We believe that the body of Christ is comprised of many different members and that each church has a unique calling and role to fulfill. That each church will have its own style and culture that makes it unique in the body of Christ. At Breath of Life we feel our calling is:
To Minister to the People of Kauai
First and foremost we are here for the people of Kauai. Although we ultimately minister to a wide variety of people who visit and may move here, we are here for the local people of Kauai and believe God wants to breathe His Breath of Life back into this island. We feel we are just one of the tools He is using to accomplish this. But we are here to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus to the people of Kauai, as a witness and testimony of God’s great love shown to them through His Son Jesus. Thus we try to maintain an island style of worship, décor and atmosphere within the church.
We don’t limit the scope of our ministry to Kauai only, but we are willing to support and preach the Gospel where ever doors may open up, using the church as a base of operations for that work. We support different missionaries and ministries outside of Kauai and know the work of the Gospel continues on each day around the world and we can be part of that work.
Most recently Breath of Life has been going back and forth to Japan to assist in the Tsunami Relief efforts in Ishinomaki. They have teamed up with the Be One Tohoku Aid and Asian Access to assist in the rebuilding and the ministering of the Gospel. See our Japan Outreach page on the Missions page for more information.
To be Spirit Filled and Biblically based
We rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit in our life and believe in all the gifts of the Spirit to the body of believers. We understand the importance of being filled with the Spirit and being led by the Spirit of the Living God that resides with us and in us. We do not over emphasize these gifts, nor under emphasize them, but trust the Lord for the balance in their workings. We are also a church that teaches and believes in the inerrant and inspired Word of God. We based our movement and decisions on the Word of God and believe all believers should know and understand the bible, so we teach it book by book, chapter by chapter. We believe it is the final authority on all things.
To be a church that Loves & Worships
We believe the greatest witness of Jesus is His love. We believe this is what is missing most in the world and many churches. We want to make people feel loved and at home in the body. That they feel welcomed coming in and that we would be known by our love. Although we are not perfect by any means, we try to display the Love of the Lord to those around us. We also believe in the Power and Worth of Praising and Worshipping our Lord in Spirit and in Truth. In Spirit: by allowing the Spirit to move during and through worship. In Truth: by being true in our worship by not playing just the popular “top 40 Christian Hit’s” to please everyone, but rather to create an atmosphere where our eyes are off of the screen and worship team and on the Lord. A place where we hope he will inhabit the praises of His people.
To be a Church of Relevance and Grace
First we want to be relevant to the culture and times around us. We believe the Gospel is timeless and always relevant, so there is no need to change the message with the times. But we understand that there are different cultures and times that we live in. So we want to not only keep up with the times like having a web page and using electronic means to relay the Gospel, but also to be relevant to the world around us. We hope that the messages we teach and the outreaches we have are in tune with everyday life so people can grasp hold of the Gospel in a better way. We also want to be a church that is full of grace. One that is accepting of all people with the understanding that no one is better than anyone else. That we are all sinners in need of a savior and although I got through the mess I was in, this person may be struggling through theirs, so let us not judge, but extend a hand. We want to ere on the side of love and mercy rather than on the side of judging. We believe in the same measure we show love, grace and mercy, it will be shown back to us.
To be a church that has faith
The bible tells us without faith, we cannot please God and that if we have only a little, we can do great things. Faith in our Lord and what His Word tells us is forefront. We trust Him at His word and try to be a church that stands on its faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus. Faith to see God transform lives, restore that which has been broken, to see families and marriages restored, sickness healed, miracles take place, to see mountains moved in His name. We don’t’ want to just talk about faith, but we want to live our faith in Jesus. That kind of faith takes getting out of the boat and that is the type of faith we desire to have and express. To believe in our God and all that He says.
The Bible Translation We Use
We utilize the New King James version of the bible. Why? Well, we feel it is the most accurate translation in the modern English language. NASB is another well translated version. Although the original King James has its merits as one of the best translations, the fact remains that it was translated in 1611. Our English language has surely changed since and we feel the updated version of the King James Bible, the New King James is more readable and understandable version for people to read during this day and age we live in, without compromising on its original content.
We understand that there are many translations of the bible available today, but our goal is to stick as close as we can to the original rendering of the Word from its original Hebrew and Greek language. There are many “paraphrased” and “modified” translations that have been created in an attempt to get people to read the Word, but we feel that the more modified and paraphrased they are, the more they water down or erase the original context and meaning of the Word. Thus we feel that they are less reliable and less accurate translation of God’s inspired Word.