A few families gathering weekly in host-homes throughout the community are 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.
We find, in our Tuesday night Restore group, that as we treasure the GOD of heaven , all His promises and one another, we grow in our faith and trust. We grieve together and rejoice together, we hope and groan for the coming Kingdom where we will "shine like the Sun." Where neither our sin nor the sin of others will encroach on our fellowship with the Holy One, as we are transformed from mortal to immortal by the sovereign plan of the Most High and the blood of the Lamb.
Many of our members are experiencing the same discouragement with rebel children. We pray fervently for them to listen to Christ and testify to his unique place as prophet, priest and King to be realised and feared. We believe that his kindness will lead them to repentance. We adjust our hopeful eyes up to Christ, seated at the right hand of our Abba, "who ever lives to interceed for us" and "are kept in perfect peace as they are stayed on Him."
Rolf and Julie have moved and found a honey of a house on a hill just out Goehmann Lane and so much closer to us. It has been a difficult move but they soon will be settled in and able breathe a sigh of relief.
Brad has returned to work and visits Lynnda nearly every day. Continue to pray for his burdened heart and her peace.
Pray for Mary as she adjusts to more difficult and taxing conditions in primary special ed. Pray GOD would help her rest, heal and trust him for strength and compassion to faithfully serve out her final year before retiring.
Lord Jesus have mercy on us as we await your coming and Grant us opportunities to win souls.
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.
Yes! Joy to the world, and this be the Joy of our hearts and souls!
With Christmas close at hand, the Advent season upon us, and right on the heels of our closing of yet another 9 Marks study, Conversion, the significance of His coming carries a new weight for some in our Monday night Restore family. One that is worthy of reverent meditation in awe of just how blessed we are to receive the Son of God and the gift of His Holy Spirit who gives us peace with the Father: friendship--or better yet, sonship--versus enmity; a reconciliation rooted in sorrow replaces our pride; God's mercy in place of His all-consuming wrath; His grace in place of deserved neglect; indescribable joy versus sadness; a well of hope rather than despair.
The reason we can celebrate this gift of conversion is the same reason we celebrate Christmas.
We have learned that true conversion manifests itself through the fruit of our lives, and we also know that two main components of the Fruit of the Spirit are love and faithfulness: the foundation of the Christian life. It is because He first loved us that we are able to love; it is because of His faithfulness that we are able to be faithful; through His goodness and lovingkindness that we have been chosen. Adopted... Redeemed... Converted... Saved.
Dear Church family, may we be so full of care, thanksgiving, and praise as we consider such Truth this Christmas. What a gift Christ is to us! And what a gift it is also to have God's Word, the Truth, to study together in freedom (physically and spiritually) in our Restore families.
What a privilege to know the Savior, Immanuel, Messiah, Yahweh--the One we have been saved to.
Rejoice! He hasn't only ransomed Israel!
The Lord has written such a beautiful and encouraging word in Hebrews 11 by citing the ancient heroes of faithfulness, the "great cloud of witnesses" surrounding believers, whose examples give testimony of faith, God's converting work, His transforming power, and the grace of Jesus Christ which keeps us all.
Therefore, since we have been given the gift of the Christ child, the Great High Priest,
We recently put our youngest as well as our old(er) Restore brothers and sisters to work filling envelopes in an efort to aid The Good Samaritan Clinic during their annual fundraiser. Everyone worked diligently, enjoyed the warm fellowship, and cookies, hot chocolate, and prayer afterwards.
We look forward to Taryn Hastings return home from College Station for the Christmas break, and are gearing up for our annual Christmas Eve Service with the First Responders. We plan to provide gifts, dinner, desserts, worship in song, a short message, and prayer. It is our petition that this ministry is as much a blessing to those receiving as it is to those giving. We cherish these times of service together!
Please keep Theresa Jones and her upcoming mission trip to Thailand in your prayers. We are grateful for your financial & prayerful support as she prepares to become a laborer in our Father's harvest field.
Thank you for your unity in mind and spirit through Christ. Merry Christmas!