Matt Till is a lecturer of Christian Ministry and Communications at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, lead pastor of Restoration Church in the Chicago suburbs, and a regular contributor to Ephesiology (ephesiology.com), an online community and podcast dedicated to the study of the early Christian movement. Follow and connect with him at matthewtill.com and on Twitter, @MattTill1.
Exhaustion, fatigue, and apathy are worn today like it’s poorly in style and there’s a good chance you are wearing it too. We all are, and it’s a tell-tale sign we as a humanity are hurting and unhealthy. It’s about time for an overdue wardrobe change. Continue reading “Rest for the Soul”→
From the beginning Restoration Church has actively sought out partnership opportunities with a community of autonomous churches committed to fulfilling the Great Commission. It’s our belief the most effective and lasting means to seeing the church fulfill this mission is through gospel-centered collaboration focused on joining Christ in His mission to reconcile the world into His Kingdom by making, sending, and multiplying followers of Jesus Christ. This Sunday, we have the privilege to participate in making an additional step in fulfilling that call, and you are invited to be part of it.
Mary tucked the colored eggs away in preparation for some morning fun with the kids and I got the first pot of coffee started. In just a few hours our house would soon be transformed from a quiet sanctuary to a bustling gathering filled with food, conversation, music, and prayer. It was Easter Sunday and the body of Christ was preparing to meet, as we do every Sunday morning, in a simple and purposeful setting.
On this Good Friday and Easter weekend, we remember God’s greatest act of love and grace for humanity – the death of his son Jesus Christ for our sins. No longer do we remain condemned and enslaved to sin, but now we are set free, declared righteous and adopted into the family of God with an eternal inheritance. What a gift God has given us!
Last month I received a text from a friend and ministry partner asking if I would be interested in collaborating on a new podcast dedicated to the study of the early Christian movement. The goal would be to participate in a theological conversation that seeks to see movements reignited locally and globally. A few weeks later, this new project was born!
I’m not known to travel very much, especially by plane. However, as the Lord would have it, He put me on six planes in the span of 27 days that took me to the edges of the country for the purpose of joining Him in His mission. The picture above became a familiar sight for me. It was also symbolic to the purpose of each of these trips and how the Lord continues to be leading – “You will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
This week I had the privilege to be part of a 4-day “Church Intensive” with We Are Church, the church-planting network founded by Francis Chan in San Francisco, California. We learned first-hand the heart behind their ministry, the ‘why’ behind their methodology, and caught a powerful vision of what the church can and should be in our communities. The following is one story from my time with them.
Movements and causes come and go all the time. But there is one movement that has withstood the test of time because its founded in truth and spiritually empowered. Regrettably, the statistics have been in for quite some time: Christianity has plateaued and begun a slow decline in North America, not because its been proven false, but because we have lost sight of our mission.