A Letter From My Pastor

Good Evening Everyone!

I hope that your week has been a great one! I am very excited about all that God is doing here at Restoration House. The growth we are seeing in the life of those who attend is amazing. The changes we are experiencing as a church are exciting. This has been the busiest season of my entire ministry career.
One of the most exciting things I’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of is the launch of our Community Growth Groups Ministry. It is probably one of the most amazing aspects of the local church I’ve ever watched God initiate and build. The launch will bring many changes to our DNA as a church, but it will produce some of the most amazing fruit we’ve ever seen, as a church or in this city.

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But a successful launch will require trained leaders. Since Saturday, Aug. 1, we’ve been preparing the heart of a small group of men and women to lead a CGG. I believe many of you will one day lead a CGG yourself, and I am excited about the potential each of you have for leading and impacting others.
As a part of that leadership potential, I’ve seen in each of you a desire to serve. Many of you have served in some very sacrificial and selfless ways. For that, I am deeply grateful.

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Jesus set the standard for serving when he chose to wash the feet of his disciples. There are so many reasons why he wasn’t required to wash their feet. I’m sure there are quite a few reasons why washing their feet might not have been a very fun thing to do, but he did it. He sums up the whole moment simply by saying that “he who will be greatest among you, will choose to be the least.”

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What if the mark of greatness among us here at Restoration House isn’t that we wash feet, but that we “change diapers” or play with children in nursery, or visit someone regularly in the nursing home, or eating with someone you’ve spent most days avoiding? I know that serving expands beyond those things I’ve just listed, but things like “serving children” has been one of the most avoided, yet most needed places to serve for decades in the Church.  Befriending sinners has been the farthest thing from the mind of so many of us.  Even considering a visit to a nursing home, in some other month other than December, rarely crosses our minds.

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It is the death of any church that neglects to love, serve, and nurture children. It is the death of any church that overlooks and neglects ministry to the “least of these”. It is not Christlikeness if we fail to pursue and rescue the one who’s become a slave to his own sin. I think Jesus, on purpose, sought out the jobs no one else wanted to do and did it. I think Jesus sought out the people no one wanted to love.  I think Jesus, on purpose, drew close to those who were distant from the norm of society and those running from the will of God for their life. It first meant a death to his flesh.  Secondly, a surrender to the heart and will of the Father, but all that He did worked to established that he had not come to be served but to serve.

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When Jesus served, He sacrificed. It cost him something, and ultimately, everything. He was obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross. Think about all the little deaths He died before the cross. And, get this, in whatever He did, He did it as unto the Glory of the Father. This means He did it with the best heart-attitude possible — He wanted his serving to be worship! His “serving” and “giving” had a fragrance — the fragrance of worship!

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Church, I want us to be a church filled with greatness. You know what this means?  We are going to have to be a church with people who are willing to be considered “the least among many.” We are going to have to be servants, like our Lord. We are going to have to look for the tasks, the jobs, the opportunities, the responsibilities, the people, the moments, the places that so many people — even christians — avoid.

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I’m so grateful that Jesus “served” us while we were still in our sin. He is the standard. He is the example of what being “born from on high” looks like! Today, pray and ask the Lord how you might be a better servant.  You might have to begin that prayer with repentance.

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Allow the Lord to search you, and then speak to you concerning the “call to greatness” (a.k.a. the call to serve).

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I love you Restoration House!
Pastor Brad

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