Our Values Are...
Christo-centrism (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-20)
Jesus is more than a mere man, He is also God revealed to us, crucified for our sins, and raised from the dead to give us new life. Therefore it is He and He alone that we gather and scatter to make much of. Jesus is the head of the church, our true boss, the One we center around and to share in our city. Every relationship we make, every person we serve, and everywhere we go has one goal in mind, which is to make Jesus known and to call people to Him. A member of Restoration is growing in Christ day by day thus experiencing transformation and a deeper love for God and people.
Commitment (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim 2:16-4:5)
The WHOLE Bible is God’s Word and is a love letter and road map for man, serving dual functions: 1) reveal Jesus and 2) to instruct us on how we live in light of Jesus and the Gospel. The Holy Scripture is held as the standard by which we live. We commit ourselves to it in preaching, teaching, and application for the making of Christ-following disciples.
In addition to this, we are committed to the local church, as it is a means by which God shapes and encourages our lives in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are committed to creating an environment by which believers may fellowship and grow with other believers with Christ at the center. A member of Restoration Church has a regular intake of the scriptures, being challenged and changed for the Glory of God and is vested in the local church.
Conversion (Acts 2:47; Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Rom. 1:16; 1 Thess. 2:4)
Jesus alone reconciles us to God. But Jesus has invited the church to partake in this work as ambassadors with the ministry of reconciliation, when we were entrusted with the gospel. Disciple making though evangelism is a calling, duty, and privilege that every believer is given. Jesus is in love with and pursues people far from Him. This compels us to be an “outward focused church” seeking to reach people who don’t know Jesus. We are a community of people who realize that GRACE alone saves us and are dependent on Him for continued renewal. People need to know that. Therefore, we seek to pursue and build relationships with nonbelievers in order to share our faith with them in hopes of an authentic conversion; we follow up with them to disciples them from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity.
Community (Acts 2:44-46)
As a community of faith that is called out by God and reconciled to Him and each other, we are committed to connecting with one another to build deep relationships and grow. Acts 2:44-46 presents a picture of the church that was devoted to fellowship and showed deep concern for one another, meeting each other’s needs, and fellowshipping in homes. As a community of faith, we will commit to meeting in small groups throughout the week, where deep relationships can be forged with people from all walks of life. This means, as a body we disciple each other by caring for one another, challenging one another, and meeting the needs that arise. No one should stand alone in this walk with Jesus.
Culturally Relevant Ministry (1 Chron. 12:32; Jer. 29:5-7)
As a community of faith, growing in our awareness and understanding of the gospel and in our dependence on Jesus, we also seek to grow in our awareness of the context(s) that God calls and sends us to. This allows us to develop ways to faithfully present the gospel. This value also drives us to learn the issues that plague our city to pray for and to seek its welfare through engaging in social justice.