We're a home fellowship that began in June, 2002. We are not affiliated with any denomination as we simply want to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in obedience to Him.
We chose the name "Restoration Ministries" because it represented at least three aspects of our vision:
It reflects our firm belief in the glory of Jesus Christ in that He came to bring about a "restoration of all things" (Acts 3:21). And we believe He did so.
It reflects our mission to proclaim the gospel in which sinners, by believing, have a restoration of their relationship with God.
It reflects our concern that there are many who have been hurt by institutional religion and are in need of restoration in their fellowship with God and their fellow-Christians.
We began our fellowship after a particularly nasty split from the church and denomination over an issue of doctrine. In our first meeting together, we desired to establish our roots in such a way that there would be a godly handling of future strife. We looked at these seven things to be the foundation for our new work:
The governing factor in all of life is the lordship of Jesus Christ over His people. His lordship is discerned through the study of His word.
The chief commitment we will have in life is the goal of Christ-likeness in every aspect of our conduct. Humility before other believers will be an important factor in growing in Christ-likeness.
The desired atmosphere in our assemblies will be a spirit of accepting one another in Christ so that we can work out doctrines and practice. While we are all diverse in many ways, our unity is in our relationship to Christ.
We will hold that there is no distinction between clergy and laity, but that all in Christ are priests to God and offer spiritual sacrifices to Him. We will all bear a responsibility in building up the body in Christ.
We will learn to love truth no matter where it comes from, and examine every teaching outside the Bible by “eating the meat and spitting out the bones.” We will neither reject a teaching just because we are not comfortable with it, nor will we accept a teaching just because the teacher is “one of us.”
Our discipleship of others will consist in modeling the life of Jesus Christ, not just telling it. We will strive to live in such a way that we can truly say, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”
We will seek to practice faith and generosity with our finances in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. With no building to keep up, the finances can go to ministry support, the spread of the gospel and the needy in our midst.
We do not have a standard confession of faith or creed. We like to say that the Bible is our creed. I realize that sounds a bit arrogant in the face of 2000 years of church history. And it is not to say that any church that lives under or adopts a creed or statement of faith is in sin. But our reasons for not adopting a formal doctrinal statement are, we think, valid.
Creeds are not inspired; only the Scriptures are.
Creeds sometimes contradict the Scriptures and, when they have in times past, the institutional church has often used them to attack godly Christians.
Creeds will change (or ought to) as the body of Christ comes to new understanding of God's truth through the study of Scripture.
Creeds have often dampened the spirit in the church to develop doctrine by the practice of sola scriptura (by Scripture alone).
Our practice in the church is to come to an understanding of God's truth by diligently studying the Scriptures together as a body in Christ and applying it in life situations. We have drawn much from many different traditions and accept truth from every tradition, but hold to no tradition as the only storehouse of truth. For instance:
We have been greatly blessed by the Reformed (Calvinistic) tradition as it pertains to the glory of God in the salvation of sinners. However, we do not follow the Reformers in some areas, such as the area of church life and in their dealings with "heretics."
We have been greatly blessed by the Anabaptist tradition as they explore the life of the church body and willingness to suffer for Christ. However, we would still weigh all that they teach with the inspired word of God.
Many of us have been greatly blessed in our understanding of eschatology and the New Covenant by examining the studies of "preterism" or fulfilled eschatology. However, not all in our body have come to the same conclusions and we continue to search the Scriptures while walking together in love.
We follow any tradition where they have faithfully followed Christ. We glean from every tradition what can be supported from the Scriptures. Every doctrine from every tradition stands or falls only insofar as it can be supported by God's inspired word. This is our confession.
That is who we are.