A Vision for Restoration

What is Restoration?

The biblical concept of restoration not only means to bring something back to its original condition, but also includes the idea of being increased, multiplied, or improved so that the latter condition is better than its original condition. (Job 24:10-12; Joel 2:21-26; Haggai 2:9).

The Need for Restoration

1.  Jesus came to save and restore lives twisted and broken by sin.

2.  To restore families, individuals within the family must be restored.

3.  To restore churches, families within the church must be restored.

4.  Restored churches are needed to facilitate the salvation and restoration of individuals, families, and churches.

The Promise of Restoration

1.  The scriptures have foretold the restoration of all things spoken by the prophets before Christ returns (Acts 3:20-21).

2.  The ministry of restoration is the heritage given to God’s people (Isaiah 58:12; 61:4).

3.  The restoration of the church as a glorious bride is the objective of Christ before He returns (Ephesians 5:27).

The Process of Restoration

1.  People must repent and submit wholly to God (2 Chronicles 7:14).

2.  God allows shaking and refining to take place so that everything that has not been ordained and built by Him will fall. Only those things that cannot be shaken—those eternal things of the kingdom—will remain and be refined (Jeremiah 1:10; Matthew 21:12-16; Hebrews 12:27-28).

3.  God calls and prepares instruments of restoration (Isaiah 58:12; 61:1-4).

4.  God releases His Holy Spirit in the lives of His people to heal, rebuild, and restore (Isaiah 61:1-4; Joel 2:28-29; Zechariah 4:6; Luke 4:18; Acts 1:8).

The Restoration of Individuals

Areas of Restoration for Individuals:

1.  Deliverance from the power of sin and the curse (Romans 6:1-14; Luke 4:18-19; Galatians 3:13-14).

2.  Deliverance from the power of the past (Isaiah 43:18-21; 61:1-3, 7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

3.  Restored in position and purpose (Ephesians 2:6; Isaiah 61:4; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Philippians 3:12-14).

4.  Restored unto relationship with the Father and the Son (Ephesians 4:6; Galatians 4:6; 1 John 1:3).

The Restoration of the Family

Areas of Restoration for the Family:

1.  The restoration of God’s role in building the family (Psalm 127:1)

2.  .The restoration of godly marriages (Malachi 2:13-16; Ephesians 5:22-33).

3.  The restoration of generations (Malachi 4:5-6).

4.  The restoration of biblical order, pattern, priority and blessing within the family (1 Corinthians 11:3-16; Ephesians 5:22-6:4).

5.  The restoration of the biblical concept of children being a blessing from the Lord. The Lord gives us children as a heritage and as an entrustment so that they might become a godly offspring unto Him (Psalm 127:3-5; Malachi 2:15).

The Restoration of the Church

The Restoration of the Church includes a restoration of the church to its New Testament:

1.  Purity

2.  Prayer

3.  Power

4.  Praise

5.  Position

6.  Purpose

7.  Pursuits

8.  Patterns

9.  Principles

10.  Passion