We have a God who loves to mend what is torn, repair what is broken, and heal what is hurt. We have a Restoration God! At every moment, the Spirit of God works in the world with restoration power.
Each of us experiences brokenness in our lives. Relationships are torn, hearts are broken, dreams are shattered, innocence is lost. Brokenness is caused by sin and evil in the world. Sometimes it is our conscious sinful thoughts and actions that result in brokenness. Other times we are harmed by the sin and evil of others. In all situations, this human condition separates us from a God who loves us very much. God longs to restore our relationship with him and provides that possibility through Jesus Christ.
From Genesis to Revelation, the entire Bible is a testimony to the restoration of the broken relationship between God and humanity. The final chapters of scripture promise restoration of all things, a restored humanity, a redeemed Church, a healed relationship with God, complete wholeness of creation.
The biblical witness leads to the restoration of our individual brokenness. Our relationship with God can be restored, our sins can be wiped clean, our hearts can be healed, and our lives can be made whole. This restoration occurs through faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Experiencing restoration through Christ brings freedom, peace and indescribable joy.
A Restoration Journey
We are about to embark on a forty-day restoration journey! Lent is the forty-day period preceding Easter Sunday. This year Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. From early times, the season of Lent has been set aside by Christians to draw near to God. It is a season of self-reflection and penitence. During Lent we are encouraged to pray, fast and give alms. Make plans now to deepen your prayer life during this season. Observe fasting from a meal or abstaining from certain foods or beverages. Combine your fasting/abstinence with prayer. Give additional resources to help those in need. If you save money from your fasting/abstinence, give those additional funds to the poor.
Restored Sermon Series
On March 5, the first Sunday in Lent, we begin a sermon series called Restored. We will journey through the Old Testament recognizing ourselves in the stories of people like – Adam, Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Miriam, David, Bathsheba, and Hezekiah. Regular everyday people who continually turned away from God’s love and turned toward the wrong choices. Everyday people who are broken by the sin of others. Regular people whose hearts were in need of restoration.
Despite our best efforts, we tend to turn away from God repeatedly. We find our inner brokenness difficult to mend on our own. We discover wounds which still ache. We fall short of loving God and loving others. Yet the abundant love of God remains steadfast.
Prepare to begin a restoration journey this Lent. Rediscover the steadfast love of God which seeks every day to RESTORE you!
Central’s Senior Pastor