OUR DESIRE FOR JANUARY-MARCH IS TO:
- experience a deeper work of the gospel in our own lives (As we take the gospel again & again to ourselves we are freed more & more to take the gospel to our neighborhood)
- provide opportunities for people to hear & interact with the vision of Restore.
TO PURSUE THESE GOALS WE ARE PLANNING THREE THINGS:
1. A study through Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything.
Gospel in Life is an eight-week course on the gospel and how it is lived out in all of life— first in our hearts, then in community, and out into the world. Week 1 opens the course with the theme of the city: our home now, the world that is. Week 8 closes the course with the theme of the eternal city: our heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between we will look at how the gospel changes our hearts (weeks 2 and 3), changes our community (weeks 4 and 5), and changes how we live in the world (weeks 6 and 7). (GIL)
2. Weekly worship through The Story-formed Way.
We will read & engage texts from 10 key components of “the story of God” – beginnings & fall, sinful humanity, a people of God, exodus & law, the person of Jesus, the works of Jesus, death & resurrection, the mission & power, the life of the church in the Spirit, & life in the end.
The Story-formed Way was designed to both lead people through the basics of the Gospel and provide a foundational structure for the key doctrines of Christianity. If you are taking a mixed group of believers and unbelievers through it you will better establish the believers in the foundations and show them how to have Gospel conversations with Unbelievers. At the same time, the unbelievers are exposed to the Gospel and will learn how to share it themselves once they come to faith.
The other bonus of this activity is that it provides a variety of stories through which to see the Redemptive work of God thus giving the believer many different forms to engage in Gospel Conversation. For example, when dealing with someone struggling with financial provision, one could share the story of God feeding the Israelites in the wilderness and ultimately pointing to how Jesus is the bread of life that most deeply satisfies. Then go on to show that if God would give us his very best to meet our deep spiritual hunger, why wouldn’t he also give us everything else that we need. The more Biblical Stories we know, the more versatile we become in engaging in Gospel conversations. (GCM)
3. Vision sharing gatherings. January 28, February 11 & 25, & March 11 & 25 we’ll gather to eat, hang out, share the vision of Restore, & field & ask questions.
If you are interested in checking out any of these studies or gatherings please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971.246-4165. We’d love to talk to you & answer any questions you might have!