This week on the podcast we’re answering the question: Why do I need a church community? And, is it possible to have a personal experience and relationship with God apart from others? As we’ll discover, community is rooted deep in God’s nature and is the means by which we experience the fullness of Him in our life. This is part of the series on “Defining Community: Restoring Life with God and Others”.
This week we’re starting a new series, “Defining Community: Restoring Life with God and Others”. We’re beginning by looking at what community is, how it’s practiced in our modern secular culture, and how the Bible offers an alternate story and vision for community life, bonded together in Jesus Christ.
Every person is the prized object and target of a spiritual war that we did not invite nor ask to be part of. The war is for the total worship and allegiance of every heart, mind and soul. As eternal Kingdom citizens (the restored body of Christ), our hearts, minds and souls have been rescued, purchased, and saved by Jesus Christ from sin, despair and death in the ways of the evil. But as Kingdom citizens, we’re reminded the war is not over. Instead we’re called to put on the armor of God, because armor is meant for active duty, not vacation.
Questions for Discussion:
- Based on this week’s passage and teaching, what tactics do you believe the devil uses to infiltrate the Kingdom of God?
- What prevents you from putting on the armor of God as a believer in Christ?
- What does ‘active duty’ as Kingdom citizens (the restored body of Christ) look like?
The gospel brings dignity, worth, and purpose to everyone, starting with our closest relationships: our family and church community. To imitate God and walk in the example of Christ is to mutually serve and sacrifice for one another out of love.
For a more in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding Ephesians 5:21-33, listen to our podcast episode on Authority, Headship, and Gender Roles.
Questions for Discussion:
- Read Ephesians 5:21-6:9 through the lens of “mutual submission” that seeks to love and dignify others as valued children of God. What stands out to you in the passage?
- By understanding this passage as a means of living out the gospel in your family, church, and as a witness of God’s grace to the world, what are the implications for you personally that you need to change in order to follow the ways of Jesus?
- What can we learn by Paul’s approach to applying the gospel to his cultural context? How can we do the same? Provide a real-life example.
On this special edition of the Restoration Church Podcast, we’ll be looking at the issues surrounding headship, authority, and gender roles as taught in the New Testament. This is a supplemental study to our current series, “ONE”, where we are learning from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
In this episode, Matt has a conversation with an active member of Restoration Church, Dave Leigh. Dave is a retired pastor, author and writer, who holds an MA in Theological Studies from Wheaton College. He has served in a number of house churches and legacy churches, and is along-time advocate of biblical equality in the church, family and society. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his lovely wife, Dana, and is a proud “grampy” to three amazing grandchilden.
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?”
Related: “Where We Belong // John 3:1-8”
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”
- What might the benefits of being part of a simple church be?
- What excites you about the idea of a simple church?
- What are your fears and anxieties of such an experience?
- How do you think the Lord might specifically challenge you in such an experience?
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.
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.