For some reason in our culture, people decide to make their annual visit to church around Easter time, to pay homage to the religious gods. This creates a unique opportunity to invite someone to Restoration Road to hear the Gospel of Jesus!
You will be surprised at how God uses theses visits to awaken people to the truth of His existence. Who is part of your life that needs “The Invite”?
Don’t be afraid to hear someone say “no” to coming to church. That is fine, our responsibility is not to make a person come to church but invite them to “Come and See”.
Realize that some people will say “yes”. You will be surprised at how many people actually want to be invited to a church where they already know somebody.
It is okay if the person doesn’t like church. Once gain, it is not our jobs to entertain people but rather call people to a situation where they can hear, experience, and be around the realities of the Gospel.
Some will absolutely love it. There will be cases when a person finds a church home and come backs for more!
God sovereignly puts people in our lives so that we can be lights and Gospel magnets. Let this Easter season be a time where you give that person or those people “The Invite”. Watch what God does…
How are you using these snowstorms for your benefit? How is God using these blizzard conditions and so far the third snowiest winter in Boston’s History for your good? All things, including the weather can be used to make our hearts, responses, and outlooks more pure. God even uses snow to sanctify us.
A few weeks back I was taken back by my attitude towards the weather, my family, and my driveway. I realized that my response was actually quite sinful, as I was getting agitated at my family easily because I was stir crazy, and I could have easily adopted a constant murmur about the snowfall. It was time to grow in maturity and love using the snowy conditions as the backdrop.
It is important that we intentionally align our behavior with the reality of the Gospel. The Gospel is not less powerful when we get a foot of snow. The truth is we have a great opportunity to love our family when we are all stuck in the house. Sometimes we cling to our schedules so we don’t have to be relational. When it snows our scheduled are thrown out the windows and we get to focus on knowing our family and/or friends.
Who needs help shoveling their driveway? Who needs a call because they are feeling down? What Christ exalting book can I dive into? Who can I pray for? What can I do with my family to let them know I love them? These are all questions we can ask ourselves. These are all things we can do instead of complaining and wasting these days in frustration.
Today is a grace filled day. Today is a day we all are loved by God. Today is a day that God is worthy to be praised. Today is the day that we have to privilege to worship him. Today is a day when we get to love and serve others. Today is a gift from God. The snow can’t affect that.
Restoration Road, if you have lived in New England for a bit you quickly realize that snow, blizzards, and tough road conditions are part of our lifestyle during the winter season. When it comes to how the snow affects our services on Sundays it is important that we have good communication system in place.
If there is a snowstorm on Saturday night or Sunday morning you can find out if there is a cancellation through ‘The City’, our Website, and our Facebook Page. If Sunday service is canceled it will be communicated by 8:00 am on Sunday morning.
If we are still having service we will make sure the coffee is ready and the heat is jacked up. Nazareth Academy provides plowing for the parking lot and clears the walkways. If we do have service we would ask you to PLEASE use your best judgment when deciding if it is safe for you to travel to church. Your safety and your family safety is the most important.
As I sit down to type these words I am truly amazed at what God has done over the past year. Restoration Road has grown in the Gospel and love for each other. God has poured out his grace on us and shown us that he is building this church , for His glory, and our joy. We have seen lives changed, people baptized, and many mature in their understanding of just how powerful and intimate the Gospel is. It was beautiful.
Last week after service, I found myself in awe of how everyone loved each other. Smiles, laughing, hugs, and cheerful conversation filled the room. One of the members of the church who is battling cancer was flooded with care, as person after person, came up to him and said “I will praying for you and I am with you”. I could see his eyes and countenance light up as he realized he was genuinely loved and cared for by the people of Restoration Road. It was beautiful.
That same week I watched a girl come to tears as she was given a gift from the church to help her family out on Christmas. She could not control her tears. She laid her head down on the back table while sobbing. She felt so much gratitude towards a church that loved her and a God who loved her that she was overcome with emotion. It was beautiful.
Last night I received a text from a good friend and member of Restoration Road. He said he had prayed that morning that the Gospel would impact him deeply and it did. Here are his words“ I feel like I really felt today’s message in my soul dude. This morning I prayed to really hear the Gospel today. I don’t mean intellectually, I mean wholeheartedly, and I’m telling you I did”. It was beautiful.
There are so many more stories to tell of God’s beautiful grace to Restoration Road. Each of them filled with Gospel driven responses. We cried, we cheered, we sang, we laughed, we hoped, we believed, and we loved. It was beautiful.
I remember the first time I heard a pastor say, “ It is important that we teach our people to have a High View of Marriage”. A light went off in my head, as I realized how vital it was for people to know that marriage is an amazing institution, created by God. This holy union was designed for His glory and our enjoyment.
Many times people have a low view of marriage because their experiences have been less then stellar when it comes to marriage. Some people have been through horrible divorces or seen their parents go through devastating break ups. It can be hard to fight that initial response of “ I never want to get involved in something like that”.
I understand that divorce can be crushing but that does no mean we should give up on the institution of marriage. When our marriages are rooted and modeled after the Gospel they become a place of safety, joy, and unrivaled intimacy.
What woman would not want to be loved like Christ loves the church and what man would not want to be loved like the church loves Christ? This kind of relationship is to be sought after and desired. Through this God ordained bond you are able to display the power of the Gospel and experience a deep, committed, and faithful love.
Marriage is molded after the most dynamic, joyful, and wonderful thing in all of creation, the Gospel. As we function in the light of that truth, we get an earthly taste of the brilliance of the Gospel.
How can we not have a High View of Marriage when it is sculpted after such an amazing thing as the Gospel of Jesus Christ?