In this week’s podcast, we’ll address one of the primary issues that prevents us from choosing goodness and righteousness in our lives: pain. Making changes in our life is hard work, and can often be painful. Instead of embracing the pain of change, we often seek to avoid and cover it up, allowing sin to continue to wreak havoc on our souls. Here’s the good news message you’ll learn this week and how to put it into practice: If sin destroys, then Jesus restores. If you are suffering with depression, sadness, anger, isolation, addiction, abuse, or other forms of brokenness in your life, you can’t afford to not find out how God is eager to partner with you in your healing and restoration.
Will you take the “Detox Your Soul Challenge?”
Prayerfully identify and repent of your “drug of choice”.
Choose to follow Jesus and begin a partnership with his Spirit.
Get help by sharing your decision with someone and asking for accountability.
Make a plan with reasonable goals that will help you “detox” and stay healthy.
Grow in the ways of Jesus by investing in a discipleship community.
Resource mentioned in today’s podcast: Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer, by J. Oswald Sanders (Moody Publishers).
In this week’s message you’ll learn why the Christian life is one that embraces a life-long journey of regular, on-going ‘detoxification’ of the whole self — the soul. Through Jesus, we are integrated into a process that continuously renews and restores the heart, mind, body, and spiritual life for God and His Kingdom.
Questions for Discussion:
Will you prayerfully consider what is “unhealthy” in your life right now? What have you allowed in your life that is corrupting your soul and undermining your ability to live as a devoted follower of Jesus and experiencing the fullness of His salvation for you?
What are the implications of doing nothing about it?
How would you go about beginning to detox your life from that thing or things? Who would you need to talk with or ask to help you?
Join Pastor Matt and Mary as they talk Christmas, look back on 2019, and look ahead to 2020 in this special Christmas edition of the Restoration Church Podcast. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Restoration Church and all our listeners and viewers around the globe!
This week we look at the story of the “wise men” who traveled a great distance to visit a new born King in Bethlehem. This miraculous event in history demonstrates God’s power, but also His relentless mission to make Jesus Christ known as Savior King for everyone, everywhere!
Questions for Discussion:
What’s something new you learned about the story of the “wise men”?
What is the most challenging thing for you to believe?
What is the most challenging thing for you to do?
Additional Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:
The message of Christmas is the story of God’s fulfilled promise to break into the spiritual darkness and depths of human despair to bring permanent light and eternal hope for all. Christmas is the greatest “good news” event in human history that restores hope for the hopeless.
Questions for Discussion:
In what way might you resonate with the story of Israel in the days of Isaiah?
Where can you see God’s glory — his light and hope — already being revealed to you?
“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Today, Christmas is far removed from anything it was originally intended for, replaced with alternative stories and meanings. But why do we celebrate Christmas, and what are the implications for a people that God has revealed Himself to? Christmas declares the Kingdom of God is here.
On this week’s podcast, we’re considering how we as followers of Jesus can live on mission for the Kingdom over Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Regardless of your plans this weekend, are you more focused on sharing presents or the presence of God with others?
In the final message of our series on Defining Community, we examine the outcome of biblical community life: Growth! Healthy growth comes out of healthy community life that actively lives on mission in the world. We’ll also examine the common “threats to community” that undermine that mission and its solution: devoting our lives to Jesus Christ and bringing glory to God in all things.
A New Testament church is a community of devoted followers of Jesus who pray – together! Not only is prayer a common practice for common life, but it’s also a means of powerful transformation and restoration. The Kingdom of God is made real and breaks into darkness when the community of the faithful come together and prays over hardships, illness, and sin. A community of prayer is not a community with good sentiments, but a community with real power.
The early church loved to eat together! But their feasts were more than after-service potlucks for the purpose of socializing. For them, table fellowship was a tangible expression of the gospel and the presence of Christ among them, rooted in the historical roots of God’s redemptive plan for all people. This week, we’re examining the practice of “breaking bread” together and why – in its purest form – is the central, unifying participatory act of creating and cultivating authentic fellowship and worship in a discipleship community.