Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | February 23, 2006

Restoration – the themes

Restoration cover.JPGThe May/June 1987 edition of Restoration Magazine marked the 12th anniversary of its publication. To celebrate, it provided a survey of important themes and trends in an article called ‘God on the Move’ which compiled insights from the three apostolic teams associated with the magazine.

Rereading this issue made me remember exactly how much had been restored to the church in just those few years. These teams of men, led by men such as Bryn & Keri Jones, Terry Virgo and others had brought back to God’s people not just one truth or idea, neither had they simply rediscovered an individual aspect of church or theology. Instead their faith-filled searching and sharing of the Scriptures provided an entirely new and powerful outlook for Christianity in the UK.
This is perhaps best illustrated by the range and scope of the trends highlighted in that edition of the magazine:

  • Housegroups
  • Apostles and prophets
  • Shepherding
  • Springs of restoration
  • Committed relationships
  • Christian education
  • Bible weeks
  • Social action
  • Praise and worship
  • Church planting
  • Kingdom of God
  • Mainstream decline of denominations

Today, I thank God for these teams of ministries for all they achieved together. In particular I thank God for all they contributed specifically to the church here in Swansea that I am privileged to be a part of.

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Responses

  1. The ‘distinctives’ that restoration magazine published were important in the days of its publication – there is still a great importance in 2006 to proclaim and demonstrate through the churches we are part of the ‘distinctives’ of our faith: covenant, restoration, rigtheousness and justice, plurality of leadership, Kingdom, Apostles and Prophets, Authority, Church etc. – I’m excited about all that God is doing – His restoration plan is still as important in 2006 as it was 20-30 years ago

  2. I recently finished ‘The Radical Church’ where the vision for restoration is very clearly and passionately laid out. However, I’d love to get hold of these magazines – are they still available?

    Every Blessing
    John

  3. I remember that edition well! I’m grateful too for those pioneers but it also mkaes me want to realise so much more of what they saw and preached.


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