Restoration is a different kind of Church. We don't put as much focus on services as a lot of other churches do (not that there is anything wrong with that). Instead, we make smaller groups and closer relationships the primary environments for connecting with God and each other. We meet in homes, parks, coffee shops, and restaurants to follow Jesus together. Meetings look a lot like any group of friends getting together. We have coffee and catch up on life. What makes our meetings special is that knowing God, and letting him make us whole is at the center of everything we do. We usually do a short lesson for the kids with the whole family before hanging out for a while. Then we have a short teaching and discussion before praying together.
If all you ever do is just hang out, that's great. However, if you want to grow in your connection with God at restoration, we have a process to help. At Restoration, we have 3 steps of involvement:
- Experience Jesus
- Trust Jesus
- Follow Jesus
Jesus didn't ask for blind faith. He invited people to come with Him and learn. His disciples recruited simply by saying "come and see" (John 1:46). We invite you to do the same. Come to one of our gatherings and hang out. Spend some time around people who love Jesus and love each other. Restoration doesn't happen through blind faith. It happens when you see God for who He is and respond accordingly. Ask God to reveal Himself. Ask questions of His people. Look at the evidence for Jesus, not just historical evidence (though that is important), see the evidence of His restoration in the lives of His people. Seeing God make things new right now is possibly the most compelling evidence for Jesus. The point is that you don't need to make any commitments right now. Just experience Jesus with us for a while.
Believing in God is one thing. Putting your trust in Him is another. A lot of people say they believe in God. Not many people trust Him with everything; not many let Him change them. Those that do are restored to the life God created them to live. Here is what is involved in trusting in Jesus:
- Recognize your need for a Savior. God created you for relationship with Him. He is most glorified and you are most fulfilled when you are in relationship with Him. However, you have been separated from Him by your sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). The ripple effect of the first sin (Genesis 3) as well as your sin has brought every kind of brokenness and death into this world. We are all broken by sin and are breaking the world by continuing in sin. The punishment is eternal (2 Thessalonians 1:9, Matthew 25:36), and there is no way that you can be good enough to restore your relationship with God (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is the bad news. The good news is that God made a way back to him.
- Believe Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin and rose from the dead to give you new life (Romans 10:9). Since we couldn't pay our sin debt, Jesus did. He died on the cross to pay for every sin that you have ever committed and every sin you will ever commit. Not only that, He rose from the dead, so that you could be restored to the life God created you to live. In order to trust in Jesus, you have to believe in Him, and what He has done for you.
- Declare Jesus as Lord of your life (Romans 10:9). Trust means giving care of your life over to Jesus. It means repenting (turning from) the way you lived your life before and putting Him in charge. Commit to God. Surrender your life to Him and make Him your Lord.
When you do this, everything changes. God dwells in you (1 Corinthians 16:9). You were once dead in trespasses in sin. Now you have been made alive (Ephesians 2:5). For more on this, visit our Trust page.
You are a disciple of Jesus, following Him and becoming like Him (Matthew 28:19-20). Your life is no longer about you. You have a purpose, a destiny. There is fulfillment available to you that you haven't experienced before.
Following Jesus is a life-long process. Don't get stressed or feel like you are behind. God has started a process in you that He is going to finish (Philippians 1:6). Here are a few first steps to get you started:
- Tell people! You don't have to wait until you have your act together. You have had an experience with God. Tell your friends what happened right away...this week...today, even!
- Get Baptized. Baptism is an outward proclamation of the inward decision you just made. Invite your friends. Don't wait. Baptism is simple. You don't have to go to a class or wait for something. Follow Jesus in Baptism (Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20)
- Get Discipled. Find a person who is already following Jesus and learn from them. If you don't know of anyone, we can help you connect here. Also, come to one of our gatherings as we follow Jesus together.