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Our Mission

Simply Jesus for anyone. That is our mission. Our heart. It is who we are. We believe that through grace Jesus is restoring all things. And that includes you! It includes every part of you. That is why we are named Restore! Regardless of the sin that has hold of you or the shame that diminishes you, Jesus has come to restore every weary and inhumane rhythm of your life into a beautiful melody.

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Our Mission

Simply Jesus for anyone. That is our mission. Our heart. It is who we are. We believe that through grace Jesus is restoring all things. And that includes you! It includes every part of you. That is why we are named Restore! Regardless of the sin that has hold of you or the shame that diminishes you, Jesus has come to restore every weary and inhumane rhythm of your life into a beautiful melody.

VIEW BELIEFS

Our Mission

Simply Jesus for anyone. That is our mission. Our heart. It is who we are. We believe that through grace Jesus is restoring all things. And that includes you! It includes every part of you. That is why we are named Restore! Regardless of the sin that has hold of you or the shame that diminishes you, Jesus has come to restore every weary and inhumane rhythm of your life into a beautiful melody.

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Our Values

Deep within the story of God’s love for humanity is a beautiful truth – God has come to us. Most of us spend our lives imaging God as either a benevolent observer or an angry and exacting overseer who is unable to be around us because of our failings. Regardless of how we picture God, we perceive Him mostly as distant and far removed from our muddled lives down here on Earth. He is way “up there in Heaven” and we are down here waiting to go there if we are good. Even those of us who are highly religious see God’s presence as something that we enter into only after we have died. Sadly, these false beliefs can lead us to a rather unfulfilling spiritual life.

God was never content with the distance between us and Him. We are His beloved and He is overwhelmed with a desire to be near to us. He is a God of love and always seeks our good, even when it costs Him everything. It may come as a surprise to you, but God will go to any length just to be with you.

At Christmas time we celebrate it, even if we are not entirely aware of the significance of it – God came to us! And not in the way He deserved, or in the way we expected, but in humility and gentleness He came as a little child. Rather than taking up the life of a king, Jesus lived the life of a kind shepherd. Jesus came so that He could be with us and that we could live our life with Him.

It might be strange for us to think that Jesus will do anything to be with us, but that is who He is! He cares for us so intensely that He will do anything, go to any length and break down any bearer just to be near to us. We celebrate this often a Restore and pray that you would experience this closeness with Him. He is near to you always, may you find Him where you did not expect to.

We have a favorite saying around here at Restore: “Grace Restores All Things.” We believe this is such a foundational truth that we have built the life of our entire church around it. In fact, that’s even how we got the name “Restore”! Everything we do, every sermon we preach, every song that we sing, every time that we meet, we carry the the hope that the grace of Jesus is restoring all things.

There are so many beautiful rhythms to the grace God gives us through Jesus that we just can’t stop talking about it. Ever! And when we say that grace restores all things, we mean that grace does more than just “not punish us” by forgiving us for the wrong things we’ve done. While the grace of God does free us from our guilt and shame, it also puts back the broken pieces of our lives. It does so much more than just not punish us. It brings healing where there has been pain. It brings life where there has been despair. It brings belonging where there has been wandering and freedom where there has been bondage. It brings love where there has been hate and acceptance where there has been division. It makes new what has been washed up and rediscovers what has been lost. It brings beauty out of broken things. No part of your life is too far out, too far down, too far gone or too far lost to where grace cannot find you. What you might think of as hopeless, is actually God weaving a beautiful story with your life through His grace.

Graces restores all things by making all things as the should be. And because “all things” includes all people, we believe that no matter who you are, where you have been, what you have done, or what has happened to you, that God’s grace is for you, not withhold from you. We are not gatekeepers of His overwhelming love, nor do we get to decided how, or to whom God, pours out His abundant love and grace. It is not our place. Therefore, regardless of your race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or anything else about you, you are welcome at the table of God’s abundant love and grace. May His abundant grace restore all things in your own life.

God is a friend who often speaks to us through our friends. We experience the loving presence of God in our lives through the loving presence of others. People are relational beings and God is a relational God. God lives in a loving relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These three are distinct persons of one divine essence and that essence is love! God is love! And love always reaches out to the other. Love cannot exist alone in isolation. And neither can we!

We were made like God, in His image in fact. And so we too are built to love and to be loved. It is how we are built! We were meant to give to and to receive from those around us. We were meant for community! When we chose to guard ourselves from others, to prevent ourselves from being known by them, we go against the architecture of our souls. The apostle Paul told one of the early churches he was guiding that he was excited to not only share the good news of God’s love with them but to share his very life with them as well.

Friendship at Restore is defined by sharing our lives with one another. It is more than just “liking” each other’s posts on social media or giving each other high-fives on Sunday (although there is nothing wrong with a high-five!). It is about coming alongside one another through the journey of life, carrying each other’s burdens, and celebrating happy moments together. It is about weeping alongside those who are hurting and keeping the hope of Jesus alive for one another.

But being known is scary! What if you are rejected? What if you are judged? What if you are talked about behind your back? We have all had these experiences before and they have taught us not to trust others, to trust churches, or sometimes to trust even our friends. Therefore, we must unlearn what we have learned in the past if we are to heal and become whole again. We must learn to love and be loved, to know and be known, to hear and be heard. We can only do this when we are surrounded by people who commit to loving us completely and fully, shortcomings, failures, shame, and all! This is why we make this commitment to one another at Restore.

This is why we strive to be the types of friends we believe Jesus is calling us to be at Restore – to love others completely and selflessly. Our prayer is that outsiders would belong once again. May you find friendship and belonging at Restore again!

Many of us are enslaved to the inhumane rhythms that run our lives – anxiety and fear, pride and anger, resentment and addiction, loneliness and despair, perfectionism and shame, hatred and regret. We wake each day knowing that we will be subjected to painful situations, broken relationships, constant feelings of inadequacy, and uncertain futures. But God is making a different path for us!

He wants to give rest to our weary hearts and broken souls. And He desires for us to find this rest in His care for us! He wants us to rest from our anxiety knowing that our future is in His hands and to rest from our shame and guilt knowing His grace is all we need.

Rest is an act of worship. When we rest, we acknowledge that God is good and that He holds our future in His hands. We worship the goodness and sovereignty and power of God by resting. The Old Testament practice of “Sabbath” was rooted in this very idea. When God instructs His people to rest from the work of gathering food, He does so by reassuring them that He will provide all that they need even when they aren’t gathering.

God is constantly bringing about rest for His beloved children by rescuing them from the inhumane rhythms that control their lives. And this includes their own shame, anxiety, fear, perfectionism, guilt, and anger. In fact, Jesus announced the beginning of His work by declaring that it was now the time “of the Lord’s favor” which meant that He was here to bring liberation for the oppressed and rest to the weary.

We believe that God desires to give you this liberation and rest in your life even today. In fact, we believe with all our heart that God is making a way for you right now! God has rest for you, may you find it in His love.

Everywhere we turn there is hatred, division, bullying, name-calling, belittling, and dehumanization. It is almost as if we take pleasure in being spiteful towards one another, especially those who are different from us. Many of us feel entitled and justified to hate the “others” in our life. Sadly, this way of thinking seeps its way into our spiritual lives as well. Pride and arrogance often dictate how we interact with those who hold different perspectives from our own, even if they are other Christians.

When we think that we alone hold the fullest, truest picture of God, we become self-deluded by our own pride. Claiming to understand everything about God and then demanding that others must also understand Him exactly as we do leads to nowhere. It is arrogance, rather than love, that assumes we can know everything there is to know about God in the first place.

All of us come from different spiritual backgrounds and understandings. Our unique upbringings and cultural perspectives will always influence the way we see God. The goal is, therefore, not to remove such influences, but rather to be aware of them and to use them to build unity within the diversity of the church. Unity can never be achieved without the humility to first acknowledge that someone else’s deeply held conviction may be closer to the truth than our own. It requires humility to respect the dignity of others with whom we disagree, even sharply. It takes humility to recognize that our own limited viewpoints could be misinformed, uninformed, or partially informed. There simply is no church unity without humility.

Fortunately, our path towards humility has been already set before us by our humble God. Throughout the story of Scripture, God repeatedly humbles Himself for the sake of others. He often allows His children to disagree with Him, argue with Him and even disobey Him. And yet, no matter how stubborn they are, or how many times they rebel against Him, He always returns to them with open arms. This is true humility! When Jesus came, He came not in the stature of the King of the Cosmos, but as a humble infant, totally dependent on the care and love of His mother. He lived a life not of power and force, but of meekness and gentleness. Rather than take a posture of grandeur, He chose to lay down His life by serving His friends, giving up what was owed to Him by instead giving all He had to others, including His life. May we all find from Him this same kind of humility as we love those around us.

Have you ever stopped to ponder at the beauty of this story that God has invited us into? We have! And every time, we are overwhelmed with wonder to be part of this story. We wish we could explain it more. We wish we could explain it better. But sometimes there is love so deep, and beauty so captivating, that it really cannot be explained, only experienced, only lived out in the deepest recesses of our hearts and the farthest corners of our being. There is a great mystery to being loved by God and being united to Him in Christ.

When Jesus joined humanity as one of us, He united with us and with our story. The fate of humanity became His fate. Our flesh His flesh. Our world His world. Our pain His pain. And when loved compelled Him to submit Himself to the most despairing and lonely experiences of the human condition, death, something remarkable happened. We became united with Jesus in His eternal life and blessedness!

We might be tempted to try and theologize this wonderful truth. But if we do, then we lose what we have been given. Theology is important! Don’t get us wrong! But it can’t explain everything. Even the new testament writers struggled to put into words the beauty of being united with Christ in His life and resurrection. The Apostle Paul actually invented new words to try and communicate the uniqueness of what has happened to Christians in Jesus. He used phrases like “crucified with,” raised with,” and “seated with” to help us grasp the hope of the resurrection. These were entirely new words to describe something entirely new.

And so we chose to live, rather than explain, this part of the Christian life. To live it every day when we wake up, while we drive to work, as we load dishes, change diapers and pay bills, as we sit in meetings, mow our lawns and finish the laundry. The God who hung the stars in their places and taught the oceans where to stand also lives in our hearts and is with us in the everydayness of life! Union with Christ means knowing God. May you, once again, recapture the wonder of knowing Him.

Deep within the story of God’s love for humanity is a beautiful truth – God has come to us. Most of us spend our lives imaging God as either a benevolent observer or an angry and exacting overseer who is unable to be around us because of our failings. Regardless of how we picture God, we perceive Him mostly as distant and far removed from our muddled lives down here on Earth. He is way “up there in Heaven” and we are down here waiting to go there if we are good. Even those of us who are highly religious see God’s presence as something that we enter into only after we have died. Sadly, these false beliefs can lead us to a rather unfulfilling spiritual life.

God was never content with the distance between us and Him. We are His beloved and He is overwhelmed with a desire to be near to us. He is a God of love and always seeks our good, even when it costs Him everything. It may come as a surprise to you, but God will go to any length just to be with you.

At Christmas time we celebrate it, even if we are not entirely aware of the significance of it – God came to us! And not in the way He deserved, or in the way we expected, but in humility and gentleness He came as a little child. Rather than taking up the life of a king, Jesus lived the life of a kind shepherd. Jesus came so that He could be with us and that we could live our life with Him.

It might be strange for us to think that Jesus will do anything to be with us, but that is who He is! He cares for us so intensely that He will do anything, go to any length and break down any bearer just to be near to us. We celebrate this often a Restore and pray that you would experience this closeness with Him. He is near to you always, may you find Him where you did not expect to.

We have a favorite saying around here at Restore: “Grace Restores All Things.” We believe this is such a foundational truth that we have built the life of our entire church around it. In fact, that’s even how we got the name “Restore”! Everything we do, every sermon we preach, every song that we sing, every time that we meet, we carry the the hope that the grace of Jesus is restoring all things.

There are so many beautiful rhythms to the grace God gives us through Jesus that we just can’t stop talking about it. Ever! And when we say that grace restores all things, we mean that grace does more than just “not punish us” by forgiving us for the wrong things we’ve done. While the grace of God does free us from our guilt and shame, it also puts back the broken pieces of our lives. It does so much more than just not punish us. It brings healing where there has been pain. It brings life where there has been despair. It brings belonging where there has been wandering and freedom where there has been bondage. It brings love where there has been hate and acceptance where there has been division. It makes new what has been washed up and rediscovers what has been lost. It brings beauty out of broken things. No part of your life is too far out, too far down, too far gone or too far lost to where grace cannot find you. What you might think of as hopeless, is actually God weaving a beautiful story with your life through His grace.

Graces restores all things by making all things as the should be. And because “all things” includes all people, we believe that no matter who you are, where you have been, what you have done, or what has happened to you, that God’s grace is for you, not withhold from you. We are not gatekeepers of His overwhelming love, nor do we get to decided how, or to whom God, pours out His abundant love and grace. It is not our place. Therefore, regardless of your race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or anything else about you, you are welcome at the table of God’s abundant love and grace. May His abundant grace restore all things in your own life.

We always say around Restore that “a church where you don’t have any friends really isn’t a church worth going to”! People are relational beings and God is a relational God. God lives in a loving relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These three are distinct persons of one divine essence and that essence is love! God is love! And love always reaches out to the other. Love cannot exist alone in isolation. And neither can we!

We were made like God, in His image in fact. And so we too are built to love and to be loved. It is how we are built! We were meant to give to and to receive from those around us. We were meant for community! When we chose to guard ourselves from others, to prevent ourselves from being known by them, we go against the architecture of our souls. The apostle Paul told one of the early churches he was guiding that he was excited to not only share the good news of God’s love with them but to share his very life with them as well.

Friendship at Restore is defined by sharing our lives with one another. It is more than just “liking” each other’s posts on social media or giving each other high-fives on Sunday (although there is nothing wrong with a high-five!). It is about coming alongside one another through the journey of life, carrying each other’s burdens and celebrating happy moments together. It is about weeping alongside those who are hurting, and keeping the hope of Jesus alive for one another.

But being known is scary! What if you are rejected? What if you are judged? What if you are talked about behind your back? We have all had these experiences before and they have taught us not to trust others, to trust churches, or sometimes to trust even our friends. Therefore, we must unlearn what we have learned in the past if we are to heal and become whole again. We must learn to love and be loved, to know and be known, to hear and be heard. We can only do this when we are surrounded by people who commit to loving us completely and fully, shortcomings, failures, shame and all! This is why we make this commitment to one another at Restore. This is why we strive to be the types of friends we believe Jesus is calling us to be at Restore –  to love others completely and selflessly. Our prayers is that outsiders would belong once again. May you find friendship and belonging at Restore again!

Many of us are enslaved to the inhumane rhythms that run our lives – anxiety and fear, pride and anger, resentment and addiction, loneliness and despair, perfectionism and shame, hatred and regret. We wake each day knowing that we will be subjected to painful situations, broken relationships, constant feelings of inadequacy, and uncertain futures. But God is making a different path for us!

He wants to give rest to our weary hearts and broken souls. And He desires for us to find this rest in His care for us! He wants us to rest from our anxiety knowing that our future is in His hands and to rest from our shame and guilt knowing His grace is all we need.

Rest is an act of worship. When we rest, we acknowledge that God is good and that He holds our future in His hands. We worship the goodness and sovereignty and power of God by resting. The Old Testament practice of “Sabbath” was rooted in this very idea. When God instructs His people to rest from the work of gathering food, He does so by reassuring them that He will provide all that they need even when they aren’t gathering.

God is constantly bringing about rest for His beloved children by rescuing them from the inhumane rhythms that control their lives. And this includes their own shame, anxiety, fear, perfectionism, guilt, and anger. In fact, Jesus announced the beginning of His work by declaring that it was now the time “of the Lord’s favor” which meant that He was here to bring liberation for the oppressed and rest to the weary.

We believe that God desires to give you this liberation and rest in your life even today. In fact, we believe with all our heart that God is making a way for you right now! God has rest for you, may you find it in His love.

Everywhere we turn there is hatred, division, bullying, name-calling, belittling, and dehumanization. It is almost as if we take pleasure in being spiteful towards one another, especially those who are different from us. Many of us feel entitled and justified to hate the “others” in our life. Sadly, this way of thinking seeps its way into our spiritual lives as well. Pride and arrogance often dictate how we interact with those who hold different perspectives from our own, even if they are other Christians.

When we think that we alone hold the fullest, truest picture of God, we become self-deluded by our own pride. Claiming to understand everything about God and then demanding that others must also understand Him exactly as we do leads to nowhere. It is arrogance, rather than love, that assumes we can know everything there is to know about God in the first place.

All of us come from different spiritual backgrounds and understandings. Our unique upbringings and cultural perspectives will always influence the way we see God. The goal is, therefore, not to remove such influences, but rather to be aware of them and to use them to build unity within the diversity of the church. Unity can never be achieved without the humility to first acknowledge that someone else’s deeply held conviction may be closer to the truth than our own. It requires humility to respect the dignity of others with whom we disagree, even sharply. It takes humility to recognize that our own limited viewpoints could be misinformed, uninformed, or partially informed. There simply is no church unity without humility.

Fortunately, our path towards humility has been already set before us by our humble God. Throughout the story of Scripture, God repeatedly humbles Himself for the sake of others. He often allows His children to disagree with Him, argue with Him and even disobey Him. And yet, no matter how stubborn they are, or how many times they rebel against Him, He always returns to them with open arms. This is true humility! When Jesus came, He came not in the stature of the King of the Cosmos, but as a humble infant, totally dependent on the care and love of His mother. He lived a life not of power and force, but of meekness and gentleness. Rather than take a posture of grandeur, He chose to lay down His life by serving His friends, giving up what was owed to Him by instead giving all He had to others, including His life. May we all find from Him this same kind of humility as we love those around us.

Have you ever stopped to ponder at the beauty of this story that God has invited us into? We have! And every time, we are overwhelmed with wonder to be part of this story. We wish we could explain it more. We wish we could explain it better. But sometimes there is love so deep, and beauty so captivating, that it really cannot be explained, only experienced, only lived out in the deepest recesses of our hearts and the farthest corners of our being. There is a great mystery to being loved by God and being united to Him in Christ.

When Jesus joined humanity as one of us, He united with us and with our story. The fate of humanity became His fate. Our flesh His flesh. Our world His world. Our pain His pain. And when loved compelled Him to submit Himself to the most despairing and lonely experiences of the human condition, death, something remarkable happened. We became united with Jesus in His eternal life and blessedness!

We might be tempted to try and theologize this wonderful truth. But if we do, then we lose what we have been given. Theology is important! Don’t get us wrong! But it can’t explain everything. Even the new testament writers struggled to put into words the beauty of being united with Christ in His life and resurrection. The Apostle Paul actually invented new words to try and communicate the uniqueness of what has happened to Christians in Jesus. He used phrases like “crucified with,” raised with,” and “seated with” to help us grasp the hope of the resurrection. These were entirely new words to describe something entirely new.

And so we chose to live, rather than explain, this part of the Christian life. To live it every day when we wake up, while we drive to work, as we load dishes, change diapers and pay bills, as we sit in meetings, mow our lawns and finish the laundry. The God who hung the stars in their places and taught the oceans where to stand also lives in our hearts and is with us in the everydayness of life! Union with Christ means knowing God. May you, once again, recapture the wonder of knowing Him.

Our Pastor

Justin is the founding and lead pastor of Restore Houston. He loves Houston and is starting Restore Houston Church in 2021 to be a place where others can be restored by the grace of Jesus. Justin lives in Houston with his wife Alyssa and little girl, Indie Florence. Alyssa works as a social worker at Texas Children’s Hospital. Indie enjoys feeding ducks, ice cream, and coloring.

Justin loves Texas BBQ, craft beer, and woodworking. When he’s not reading, pastoring, or spending time with his family, you can find him working in his backyard. Justin believes Jesus is the hope of the world (and for you!). His desire is to see others experience the restorative grace of Jesus in a church where they feel safe to be themselves and where they can truly belong, no matter what has happened or who they are.

Our Pastor

Justin is the founding and lead pastor of Restore Houston. He loves Houston and is starting Restore Houston Church in 2021 to be a place where others can be restored by the grace of Jesus. Justin lives in Houston with his wife Alyssa and little girl, Indie Florence. Alyssa works as a social worker at Texas Children’s Hospital. Indie enjoys feeding ducks, ice cream, and coloring.

Justin loves Texas BBQ, craft beer, and woodworking. When he’s not reading, pastoring, or spending time with his family, you can find him working in his backyard. Justin believes Jesus is the hope of the world (and for you!). His desire is to see others experience the restorative grace of Jesus in a church where they feel safe to be themselves and where they can truly belong, no matter what has happened or who they are.

Our Pastor

Justin is the founding and lead pastor of Restore Houston. He loves Houston and is starting Restore Houston Church in 2021 to be a place where others can be restored by the grace of Jesus. Justin lives in Houston with his wife Alyssa and little girl, Indie Florence. Alyssa works as a social worker at Texas Children’s Hospital. Indie enjoys feeding ducks, ice cream, and coloring.

Justin loves Texas BBQ, craft beer, and woodworking. When he’s not reading, pastoring, or spending time with his family, you can find him working in his backyard. Justin believes Jesus is the hope of the world (and for you!). His desire is to see others experience the restorative grace of Jesus in a church where they feel safe to be themselves and where they can truly belong, no matter what has happened or who they are.