The Pursuit of Restoration

Why aren’t more drawn to the pursuit of restoration? Why aren’t more people actively pursuing to restore the church of the NT? Why aren’t more interested in seeking to simply be “Christians”?

I’m convinced many are not interested in restoration because they fail to understand the purpose of restoration. What is the mission of the Restoration Movement? We must understand the mission of the Restoration Movement before we can embrace it. We can better understand what it is by identifying what is isn’t. The Restoration Movement is not an effort to be “conservative”. Some churches are more interested in being “conservative” than they are in pursuing restoration. There are some church leaders who seek the conservative path even over the Biblical path. This is not the goal of restoration! The Restoration Movement is also not an effort to be “progressive” or “liberal”. Some churches seek change just for the sake of change. The Restoration Movement is not an effort to be on “the cutting edge” spiritually speaking. Does it interest you to know that the titles “conservative” and “progressive” are not found in the Bible in regards to the church or Christianity? I have no desire to carry a title that’s not Biblical.

What, then, is the goal of restoration? The Restoration Movement is an effort to be Biblical. Listen to the words of Acts 11:26. “…and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” Do you realize this is the first time the name “Christian” appears in the Bible? It’s a name that makes sense. Followers of Christ should carry the name of Christ. It’s also a name that’s found in the Bible. It’s Biblical! “Christian”…that’s the name I want to carry! I’m not interested in being “conservative” or “progressive”. I want to carry the name of Christ. I want a name that’s Biblical! The mission of the Restoration Movement is to be Biblical. I believe more people would be passionate about this movement if they understood its true mission!

Are you equipped to answer basic questions about the faith? Why do we do what we do in the Lord’s church? There are many who are unable to answer this most basic of questions. We partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday because it’s Biblical (Acts 20:7). We give on the first day of every week because it’s Biblical (1 Corinthians 16:2). Our churches are organized with elders and deacons because it’s Biblical (1 Timothy 3). We teach God’s plan of salvation including believing, repenting, confessing, baptism and faithfulness because it’s Biblical. (See John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Matthew 10:32-33; Mark 16:15-16 & Revelation 2:10). The Lord’s church doesn’t practice or teach the things listed above because we want to be conservative or progressive. We practice and teach these things because we want to be Biblical. That is the simple, yet challenging goal of restoration; to be Biblical!

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About phillipljohnson

Minister for the Westside church of Christ in Norman, OK.
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