We envision the true body of Jesus Christ (1) reaching out to individuals who experience hopelessness and helplessness living without hope in the true Liberator, (2) bearing suffering with one another, as each part of a body is deeply interconnected, with sincerity and love, and (3) glorifying the Creator of the universe, the triune God who exists in the eternal fellowship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Teaching Theology of Suffering and of Hope
If God is good and powerful, why does suffering exist in the world? Why doesn’t he just solve all the brokenness in the world? If God loves us and hears our prayers and agony, why doesn’t he answer our prayers? Does God care about our pain? Does God suffer and understand our brokenness? How should Christians think of suffering, incorporate it into our church fellowship and community, and participate in the distress of individuals, societies, and the world?
My PhD research interest in the doctrine of the suffering of God and the intimate relationship between God and the brokenness of the world is constituted in my experience of living with a physical disability, along with hope, faith, and disappointment in God. Explaining the subject matter of suffering is extremely challenging and complicated, and we may never truly grasp the depth and meaning of brokenness. However, with humility and love, JD Kim Ministries attempt to approach and expound the matter biblically and theologically through reflection, experience, research, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
If we can share, we can bear. If we can share our brokenness and our stories, we can bear the pain together as human beings made in His image. It begins with a sharing and continuous sharings. Even though we may have different types of suffering, when we suffer, it hurts. Actually and always, it sucks! We often lack a secure and sacred space where we can just share our hardships. Being called as church means that we have a glorious and deeply penetrating fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Spirit and with fellow believers who are other parts of His body.
We are commissioned to share our lives—joy, shame, vulnerabilities, wound, gift, and tears—and to bear our struggle with one another and with Jesus Christ who suffered and was brokenness for our brokenness. I share my stories, woven into the divine history of the greatest history Maker, to welcome all people into His fellowship and encourage believers to endure suffering with Christ and His church.
Supporting Disability Ministry
We must re-formulate the image of disability, especially in Christian communities. In our society, disability is never a friendly term that encourages people to talk about it, nor an attractive presence that captivates the interests and attention of others. It became a reason to be shameful, avoided, and discriminated against. Therefore, we need a new paradigm for disability, for it is just another representation of human nature and another evidence of the weakness of human beings, not a stigma, a curse, or an abnormality.
This is why disability ministry is so vital in executing our Christian mission. Regardless of disability, all human beings “deserve” to be loved, nothing less, for God created all people in His image and likeness, and we all have been commissioned to love others as Jesus loved us. On my blog, I will write on this subject, praying that God’s people may realize the importance of re-imaging disability and welcome disability into our churches and fellowships with an extraordinary welcome.
Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE that the 66 books of the Bible, as written in the original writings, are the true, inspired Word of God, written by various biblical writers through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, infallible in that the Scripture has no error in delivering and demonstrating God’s purpose and truth and authoritative and is the rule of life.
WE BELIEVE that there is one God who exists as the unity of the three persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From the beginning, the Godhead always exists as triune, without being created, sharing equal divine, infinite, and relational essence with the Father, Son, and Spirit, the infinite, sovereign, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. Within the inner-life of the Trinity, the perfect form of love and holiness flourishes, without hierarchy or subordination, for each person of God is fully God and shares the absolute divine attributes.
WE BELIEVE that God made human beings in his image and likeness. After God made the world and saw that it was good, he created humankind in His image and likeness to rule over his creation. The Creator created human beings according to his image, power, will, and plan. Male and female created in God’s image were very good, so that human beings require neither an evolution nor further progressive engagement to be better creation.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
WE BELIEVE that being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the triune God, has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts, convicting us of sin and draws us to the Savior and indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
WE BELIEVE that the true Church is composed of all persons who profess saving faith in Jesus Christ and participate in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. In the Church, the Word of God is preached, the sacraments are administered, scriptural discipline is practiced, and loving fellowship is maintained. The church fulfills the Great Commission and awaits the return of her Lord.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.