Keeping it Simple // Acts 2:42-47

What is Restoration Church and what makes us different? One word: “simplicity.”

This is the first message in our series “Re:Defined”, all about the mission and purpose of Restoration Church in Lake Zurich.

Related blog post: “The Four Essential Functions of the Church”

Reflection questions:

  1. What might the benefits of being part of a simple church be?
  2. What excites you about the idea of a simple church?
  3. What are your fears and anxieties of such an experience?
  4. How do you think the Lord might specifically challenge you in such an experience?
Keeping it Simple // Acts 2:42-47 // January 23, 2019

Free to Love (Addressing an Evangelical Crisis) // Galatians 5:13-15

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.

This sermon was preached live at Village Church of Barrington in Barrington, IL on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Free to Love // Galatians 5:13-15 // December 30, 2018

The Gift of Peace // Luke 2:8-20

The gospel is the recovery of ‘shalom’ in the midst of a fallen & chaotic world. It is the good news that peace has come to earth!

This is the concluding message from Pastor Matt in our series, “The Promised King”. It was preached live at Life Spring Community Church in Spring Grove, IL on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018.

The Gift of Peace // Luke 2:8-20 // December 24, 2018

A Tale of Two Kings // Luke 2:1-7

“Glory is wrapped in humility and weakness.”

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.

A Tale of Two Kings // Luke 2:1-7 // December 18, 2018