The hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.
Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: growing in Truth, living on mission, sharing life together.
Our Tuesday night Restore family has been blessed with some new faces! God has sent the Culpeppers, John and Andrea and, most recently, Vicki Brown who now occupies Carlton's home across the street from Brad.
The emphasis on SING! has opened some happy times of sharing meaningful worship songs together. There is a strong tradition of Baptist influence among our members as well as Lutheran and Presbyterian favorites. We had a blast working on our Restore song offering for April's Fellowship Meal. I brought a Baptist hymnal one Tuesday night and we picked three favorites from among a host of fine hymns. Finding a pitch that suits everyone's ranges well is always a challenge, but, working patiently together with lots of laughs, we settled on "Great is thy Faithfulness", a song so representative of the attributes of our great God and Savior. "All I have needed Thy hand hath provided," a new place for Rolf and Julie to live in town, a job for Bob :), a fine place for Brad to entrust his wife of fifty years, in her need, women in love with the Word who encourage one another to grow in grace and knowledge, men who walk in love and integrity and service to our fellowship and community, relative good health for our ages, answered prayer for our children, continuous daily mercy to keep us persevering in Christ, and strong, faithful leadership from the pulpit for the assurance of our hope in Christ. "How do we love Thee, let us count the ways!"
Next on our "top three" was "Trust and Obey" because we understand there is NO other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. "For we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the altar we lay". We offer up our differences, our preferences, submitting to one another in love and out of reverence for Christ. How He deepens our affections for each other as we do.
Lastly, "When we all get to heaven", while not a strong doctrinal song, still a hopeful, joyful hymn of our future glory. Whether mansions or rooms, we are content to be His beloved adopted children, "heirs and fellow heirs with Christ". "Sing the wondrous love of Jesus! Sing His mercy and His grace!" "Onward to the prize before us, soon His beauty we'll behold..." "Idou!" All our hearts long for that day as, by grace alone, we fight the good fight and keep the faith no matter what may come. He is Lord and there is no other name by which we must be saved. As each bears their own cross and part, our harmony is made sweet by the Spirit of Christ's faithfulness to help us trust and obey until He takes us into glory, our bright hope and greatest treasure, eternal life with the Lamb who has taken away our sin. Hallelujah!
Early summer 2016, I invited a Mormon to Restore. To my amazement she showed up even after the rough time I gave her by challenging her faith. She came for several weeks. Monday Restore loved her, challenged her, prayed for her, taught her, and sang with her during the summer of 2016. Then she disappeared.
On a monday morning in March of this year, she reappeared. Life had treated her rough. Things were broken. She came to ask only for prayer. She wanted to pray at the table where she knew she felt Jesus. We prayed for her. When you think of it, please pray for Shelby. The Lord is working on her.
Come visit a Restore family and grow in Him with us.
Some updates on the Wednesday Restore Family:
At last week's Restore family meeting, we had an opportunity to live our faith: a friend was invited. Amen & thank You, Jesus!
Anyhow, first rattle out of the box our newly invited friend came out swinging, stating effectively that Jesus wasn't God. What would you do? How would you handle it? What would you say?
We meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Join us... and bring a friend.