A Gospel Transformed Life

Posted: September 2, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized
What does a life affected by the gospel look like? The evidence of a heart that has received the gospel is a lifestyle that has been transformed by the gospel. If the gospel does not alter the way you live then the gospel has not changed your heart. Just like our physical bodies need a balance of healthy food, so do our spiritual bodies. A diet of unhealthy doctrine will produce sickness and dysfunction in our lives, fostering immaturity, bitterness, self righteousness and hardened hearts. A healthy gospel diet models the gospel and multiplies through the gospel. Our head, hands, and heart all must be affected by the gospel. True maturity in Christ is not measured in gospel knowledge acquired but rather in gospel application and implementation in our lives. This life we live is not for the perishable but for the eternal prize. Where are the areas in our lives that we are running in circles? Chasing your sexual, material, passions and lust, more than the savior that saved you? Are we actually spending time in God’s word and in prayer? Outward holiness shows the transformation within. Gospel-driven doctrine pushes us to pursue purity and not our passions, self control and not selfish desires, seeking the will of God and the wants of our hearts, desiring his holiness more than our happiness. How we live in the world shows if there has been a true inward transformation. The advancement of the gospel depends on gospel demonstration along with gospel declaration, and if the profession of our faith does not match our actions, the gospel and our Christ will be scrutinized and mocked. Gospel multiplication starts with sound teaching but it continues with intentional discipleship. Jesus showed us how to live and submit to the Father’s will. This life that we live is not for ourselves, but to look more and more like the One who gave us a new one. You can listen to this message by Pastor Tyler on Titus 2:1-10 HERE!
Corporate prayer and fasting on the first Friday of the month is back! It sure has been a busy summer at the PO but we do not want to forget where our strength comes from, and that we cannot do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit. This upcoming Friday (9/4),starting at 6am until 6pm,  we will be praying and fasting, specifically focusing on our workplaces, and at 6pm we will be gathering as a body at the PO (2701 Joy Rd. Detroit 48206) for an hour of concentrated prayer. May the significance of prayer in our heads be reflected through our actions!

False teachers outside the church and faction creators inside the church are those who stir up division by leading people falsely with what they believe and how they are to live. A church without a strong qualified leadership is similar to a body without a functioning immune system. Elders are to be the immune system for the church. One of the reasons to the calling of a godly eldership is because of the proliferation of hairetikon, those who divide. They are many outside and inside the body that do damage to the church. They are deceivers who are unwilling to submit to God, God’s word, or to God’s leaders, while distorting the gospel by adding to it. These people might do damage from a pulpit, but the biggest damage they inflict is in the private places where families are turned over and led astray. They teach for shameful gain, being more interested in money, reputation, position and power than serving God’s people and His church, and they often reflect the sins from the culture that they come from, rather than fighting against it. They profess to know God but deny him with their works. So what is the necessary response from the leadership? These people must be silenced, their platform to infect the body removed, and sharply rebuked, all which come from a heart of a broken father who protects his family. You can listen to this message by Pastor Mike on Titus 1:10-16 HERE!

Do you remember when Pastor Mike made that announcement about that work day at the PO and he reiterated the day over and over and over again? Well, that day is this Saturday! As previously mentioned, on August 29th (Sat) at 8:00am, we will be having one of the biggest work days at the PO (2701 Joy Road Detroit Mi 48206) thus far! We need all men, women, and children who are able! Please come out and join us as your schedule (that has already been cleared up since we made the announcement) permits!

Heather Fitzgerald: Administrative Director

Posted: August 23, 2015 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized

As Restore Church continues to grow, we thank God for the ways that He has used our church to preach the gospel, make disciples, and reach our community. But as we’ve outgrown the living rooms that we were first meeting in, we also need to grow our capacity to meet the needs of our church. To help meet some of these needs, particularly in the area of administration, Heather Fitzgerald will be joining our team in a part-time role. We are grateful for Heather’s clear gifting, her experience at The Summit Church in North Carolina, and her deep love for the community. Aside from being a Penn State football fan, she is a perfect fit for our team and will be a “force multiplier” for us. God has been very kind to send Heather our way! For those of you who don’t know her, here is a quick introduction:

I moved from Durham, NC to Detroit a little over a year ago because I felt God leading me here to minister to women who are engaged in street-based prostitution. I had no idea what that meant a year ago, and let’s be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what that looks like! What I did know, however, was that I needed to find a church. I moved to Detroit on a Friday, found Restore that Sunday, visited a D group on Wednesday, and knew pretty much immediately that I had found my home at Restore Church.

I say “y’all.” A lot. I love North Carolina BBQ and BigTen football (preferably together). I also love seeing Jesus redeem and restore what is lost and broken. I spent a long time resisting the fact that “administration” is actually a spiritual gift and, even worse, that it is my spiritual gift. I wanted to be gifted in a way that was more, well…spiritual. Eventually I gave up fighting it and recognized that I could pout about not having the gift of miracles (because don’t we all wish we had that gift?!), or I could actually use the gift that God gave me to honor Him and to serve His church.

So that’s what I’ve been trying to do ever since. Prior to moving to Detroit, I spent 5 years working as part of the administrative team at my church in North Carolina, and I hope that experience will be valuable to our church family as I serve Restore in this role!

A Life Worth Following

Posted: August 17, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

Godly character, healthy family relationships, and faithfulness to scripture is for all mature Christians. Titus 1:5-9 speaks on how an elder must live a life worth following. Character trumps charisma, giftedness, and leadership ability. Men that lead in God’s church must have Teflon character. In other words, no character accusations can stick because his character is pristine. His integrity cannot be in question. If someone accused you of loving your leisure time, sports, and rest more than ministry, would those accusations stick? All theological talk but no serving walk? Charged with being a doctrinal beast but a fairy in discipleship? Desiring the stage but not sacrifice? Would you be found guilty and would these accusations stick? This does not mean the elders are perfect. There was only one perfect elder and his name was Jesus Christ, but despite being a man who sins, an elder must model and practice genuine repentance to remain qualified to lead God’s people. What does this look like? One must be above reproach domestically, ecclesiastically, and doctrinally. He must faithfully serve and sacrifice for his wife and pour into his children spiritually that they be obedient and submissive. Before pastoring God’s flock, one must pastor his own flock well. He must not be arrogant, quick-tempered, drunkard, violent, or greedy for gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, a lover of God, upright, holy, and self-controlled. Are we busy doing nothing, in fruitless endeavors? We have to be disciplined be about our Father’s business. There is much work to do with very little time. An elder must be able to teach and preach the gospel, and correct and rebuke those who do not, holding firm and guarding the trust worthy word of God. We are to hold tight and fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ. While so many declare the watered down message, we are to stand on the 100% proof gospel, the only agent of true life-changing transformation, following after the one and only elder who was truly above reproach. You can listen to this message on Titus 1:5-9 by Pastor Tyler HERE!

Last reminder to REGISTER FOR FREE ASAP for PlantMidwest which takes place at the PO (2701 Joy Road Detroit, MI 48206) this upcoming Tuesday (8/18)! We understand that it’s on weekday, but if your schedule allows, please come join us in learning, worship, fellowship, and prayer! 
Also, if you weren’t able to join us at the PO this morning, you unfortunately missed Pastor Mike announcing (reminding us the date over and over and over and over again) that we will be having one of the biggest work days at the PO thus far on Saturday August 29th (not April) starting at 8am! We are giving a couple of weeks notice so that you can come out and help out as much as your schedule allows, even if it’s for an hour! We’ve had several partner churches bless us by helping us with our building renovation project just this summer, and we want to make sure that we show through our actions that this is truly a partnership, working TOGETHER! Put it on your calendar NOW!

Saved for this life!

Posted: August 11, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

How easy is it for us get our thinking and our actions twisted? The book of Titus gives us a picture of how we are to believe rightly and live practically in this world. We are all in the cell of sin, rightly convicted of treason against God. Yet God the Father sends his Son on a rescue mission to open our cells, setting us on the shore to live for His glory.  God knows who are his, those who calls upon the name of the Lord, and he comes to rescue us from the jail cell of sin. Have you been deceived by drawing a picture of the beach and sweeping up the cob webs of sin but still in the cell or have we been rescued out of the cell and taken to the shore of God’s love? You can listen to this introductory message of our sermon series from the book of Titus by Pastor Clete HERE! Also, if you missed last week’s message by Pastor Mike on the church of Laodicea, how Jesus desires for us to be a church that is effective in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, you can listen to it HERE!

Interested in learning, connecting, and praying with others about kingdom advancement in Detroit & beyond? You can REGISTER FOR FREE for the third PlantMidwest session, where K. Edward Copeland will be speaking on prayer and the mission! It will take place at the PO (also known as Restore Church; 2701 Joy Rd. Detroit, MI 48206), next Tuesday (August 18th) from 9am to 1pm. And yes, lunch is provided!

 

The Faithful Church

Posted: July 30, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

What kind of church really pumps Jesus up? What is Jesus’ favorite church? Is it an attractional church? Missional church? Rural? Urban? Jesus says that the church of Philadelphia kept his word, did not deny his name, and kept his word about faithful perseverance. It’s faithfulness, not perfection. There is no perfect church. Do we keep our commitments to Christ? To his church? To his people and to the community that he loves? We can delusionally mask our half-hearted faithfulness. The church of  Philadelphia took advantage of the evangelistic opportunities while focusing on the open doors that God provided. The absence of obstacles is not the clear indication of open doors. Faithfulness focuses on the opportunity more than the obstacles. It focuses on loyalty to God over being liked by everyone around. The more we treasure our loyalty to God over being liked by others the more we can love people the way God loves them. Faithfulness focuses on the eternal over the temporary. Jesus is coming soon and he calls the church to faithfulness by telling them to hold on to the eternal realities. You can listen to this message on the church of Philadelphia by Pastor Mike HERE!

The heat makes it difficult to tackle our summer projects but we’re going to keep pushing! Here is a short message from Pastor Mike regarding an opportunity to serve the body through participating in the demo project at the PO in 2 weeks:
On Thursday August 13 & Friday August 14 we need several men to help us do some more demo at the Post Office, move stuff outside to a storage container, and build a few more walls. A crew from 1st Presbyterian Trenton is coming in and we would truly like this to be a partnership between the 2 churches. I understand those are tough days but if you can make it one or both or part of these days please email me ASAP so we can prepare for this day.
Lastly, a big shout out to those who love and served the children in our neighborhood this past week! Let us continue to pray for the children, that God would grasp their hearts and that they would come to know him as their lord and savior!

Wake Up!

Posted: July 19, 2015 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized

Are you more swag than substance? Are you sleepy in your faith? Are you half-hearted; all duty with no delight? Are you aware that the first step to losing your faith is losing your fire? In His great kindness Jesus both awakens sleepy Christians and makes alive those who are still dead. Listen HERE to His call from Revelation 3:1-6 for us to WAKE UP!

With the help of 40 teens from BUMP, we are holding a VBS Monday through Friday 10AM – 1PM at the Post Office. Bring some kids and come on down to help out. Please pray for lasting fruit from this week’s effort.

Huge shoutout to Pastor Clete for leading multiple teams hauling off multiple tons of debris in last week’s demolition project on a building next door that we recently purchased. Check out the pictures and video below. A lot was accomplished! Also, thanks to Peter Ashmore we now have a ladies room on the first floor! This “luxury” was quite timely as the BUMP team pushed attendance over 200. More projects coming soon in our renovation process!