiction. Male or female individuals ranging from 18 to 35 years of age go through intensive studies, receive their GED, if necessary, participate in occupational therapy, receive life equipping skills, and job placement opportunities. It is a discipleship based program, and is located near Milford, Ohio.www.teenchallengecincinnati.org
ABC-OH links us to our rich heritage of shared ministry as a denomination. They provide consultation, conflict resolution, ordination, and training for pastors and churches in our region. www.abc-ohio.org
CMDA is a national organization whose purpose is to motivate and equip doctors, dentists, and medical students to practice faith in Christ in their personal and professional lives. The University of Cincinnati chapter is dedicated to promoting dialogue on issues related to medicine from a Christian worldview. www.cmda.org
CFS addresses childhood food insecurity, focusing on the 45225 zip code; including North Fairmount, Millvale, and the Fay Apartments. CFS provides groceries for elementary-age children especially during winter/spring breaks and summer vacations. Founder, Tony Fairhead, is a Kenwood Baptist Church member. www.childhoodfoodsolutions.org
CGM annually serves 116,000 hot and nutritious meals and provides 28,000 nights of safe shelter to homeless and hurting people of Cincinnati. It offers comprehensive men’s and women’s recovery programs, transitional and supportive housing, and aftercare. More than 8,000 at-risk youth are impacted through 7 youth programs. www.citygospelmission.org
2022 Dinner Serving Dates – A Kenwood team provides dinner for 200+ people on these dates: April 30, July 30, October 29, and December 31. Contact the Kenwood office to join the team.
Kenwood serves in this neighboring community in a variety of ways including Wednesday night tutoring for children in reading and math during the school year and a special enrichment summer program called Books & Bites+.
This ministry has programs in Covington, Price Hill, and Queensgate which strive to introduce Jesus Christ to adults and children by building relationships. They provide a safe haven from the street in addition to gym activities, counseling, prayer, Bible studies for adults and youth, and after school and weekend activities for youth. Scott Bowers, a Kenwood Baptist Church member, is their Director of Development. www.focas-us.org
Miami Baptist Association allows shared ministry with like-minded congregations, supports a campus ministry at University of Cincinnati, and affirms ordinations of pastoral candidates. The Association has helped to start many church plants over the past 100 years, including our own congregation. www.miamibaptistassociation.org
This is a cooperative group of churches and civic organizations in our neighborhood, providing food and assistance with housing and utility payments. Kenwood Baptist Church houses the pantry which is open to serve our community on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Kenwood Baptist Church helped to start this ministry. Kenwood Baptist Church member Cindy Cordell is their current board president and other Kenwood members volunteer at their desks.
NEEDS Student Assistance Drive
NEEDS (North East Emergency Distribution Services) is holding its annual school supplies drive in early August! However, the name was changed to Student Assistance Drive as we are combining School Supplies and HUGSS (hats, undies, gloves, socks, and sweats). Last year, during the pandemic, the donations to schools changed to gift cards from Target, Walmart, Meier, Kroger & Kohls. The gift cards allowed the staff at 17 schools to purchase school supplies, plus personal items such as underwear, socks, soap & shampoo that were urgently needed.
Please consider donating a gift card from one of the locations listed above. You can also write a check to NEEDS & the volunteers will purchase gift cards on your behalf. Donations can also be made by giving through Paypal on the NEEDS website, CincyNEEDS.org. Please drop off the gift cards or checks by Sunday, August 8th, and, Please mark the donation for the Student Assistance Drive.
Life Forward provides a holistic range of services for families experiencing pregnancies in order to affirm the sanctity of life. All services are provided at no cost. They include: pregnancy tests, parenting classes, mentoring, material support, referrals for ultrasounds and prenatal care, and a 24-hour helpline. Please visit our site, http://www.lifeforwardcincy.org, for more information.
The first Protestant mission organization in America is now over 200 years old, and serves in over thirty countries around the globe, proclaiming and living out the Gospel. IM’s strategic focus areas include not only evangelism, but also human trafficking, peace and refuge, economic development, theological education, and community health issues. internationalministries.org
Call of Love Ministries reaches out to Muslims throughout the US and the world through music, TV, radio and printed materials in Arabic. They also produce materials and provide training opportunities to help Western believers interact with their Muslim neighbors with understanding and wisdom. www.calloflove.org
(Last Names omitted because of service in a sensitive area)
Dan is a mentor to students in higher education and Sarah leads a ministry to foreign workers serving as domestics.
BJ Cook studied Philosophy and Religion at Liberty University and received a MA in Communications. He lived in the Dominican Republic for two years serving with CRU. BJ is now helping launch a project to start Christ-centered movements among unreached Muslim refugees and European university students. email@example.com
Jeff and Annie serve in Bangkok, Thailand. Annie is the founder and CEO of NightLight, facilitating outreach in the red-light area. Nightlight’s mission is to provide hope, intervention, rescue and assistance to women and children involved in sexual exploitation. Jeff serves as Pastor of NightLight’s church plant, Song Sawang Church. Jeff grew up at Kenwood Baptist. Find updates at www.internatinalministries.org/author/aj-dieselberg/ and www.nightlightinternational.com.
Erin has served for many years as part of CRU’s staff, providing personal development and counseling in support of international workers around the globe. Erin has an MA in counseling.
At Bingham Academy in Ethiopia, the Lewis family supports the work of Bible translation by helping to providing a quality, Christian education to missionary kids. Bingham partners with several missions organizations that work with nationals in church planting, Bible translation and community development.
(Last Name omitted because of service in a sensitive region)
This young couple are involved in theological education in Asia. Aaron grew up at Kenwood and met his wife while they studied at Gordon Conwell Seminary.
Working with One Mission Society, Guido and Kimberly Orellana live in rural Ecuador at Camp Pallatanga, where they have served since 2004. They develop discipleship programs as well as evangelistic and outreach events for the church and community. Kenwood partners with them twice a year to hold a medical clinic for underserved Quichua speaking people in the region. onemissionsociety.org/missionaries/detail/Orellana
Kit’s primary ministry is with Imago Art Studio, an outreach of the New Life Center Foundation (NLCF) in northern Thailand (Chiang Mai). She provides direct clinical care for survivors of trauma including sexual abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence through therapeutic art groups and life-skills workshops. She also promotes spiritual formation through preaching, Bible teaching, and facilitating art and contemplative prayer retreats. Additionally, Kit provides support and consultation for the New Life Center administrative team and board of directors, does staff development and training, and assists with guest relations and promotional materials.
The New Life Center Foundation works with tribal girls who are at risk for labor or sexual exploitation. Kit became a Kenwood Baptist Church member in 2001 and was commissioned for service here. www.newlifecenterfoundation.org
Serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Scot and Cherie have recently completed a New Testament translation for the Mato people in Papua New Guinea. The Mato now have a written language and a Bible in their native tongue. Cherie grew up at Kenwood Baptist Church. Scot and Cherie now focus on literacy training for the Mato. www.wycliffe.org
TLI provides theological education to church leaders in regions of the world where formal training is not available. Kenwood supports two teachers, Dan Ramsey and Alex Kirk, who lead intensive workshops around the globe which equip indigenous leaders to minister to their own congregations.
Plug In To Missions
How can I get involved in a local mission?
- Donate goods to the City Gospel Mission. Do you want to help prepare and transport dinners? www.Citygospelmission.org
- Volunteer at the NEEDS ministry. Nonperishable food items are processed each week for distribution. www.Cincyneeds.org
- Pray for, volunteer, or become an ambassador for Call of Love Ministries.www.Calloflove.org
- Volunteer for or organize a packing party for Childhood Food Solutions. www.kidsfed.org
- Become a Wednesday night tutor for Deer Park students. Contact Melody Hamilton atMelodyhamilton@kenwoodbaptist.org.