My friend Tim Culling sent me a link today to his church website. They are starting a new church in Long Beach. You can visit their website here.
There is something wrong. Things are not what they ought to be. And though this reality is often ignored, it is beyond obvious. There is a darkness that has so permeated this world that nothing remains untouched. Evil extends it’s reach into every social institution, every relationship, and every human heart. And we all know that this is not the way it’s supposed to be.
There was a time when this wasn’t the case. In the beginning, God created human beings to live in fellowship with Him and with each other. They lived face-to-face with their Creator and with one another. Perfect harmony characterized this original community. But things didn’t stay that way.
The enemy tempted the first human beings to turn their faces from God, and evil made its debut. The evil that entered the story through human sin now inhabits every dimension of life and the darkness of it casts it’s shadow on every one of man’s relationships – with God, with self, and with others.
The story we find ourselves in is bleak. There’s desperate need for rescue, for restoration. All hope would be lost, except for one man – a hero – Jesus Christ. He faced the enemy head on and by his life, death, and resurrection, he came out on top and secured the restoration we all needed. News of his victory – the Gospel – quickly spread and an invitation to share in it was extended to the whole human race.
By God’s grace, we have been brought into this hero’s mission. And though the victory was accomplished many years ago, the power of it lives on.
This is God’s story, and all of humanity’s. Whether you see yourself in this story or not, I’m glad you’re taking the time to look at our web site. I hope you find what you’re looking for and a bit more. Restoration Church is a small, but growing, community of people who are committed to following Jesus Christ and partnering with him to bring restoration to the city of Long Beach.
No matter where you’re at in your journey, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to come to one of our gatherings or have any questions, please let me know.
Tim Culling – Pastor
Please pray for Tim as he seeks “to take the unchanging gospel to a constantly changing culture.”