Restoration Church is part of a church planting movement, being ourselves a church plant out of Living Hope Family Church. We believe that the local church is and ought to be the center of spiritual activity in the kingdom of God. Wherever God’s people gather in the name of Christ, Jesus is present in power (Mt. 18:20, 1 Cor. 5:4). Thus, the multiplication of local churches is the principal way to advance the kingdom of God and the presence of Christ in the world. That said, each local congregation needs leadership, needs a Pastor. Thus, in order to promote and effectively execute church planting, we must be actively involved in building Christian leaders. And before we can have Christian leaders, we must have Christians. In order to have new Christians, we must be engaged in evangelism. Thus, our mission is summarized in three words: WIN, BUILD, SEND.
We are committed to evangelism, to the practice of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not yet believe, in hopes that they will turn to faith in Christ. This happens, at times, from the pulpit in the church service; this also happens on the street corner, from door to door, in line at the grocery store, or across the kitchen table. Sometimes, we speak with complete strangers about Jesus. Other times, we talk to co-workers, friends, or family members. Every single person needs Jesus, and is the responsibility of every Christian to share their faith with others.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If we are busy about the work of evangelism, more and more people are going come to faith in Christ and our churches are going to grow. Though numerical growth is wonderful and exciting, far more exciting is the spiritual growth of the individual. As a Christian begins to mature in their faith, as they embrace spiritual truth, as they exercise their faith, and walk in all the power of God, the fullness of their life begins to overflow and bless others. This is the natural process of spiritual growth.
That said, spiritual life must be nurtured (sometimes nudged) if it is to grow. In the same way that infants need nurturing parents in order to survive and thrive, so Christians who are young in faith need spiritual “parents” who will nurture their spiritual growth. This process is often called “discipleship” – the process of bringing a Christian from spiritual infancy to maturity. Restoration Church is just as committed to the task of discipleship as we are to the task of evangelism. We want, not just Christians, but mature Christians to fill our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world. We want Christians, motivated by self-sacrificial love for God and neighbor, to worship God and serve each other and their communities. Such people alone will affect the world for good and for God.
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2
When a Christian has matured to the point of embracing self-sacrifice and service to others, whose overflowing love for God is apparent to all, whose life is filled with the Spirit, including the fruits and the gifts thereof, such a person will likely be aware that their life has a purpose and a destiny far greater than the “American Dream.” Such people often feel a calling to serve God more fully by becoming a Pastor or a Missionary, or devoting their life to some sort of Christian service. Truly all Christians are called to this, but many are unwilling to surrender or sacrifice in order to fulfill their ministry to the Lord. Truly, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”
Restoration Church is committed to supporting people who sense the call of God into ministry. The “sending” aspect of our ministry means that, just as parents eventually have to cut the apron strings and let their children go, so Pastors and churches must be willing to let their people launch out in faith into God’s plan for their lives. This can be challenging, as it is typically the best people in the church who feel thus called. It is the most faithful, the greatest servants, the most generous among the church (i.e. the most mature), who often feel this call. There is a sacrifice and a loss that happens when a person or family or group of families is sent out to do a work for God, but the kingdom of God and the world is all the better for it.
This further means that as a member of our church, you will constantly be reminded that you are called to do a work for God on earth, and that it is your job (with the help of the local church) to discover that calling and to be obedient to it. For all of us, there is a moment when we must step out in faith and trust God to lead and to provide. It is a life of faith and sacrifice, but the most exciting and fulfilling life you could imagine.
“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5)
“I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” (Acts 26:19–20)