Community as a Reflection of Humanity // Revelation 5:9-10

The church as a community is designed to be a reflection of God’s most treasured creation and possession – humanity. From every tribe, language, people, and nation, the church glorifies God when it reflects the diversity of humanity. It’s the promise of the eternal Kingdom and the present reality we seek to create in Christ Jesus as adopted children of God who belong in His community – the church.

Additional resources mentioned in today’s podcast:
Ephesiology Podcast: Episode 20, The Movement and Ethnic Diversity
Ephesiology Podcast: Episode 21, The Movement and Ethnic Diversity (Part 2)
White Awake by Daniel Hill

Community as a Reflection of Humanity // Revelation 5:9-10 // October 1, 2019

Community as Family // Mark 3:31-35

Community, like family, shapes our sense of belonging and identity. The story of God’s restorative work is through community that behaves as a tight-knit family: as the true family of God. So how do we learn to be an earthly family that inspires and shapes one another to find our belonging and identity in God’s eternal family? That’s the focus of this week’s podcast and part of our series, “Defining Community: Restoring Life with God and Others”.

Community as Family // Mark 3:31-35 // September 24, 2019

Why Community? // Ephesians 1:9-10

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”.

Why Community? // Ephesians 1:9-10 // September 17, 2019

The Search for Community // Matthew 16:13-19

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.

The Search for Community // Matthew 16:13-19 // September 10, 2019

Traditions and Commands // Mark 7:1-23

“The way of Jesus is to give priority to the biblical command over the tradition.”

The problem of rethinking church is that it has the potential to become a scary and upsetting endeavor. Everything is put on the table and questioned when we get serious about seeing our faith, the church, and the definition of what it means to be a follower of Jesus exclusively through the lens of Scripture.

Traditions & Commands // Mark 7:1-23 // February 28, 2019

Disciple-Multiplying // Acts 1:6-8

“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”.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Do I see myself as having a role in the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God? What might that role be?
  2. 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?
Disciple-Multiplying // Acts 1:6-8 // February 12, 2019

Disciple-Sending // John 17:18

“The Kingdom expands when disciples are sent.”

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”.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Do you see yourself having the same mission on earth as Christ was given, to share the message of the gospel?
  2. What role have you played in the direct or indirect expansion of the Kingdom of God?
  3. Have you experienced a season of apathy (indifference) to seeing the Kingdom of God expand?
  4. How might you participate further in your calling as a ‘messenger on mission’?
  5. How can you be more aware of God’s on-going work in the world?
  6. Where is the Holy Spirit sending you as a ‘messenger on mission’?
Disciple-Sending // John 17:18 // February 5, 2019

Disciple-Making // Matthew 28:18-20

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.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Have I responded to the call to follow Jesus Christ?
  2. Have I experienced a real spiritual transformation?
  3. Have I been baptized?
  4. Am I apart of an authentic discipleship community?
  5. Am I sharing the gift of a new life in Jesus with others?
  6. 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”

Disciple-Making // Matthew 28:18-20 // January 28, 2019

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