I began thinking about an email received from a student in Myanmar in which she said that her church had chosen “The Year of Restoration” as the motto for 2019. Let’s think about this.
In both of our training books, we start with the invitation to “RETURN to the Authority and Sufficiency of SCRIPTURES.” This is absolutely key in order that new disciples and existing disciples become established and strong in faith and practice. By using this principle in our churches, they are able to stand on their own in a world of false doctrine and worldly pursuits.
Why should we disciple believers who have been on the Christian road for a long time? We may fully agree that new believers need discipling, but why seasoned saints? Remember Apollos? “He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John…but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:24-25).
Restoring us back to the authority of Scripture promotes growth in the grace of Christ and more effective and fruitful disciples. Let each of us consider 2019 “The Year of Restoration” personally and in our churches.
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