What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:21; Psalm 19:7-11), without error in the original manuscripts and is our guide for daily living (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe that the one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6) exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God (Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 John 5:20) and fully man (Matthew 1:20), and that he died on the cross for our sins (1 John 1:29) and rose on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; John 1:1-3).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (2 Corinthians 13:14) and that he empowers us for daily living (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13).
We believe that people are created by God in his image (Genesis 1:27), but we have separated ourselves from God (Romans 2:5; 5:12) and need His saving grace (Ephesians 2:8).
We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we receive this gift of eternal life when we trust Jesus Christ (Romans 4:4-5; 5:1) as our Savior from sin (John 3:16; Acts 4:12).
We believe that the church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23: 5:24-30) and that God has called believers to gather together in local church families (1 Corinthians 12:12).
We believe that Jesus Christ will come again (Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; John 14:1-3) and reign eternally (Philippians 2:9-11).
The Bible teaches predestination and the unconditional election of God. God is sovereign in salvation. The Bible also tells us to trust in Jesus, assuming free will. So, we believe 100% in God’s sovereignty and predetermination AND 100% in the free will of man. We do not logically reconcile them but accept them both as true and wait on understanding more in heaven. We challenge people to believe in Jesus. But we pray to God to open their eyes and give them faith, and we give Him all the credit if they do turn to Jesus. (See Romans 8:28-29, 9-11, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 6:44.)
Marriage, gender and sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (I Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20: I Corinthians 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Restoration as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role model to Restoration members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Restoration in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers in a leadership capacity, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender and Sexuality (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; I Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 10:9-10).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Restoration.
We believe all the spiritual gifts are valid for today. (See 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4; Romans 12.) All gifts should be exercised within Biblical guidelines, with order, and under the leadership of the church and ministry involved.
We believe that Jesus Christ is coming again. We do not specify, in our core beliefs, the nature of the timing of such an event, or the specifics of it- i.e. the millennium or rapture. Our teaching will be premillennial but this is not considered one of our core beliefs (See Matthew 24; Revelation 6-20; 1 Thessalonians 4).
We believe that the preponderance of biblical evidence favors believers baptism and not infant baptism - that is, baptism that follows one’s conversion, a personal decision. At the same time, we are aware that so many Bible-believing Christians see it differently. We respect their view and see this issue as one that Christians can disagree with each other on and not part ways. Our practice as a church is believer’s baptism. However, if believers in our church choose not to be baptized this way because of biblical conviction (not just convenience or tradition), then we respect their views and we enthusiastically welcome them as members. Also, we practice baptism by immersion, not sprinkling or pouring. We do not see the mode of baptism as a major issue. Even though we realize that Christians can and do disagree on many aspects of baptism, we still recognize that baptism is an important step of obedience to Jesus Christ, to symbolize that He has saved us and we are His. We also believe that baptism is not a necessary work for salvation; for it is by grace alone through faith we are saved.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that every Christian receives the Holy Spirit when they trust Christ as their Savior- being given the Spirit of God to teach, lead, guide, direct, and empower- and is baptized, grafted into the body of Christ at the time of conversion.
There can also be a different, non-technical use of the word “baptize.” We believe God invites followers of Christ to ask him to renew us with His Spirit. One might pray “Lord baptize me afresh with Your Spirit” and simply be asking that the Spirit fill and empower him afresh. Some segments of faith believe that the spiritual gift of tongues is evidence of and necessary for salvation. We believe in all of the spiritual gifts, including the spiritual gift of tongues, but believe one receives the Spirit of God with or without the manifestation of that gift. (See 1 Corinthians 12:13)
Role of women in ministry
We hold a moderate position on this issue, avoiding an extreme traditional view and an extreme egalitarian view. There are difficult passages for each position and there is a need for great humility and sensitivity.
At this point, women at Restoration are free to serve in any capacity except elder, senior pastor.
If we simply rely on our reasoning, then women would, of course, be allowed to do anything a man could do. Women are equally capable, equally gifted. However, for the Jesus follower the Bible is our authority and we wrestle with the passages that address the issue. (See 1 Timothy 2:8-15, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; 14:34-35, Acts 2:17-21; 21:9, Romans 16:1-2, Galatians 3:28, Judges 4)
We believe in eternal security. Any person who, in simple faith, places their trust in Jesus Christ receives the gift of eternal life. Eternal life never ends. All of their sins are forgiven. They are given right standing with God. Every child of God is sealed by the Holy Spirit and safe and secure for all eternity. A Christian can lose their fellowship, joy, power and rewards but their relationship with God is eternal. (See John 5:24,6:47, 10:27-30, Romans 3:21-31, 8:28-39, Ephesians 2:1-10).