Inaugaural Post- Restoration

Luke 9:23:
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
For a number of years, I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog.  This blog begins in conjunction with a sermon series I will be doing at Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX where I serve as Grow Pastor.  And while I hope this blog will serve as a help to the members of my church and the Fort Worth community, I also pray that it will be launching pad for restoration of biblical Christianity.

 

My conviction is that the New Testament not only gives the church content for what it should be saying, but also how it should function.  This is fleshed out in at least two ways.  First, restoration speaks to the active followship of Christ every believer is to embrace.  The verse above and other passages make Jesus both the content and the model of the Christiatn life.  Second, restoration also focuses on the church’s continual pursuance to embrace the New Testament church as its model.  By saying this I agree with the Anabaptists of the Reformation era who sought to continually challenge the church to look to the New Testament alone as its criteria for Ecclesiology.

My hope is that in some small way that this blog will bring the agenda of restoration in the lives of indivdual believers and the church to the forefront.  I will try to accomplish this in the following ways:

  1. Reflection on Key Biblical Passages
  2. Interaction with Cultural Challenges to Restoration
  3. Highlighting Biographical Examples in Church History
  4. Reviews of Significant Books
  5. Discussion of Practical Ecclesiological Issues
  6. General Theological Reflection

Over time, these categories will grow.  But, my prayer is that this blog will not only challenge others to long for a continual pursuance of biblical Christianity, but also that it will challenge me as well.