What do we believe?

We are a creedal church, not a church defined by any specific theological tradition. By “creedal,” we mean the early documents (such as the Nicene Creed (325) or the Apostles’ Creed) the have defined orthodox and historic Christianity for centuries. This places us in the broad tradition of Christianity that reaches far beyond the time and place God has placed us. We believe that this is vitally important, as it allows us to read Scripture on its on terms, rather than trying to fit it into a theological system. At Restoration we major on the major themes (the Gospel itself) while allowing open and free dialogue on debated issues. While some of these issues are very important, it is our conviction that sectarianism (the splitting of churches over minor doctrinal issues) is far more damaging to the public witness of the Church. {read more}

____________________________________________________________________

What does it mean to be a Covenant Church?

On one level, the answer is quite simple. When new members join a Covenant church, they are asked two questions about belief: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?” and “Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?” They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and members of the church and denomination.

That’s all. That is enough.

But on another level, of course, the answer is a good deal more complex.     {read more}

____________________________________________________________________

 

Have you ever tried to name a church? I hadn’t either. You should try it some time, just for fun. It’s hard to navigate through the cliches and come up with a name that doesn’t sound like a strange cult or retirement village. It’s like naming a child, knowing that the name you choose will have an effect on their identity and that they will have to live with it forever. When we chose the name Restoration, we wanted it to embody our deepest core values. On this one word hangs our identity that we hope seeps down into our very DNA. Restoration comes from our desire to embody a complete Gospel; a reaction against the idea that the message of Jesus is just that He came to offer us as individuals forgiveness of sins. While we affirm that Jesus alone offers forgiveness of sins, the Gospel is about much more.