Cultivating hearts | Kardia in Greek means “heart.” The heart is the deepest center and focal point of who we are; from which our deepest attitudes and actions stem from. We must learn to curate our heart, stewarding our loves. Learning to reorient and cultivate one’s loves and desires is our deepest spiritual formation. The biblical prophet Ezekiel looked forward to a day when God would “give you a new heart, and a new spirit (Ezek. 36:26).” When one comes to Jesus they experience a deep spiritual renewal in which they are given a new heart with new desires to want the things of God. With these new desires, we must then learn to form new habits to match with our new heart’s desires. We believe every person needs an inside-out transformation that starts with the heart and leads to new habits.
…by practicing the way of Jesus | Jesus invites us to form new habits with our new hearts by intentionally practicing his ways. Jesus would tell his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life (Jn. 14:6).” This is significant because the word “the way” here is the word for a highway, road or the pathway for a traveler. Jesus is not just inviting his followers to merely a one-time decision to follow him but a process and journey of discovering himself over an eternity. And he tells his followers that because of this way his followers will “do the works I do; and greater works than these he will do (Jn. 14:12).” Jesus expected his followers to practice his ways and even do greater things them him. This was accomplished not by merely learning the right set of spiritual truths or following a list of do’s and don’ts but an entire new way of life based on new hearts and habits through practicing the way of Jesus.
…together | The cultivation of hearts and habits to Jesus’ ways was always in the context of active apprenticeship in community. Jesus told his followers, “For I have given you an example, that you should do just as I have done to you (Jn. 13:15).” Jesus’ disciples always had an example and model of what practicing “the way” looked like, found in the person of Jesus. We believe each person on their spiritual journey needs to become an apprentice to Jesus in the context of local communities of faith where we can be spurred on to grow and become more like Jesus. Ultimately through the cultivation of new hearts and new habits by practicing Jesus’ ways we fulfill one of Jesus’ greatest proclamations, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (Jn. 13:35).”
Trevor serves as the Lead Pastor and oversees the vision and teaching of Kardia Church. He and his wife Hilary are also the founding pastors of Kardia.
Hilary serves as a Pastor at Kardia overseeing creative arts, women's ministry, events and outreaches. She is one of the founding pastors of Kardia.
Scott is an overseer of Kardia Church and also the lead pastor at Sola Church, in Bothell, Washington.
Grant is an overseer of Kardia Church. He is currently a pastor at Redeem Church in Lakewood, Washington. He is also a current military officer in the United States Army Reserves.
Kaj is an overseer of Kardia Church and also the lead pastor at Seattle Foursquare Church - Living Way.
The vision for Kardia Church was birthed in the Fall of 2014 in a prayer time of Kardia’s founding pastors, Trevor and Hilary Horn. Upon getting married Trevor and Hilary started to ask God for a vision and direction for their marriage together. During one prayer time God gave Trevor a vision on a world map in front of him. He saw a burning on the map over the cities of Seattle, Portland and Spokane and sensed God saying that he wanted to birth something in the urban centers of the Northwest that would unleash something in the rest of the northwest and world.
With this fresh vision Trevor and Hilary would begin to process. Their processing led them to stepping down from their jobs a few months later where they would start a church planting residency. During their residency they had the opportunity to work at three different churches (two of which were church plants) in three very different cultural contexts as well as getting assessed for church planting. Ultimately they would finish their residency being sent by Cascade Community Church and Sola Church.
Kardia would start as a small group in the Horn’s living room in the Spring of 2016. Currently the story continues as Kardia launched a monthly service in 2017 and now continues bi-weekly gatherings and weekly groups.
Trinity: God Is
There is one God (Exod. 20:2, Isa. 44:6, Eph. 4:4-6) who is one in essence with three persons (Father – Eph. 1:3-4, 1 Cor. 8:6; Son – Ps. 2:7, Rev. 1:4-6; Holy Spirit – Gen. 1:2, Jn. 14:16-17) who have been eternally in relationship with one another yet distinct in their modes of existence (Jn. 1:1-2, 17:5, 17:24). They are coequal in their essence and attributes. These attributes include compassion, grace, love, faithfulness, wisdom, mercy, self-existence, power, justice, truthfulness, spiritual, ever-presence and being unchangeable in knowledge, essence, attributes, purpose or character yet changing in attitude and action (Ex. 34:6-7, Ps. 86:15).
Revelation: God Speaks
The Bible (the 66 books found in biblical canon) is fully inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:15-17). It is inerrant in all that it teaches as it speaks accurately in ordinary language. The Bible alone is the supremely objective authority for all matters of life being sufficient for all people and the church (Jn. 20:30-31, 2 Tim. 3:15-17). God also works authoritatively through people guided by the Bible and the Spirit (Ephesians 1:19, Jn. 14:12) yet this is never equal or to be in contradiction with the Bible (Dan. 3:1-30, Acts 5:29-32). .
Creation: God Makes
God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1-2:25, Neh. 9:6) and created the world out of nothing (Gen. 1-2:25, Heb. 11:3). He created out of nothing for the primary display of his glory (Isa. 43:7, Rom. 11:36, Rev. 4:11) and secondarily as an extension of his love so that people could participate in a relationship with Himself (Eph. 1:3-6).
Image: God Loves
All people are equally created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Being made in the image of God means to make visible the invisible attributes of God (Dan. 3:1-18, Col. 1:15). Jesus Christ is the ultimate exemplar of the image of God setting an example for all people, making visible the invisible God (Heb. 1:1-3, Phil. 2:5-8, Col. 1:15). The fullness of the image of God is something that people are on a journey towards. This is a journey of renewal, wholeness and growing to become all that God originally designed people to be (Rom. 8:29, 2 Cor. 3:18, Col. 3:10). Being in the image of God provides the framework for basic human value, rights and dignity for all people (Gen. 9:6).
Fall: God Judges
The image of God has been marred in all people as we all are totally depraved (Eph. 2:1-3, Rom. 8:7) as every part of our being is tainted by sin (Tit. 1:15-16, Eph. 4:17-19) leading to condemnation and punishment (Rom. 2:5-6, 5:12). Ultimately, sin leads to spiritual death (1 Cor. 15:21-22, Eph. 2:1), relational separation with God and others (Eph. 2:12) and a breaking of shalom in the created order (Rom. 8:21-22). Despite the total depravity of all people, people still to some extent retain the image of God and can do some good (Gen. 12:10-20, 20:1-18).
Incarnation: God Comes
Jesus, the eternal Logos and the second person of the Trinity has eternally been in relationship with God (Jn. 1:1+14). He emptied himself of his divine role and lifestyle (Heb. 2:9-15) becoming a fully Spirit-filled man (Lk. 4:1, 4:14, Phil. 2:6-8). He was born from a virgin (Matt. 1:18, 1:23-25, Lk. 1:34-35), tempted in everyway ((Heb. 2:17-18, 4:14-15) yet sinless (2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15, 1 Pet. 2:22) to display a model for the lives of all believers (Jn. 13:15). Jesus was crucified (Matt. 27:33-50, Acts 2:23) and buried (Matt. 27:57-61) being raised on the third day (Lk. 24:26-48, Acts 2:24, 1 Cor. 15:3-4) ascending to the right hand of the Father (Mk. 16:19, Acts 1:9-11, 2:33) as the exalted King over all (Acts 2:33, Eph. 1:20-23, Phil. 2:9-11) who is to return again leading to the redemption and consummation of all things (Acts 1:11, Rev. 21:1-5).
Cross: God Dies
Jesus’ atoning work is caused by his divine love (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 5:8), justice (Rom. 3:25-26), grace (Rom. 2:4, Eph. 1:7) and his good pleasure (Eph. 1:3-14, Heb. 12:2) as well as the moral consequences of human sin (1 Jn. 3:5) and demonic dominion over the world (Gen. 3:15, 1 Jn. 3:8). Jesus’ death led to his triumph over hostile powers (Acts 26:18, Col. 2:15), provided people an example of how to live (Phil. 2:1-5, 1 Jn. 3:16) and was for our benefit and in our place taking our penalty for sin (Gal. 3:13, 2 Cor. 14-15+21, Rom. 5:17-19). His death on the cross was the appeasement of God’s wrath (Rom. 3:25, Heb. 2:17) and the shedding of his blood cleanses people of sin (Jn. 1:29, Acts 10:15). Jesus’ work on the cross redeems people from sin (1 Pet. 2:24), the law (Gal. 3:13) and condemnation (Rom. 8:1); reconciling people to himself (Rom. 5:10-11) and revealing the Father to us (Jn. 14:6-7). Jesus died for all people (1 Tim. 2:6, Heb. 2:9), wills all to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4, 2 Pet. 3:9), invites all people to salvation (Jn. 3:16, Acts 16:31) and purchased people (2 Pet. 2:1) leading to a process of the holistic restoration of the whole person (Is. 53:3-5).
Resurrection: God Saves
Salvation is a multi-faceted with past, present and future dynamics. Believers have been saved (Eph. 2:4-8, 2 Tim. 1:8-9, Tit. 3:4-5), are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12-13) and will be saved (Rom. 5:9-10, Rom. 13:11, Heb. 9:28) through the Gospel (or good news) of Jesus. This process includes election, conversion, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance and glorification.
Holy Spirit: God Dwells
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity being fully equal to the Father and the Son (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Acts 5:3-4). He does divine works, possessing all the attributes of God (2 Cor. 2:10-11; Tit. 3:5). The Holy Spirit is a personal being (Jn. 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-14) who does personal works like teaching (Jn. 14:26), guiding & speaking (Jn. 16:13), and comforting (Acts 9:31). The Holy Spirit indwells every person at conversion in conjunction with the giving of a new heart (Ezek. 36:26; Jn. 14:17); incorporating them into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). This begins a process for a believer of one’s sealing (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30), assurance (Rom. 8:14-17; 1 Jn. 4:13), fruit bearing (Jn. 15:1-5; Gal. 5:22-25) and gifting(s) (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Eph. 4:7-16). Subsequent to the initial baptism, there is a continual work of the filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:8; 7:55; Eph. 5:18) which is a work of empowerment for service (Lk. 4:1; 14), growing believers into Christlikeness (Acts 6:3; 11:24) and experiencing God (Acts 10:44-48; 19:6). All of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12-14; Rom. 12:3-8) and offices in the body of Christ (Eph. 4:7-16) are active and available today.
Church: God Sends
The local church is governed under the Word of God and led by a multiplicity of Spirit led elders and deacons (Acts 6:1-6). The role of the elder is the highest office in the local church, appointed in the local church (Tit. 1:5) and required to meet the qualifications for eldership (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9). Elders roles are to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11), shepherd the local congregation (1 Pet. 5:1-3), guide and guard the doctrine and teaching of the church (Acts 6:4, 20:28; Tit. 1:9), and oversee the ministries of the church (1 Tim. 5:17). Deacons are appointed in the local church (1 Tim. 3:8-13) to assist the elders and serve throughout the local church (Acts 6:1-6). Members of the local church are baptized believers active in the ministry (Acts 2:42-47). Overall, the ultimate authority of the local church resides at the local level under the guidance of the scriptures (Matt. 18:15-17; Acts 15:22).
Two ordinances have been given to the local church: baptism (Matt. 28:19) and communion (Matt. 26:26-29). Both are occasions ordained by Christ for his church when the saving and sanctifying knowledge of himself is presented to people. Baptism is the immersion in water of the regenerate (Rom. 6:2-5; Acts 2:37-38) representing their identification with the person (Acts 10:48), body (1 Cor. 12:13) and mission of Christ (Acts 2:41. Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper) is the remembrance of Christ’s sacrificial death and anticipation of when Christ comes again for believers to regularly practice (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
Kingdom: God Reigns
Jesus Christ will return in the future to earth (Matt. 24:36; Acts 1:11) to gather all people (living and dead) and establish his kingdom on earth (Rev. 11:15) after the time of the tribulation (2 Thess. 2:1-10). Ultimately, there will be a final judgment after this rebellion where Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10) as well as all people who have rejected God’s gracious call (Rev. 20:15). This punishment in the lake of fire is eternal, everlasting torment (Matt. 25:46; 2 Thess. 1:9). God’s people will reign eternally with him in his presence in the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22).