Gospel-Giving Guide

Recently, at Restoration Church, we’ve been walking through a series called Wisdom and Wealth. This series has already been fruitful. Each day I’m hearing how the Lord has used it to shape the hearts and minds of His people. Therefore, as one of my mentors has done, I decided to develop a guide to help our people know what gospel-giving looks like. I’ve decided to share it with you here: Gospel-Giving is Joyful: We are commanded to give to God joyfully. 2 Cor. 9:7 tells us “God loves a cheerful giver.” This means, when we give, we should do so joyfully....

Capital of the World

Dear Friends and Family,   London is considered the “capital of the world”. With a population of over 8.6 million people, London is the largest city in Western Europe. The Guardian newspaper confirmed London has become “a world in one city,” finding major and minor ethnic/language communities throughout the metropolis: Algerians, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Indians, Iranians, Jamaicans, Nigerians, Pakistanis, Poles, Russians, Turks, and many more. The vast majority of people don’t have a relationship with Jesus and more than likely have never met a follower of Christ. It has been reported that a person in their twenties has a 97 percent...

Hurricane Florence

HURRICANE FLORENCE // RELIEF EFFORTS “Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.” Psalm 5:1-2   I’m sure you have now heard about the unprecedented wind, rain, and flooding from Hurricane Florence. You may be wondering, “How can I help?”   Pray: “Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.” Psalm 5:1-2   Gather with your family and/or friends and pray for those who have been affected by this storm....

For God SO Loved…

One of the most overlooked and misunderstood verses in all of the Bible is John 3:16. However, it get’s more attention than any other verse in scripture. It is praised as the “most popular verse in the Bible”. Yet, so many believers and unbelievers, overlook the totality of what this verse offers. We should weep when we read it. Our hearts should be full. Our lives should be transformed. Our needs and wants should be satisfied. This is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him, will not...

Creating a Culture of Generosity

At Restoration Church, we want to be a people who live and give with great generosity. In fact, we believe that those who give generously to the church will also be inclined to give generously outside of the church. This is our goal at Restoration Church: to create a culture of generosity as reflected in the gospel of Jesus. Here is how we plan to do this: We must ground our generosity in the gospel of Jesus. The gospel and generosity are summed up in 2 Corinthians 5:13-21. In these verses, we learn that when “the love of Christ controls...

Gender Reveal

I’ve heard several great definitions of grace. One of my favorite is a very simple definition by John Piper: “Grace is the goodness of God shown to people who don’t deserve it.” This simple definition has magnified God’s grace to me. In fact, I’m often unable to appreciate God’s goodness to me because there is so much I feel like I do deserve. I’m entitled. I’m a sinner. Recently, Cayla and I learned that she is pregnant with our fourth child. I was content and satisfied with three. I love Rilynne, Raegan, and Reece very much and I thoroughly enjoy...

It’s 2017 – Bible Reading Plan

It’s hard to believe. It is already 2017. It feels like it was just yesterday that the clock turned 2016. Where did this past year go? This year at Restoration Church, we want to be a people that dive in and read the Word of God together. I’m inviting all staff, small group leaders and covenant members of our church to read the Bible in a year with me. Will you commit to doing this? Will you let this be the year that you fully commit to Jesus by reading His Word? I’ve copied the plan I will be following...

My Bride: How God Teaches Me to be More Like Him

  I’ve been married for seven short years. There is one thing I am abundantly grateful for – my wife never lets me determine her generosity; only the gospel does that. You may wonder, why does that make you grateful? Well, the answer is easy – I’m a sinful man. I rationalize the illogical. I debate the inexplicable. I shun the irrational. I hesitate in the face of benevolence beyond my means. And I fight to steer her in my direction. In this, she has my permission (and ultimately God’s permission), to rebel against my authority and submit to His....

How Do I Practically Leverage Halloween?

How to I Practically Leverage Halloween? First, thank you for reading the latest blog. Some of you have inquired about some practical ways to serve your neighbors this Halloween. I’ve compiled some ideas for you to consider. Many of these I have actually done, others I have not. Regardless, I believe this list will be helpful for you as you think through how you will serve your neighbors this Halloween. Be Present: Leverage this time of the year for the glory of God. Don’t overlook it. Show up and be present and get to know the people you are trying...

Leveraging Halloween

  There are many various opinions when it comes to a Christian perspective of Halloween. Some stay far away from it. Others engage it. The purpose of this blog is not to sway you one way or the other (This blog will help you think through that). My objective is simple; I want to help encourage our church small groups/members to leverage this opportunity. As a church plant, many in our congregation are anxious to meet their neighbors. This is the one time of the year where all of them will come knocking on your front door. Therefore, how do we,...