Posts tagged Restoration Chicago
The Faithfulness of God

Jesus brought a kingdom that was upside down, and inside out. The first will be last and the greatest will be the servant of all. When we are faithful in the small things, God leads us into and entrusts us with more.

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Abraham: Friend of God - Genesis 18

God called Abraham his friend. In Genesis 18 we can see how the posture of Abraham’s heart and his response to different seasons in his walk of faith, prepared him for an encounter with the Lord.

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The Invitation

Thank you Jody for breaking down the stigma of Evangelism. It is simply about us bringing unification to our Heavenly Father and his children! Let’s continue to invite everyone and anyone into this eternal unification because we have been given permission, and empowered, by God Himself.

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Abraham: Friend of God - Genesis 17

In our series on the life of Abraham, God came and revealed Himself to Abraham in a new way. As the All-sufficient One! And God is all-sufficient for us too. He is the same God yesterday, today, and forever; like Abraham, we can put ALL our trust in Him. HE is our great reward, so let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and trust completely that our God is in control and believe Him for the impossible in our lives.

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Abraham: Friend of God - Genesis 16

Genesis 16 teaches us to be constantly inquiring of God! God doesn’t want us to make just a rational decision, but to come to him for leading and guidance in making our decisions. Being a friend of God is not about doing the right thing, but it is all about having intimacy with Him.

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Abraham: Friend of God - Genesis 15

Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. Let’s emulate Abraham and be known as the people who have complete faith in God. Let Him always be the source of our encouragement, strength, wisdom, conviction, and guidance. Seek to hear Him always in all circumstances.

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Abraham: Friend of God

As Jesus called us to be His friends (John 15:13-16), let’s learn from the first person whom God called Friend - Abraham (Is 41:8). In Genesis 12, we learned that Abraham actively obeyed God. Let’s emulate this attribute, obedience through action, as it will enable us to walk fully into the promises of God and be called Friends of God.

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Vision & Values- Jesus and His Presence

The most important revelation we have, is our revelation of who Jesus is. Let’s keep our passion and love for Jesus alive and be a church that is captivated by Jesus.  Our revelation of Jesus will keep us from dry Christianity and going through the motions. 
David pursued and longed for the presence of God, even  when his own son was trying to kill him. (Ps. 63) We also can run into the Presence of God and receive grace and mercy in our time of need. (Heb. 4:16)

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Vision & Values- Authentic Biblical Community

Let’s get back to God’s original design and function of the local church! His way is always perfect and better than our ways. It is the same with His original intention for the church (Eph 3:10) as it transcends culture, generations, and geography. God’s design for His church is always perfect and better than any model man can come up with in building His church (Matt 16:18).

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Vision & Values- Advancing The Kingdom

One of the values at Restoration is to advance His Kingdom. We believe this “value” is also applicable to all Christians everywhere as it is the “commission” from our King to all followers of Christ. The most effective, and impactful, way is to be transparent to those around us at all times while constantly making Jesus the focus and center of our lives. This can, and should, be done through the various people we interact with on a regular basis.

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