A Community as Fellowship // 1 John 1:1-7, Acts 2:42-47

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This week, we continue a closer look at the New Testament church and what it means to be a community devoted “to the fellowship” (Acts 2:42). What is biblical fellowship and what are the theological implications for sharing life with others? And more importantly, how does the gospel intersect with our understanding of this new life together in community as a means of restoring life with God and others?

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How might your “common life” with God have implications on your “common life” with other believers?
  2. What are the common barriers to participating in the fellowship with the body of Christ?
  3. How can we as a church community become a model fellowship for others?
A Community as Fellowship // 1 John 1:1-7 // October 29, 2019

A Community of Disciples // Acts 2:42-47

As a next stop on our journey in defining biblical community, we’re closely examining the New Testament church. This week, we take a closer look at the first church in Acts 2 and what it means to be a community “devoted to the apostles’ teaching” and how we are continuing the practice at Restoration Church.

Additional resources mentioned in today’s podcast:
Ephesiology Podcast: Episode 25 – The State of the Church in America

A Community of Disciples // Acts 2:42-47 // October 22, 2019

Everyday Leadership that Changes the World // James 3

Gospel movements are sustained by everyday leaders. Our pastors, teachers, seminary professors all have an important place in teaching, equipping, and building up believers to participate in God’s redemptive plan for the world. But it’s the everyday leader – the peacemaker – who builds bridges and opens up opportunities for God to reveal Himself to others. Therefore, every believer is an everyday leader in gospel-movements. The following is a message given to the Village Church of Barrington (Barrington, IL) on October 13, 2019 by Pastor Matt.

Everyday Leadership that Changes the World // James 3

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

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-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