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The Story: Restoration

Once we are redeemed from our sin, how can we be restored to a Christ-like condition? As we wrap up our sermon series called The Story, John Elmore shows us how God restores both our souls and our relationships, and ultimately restores us into His dwelling place.

John ElmoreDec 19, 2021

In This Series (6)
The Story: Your Next Chapter
David Penuel, Jennie Allen, Blake HolmesDec 26, 2021
Christmas Eve 2021
John ElmoreDec 24, 2021
The Story: Restoration
John ElmoreDec 19, 2021
The Story: Redemption
David MarvinDec 12, 2021
The Story: The Fall
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 5, 2021
The Story: Creation
John ElmoreNov 28, 2021

Summary

Once we are redeemed from our sin, how can we be restored to a Christ-like condition? As we wrap up our sermon series called The Story, John Elmore shows us how God restores both our souls and our relationships, and ultimately restores us into His dwelling place.

Key Takeaways

  • When God restores us, He restores our souls, He restores us to and with His people, and He restores us to His dwelling place.
  • Restoration of your soul includes both restoration from sin (Romans 6:13) and the restoration of identity (Colossians 2:14-15). It is “already, but not yet” (2 Corinthians 5:4-5).
  • When our identity is in Jesus, we transition from “sinners who saint” to “saints who sin”.
  • The removal from sin is the act of expiation; imputation is when God goes further and bestows upon us the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • As Christians, our identity is not what we’ve done but Whose we are.
  • We are living in an in-between, but one day He will wipe every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4)
  • Restoration to and with God’s people involves restoration to God’s family (Ephesians 2:18-22), restoration from the pains of isolation (Galatians 6:1-2), and the restoration for Christ’s return (Titus 2:11-13).
  • Jesus is coming back, and nothing should clean our souls like His coming.
  • Our Blessed Hope is a Hapax Legomenon, meaning it is the singular, only time blessed hope is used in the entire Bible - pointing to priority and emphasis of the Church’s hope in Christ’s return.
  • When God restores us to His dwelling place, this means restoration to a home with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:8), that we will be resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:20-21), and that the new heaven and earth are restored (Revelation 21:3-5a).
  • The gospel in ten words: Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead.
  • As we live in the in-between, we can grieve with hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
  • For the unbeliever, this world is as much heaven as they will ever see. For the believer, this world is as much hell as they will ever experience.
  • We can choose either forever restoration by allowing Jesus access to hearts or further deterioration by denying Him access to our hearts.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • As Jesus stands at the “door” of your heart and knocks, are there “rooms” you aren’t ready to give Him access to restore?
  • How can you be more connected to the body of Christ right now? Do you need to return to church rather than streaming, join a church, or plug into a community group?
  • To whom can you confess a piece of “glass” in your soul (James 5:16)?
  • Who can you invite to Christmas Eve service this week or to a church service/Bible study/ministry in the future?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:13; 1 Peter 4:1-2; Colossians 2:14-15; Revelation 12; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Revelation 21:4; Ephesians 2:18-22; Galatians 6:1-2; James 5:16; Hebrews 10:25; Titus 2:11-13; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 15:20-21; Revelation 21:3-5a; Revelation 3:20
  • Book: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Story: Advent Guide