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RESTORATION

RESTORATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
Matt. 16:15-18

Purpose: To provide an overview of the need for restoration.

I. Introduction:
    A. Matt. 16:15-18. Jesus built His church, the one church, the one body of Christ. It will 
         stand! But there are 100s of major divisions within Christendom. Is it possible today to
         just be a Christian and to just do as the Bible says with respect to the church? Yes!
 
II. Old Testament example of restoration:
     A. King Josiah. 2 Chr. 34:1-3, 8, 14-15, 18-19, 21, 29-33.
     B. Josiah saw the need to return to what God wanted. For years, the people had been taught
         error and worshiped in error. But it didn’t matter that they were ignorant (without the 
         book of the law). They were still accountable to God. Josiah tore robe.
     C. Immediate need to purge the unauthorized and implement what God desired.
 
III. Apostasy will happen, has happened in the church:
       A. It is hard to believe that people would purposely leave the truth, but it happens.
       B. Acts 20:29-30; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-13; 2 Tim.4:1-5. Churches of Rev. 2 &3.
       C. Many things added were never taught/authorized. Holy water, penance, infant baptism,
            celibacy of priests, purgatory, salvation on faith only, unauth. worship, etc.
 
IV. Goal is to be what God expects:
      A. Seed principle. Word of God is seed. Plant anywhere, any era, will produce the church
           and Christians. Men have sought to restore the church in many centuries.
      B. American Restoration Movement is one effort to restore the church. Many early
           personalities: Barton W. Stone, Raccoon John Smith, Thomas Campbell, Alexander
           Campbell, Walter Scott, and many others. Sought to restore the ancient order.
      C. Goal: unite believers by laying aside creeds and going to the Bible as the only guide.
      D. Barton Stone was a trained and ordained Presbyterian preacher. As he taught more and
           more of the Bible and less of Presbyterian doctrine, he saw the need to break with the
           Presbyterian Church. He and some others formed the Springfield Presbytery. Within a
           year, they saw that they had simply added another division to "Christianity." They had
           become a part of the problem by adding another division. They decided to disband the
           Springfield Presbytery. Stone wrote the “Last Will and Testamen


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