WELCOME TO RESTORE 101
We’re glad you’ve chosen to find out more about Restore Church! This class is the basic introduction to our church family. Since we have members from many different church backgrounds, this class was designed to clearly explain who we are and what we believe.
Restore Church began forming in the living room of Marc and Casie Neppl in the Spring of 2015. About 7 families started praying toward starting a new church devoted to authentic faith, diversity in community and radical generosity. By late 2015 about 50 people were committed to launching this new church. Along the way, the team met for cookouts, vision gatherings at a local YMCA, and in the coffee house at Forward Church. Restore officially launched Sunday morning worship on January 31, 2016 with 265 people in attendance.
THE BASIS FOR THIS CLASS:
“...You are a member of God’s very own family... and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”
Ephesians 2:19 (LB)
From A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson:
So the questions is not “Am I going to be a part of a community of faith?” but “How am I going to live in this community of faith?” God’s children do different things. Some run away from it and pretend that the family doesn’t exist. Some move out and get an apartment on their own from which they return to make occasional visits, nearly always showing up for the parties and bringing a gift to show that they really do hold the others in fond regard. And some would never dream of leaving but cause others to dream it for them, for they are always criticizing what is served at the meals, quarreling with the way the housekeeping is done and complaining that the others in the family are either ignoring or taking advantage of them. And some determine to find out what God has in mind by placing them in this community called a church, learn how to function in it harmoniously and joyously, and develop the maturity that is able to share and exchange God’s grace with those who might otherwise be viewed as nuisances.
1. The church is a Spiritual Family.
2. God expects you to be committed to a church family.
3. A Christian without a church family is an orphan.
“The church is a Body, not a business. It is an organism, not an organization! It is a family to be loved, not a machine to be engineered, and not a company to be managed.” Rick Warren
THE GOAL OF THIS CLASS:
That I will commit myself to JESUS and to the Restore Church community.
The Church is:
a Family to be loved
PART ONE: OUR BELIEFS
“Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do,
you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH: WHAT WE BELIEVE
1. In essential beliefs, we have __unity__________.
“There is one body and one spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of us.”
2. In non-essential beliefs, we have ____liberty____.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters...Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls...So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
3. In all our beliefs, we show _______charity_____.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
I. THREE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS
A. The ___Bible___ is the Word of God.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it, not as the word of men, but actually as it is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority and we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading and Bible study. The Bible is the basis for all we believe. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
B. Jesus is both ____God____ and ___man______.
“...who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 1:3-4
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 2:5
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
C. You must be born again.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
‘”Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’”
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
Salvation is to be followed by ___Baptism_________.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
The Bible contains 123 references to baptism, and about 16 different groups or individuals are given as examples.
1. The Meaning of Baptism
By descending into the “watery tomb” we are publicly associating ourselves with the death and burial of our Lord. By rising from the water, we depict his rising out of the grave for us in resurrection victory.
Always in the New Testament, baptism is closely associated with the conversion experience. Of the 16 groups or individuals mentioned in the Bible as having experienced Christian baptism, there is no indication that it was ever long delayed following their conversion to Christ. Most were baptized immediately after receiving Christ. Baptism was the public start of their Christian lives, and new converts would often take on a new name at the time of their baptism.
2. The Method of Baptism
Throughout church history, three modes of baptism have been practiced: immersion, sprinkling, and pouring. We believe immersion to be the most biblically correct method.
The following statements summarize the central biblical truths that we embrace as essential doctrines of our faith:
We believe the _Bible___ to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one ___God______, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the ___Deity____ of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the _____salvation_______ of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the _spiritual unity_ of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
PART TWO: OUR MISSION
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REACH PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE WITH THE GOSPEL
We will use contemporary methods to reach people with the traditional message of Jesus Christ. Our goal at Restore is to do all we can to reach people far from God. We'll use any and every means available reach people where they are, while honoring Jesus in our methods. Restore's mission is to reach many for Jesus.
RESTORE PURPOSE THROUGH THE GOSPEL
We believe that every person has meaning and purpose. Our lives aren't random or coincidental. God has gifted and purposed each of us with a unique calling. We were meant to do more than exist. We've been called to live life on purpose. Our goal is to help every believer find what it is God's calling them to do with this life they've been given.
REPRODUCE BELIEVERS THAT SHARE THE GOSPEL
The ultimate goal is to reproduce ourselves as believers, and as a church. We desire to plant a church that baptizes new believers who reach many. We hope to reproduce leaders from within who challenge the next generation to follow Jesus passionately. Restore Church will plant more churches with this mission embedded in their DNA.
PART THREE: OUR VISION
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We see a church filled with authentic followers of Christ. We aren't into surface-level faith. We are striving for something deeper than traditional religion. We long to see authentic life change, real conversations about where we struggle and honest answers to life's hardest questions. We hope to be known as real people with real faith in the midst of real struggles.
We envision a faith community as diverse (culturally, economically, generationally and educationally) as the area it’s called to reach. Our goal is to reach the people of Portsmouth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is responsible for bringing together cultures, classes, and even enemies throughout human history. The church is (and should be) one of the most dynamic communities on the planet.
Our goal is to be a church known for it's generosity. That starts with our people. We desire to see God build a spirit of generosity that is contagious. We don't dream about building elaborate cathedrals; we dream about being the church that gives to the community in big ways. We have a few local charities we are partnering with now that we'd like to invest in big ways down the road. We hope to help people see that resources are tools to be used for good in the community.
Defining LIFE/TRACK: “our step-by-step process of helping you become a fully- devoted follower of Jesus Christ and plug into the life of Restore Church”
The LifeTrack offers the information and experiences necessary to develop you into a fully devoted follower of Christ. From the initial decision to accept Jesus as your Lord to your final destination in ministry, the LifeTrack will lead you through a step-by-step process of growth and leadership.
“Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.”
1. Restore 101
This class is a basic introduction to the ministry of Restore Church and will help you understand church membership. Restore 101 is held once a month on the first Sunday.
2. Essentials 201
This class develops the essential habits that every believer needs to become a fully- devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Essentials 201 is held once a month on the second Sunday.
3. Discovery 301
This class will help you discover your personality, gifts, and purpose in life, and see how God combines them for the best fit in ministry. Discovery 301 is held once a month on the third Sunday.
God’s ultimate goal for our life is to value our relationship with Him and make an eternal difference in the lives of other people. You have completed the LifeTrack when you finish Discovery 301 and join the Dream Team.
Once you’ve finished Life/Track
Defining the DREAM TEAM: “the group of trained servant-leaders who facilitate the ministries of Restore Church”
All of us were created by God to make a difference in the life of another person. God has a place for you where your unique abilities and passions can touch the lives of others. We believe that your life will never make sense until you find, develop, and fulfill that purpose.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.”
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord...Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-5, 27
A. AT Restore Church:
1. Every member is a minister.
2. Every task is important.
3. Every member is a “10” in some area.
JOINING THE DREAM TEAM
Attend an orientation or training session in the ministry area of your choice to learn more about how to be involved.
Complete and submit the Dream Team application to a ministry leader.
Schedule a meeting with a ministry team leader, share your ideas, and be trained.
OUR HOPE FOR YOU
“Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand.”
2 Corinthians 10:15
OUR HOPE FOR YOU AFTER Restore 101
I. THE NEXT STEPS
1. Accept Christ as your Savior and be baptized or make plans to be baptized.
2. Commit to faithfully attend Restore Church.
3. Join a Small Group.
4. Complete the LifeTrack.
5. Serve on the Dream Team.
II. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TEAM MEMBER
The difference in mindset between “spectators” and “team members” can be summed up in one word: __commitment__.
A. A spectator is a consumer.
B. A team member is a contributor.
At Restore, we value the relationship between believers and the church. We believe Christians should commit to the church for these reasons:
A. A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church.
“...Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her.”
B. A Cultural Reason: It is an __antidote_____ to our society.
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything: a job, a marriage, our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers.” Commitment swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
C. A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on.
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Commitment identifies our family.
D. A Familial Reason: It provides a sense of __belonging__.
We’re a spiritual family united around the mission of Jesus Christ, and it’s because of that, that membership provides a sense of belonging. Everyone has a place. Everyone is cared for and loved.
E. A Personal Reason: It facilitates __spiritual__ growth.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable for spiritual growth. This cannot happen if you’re not committed to any specific church family.
III. Restore Church COVENANT
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior, having been baptized or currently working toward a date for baptism, and being in agreement with the preceding truths, values, and doctrines presented in Restore 101, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Restore Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other team members to do the following:
1 I will protect the unity of my church:
By acting in love toward others.
By guarding the way I talk.
By being responsive to church leadership in a biblical way.
By holding to the basic beliefs of Restore on the previous pages.
“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.”
Romans 14:19 (Ph)
“Live in complete harmony with each other - each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.”
Romans 15:5 (LB)
“Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart.”
1 Peter 1:22 (GN)
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.”
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
B. I will share the responsibility of my church:
By praying for its growth.
By inviting the unchurched to attend.
By warmly welcoming those who visit.
“To the church...we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.”
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2
“Go out into the country...and urge anyone you find to come in, so that the house will be full.”
Luke 14:23 (LB)
“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.”
Romans 15:7 (LB)
C. I will serve the ministry of my church:
By discovering my gifts and talents.
By being equipped to serve by my pastors.
By developing a servant’s heart.
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.”
1 Peter 4:10 (Ph)
“God gave...some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus...by taking on the very nature of a servant.” Philippians 2:4-5, 7
D. I will support the testimony of my church:
By attending church and Small Groups faithfully.
By living a godly life.
By giving regularly.
“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together...but let us encourage one another.”
“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
Philippians 1:27 (Ph)
“Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.”
1 Corinthians 16:2
“A tenth of all you produce is the Lord’s, and it is holy.” Leviticus 27:30
IV. ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHURCH COVENANT
Our process for becoming a part of Restore Church community is:
1 Accept Christ as your Savior.
2 Be baptized or make plans to be baptized.
3 Adhere to the Church Covenant mentioned above.