Imagine if the church saw its primary job to model, pass on, and point to Jesus Christ “in everything” it does. What might the church look like, do, and reproduce?
Our ultimate loyalties, core beliefs, and fundamental values are shaped by those who we respect, follow, and imitate in this life. So if the very heart of our “oneness” in God, the hope of our restored humanity, and the promise of new life and salvation is contingent on following Jesus, shouldn’t we as believers reflect our One example? The call of the Christian is this: When we follow the ways of Jesus, we reproduce Jesus.
Questions for Reflection:
Prayerfully evaluate your life based on Ephesians 4:17-5:20. What is needed to ensure that you are modeling your life after Jesus?
How should a vision of modeling, passing on, and reproducing the ways of Jesus transform Christian community and the church?
The church today continues to struggle with the concept and practice of true unity and oneness in Christ. Contextual distinctions aside, with our churches divided socially, racially, and theologically, how will the world know the true witness of Christ – the union of all things in Him for the glory of His name and the salvation of His people? As we learn in this message, the measure of our spiritual unity determines the true health and maturity of the church.
Questions for Reflection:
If you were to make a list of what determined a “healthy & mature” church, what would have been on that list?
How does “spiritual unity” change your understanding and role of the church?
Based on the list in Ephesians 4:11, what do you think your spiritual gift contribution might be in the body of Christ?
“The Kingdom becomes a movement when disciples multiply.”
In this episode, learn what it’s going to take to re-ignite a Kingdom-movement in North America and how Restoration Church seeks to join Christ in His mission for the world. WATCH this week’s message from Pastor Matt on “Disciple-Multiplying” from our church-defining series, “Re:Defined”.
Do I see myself as having a role in the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God? What might that role be?
Schedule some time in silence and solitude (20-30 minutes is ideal). Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you on the topic of disciple-multiplying. Then listen. At the conclusion of your time with the Lord, what might you need to confess, repent of, change, or begin doing to be obedient to God’s will?
In this episode, learn how Restoration Church seeks to be a training center for disciples that share in the mission of Christ as messengers of the gospel. In other words, we are “messengers on mission”.
Do you see yourself having the same mission on earth as Christ was given, to share the message of the gospel?
What role have you played in the direct or indirect expansion of the Kingdom of God?
Have you experienced a season of apathy (indifference) to seeing the Kingdom of God expand?
How might you participate further in your calling as a ‘messenger on mission’?
How can you be more aware of God’s on-going work in the world?
Where is the Holy Spirit sending you as a ‘messenger on mission’?
At Restoration Church we are inviting people to have an encounter with the living God by responding to the call to follow Jesus Christ and experience real spiritual transformation. We are everyday disciples of Jesus that are always learning, always growing, and always going.
Have I responded to the call to follow Jesus Christ?
Have I experienced a real spiritual transformation?
Have I been baptized?
Am I apart of an authentic discipleship community?
Am I sharing the gift of a new life in Jesus with others?
Pray: “Lord, where do I need to grow, be challenged, or begin obeying all that you have commanded me?”
If love is the defining outcome of the gospel, shouldn’t it be the defining mark of what it means to be a Christian?
In this passionate end-of-year message, Pastor Matt looks at the growing crisis in the Evangelical Church, invites his listeners to take an honest assessment of themselves, and provides a redemptive pathway forward for the Church and the world that Christ has come to save.
Even in the church we have bought the lie that glory is found in our influence and perceived ‘success’. But the radical claim of the gospel is that “glory is wrapped in humility and weakness.” To be a Kingdom citizen (one who identifies as a follower of Jesus) is to re-define and re-align one’s identity with Jesus in Bethlehem.