WE BELIEVE THAT GLORIFYING GOD IS THE MANDATE AND CALL OF EVERY BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN, AND CONSEQUENTLY IT IS THE MANDATE AND CALL OF EVERY BIBLICAL CHURCH.
Our vision draws attention to four things that we hope will be true about us. The first is that Restore will be a community, and not an individual. The church is always a group of people.
The second thing we believe is that every person was created to worship. To worship something means that we ascribe ultimate value to it; our choices and our decisions and our thoughts begin to revolve around whatever–or whomever–it is that we worship. Restore is a group of people who are, by their nature, worshipers.
The third phrase is to glorify God. The fundamental shift that has happened in the life of the Christian is that instead of ascribing ultimate value to things that are created, whether ourselves, another person, or some thing, our lives now revolve around God and how he has called us to live. It's an internal shift that we can't manufacture, and it's a life-long shift that continues to work itself out every day. As a community of people whose lives now revolve around who God is and who he has called us to be, we try to live in such a way that God receives honor. That's what it means to "glorify".
And the final thing that holds the rest together: the only reason we can do any of this, is because of Jesus Christ. Our own efforts aren't enough. The central defining moment of the entirety of what we know about God takes place when we come to know who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he has accomplished on our behalf. Jesus is the one who builds the church; Jesus is the one who unites the community, the one who gives our worship meaning and value, and allows us to even have a hope of honoring God.