Why are we named Restoration Road Church?
Names are important to God. Throughout Scripture, names are attached to people, places, and things in order to provide a meaningful identity. The Road Church “last name” ensures we have a binding family identity amongst every church that is planted out of our network. But it also allows churches to determine a “first name” tailored to their particular cultural context or mission. We believe the word “RESTORATION” aptly describes the church’s building in Snohomish, fits the culture, clarifies the mission, and reflects a belief in gospel.
Restoration of the place:
We gather in a historic 19th century building in the heart of the city. Once a stable for horses, God has reclaimed this place for His flock. God’s spirit, through the worship of God’s people, has restored this empty building to life. As we restore the aesthetic of the building, we make our dwelling place in the city more beautiful. Our name helps remind us that we are called to bless the city in tangible ways.
Restoration of the culture:
The city of Snohomish is known for its antique-rich culture. The name simply aims to engage the existing culture of restoration. Jesus incarnated into the world and dwelled for 30 years in relative obscurity. He lived, worked, and enjoyed the culture as one of the people. Our name helps us identify with the people of the city through contextualization.
Restoration of the mission:
in Revelation 21.5 Jesus says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Jesus intends to restore all that sin destroyed. Our mission is to see the culture restored back to God’s original design. This includes things such as manhood, womanhood, parenting, marriage, finances, and work. Our greatest joy is to see Jesus restore people, places, and practices back to their God-given purpose. This name helps focus our mission as a call to glorify God in all things.
Restoration of the gospel:
Restoration is the completion of the story of God. God created a good world that broke because of man’s sin. Jesus came to redeem his people from sin and restore humanity back to complete wholeness. Though Jesus is reigning as King, we experience His Kingdom “now and not yet.” Though we see God restoring creation, we live in a broken world, experiencing sin, death, and inconsolable suffering. In truth, there are some things which will only be fully restored in eternity with Jesus. This name helps us hope in our future restoration which comes with our resurrection.