The process of deciding where to plant Restoration Christian Church was a genuine struggle for me. I had met families from French Lick, and I really enjoyed spending time with them. But it was difficult for me to discern if this was the right place for me to plant.
Maybe you have felt this tension in your life. I want to serve God, I’m just not sure where or how?
As I wrestled with the question of where I should serve, one day I was reading from Isaiah chapter 61. As I read these verses, an amazing clarity came over me. Isaiah 61:1-4 reads:
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations."
These verses from Isaiah resonated powerfully within me. As I read them, I pictured the town of French Lick. I knew there were many brokenhearted people here. I knew there were captives to sin and prisoners of addiction in this community.
As I pictured French Lick, I knew it was my calling to proclaim good news to the people. It was my role to be a warning indicator of the coming judgment of God. It was my job to share the only true hope in this world, which is found in Jesus Christ.
After reading these verses, I also knew what my personal dream is for this church... to be a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor!
My prayer for Restoration Christian Church is one day people will look at this planting and say, "Only God could have done that!"
By faith, we move forward trusting the best is yet to come!