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A Mosaic of the Kingdom


Jesus is our Reconciling Lord.

What does that mean for our church and for our community? How does our church live out that statement in our culture, in our city, in our times?

In essence, it means that we…

  • Value and encourage diversity as a reflection of the image of God.
  • Create an environment in which all cultural perspectives are worth hearing
  • Empower all cultural voices to participate in setting goals and making decisions.

God has called Kingsview to be “A church on a hill” to “let our light shine in front of others so they will see the good things we do and praise our Father who is in heaven.”  We therefore rely on Him to help us be church that communicates and demonstrates His love for all people who live in the City of Toronto and beyond – an intentionally inter-cultural church.

Is it possible for diverse cultural identities to thrive together in a single local church?

Our Kingdom identity makes it possible. Being a Christian does not erase our cultural identity. When we confess Jesus as Lord of our life, our allegiance to Him supersedes our allegiance to our ethnic, race or national identity.

“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us . . .

He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.” Ephesians 2:14-16

So, why should Kingsview be an inter-cultural church?

Because it fulfills God’s purpose and plan for His church…

…To fulfill the Great Commission “To make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

…To be the visible manifestation of God’s Kingdom on Earth as we draw together people of diverse cultural backgrounds as a missional community in the city.

…To be agents of reconciliation and transformation for people both in our congregation and in our community. “…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 . . . shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”