Breath of Life celebrated its 25 year anniversary in May of 2021. Started on Mother’s Day in 1996, Breath of Life has continued to serve and ministering faithfully to the people of Kauai and those visiting. Our roots are part of the Calvary Chapel’s in Hawaii and the Jesus Movement of the late 60’s & early 70’s where Calvary Chapel originated and was an integral part of accommodating that movement under the teaching and leadership of Pastor Chuck Smith.
Although that is our roots, we understand that the movement of that era has past and we are in a new era and look to that fresh “anointing” and movement of the Holy Spirit in this nation and world. We see many opportunities via today’s technology and global society to share the Gospel in a greater far reaching way. The fields are still ripe and ready for harvest and the Lord still needs laborers in the field physically and electronically.
We like to say that: “We are simply real people serving a real God.” In a nutshell, we are ordinary people, from all walks of life, races and cultures, living on the island of Kauai and all working together to serve our very real Lord and Savior Jesus. We acknowledge that we are sinners, everyday people, saved by the Grace of God via the cross. We believe it is important to stay “real,” while having a proper biblical perspective on life and know it isn’t about us, but rather all about and only about: Jesus! We also know, as the scripture tells us:
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV
Again, we know it isn’t about us, but about a loving God who works through us and in us, in spite of us.
As we look at the current world around us and it is aligning as Jesus said it would be. We also believe the cure for the ills of this world are not social or political, but biblical. Although we may engage in social & political activities, because we currently have the freedom to do so, we also know that this was not the case in the days of Jesus time on earth or during the days of the early church.
So, we are not social or political Christians, but we are rather biblical ones. We see the blessings in our freedoms, rights, constitution and its amendments, but we also know that God, not man, nor government can grant us eternal salvation. Thus, we fix our eyes on our Lord and Savior Jesus, teach and adhere to His Word, the Word of God, as the basis and foundation of our living.
We believe that true change in any nation comes from the bottom up and not the top down. One man or one woman at the top won’t change a nation, but a changed nation will come through a changed people. That changed comes from the reception of the Gospel of Jesus and His atoning work at the cross.
Although we pray for godly presidents and leaders, we understand that to truly change a nation, revival must occur at ground level. The people and the church. Revival must start in the life’s of believers, in the church itself and overflow into the world around it. Like water overflowing a cup. As towns and communities are changed, cities and states are changed and eventually nations are changed. But it starts with the believers hungering and thirsting for righteousness, repenting and calling out to God Almighty to revive our churches and save our nation.
To that end, we understand the importance of knowing what we believe as Christians and why we believe it. To teach and educate, or better said to: “equip the saints for the work of the ministry”. We accomplish this by teaching the Word of God, book by book, chapter by chapter and in between books, from time to time, we also teach pertinent biblical topics as the Lord leads. We ask people to engage in their faith daily through prayers, reading of their bibles, fellowship with believers and non-believers (as Jesus did) and the heartfelt worship of our Lord.
We consider the building we gather in as “a gym” where we get strengthened to do the “work of ministry” because we are all full time ministers of the Gospel. We believe church actually starts when you leave the “building”, because we/you/I are the church. Thus, we might be the only church some people will ever go to. Many people may not walk into the doors of a “church building” but they will walk into your life. And that life we try to live everyday, shining the light and love of Jesus to a lost and dying world around us. Not in perfection, but with all our imperfections, being real with ourselves, with our Lord and with those around us who need to experience the Love and Grace of Jesus.
We also understand we cannot function without the great love and grace that our Lord Jesus Himself taught and displayed towards us. That we also need to be a ministry of love, of grace, one that reaches out to the lost, one that worships our Lord in Spirit and Truth and is empowered to do the work of that ministry by the Holy Spirit. We believe in all the gifts, promises and fruit of the Holy Spirit. We pray to be lead and empowered by the Holy Spirit to guide and direct this church in accordance to God’s love & will, both found in God’s Word!
We are not perfect, just sinners saved by grace, doing the work of ministry in obedience to the Lords great commission. We are part of the greater body of Christ, comprised of true believers around this world who profess the Lordship of Jesus, and the eternal salvation that comes through Him and Him alone.