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Feb 25

The Church, The Hope of the World

Randy Raver Posted by: Randy Raver Print PDF
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Okay, I have a confession right of the bat.  My title is not original.  I'm stealing it from Bill Hybels.  How's that for a blog on our church page--plagiarism with immediate confession! 

But I also wanted to use this title because I believe it; I believe it with my life.  As we look around the world in the season that I write this, there is civil unrest in numerous nations:  Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia...  A major earthquake rocked New Zealand; over 100 were killed, and 200 are missing.  Our list of mayhem and tragedy could go on.

In worldwide chaos and darkness, there is need for light.  "You," Jesus said to His followers, are the light of the world...Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."  (Matthew 5:14,16)  So we at Restoration Church are on a journey to discover (or rediscover) who we are.  Here's what we're hearing:  "We are standing at a door.  Don't try to figure out how to open it.  Just prepare yourself for what's on the other side."

So, we're checking out our foundation.  We are looking to Jesus to be our Cornerstone, the Rock on whom we stand.  His government will never be overthrown.  He is the King, there is no other, and there is no threat  who can stand up to Him.

We believe that apostles and prophets in our family called the Church serve as fathers and mothers, to whom God's will is revealed, who provide foundation to the Church.  The Spirit of the Lord unveils the Kingdom of God to these members of the body, showing them and us how to walk as sons and daughters of the King.  A Church can built on this kind of foundation that will stand, whether or not the rest of the world is rocking.

"In Jesus, the Cornerstone, the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:20-11)   In this kind of structure Holy Spirit can live, remain.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!

This kind of structure, with the Spirit dwelling within, can stand any kind of anarchy and any kind of tragedy.  The Church is the light, the glory of God shining out of her.  So, let's get knit together and be who we're called to be.  There's no better time for us to shine than right now!

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