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Beliefs

Our Story

We’re convinced God is love, and we’re convinced Jesus is the embodiment of that love. He’s warm and affectionate and filled with joy. He is our true home. He’s left His home, stepping into this world of ours that He made, in order that He might eventually and permanently make His home with us. Heaven come to earth, healing in the flesh, glory in the everyday, God with us, relationship forever. Love! Yes, please.

So we’re building this church and our lives around knowing God and knowing each other—we’re building our church and our lives around connection. We worship together on Sundays with this goal in mind. We gather in homes throughout the week, wrestling with real issues, real conflicts, real doubts, real losses, real joys, real life, and in doing so we meet God and love each other. We serve our neighborhoods. We encourage and love our neighbors. And we do this week after week, over and over, believing we’re being formed by this grace, our sharing, our exploration, our faith.

We’ve only recently launched our new church and already God has been remarkably kind to us. We love each other. We love God more and more. And we repeatedly see glimpses of restoration. We’d love for you to join us.

Our Story

We’re convinced God is love, and we’re convinced Jesus is the embodiment of that love. He’s warm and affectionate and filled with joy. He is our true home. He’s left His home, stepping into this world of ours that He made, in order that He might eventually and permanently make His home with us. Heaven come to earth, healing in the flesh, glory in the everyday, God with us, relationship forever. Love! Yes, please.

So we’re building this church and our lives around knowing God and knowing each other—we’re building our church and our lives around connection. We worship together on Sundays with this goal in mind. We gather in homes throughout the week, wrestling with real issues, real conflicts, real doubts, real losses, real joys, real life, and in doing so we meet God and love each other. We serve our neighborhoods. We encourage and love our neighbors. And we do this week after week, over and over, believing we’re being formed by this grace, our sharing, our exploration, our faith.

We’ve only recently launched our new church and already God has been remarkably kind to us. We love each other. We love God more and more. And we repeatedly see glimpses of restoration. We’d love for you to join us.

Our Story

We’re convinced God is love, and we’re convinced Jesus is the embodiment of that love. He’s warm and affectionate and filled with joy. He is our true home. He’s left His home, stepping into this world of ours that He made, in order that He might eventually and permanently make His home with us. Heaven come to earth, healing in the flesh, glory in the everyday, God with us, relationship forever. Love! Yes, please.

So we’re building this church and our lives around knowing God and knowing each other—we’re building our church and our lives around connection. We worship together on Sundays with this goal in mind. We gather in homes throughout the week, wrestling with real issues, real conflicts, real doubts, real losses, real joys, real life, and in doing so we meet God and love each other. We serve our neighborhoods. We encourage and love our neighbors. And we do this week after week, over and over, believing we’re being formed by this grace, our sharing, our exploration, our faith.

We’ve only recently launched our new church and already God has been remarkably kind to us. We love each other. We love God more and more. And we repeatedly see glimpses of restoration. We’d love for you to join us.

Our Values

Our values guide the ethos and life of our church. Our foundation is rested on the person of Jesus who redeems and restores us through grace towards deeper connection to Him and to one another. It is a profoundly beautiful story! Learn more about each of our values below!

Everything starts with Jesus. He’s not just any Jesus (there are lots of those), but He’s the eternal Son of God, who’s just like His Father in every way. He’s the ultimate revelation of God, the ultimate Word on who God is and what God is doing. He’s the One who created us in the first place, and He became like us in order to transform us. He stooped down to know us. He died for us, physically resurrected, and is coming back for us. This Jesus is the only hope of the world.

Everything comes down to being connected to Jesus, forgiven by Jesus, redeemed by Jesus, sharing with Jesus, and the exploration of Jesus that results in the encounter of Jesus. We want that for ourselves, for each other, and for absolutely everyone around us. Being united with Him puts us right with God, begins to transform us, and will ultimately lead to our resurrection when He renews all of creation.

Redemption worships Jesus, teaches Jesus, shares Jesus, follows Jesus, listens to Jesus, and works to build the kingdom of Jesus. He’s our savior, our redeemer, our Lord, our friend, our adviser, and our confidant. He’s our everything.

Our number one ethic is grace. How are we going to achieve our goals of connection and redemption? Grace. It’s our ultimate paradigm and pattern and power. It’s the means by which we expect to change the world, and it’s the rule by which we run the church. In copying Jesus, we embody the same grace we receive, making Him tangible for each other and our world.

Grace means we live lives of generosity and giving people better than they deserve. Grace means we initiate and act. We love and enjoy each other. We live in vulnerability and openness. We welcome and embrace and include, without expectation. When we fight, we forgive. When we disagree, we stick together.

When we’re in hard situations or easy ones, when we’re joyful or angry, when we’re struggling or thriving, over and over, we seek the way of Jesus—we seek the way of grace.

This way of grace opens us up to connection. We actively invite others into our lives. We share meals and thoughts and material goods. We take care of each other. We enjoy each other. We live with a renewed awareness of God’s presence.

Jesus did not die just to give us a personal, private relationship with God. He died to fix all that is wrong with the world, including our relationships, which can now be characterized by honesty and forgiveness instead of self-preservation and hiding. We’re fighting to live into relationships we were made for, and we do this by actively sharing.

This makes us a radically inclusive community—because our goal is to share in Jesus with absolutely everyone who wants to share in Jesus. Instead of splitting, we share. Instead of hiding, we share. Instead of running or excluding or taking any of the other measures of self-preservation that are so natural to us, we share. This is the beautiful way of Jesus.

Everything starts with Jesus. He’s not just any Jesus (there are lots of those), but He’s the eternal Son of God, who’s just like His Father in every way. He’s the ultimate revelation of God, the ultimate Word on who God is and what God is doing. He’s the One who created us in the first place, and He became like us in order to transform us. He stooped down to know us. He died for us, physically resurrected, and is coming back for us. This Jesus is the only hope of the world.

Everything comes down to being connected to Jesus, forgiven by Jesus, redeemed by Jesus, sharing with Jesus, and the exploration of Jesus that results in the encounter of Jesus. We want that for ourselves, for each other, and for absolutely everyone around us. Being united with Him puts us right with God, begins to transform us, and will ultimately lead to our resurrection when He renews all of creation.

Redemption worships Jesus, teaches Jesus, shares Jesus, follows Jesus, listens to Jesus, and works to build the kingdom of Jesus. He’s our savior, our redeemer, our Lord, our friend, our adviser, and our confidant. He’s our everything.

Our number one ethic is grace. How are we going to achieve our goals of connection and redemption? Grace. It’s our ultimate paradigm and pattern and power. It’s the means by which we expect to change the world, and it’s the rule by which we run the church. In copying Jesus, we embody the same grace we receive, making Him tangible for each other and our world.

Grace means we live lives of generosity and giving people better than they deserve. Grace means we initiate and act. We love and enjoy each other. We live in vulnerability and openness. We welcome and embrace and include, without expectation. When we fight, we forgive. When we disagree, we stick together.

When we’re in hard situations or easy ones, when we’re joyful or angry, when we’re struggling or thriving, over and over, we seek the way of Jesus—we seek the way of grace.

This way of grace opens us up to connection. We actively invite others into our lives. We share meals and thoughts and material goods. We take care of each other. We enjoy each other. We live with a renewed awareness of God’s presence.

Jesus did not die just to give us a personal, private relationship with God. He died to fix all that is wrong with the world, including our relationships, which can now be characterized by honesty and forgiveness instead of self-preservation and hiding. We’re fighting to live into relationships we were made for, and we do this by actively sharing.

This makes us a radically inclusive community—because our goal is to share in Jesus with absolutely everyone who wants to share in Jesus. Instead of splitting, we share. Instead of hiding, we share. Instead of running or excluding or taking any of the other measures of self-preservation that are so natural to us, we share. This is the beautiful way of Jesus.

Restore Houston is a spiritual family that is deeply committed to the truths of Christianity that keep the hope of Jesus alive for us and for our world. We believe our faith draws from a rich history of understanding that has been passed down to us for the last 2000 years. From the Scriptures, to the first apostles and their disciples, to the early church fathers and mothers, to the universal church councils, to the reformers, to Christians who are alive in Jesus today, the essentials of our faith have been passed down diligently, thoughtfully and faithfully to us.

Using the universal church councils as our guide (such as Nicaea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, and Chalcedon in 451 AD), we strive to hold the essentials of our faith in unity. We stand only to retell the faith that has been preserved for us through them.

Below are the convictions that we believe have kept the hope of glory alive for Christians in every age. Therefore we cling to them with deep conviction, and with humility allow for freedom of conviction, as guided by His Holy Spirit, on all other approaches related to ecclesiology and theology.

We believe in one God, Father, Almighty who has existed eternally, and is the source and sustainer of all things. He is perfectly good, and everlastingly loving as He provides for us and for all of creation at every moment.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ who is Light from Light and true God from true God. He has been fathered by the Father, not created, and is of one essence with the Father. He was made flesh by the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life before laying down His life on the cross. Upon His physical resurrection, death and sin were overcome by Him who was both fully God and fully man. The incorruptibility of God drove out the corruptness of our humanity in the risen body of our Savior. In short, Jesus united with our fallen humanity so that we could unite with Him in His divinity. Our hope, and our glory, now lies in His promise to return, to conquer death in its entirety as judge over all, so that we can live out our lives in His eternal glorious presence.

We believe the Holy Spirt, the Lord and Giver of Life proceeds forth from the Father and from the Son and dwells within our hearts. His Spirit provides us with a new life that we can live now as we eagerly await our resurrection in the Son. These three, Father, Son, and Spirit have always existed in the same essence, and are to be worshiped and glorified as one God.

We believe that humanity is inherently sinful and fallen. Though created in perfect harmony with God and with each other, humanity became irreversibly corrupted, apart from the saving grace of Jesus, when they chose power over love when they listened to the created snake instead of the Creator God. Now all of humanity has followed the same path of corruption and spiritual death and is incapable on its own of rectifying its course and returning to its original, true form of humanity.

We believe that despite humanity’s heartless rebellion towards its loving Creator, God in His perfect love, loved us while we were still His enemy. In the greatest act of love and mercy in all of history, God provided a way of salvation through His Begotten Son. This gift, offered freely to all, is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Those who persist in pursuing salvation apart from this gift, will experience eternal anguish and disharmony with themselves, others and God.

Lastly, we believe the Holy Spirit spoke to us through the prophets and the various authors of the sixty-six books of the Bible. We work diligently to understand the Scriptures, under the guidance of His Holy Spirit, in their grammatical, historical and cultural contexts. We gather, under the provision of His Spirit, each week to study the Scriptures as part of the universal, apostolic church. We baptize those who confess this faith as it stands written here, and partake of communion together in celebration of Christ’s redeeming work. We await the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.

You might be wondering, “What place is there for me at Restore if I don’t believe in Jesus, or if I’m just not sure?” We’re glad you asked. Did you know that there are a lot of people at Restore Houston just like you? People who are still trying to figure out what they believe. People who are unsure if the Bible can be trusted. People skeptical about the whole “agenda” of church to begin with. People who are still trying to figure out the whole Jesus thing.

From the very beginning Restore has been a place where anyone can belong, regardless of who they are, what has happened or what they believe. People with alternative or agnostic views are welcome to participate in the life of our community, from joining a small group, to serving on Sundays, you are welcome here! In fact, it is so important to us that seekers, skeptics, thinkers, agnostics and spiritual travelers feel comfortable exploring Jesus with us, that we made it one of the core values of the church. We love Jesus and we think He is the hope of the world. But we don’t want you to take our word for it! Come find out for yourself! May you find what you are looking for.

Restore Houston is a spiritual family that is deeply committed to the truths of Christianity that keep the hope of Jesus alive for us and for our world. We believe our faith draws from a rich history of understanding that has been passed down to us for the last 2000 years. From the Scriptures, to the first apostles and their disciples, to the early church fathers and mothers, to the universal church councils, to the reformers, to Christians who are alive in Jesus today, the essentials of our faith have been passed down diligently, thoughtfully and faithfully to us.

Using the universal church councils as our guide (such as Nicaea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, and Chalcedon in 451 AD), we strive to hold the essentials of our faith in unity. We stand only to retell the faith that has been preserved for us through them.

Below are the convictions that we believe have kept the hope of glory alive for Christians in every age. Therefore we cling to them with deep conviction, and with humility allow for freedom of conviction, as guided by His Holy Spirit, on all other approaches related to ecclesiology and theology.

We believe in one God, Father, Almighty who has existed eternally, and is the source and sustainer of all things. He is perfectly good, and everlastingly loving as He provides for us and for all of creation at every moment.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ who is Light from Light and true God from true God. He has been fathered by the Father, not created, and is of one essence with the Father. He was made flesh by the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life before laying down His life on the cross. Upon His physical resurrection, death and sin were overcome by Him who was both fully God and fully man. The incorruptibility of God drove out the corruptness of our humanity in the risen body of our Savior. In short, Jesus united with our fallen humanity so that we could unite with Him in His divinity. Our hope, and our glory, now lies in His promise to return, to conquer death in its entirety as judge over all, so that we can live out our lives in His eternal glorious presence.

We believe the Holy Spirt, the Lord and Giver of Life proceeds forth from the Father and from the Son and dwells within our hearts. His Spirit provides us with a new life that we can live now as we eagerly await our resurrection in the Son. These three, Father, Son, and Spirit have always existed in the same essence, and are to be worshiped and glorified as one God.

We believe that humanity is inherently sinful and fallen. Though created in perfect harmony with God and with each other, humanity became irreversibly corrupted, apart from the saving grace of Jesus, when they chose power over love when they listened to the created snake instead of the Creator God. Now all of humanity has followed the same path of corruption and spiritual death and is incapable on its own of rectifying its course and returning to its original, true form of humanity.

We believe that despite humanity’s heartless rebellion towards its loving Creator, God in His perfect love, loved us while we were still His enemy. In the greatest act of love and mercy in all of history, God provided a way of salvation through His Begotten Son. This gift, offered freely to all, is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Those who persist in pursuing salvation apart from this gift, will experience eternal anguish and disharmony with themselves, others and God.

Lastly, we believe the Holy Spirit spoke to us through the prophets and the various authors of the sixty-six books of the Bible. We work diligently to understand the Scriptures, under the guidance of His Holy Spirit, in their grammatical, historical and cultural contexts. We gather, under the provision of His Spirit, each week to study the Scriptures as part of the universal, apostolic church. We baptize those who confess this faith as it stands written here, and partake of communion together in celebration of Christ’s redeeming work. We await the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.

You might be wondering, “What place is there for me at Restore if I don’t believe in Jesus, or if I’m just not sure?” We’re glad you asked. Did you know that there are a lot of people at Restore Houston just like you? People who are still trying to figure out what they believe. People who are unsure if the Bible can be trusted. People skeptical about the whole “agenda” of church to begin with. People who are still trying to figure out the whole Jesus thing.

From the very beginning Restore has been a place where anyone can belong, regardless of who they are, what has happened or what they believe. People with alternative or agnostic views are welcome to participate in the life of our community, from joining a small group, to serving on Sundays, you are welcome here! In fact, it is so important to us that seekers, skeptics, thinkers, agnostics and spiritual travelers feel comfortable exploring Jesus with us, that we made it one of the core values of the church. We love Jesus and we think He is the hope of the world. But we don’t want you to take our word for it! Come find out for yourself! May you find what you are looking for.

Doctrinal Philosophy

Restore Houston is a spiritual family that is deeply committed to the truths of Christianity that keep the hope of Jesus alive for us and for our world. We believe our faith draws from a rich history of understanding that has been passed down to us for the last 2000 years. From the Scriptures, to the first apostles and their disciples, to the early church fathers and mothers, to the universal church councils, to the reformers, to Christians who are alive in Jesus today, the essentials of our faith have been passed down diligently, thoughtfully and faithfully to us.

Using the universal church councils as our guide (such as Nicaea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, and Chalcedon in 451 AD), we strive to hold the essentials of our faith in unity. We stand only to retell the faith that has been preserved for us through them.

Below are the convictions that we believe have kept the hope of glory alive for Christians in every age. Therefore we cling to them with deep conviction, and with humility allow for freedom of conviction, as guided by His Holy Spirit, on all other approaches related to ecclesiology and theology.

Doctrinal Convictions

We believe in one God, Father, Almighty who has existed eternally, and is the source and sustainer of all things. He is perfectly good, and everlastingly loving as He provides for us and for all of creation at every moment.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ who is Light from Light and true God from true God. He has been fathered by the Father, not created, and is of one essence with the Father. He was made flesh by the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life before laying down His life on the cross. Upon His physical resurrection, death and sin were overcome by Him who was both fully God and fully man. The incorruptibility of God drove out the corruptness of our humanity in the risen body of our Savior. In short, Jesus united with our fallen humanity so that we could unite with Him in His divinity. Our hope, and our glory, now lies in His promise to return, to conquer death in its entirety as judge over all, so that we can live out our lives in His eternal glorious presence.

We believe the Holy Spirt, the Lord and Giver of Life proceeds forth from the Father and from the Son and dwells within our hearts. His Spirit provides us with a new life that we can live now as we eagerly await our resurrection in the Son. These three, Father, Son, and Spirit have always existed in the same essence, and are to be worshiped and glorified as one God.

We believe that humanity is inherently sinful and fallen. Though created in perfect harmony with God and with each other, humanity became irreversibly corrupted, apart from the saving grace of Jesus, when they chose power over love when they listened to the created snake instead of the Creator God. Now all of humanity has followed the same path of corruption and spiritual death and is incapable on its own of rectifying its course and returning to its original, true form of humanity.

We believe that despite humanity’s heartless rebellion towards its loving Creator, God in His perfect love, loved us while we were still His enemy. In the greatest act of love and mercy in all of history, God provided a way of salvation through His Begotten Son. This gift, offered freely to all, is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Those who persist in pursuing salvation apart from this gift, will experience eternal anguish and disharmony with themselves, others and God.

Lastly, we believe the Holy Spirit spoke to us through the prophets and the various authors of the sixty-six books of the Bible. We work diligently to understand the Scriptures, under the guidance of His Holy Spirit, in their grammatical, historical and cultural contexts. We gather, under the provision of His Spirit, each week to study the Scriptures as part of the universal, apostolic church. We baptize those who confess this faith as it stands written here, and partake of communion together in celebration of Christ’s redeeming work. We await the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.

Skeptics

You might be wondering, “What place is there for me at Restore if I don’t believe in Jesus, or if I’m just not sure?” We’re glad you asked. Did you know that there are a lot of people at Restore Houston just like you? People who are still trying to figure out what they believe. People who are unsure if the Bible can be trusted. People skeptical about the whole “agenda” of church to begin with. People who are still trying to figure out the whole Jesus thing.

From the very beginning Restore has been a place where anyone can belong, regardless of who they are, what has happened or what they believe. People with alternative or agnostic views are welcome to participate in the life of our community, from joining a small group, to serving on Sundays, you are welcome here! In fact, it is so important to us that seekers, skeptics, thinkers, agnostics and spiritual travelers feel comfortable exploring Jesus with us, that we made it one of the core values of the church. We love Jesus and we think He is the hope of the world. But we don’t want you to take our word for it! Come find out for yourself! May you find what you are looking for.