Guest Post–Why I chose to get involved with Restoration Church

Hey All.

This week I decided to add another guest post series on the now official blog/website (until we get our permanent website up) of Restoration Church, Port Orange, Florida.

In the future, Ill be asking some of you to share why you desired to become a part of the new church. This week I’ve asked Clay Cass to share his story with us.

Here it is:

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” – Romans 10:13-15

Why I decided to plant a church with Restoration

As we enter into the 21st century one undeniable fact is that as our history books grow in volume, as our hard-drives fill up, as our populations continue to rise, the world continues to seem smaller and smaller. The corners of the world are laid bare with a few clicks of the mouse and yet the volume of information we record every day seems endless. The tension this situation creates is seen in the most recent search engine technology – the goal of which is to not only search according to keywords but to search according to your preferences. The sheer amount of information on the web  requires search engines to not only understand your language but your habits. It seems that even in our technology we need something personal. In a time such as this I am drawn to Paul’s words above which seem to make a similar point. The work of the church is personal work, done by real people who understand the language and habits of the people they are sent to. The the method God has chosen to announce his good news to the world is through people, and supremely through the person of Jesus. The Church carries a message that is to be hand delivered and when it is done correctly it is indeed beautiful.

It would take too long to cover all the reasons I chose to plant a church with Restoration… So I’ll just give one main reason. I believe God wants to use our community to hand deliver his good news to new people. The good news is that the God of the universe has a passion for restoring people to himself and each other and he has made a way through Jesus’ life work–which destroyed the barriers between people and God–and through Jesus’ word which ignites our faith. If we follow Paul’s reasoning above, God continues this process of  restoration by sending people into their surroundings with a message. It is profoundly simple and ultimately it is beautiful to the people God has sent us to. All the most recent statistics show that church planting is the most effective way to hand deliver God’s good news. As such I look forward to being part of a community that embodies Jesus’ message and work for the good of those around us.

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~ by Anthony Orzo on March 17, 2010.

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