WHO WE ARE
We are a church family that is being restored and transformed to live an abundant life in Jesus Christ. Together we are stepping into our destiny that can only be found in Him.
We are a multi-racial, socially, and economically diverse, generational church. We want our church to look like our city.
"After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue; standing before the throne and before the lamb."
If your church ceased to exist, would anyone know? We want to be a life-giving church that changes the atmosphere in the place God has planted us.
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need, but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:16-18
We want to see every person using their gift so the body can be complete. Too many times, 20% of the People do 80% of the work. We believe God has called and commissioned everyone to find their place and purpose.
"He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. Christ Himself is the head from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love."
Ephesians 4:7, 16
AN ACTS 2 COMMUNITY
A true Acts 2 Community church is a community where you are known. We are a family who does life together.
"So, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."
We are a people defined by God's presence. It is the thing that makes us unique and set apart. We want to be a church that pursues the Presence of God.
"Then Moses said to him, 'If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?'"
A church where ministry happens outside the four walls of the church. Jesus gave us the commission to go.
"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.'"
The heart of God has always been to bring us into a place of relationship with Him. This is really at the heart of everything we do here at Restoration Tacoma. We are all broken people in need of restoration. We serve a God who takes the broken things and puts them in a place of honor.
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him, who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light."
1 Peter 2:9
What We Believe
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in all matters of faith and instruction for a God-honoring life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 2:12-13)
We believe that there is one living and true God, the Creator of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and that these are one.
(Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that man sinned and by sin incurred physical and spiritual death; that all humans are born with a sinful nature, choose sin, and therefore under just condemnation; that man is unable through his own effort to restore himself to right relationship with God.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man, yet without sin. We believe in His sinless life, His miracles, and His teaching.
(Luke 1:26-35, John 1:18, Isaiah 7:14 & 9:6-7, Colossians 1:19, 29)
We believe Jesus Christ died in our place and for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, personally appearing to His disciples.
(Romans 4:25, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and enthronement at the Father's right hand.
(Acts 2:33 & 5:31, 1 Peter 3:21-22)
We believe that all who repent and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and are made alive (born again) by the Holy Spirit, cleansed of their sins, delivered from condemnation, and granted the righteousness of Christ and life abundant and unending. These are the gifts of grace provided for entirely by the merits of Christ's death and resurrection, not by individual effort.
(Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12 & 22, Romans 5:11)
We believe in baptism by immersion in water for the believer in order to fulfill the command of Christ, a mark of our union with Him and His body.
(Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:37-41, 19:1-6)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a tangible experience of God's empowering presence.
(Mark 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, 8:14-17, 10:44-46)
We believe the Holy Spirit abides within all believers, guiding, strengthening, teaching, and setting them apart unto God.
(John 14:16-17, Romans 8:9-17, 1 John 4:13)
We believe in the present availability of all the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the scriptures and manifested in the early church. We believe that the proper employment of these gifts is essential to the growth and maturity of the body of Christ, the church.
(1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4:11)
We believe in the universal church; a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all who are born of the Spirit are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a family of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and joined together for worship, fellowship, and work. We believe that God has entrusted to the church the task of making the good news of Jesus known to the world and continuing the work Jesus began.
(Ephesians 2:19-22, Acts 1:8 & 2:42, Hebrews 10:23-25, Matthew 10:7-8, John 14:12)
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe in the breaking of bread, commonly called communion or the Lord's Supper. This was instituted by Jesus for the commemoration of His death as an expression of our participation in His death and eternal life, and of our union with His body, the church.
(Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
We believe in the Spirit-filled life and ongoing Spirit-transformation of character in the believer. We believe that discipleship is life, not just knowledge. As we walk together, we keep the goal in mind of living, thinking, serving, loving and dying like Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
(Ephesians 4:17-32 & 5:18-21, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 2 Corinthians 6:14 & 7:1, Philippians 1:27, 2 Peter 1:5-9)
THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth to judge the living and the dead.
(Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Timothy 4:1)
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and the eternal judgement of Satan and his angels.
(Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10-15)
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, in eternal life for the believer, and eternal punishments of the unbeliever.
(John 3:16, 5:24, 14:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9)