Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | February 21, 2006

Restoration – the magazine

Yesterday, I posted a brief and extremely basic description of restoration. However, today I thought you may like to see the vision statement printed in Restoration Magazine during the early 1980s that provides more detail on those themes:

Restoration Magazine exists as a prophetic voice to the people of God, calling us back to New Testament principles and on to God’s full purpose for his church. This involves casting aside what is merely institutional and traditional, and restoring much that has been lost or neglected over the centuries.

It asserts that God is not complacent over a professing church that is divided and segmented. He is moving by his Spirit to break down all denominational and sectarian barriers. He has yet to answer fully the prayer of Jesus ‘that they all may be one’ – not in some superficial sense, but in the same way that the Father and Son are one ‘so that the world may believe’.

Restoration Magazine believes in the triumph of the church in this age, as God’s instrument to bring in his kingdom. Already the Bride is awakening from her slumber, putting on her strength and clothing herself with her beautiful garments, in preparation for the return of the Bridegroom. The practical teaching in this magazine has this end in view.

Behind the message of Restoration Magazine are men committed to this vision and to one another for its fulfilment. They are all involved in team ministry, seeking to work out the practical implications of that vision. They do not profess to have it all, but acknowledge gratefully the insights and contributions of many others who are pressing towards the same goal.”

This editorial statement crystallises so much of the faith-filled biblical vision that firmly caught hold of my life more than 20 years ago. Today, I still remain committed to this purpose and know that we have to communicate God’s plan to ‘restore all things’ to a new generation.

Having made such good progress, it would be so easy for us to simply institutionalise what we have already learned and fail to move forward. Even with a thoroughly biblical set of beliefs we could ignore the ‘insights and contribution of others who are pressing toward the same goal’ and become inward looking rather than retain a radical zeal for the whole body of Christ. But just reading this again is encouragement to continue to pursue revelation and practical teaching to equip the church for the challenges in reaching our generation here and now.

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Responses

  1. Amen, I remember when I first heard about Restoration as a Student in a Pentecostal Bible School, and when I realised the truth of Restoration several years later, and now Restoration is still part of my life as it was 10 years ago


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