who we are
Mission, Vision, Values & Beliefs
To bring people to God—to be a community of believers, whose greatest desire is to reach and restore people through acts of service (Matt. 20:28) and love (1 Jn. 4:19; Mk. 12:30-31).
The vision of Restore Church is to be a community of believers who reveal God to others (cf. Acts 1:8) and equip His people for good Kingdom work (cf. Eph. 2:10)—to be a spark that ignites the restoration of Highland.
Restore Church is a name intended to spark action - the process of restoration. This name captures our mission and vision, and reaffirms our purpose: to be a church that loves and serves in such a way that it brings people to God.
Our name also alludes to our theology and roots as part of the Restoration Movement, a reawakening movement that sought to re-align the Church with the essence of the original New Testament Church. "In matters of faith unity, it matters of opinion liberty, but in all things love." (Thomas Cambell, leader of the Restoration Movement). As part of this movement, we believe that Jesus has called us to be one unified Church; with no name but Christian, no book but the Bible, no law but love, and no creed but Christ.
Our purpose is to restore the Church by restoring God's people.
God's Word is our guide, authority, and conscience in everything. We stand firm where it stands firm and remain flexible where it is flexible.
Authentic in Worship
We practice authentic and God-glorifying worship—worship that is true, more than music, relevant to the culture, and lead by the Spirit.
e.g. Jn. 4:20-24
We believe it is our Christ-commanded purpose to reveal and equip others to continue the mission and ministry first entrusted to Jesus’ disciples. We will make disciplining disciples.
Since all people matter to God and are loved by Him, they are to matter and be loved by us as well. Jesus came with a message of love—with a heart that sought to seek and save the lost. We will seek to do the same.
e.g. Jn. 13:1-17
We believe the Bible is the Christ-centered (Lk. 24:25-27), Word of God. It is a collection of sacred, Spirit-led (2 Tim. 3:16-17; cf. 1 Pet. 1:20-21) writings created to reveal God to humanity and equip us to know and follow Him.
Although the word 'trinity' does not appear in the Bible, the Trinity is the Christian understanding of the Godhead—that there is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God has one nature, but three separate consciousnesses (e.g. Matt. 28:19). Each executes a different but harmonious function (e.g. 1 Cor. 12:7-11).
Trying to define God the Father is like trying to describe the indescribable. In response to Moses question to who was speaking to him, God simply answered "I AM" (Exod. 3:14). God is infinite (Rev. 1:8), eternal (Isa. 40:28), righteous (Ps. 129:4), and unchanging (Mal. 3:6). He is love (1 Jn. 4:8b), wisdom (Dan. 2:20), grace (Exod. 33:19b), and so much more. He seeks a personal relationship with His creation, and loves us and desires reconciliation so much that He sent his Son to Earth to intercede on our behalf (Heb. 7:25). He saves from sin and death all who approach Him through Christ Jesus (Heb. 4:14-16).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has existed since the beginning of creation and will continue to exist until the end of time (). He is fully God, but became fully human for a time, without ceasing to be God (). Conceived of the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary (), Jesus spent time on Earth as one of us to reconcile us to the Father () and restore () and redeem us through His great love (). He was sacrificed on the cross in our place, as a final atonement for our sins (). He rose from the grave on the third day (), defeating both sin and death (), and after performing miracles (), appearing to crowds, and teaching final lessons, He ascended into Heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of God the Father until He returns again (). Jesus is the true intercessor for our faith, our promised rescuer, redeemer, and deliverer (). Anyone who accepts Jesus as the Lord and savior of their life, will be made a new creation () and will live with Him forever ().
The Holy Spirit is an equal part of the trinity, with God the Father and God the Son. He is a divine person, who is best described as the giver and sanctifier. He gives understanding (Ex. 1 Cor. 2:6-13), power (Ex. Acts 1:8), comfort (Ex. Acts 9:31), gifts (Ex. Isa. 11:1-2; Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10, 28-30; Eph. 4:11; 1 Pet. 4:11) and produces fruit (Ex. Gal. 5:22-23). Sanctification is the process of becoming holy. It is a lifelong moment-by-moment process in which we submit ourselves fully to becoming more like Christ. The Holy Spirit carries us along (2 Pet. 1:21b) and makes this possible.
We believe that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God," and are in need of salvation (Rom. 3:23). Salvation found only in the saving and changing sacrifice of Jesus (Heb. 10:12-14). It is not earned or achieved in any way, but a gift given from God through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).
The Church is an active community of people who gather together regularly for worship and fellowship in the name of Christ. Many people today understand the Church as a series of denominational buildings scattered across the world. Most people, when asked what church they attend or if they have ever been a part of a church, will automatically identify a specific building. However, this is not a biblical understanding of what the Bible refers to as the Church.
The word church is translated from the Greek word ekklesia, which is literally defined as “an assembly” or “gathering of people.” The root meaning of church is not that of a building, but of people in community (Ex. Rom. 16:5; Phil. 1-2). This means that, “[since] the Church consists of people rather than a building or organization, the Church may meet anywhere and at any time. It may meet in a park or in a storefront; it may meet in suburban America or a faraway jungle” (Don Thorsen, An Exploration of Christian Theology).
Baptism and Communion
As personally and visibly illustrated by Christ (Matt. 3:13-16), we practice a believer’s baptism by immersion in the name of the Trinity (Matt. 28:19). This act is done in response to repentance (Acts 2:38a), for the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; cf. Jn. 3:5). We see belief, repentance, confession, and baptism all to be necessary elements of conversion, with baptism as the normal moment of the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 3:13-16; Acts 2:36-41; Rom. 6:1-14)
We believe that the elements of communion, when referred to as the body and blood of Christ (Matt. 26:26-28), are figurative. The Lord's Supper helps us to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection and inspire us to look forward to His glorious return (cf. Matt. 26:29; Rev. 19:6-9). Since Jesus's sacrifice is a central part of our worship, we take communion each time we gather for Sunday service. (Lk. 22:7-20; 1 Cor. 11:17-34)