|Restoration Ministries International
Sharing the Hebraic** Foundations of the Earliest Followers of Jesus
Preparing Today's Followers of Jesus to Do Their Part in His Kingdom
Following Jesus as LORD of your life with the same trust-based obedient love as the first Hebrew, Abraham.
In your Christian life have you been experiencing the spiritual power our Lord Jesus promises His own?
This website is for people who love Jesus as Lord, trust in His promises, and want to live to fulfill those promises.
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father"
Our Lord keeps His promises! In 1967 He returned Jerusalem to the Jewish people as was prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), fulfilling the promise of Jesus in Luke 21:24. Since that time He has been restoring to Jews and Gentiles alike the Hebraic foundations of love-grounded, obedient trust — the essence of Kingdom living in union with Jesus through His indwelling Spirit. Why is this a Hebraic restoration? Because it's a way of life that's modeled on the obedient trust of Abraham, the first Hebrew, the father of all who trust (Romans 4:11,12; Galatians 3:7-9).The Kingdom of God is based upon relational priorities which flow from the center outward in the diagram. Our ministry focuses primarily on the center three priorities, which we discuss below. [On the diagram below, click on Father & Jesus, or The Home, or Fellowship in Homes for materials which address your particular interest.]
1. The most important relationship you can have is with our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus, through the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is only by living in union with Jesus as LORD of your life can you ever do our Father's will in advancing the Kingdom. And this, your key relationship, then needs to flow into your home and your fellowship family of homes.
2. The second priority is the relationships within your own home. Your home is the primary place for spiritual development and family discipleship.
3. The third priority is fellowship in homes as extended spiritual family. It's within homes that people who love and serve Lord Jesus help each other remain repentant as brothers and sisters in Him, and love and serve one another as His body through the 54 New Testament "one-another" commands. Within the extended family, discipling takes place that spurs members to reach out to people who have yet to trust and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
4. The fourth priority is the gathering of home fellowships as the Gospel of the Kingdom penetrates neighborhoods and provides a relational context for extended spiritual families to encourage and strengthen one another collectively.
5. The fifth priority includes gatherings of faith communities throughout a city, a nation, and the worldwide body of Christ so that entire people groups and societies may be exposed to authentic witness of the Gospel and disciples be raised up among every tribe, nation, and language.
Priority #1 Our Father and Jesus
A Love-based Relationship of Covenant Union
A biblically Hebraic understanding of your relationship with your heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus, is a lifelong pilgrimage to your salvation as you walk in ever-growing yieldedness to the indwelling Holy Spirit. Your spiritual journey culminates when you stand before our Lord and your name is proclaimed to the hosts of heaven! That journey begins when you accept the stipulations our Father offers in the New Covenant, a new birth of reconciliation that is made possible through the shed blood of Jesus, our atoning Sacrifice.
Jesus makes clear how you can enter into this Covenant: “‘Whoever puts his trust in Me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in Him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because [Jesus] had not yet been glorified)” (John 7:38,39). The only Scripture in existence when Jesus revealed this truth was the Older Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures. The foundational truth for salvation is found in the Older Testament and made clear in the Newer Testament as a continuum that is made full in Lord Jesus. [For more on this, please see our Hebraic Article, The Gospel of the Covenant is the Pilgrimage to Salvation, as well as our video training series, Jesus In Your Home.]
PRIORITY #2 — YOUR HOME
The Marriage Covenant: The Physical Representation of Your Covenant with The Father
The Home: The Basic Building Block for Spiritual Development
The earliest Hebraic followers of Jesus understood clearly that God ordained the home to be the basic building block for spiritual development. So much of Christendom today “outsources” wives and children for others to teach. In the earliest Church, however, the husband/father was the primary influence in the spiritual development of his family—and this was an intentional responsibility, not a haphazard occurrence. All other relationships supported him in this role, and nothing competed with his responsibility to help his own family mature spiritually.
A. Marriage — Our Father designed the marriage covenant to be the physical representation of our spiritual Covenant with Him in Christ. In this light, marriage is the second-most important covenant God established because it mirrors the intimacy and union He wants with His beloved. A Hebraic-Christian marriage of the early Church reflected a couple’s relationship with God and could be summarized like this: "If you want to know the extent of my relationship with Jesus Christ, see it in the love He has given me for my spouse." A man is called to love God with all his heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37). No less is demanded of him in his union with his wife as he serves her through the indwelling Spirit: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). A woman is also called to love God with all her heart, soul and mind. No less is demanded of her in her union with her husband as she serves him through the indwelling Spirit in loving respect as she would her Lord (Ephesians 5:22-24,32). The relational intimacy shared by a married couple represents both their individual and collective relationship with their Lord.
B. Family — Your home is the primary building block for Christian growth and discipleship. All your other spiritual relationships should strengthen your home in this purpose. The Hebraic followers of the earliest Church recognized that their relationship with their Lord and the relationships within their homes were inseparably linked: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
Children are a heritage and blessing from the Lord. Fathers in particular are commanded to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). A father is God’s primary influence in whether his children enjoy healthy marriages that glorify our Father, or end up promiscuous in heterosexual or homosexual relationships. A mother imparts nurture and motivation to her children in a way that no outside caregiver can (Proverbs 1:8; 31:26). God’s life purpose for a child is best guided by parents who intimately know their children’s unique personalities and inclinations through intentionally meaningful time together and loving, consistent effort. Parents are uniquely suited to shepherd their children into the life decisions and vocation that are best suited for each child, especially if the family is blessed with input from wise grandparents or older, extended spiritual family members. [See our Hebraic Article, Hebraic Home Fellowships Must Produce Godly Generations.]
PRIORITY #3 — FELLOWSHIP IN HOMES
An Alliance of the Repentant and Committed Who Are Prepared for Spiritual Warfare
Our Father is reestablishing a key element of the early Church: fellowship in homes as extended spiritual family for spiritual growth and discipleship, supportive relationships, and preparing followers of Jesus to extend His Kingdom by making disciples. The Kingdom of God is at war against spiritual forces that will use any means to keep people from spending eternity with Him. The home fellowship family represents the front line of engaging in this battle by supporting each individual and family as they reach their neighbors and others in their workplaces and schools. Victories are achieved through prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the earnest willingness of those in the fellowship family to be our Lord's loving ambassadors as they reach out to disciple others.
The earliest followers of Jesus met in each others' homes with glad and sincere hearts to break bread and to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). They shared a seven-day-a-week family-style commitment to one another. Hebraic followers of Jesus shared fellowship in homes to support and uphold communal righteousness. As spiritual extended families, their physical and spiritual lives were interconnected in load-bearing relationship. They knew from the Older Testament (see Psalms 14:5, Psalms 32, Proverbs 15:29, Malachi 3:18, and affirmed in the Newer Testament, 1 Peter 3:12) that God refuses to hear the prayers of the unrepentant and unrighteous. But those who confess their sins and turn from them are restored in righteousness through God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Then He readily answers their prayers (James 5:16-18)!
The images below depict the differences between the relational priorities of the earliest followers of Jesus and congregations with small groups today:
The second purpose for fellowship in homes as extended spiritual family parallels the purpose of the clan in Hebrew society. An individual belonged to a family, a family to a clan, the clan to a tribe, and the twelve tribes made up the nation of Israel. Home fellowship families function like clans to provide personal care for the individual and family, and link them to the larger and less personal relationships. Through the load-bearing nature of fellowship families in homes, members can support one another to increasingly trust God as well as respond as His instrument to answer needs as they fulfill the 54 one-anothering passages (love one another, serve one another) in the Newer Testament. And marriages and families that have been torn apart by death or divorce can be nurtured in the extended family of the home fellowship. Within this safe environment, mentoring and role modeling by the faithful who have lived their lives for Christ can guide those younger in their walk with their Lord.
God is restoring sacrificial, load-bearing love to the body of Christ through these extended spiritual families. Remember, ancient Israel was a pattern for relational progression. Following this pattern, the collective Church—the people Jesus has called out of the world's system and goals—is built on the individual, family, home fellowship family, congregation, and congregations throughout a city or nation. This relational model can equip congregations of fellowship families to impact their neighborhoods, business realm, government and ultimately, their nation and the world. Restoration Ministries International equips those who love and follow Lord Jesus to live out the relational intimacy and spiritual power of the center three layers. From these three relational priorities flow the outworking that impacts greater spheres of influence in the world at large. Are YOU being stirred by the Spirit to take action in your own relational realm based on what you're learning from this? Please, check out the many free resources, both printable and audio/visual, at the links top left, that will help equip you on your own life pilgrimage!