Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family
Here's the deal, KBC cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. KBC is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
The Baptists of Burnside
In 1884 God led a group of local Christians to form a Baptist church in what was then called Knightsbridge (now part of the suburb Leabrook in the Burnside Council area), a developing eastern suburb on the fringe of Adelaide, near the Mount Lofty Ranges. This area location is on the ancestral lands of the Kaurna people. From the beginning, the members of Knightsbridge Baptist Church (KBC) have been committed to evangelical beliefs and practices such as a focus on the saving and transforming power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the authority of the Bible in guiding belief and practice, the significance of each person having a personal relationship with God, and the importance of evangelism and social ministry.
As a Baptist church, the members have emphasised the importance of baptism by full immersion for those who have acknowledged Jesus as their lord and saviour. Hundreds of people have been baptised in the church. However, KBC is an ‘open membership’ church in that believer’s baptism has never been a prerequisite for church membership.
The original members set about erecting a large building which was designed to hold 400 people. Some might say this was visionary, others might reason that it was foolish because the church had a very heavy debt burden for many decades. Whatever the case, the following generations inherited a beautiful, spacious building which is still in use today and is a much-appreciated local landmark. Over the years the church property has been added to and is now a multi-use site which is used by community groups throughout the week.
As followers of Jesus, church members have committed themselves to worshipping God, to building each other up in Christ, to prayer, to serving one another in love and to the fulfilment of Christ’s mission in the local community and to the wider world. There has been a strong commitment to the idea that a church is not just an institution but is a family committed to following Jesus in all its ways. One expression of this in recent years was the formation of a pastoral care team which reaches out to those in need.
Over the decades all these values have been expressed in many ways. Sunday morning worship services, for example, have always given a high priority to worshipping God in song, to prayer, and to listening to what God is saying through the Bible. The musical element in church life has been strong as featured many different musical styles and instruments. KBC’s community engagement has included a wide range of children’s and youth clubs, sporting teams, and women’s and men’s organisations. Thousands of children have learned about God through the children’s ministries of the church and one noteworthy ministry was the establishment in 1969 of Way Inn, a ‘drop-in’ centre which provided a safe social space for hundreds of local young people in which the love of God was shared by word and deed.
After a rather shaky first 30 years of existence KBC gained strength and presently KBC is a church community of about 200 people. By and large, the membership of KBC has reflected the socio-cultural make-up of the community and in recent years our number has included many Asian Australians and others from different corners of the globe. We continue to look to God for his guidance and provision as we seek to follow God in an increasingly secular society.
What's the bottom line? More than ever, KBC is committed to fostering a family built around hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus.
Our vision is to be a family that faithfully and increasingly experiences and bears witness
to the hope, power and new life found in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at KBC. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the KBC family.
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