1. the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.
2. the state or fact of being restored.
3. a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition.
4. restitution of something taken away or lost.
5. something that is restored, as by renovating.
So.... on Sunday, we're going to a new church.
That church's name?
You may have, um, guessed, from the fun definition I cheated and copied/pasted from dictionary.com above because I'm too lazy to type it out... that the name of the church is Restoration Community Church.
Why, you ask, are we going to a new church? Is it because we hate our old one and we're rebelling and changing churches because they insisted on changing the color of the carpet to red or because they wouldn't let me sing on the worship team with my stellar, loud, vibrant off-key opera voice??
Nope. Not the reason. (and side note, those things didn't really happen... in case you're wondering.)
No, we're changing churches because our church, which is about 30 minutes south of where we currently live, is doing a church plant in the town where we live. This isn't one of those "broadcast the preacher from the old church so we're really just making the current church bigger with a new campus" kinda deals, not that that is bad, because I know a TON of churches that do that.
Nope, this is a good ol' fashioned church plant headed by Pastor Derek and his wife Kat (well, it's actually headed by JESUS but you know what I mean), and our family is super excited to be a little part of this fabulous team that is involved in this start up.
I love the heart behind this new church. It isn't to "steal" members away from other churches. It isn't to compete with current churches.
It's to open our arms to people seeking restoration. It's to show Jesus' love to all who walk through the doors. It's about leading people to Christ, showing them that God wants to put the past where it belongs, behind you, and to walk with you into the future.
And isn't that really what restoration is all about? And more than that, what church is all about, too?
(the churches in this story will rename nameless because I don't roll like that...)
A few years ago, I was at home and someone knocked on my door. I opened it, a child on my hip (I think Gabby at the time) and two older gentleman stood outside. One of them was stuffing something into their pocket quickly and obviously trying to hide it.
They gave their speul about their church and how they would love for me to attend. I told them I already knew Jesus and already had a church family, but they still attempted to woo me to their church the next Sunday.
I don't know if it was God or if it was the Devil, but I couldn't control the words that came out of my mouth.
To the man who had manically stuffed something in his coat pocket: "Sir, did you take something off my door?"
Man: "Uh, I, uh, yeah. It was just an advertisement or something."
Emboldened me: "May I have it back please?"
Man: "Um, uh, yeah."
He handed me the crumpled door hanger.
I opened it and looked at it. It was a flyer for another church in town, same denomination as the ones who were at my door.
I thanked him and bid them good day, knowing by their faces that my point had been made.
The not-so-funny part?
The guy who had stuffed that in his pocket was the pastor.
Moral of the Story
Church is not a competition.
and sometimes... even pastors can use some restoration!!!
If you live in the Spring Hill area and are in search of a church home, or just want to find out more about restoration, come see us! Restoration's first "preview" service is THIS Sunday. For more details, to go their website here!
DISCUSSION: I'm a big believer that God doesn't choose who goes to heaven by denomination. He cares much more about our hearts. I LOVE the diverse nature of his church and how we can all, despite our differences, love each other.
In that spirit, I thought it'd be fun to share what denomonation we're all in!
I'll start. While I've attended Baptist, Methodist, Non-denomination, and Missionary in the past... my church home is the Nazarene Church. (After all, Jesus was a Nazarene... and we're to be like Jesus right?? *grin* Sorry, a bit of church humor!)
Hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!!!