In this sermon Pastor Dan teaches on salvation by Grace Alone (Not Merit). Contrary to the Roman Catholic Council of Trent that teaches the need for meritorious works along with grace as well as the self-valuing merit taught by the Word Faith movement, Salvation is by Grace alone. As we discuss this topic in Ephesians 2 and other passages, we turn the focus on God’s glory for HIs mercy and grace in moving us from death into life in Christ.Read More
This week Dan taught from Colossians 1, Genesis 3, and Romans 1 on the importance of giving glory to God alone. The first sin was disobedience related to pride. Ultimately every sin stems from a rejection of God as we commit idolatry.Read More
This Resurrection Sunday, we gathered at Nordson Depot to worship Christ and celebrate His Resurrection. Pastor Dan taught from John 20, but not before establishing the context for the resurrection by addressing the Grand Narrative (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration). We discussed the need for atonement, what Christ did on the cross, and then discussed how the disciples (most specifically, Thomas came to believe as Jesus revealed Himself!Read More
Despite popular opinions in both secular and “Christian” groups, salvation is exclusively in Christ alone. Religious pluralism fails the test of logical coherence and fails to pass the text of biblical accuracy. As we will see in Romans 5 as well as in the whole counsel of Scripture, Christ alone can save.Read More
Pastor Daniel Samms teaches on the authority of Scripture as the primary authority for Christians. Addressing the biblical concepts of Scripture as God-Breathed (theopneustos) and sufficient, we point out that there is no need for further revelation (contra New Apostolic Reformation) and note that our experience, emotion, opinions, etc. must bow to the authority of Scripture (not the other way around). In the process, we address the centrality of Christ and His redeeming work as being the focus of Scripture (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration). Notably, if there were to be “new revelation” (there isn’t), it should have the same focus. Sadly, all that is elevated as authoritative outside of the Word of God turns out to focus much more on man than on Christ, a telling reality to the false teachers of our day. In the process of teaching we affirm the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture as we teach from 2 Timothy 3 and 2 Peter 1.Read More
Pastor Dan took us through Hebrews 11 to remind us of the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. We took some time to cite “The Five Solas” of the Reformation and then proceeded to follow Hebrews 11 as the author of Hebrews traces the doctrine of salvation by faith from creation to present.Read More
Restoration State of the Church January, 2019
God is good. We have seen spiritual growth through discipleship and have been blessed to work alongside other churches as they plant. This year, we want to see everyone in the church making disciples (we are not far from this), and we want to increase our missions giving to more than 50% of our budget.
Contact Dan if you need help getting in a discipleship relationship.
Guest Speaker, Calvin Dorsey teaches from Scripture on Revelation 7 and what it means for people of all nations and tribes to be gathered before the throne. He addresses what "nations" means in the original text and how the concept of ethnic division has entered into the Church and how it can and must be overcome by the gospel. This is a powerful message that everyone needs to hear.Read More
Todd Sovine, Director of Church Planting for the Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance talks about Matthew 13:33 and the role we have to infuse the Kingdom of God into culture rather than isolate ourselves from it.Read More
Dan teaches on giving from 2 Corinthians 9. Giving isn't a way to get more money back from God, it is a way to give Him glory and advance His Kingdom. He always provides our needs, but trusting Him is essential.Read More
Dan Samms introduces Ephesians and talks about new life in Christ. He goes into detail about the three parts of a person (Body, Soul, Spirit) and what it means to be physically alive but spiritually dead. Jesus' role in spiritual regeneration and His glory and dominion are essential.
God came to earth to reveal Himself and pay your sin debt (John 1:14, 1 John 2:2, 1 Peter 3:18). Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Put simply, we earn death by sinning, but God gives us the free gift of eternal life, because of Jesus' sacrifice. There is nothing you can do to earn a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Romans 10:9 gives us a simple way to accept it: "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
1 Peter 2 talks about how every believer has a priestly ministry to bring Jesus to everyone. We discuss what that means on a practical level. We are to make disciples everywhere we go, understanding our role as priests is vital to that task. Dan Samms get's specific and practical about how to bring Jesus into situations as we make disciples and live our lives.Read More
Pastor Dan Samms delivers a sermon on Easter Sunday about the Resurrection and what it means to both believe and proclaim the Gospel. Music Credit: Seven Year Glitch "Love's Last Fight"
Restoration is a church in Amherst, OH that is designed for people who feel like they don't fit in at church. We exist to glorify God by making disciples together. We are different than a lot of churches. Instead of a large building and a lot of programming, we keep it simple. Our church meets in coffeehouses, bars, parks, and homes to keep cost low and maximize our ability to connect people with God and each other. For an understanding of simple church, we recommend reading Simple/House Church Revolution by Roger Thoman. Download it free here.
At Restoration, we believe that people matter more than programs. We don't offer a lot of activities to keep you busy; we offer relationships to make you whole. Have you ever gone to a church with good music and good teaching but where no one would notice if you were gone? We don't let that happen, because we have a lot of small groups rather than one large one (though we sometimes get everyone together for special times of worship, teaching, and prayer). It is hard to be forgotten when everybody knows your name.
You may be searching for meaning or for help in the midst of some crisis. You may be searching for answers or just for meaningful relationships. Either way, you might find what you are looking for here.Read More
Dan Samms, Juri Ammari, and Calvin Dorsey talk about current events in light of the Kingdom of God. Issues related to the election, Trump, Sanders, unity, and Jesus' Reign.Read More
Dan and Kevin talk about what happens when a person puts their trust in God. We discuss forgiveness, the draw of the Holy Spirit, and the miraculous work of God to restore everything.Read More