ALL THINGS RESTORED…
A body of believers growing together in intimacy with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and in the reality of the kingdom of God…
- AN ECCLESIA
- All Things Restored is an ecclesia: a body of believers called out from this world system to form a governmental assembly, exercising dominion over all creation, with Yeshua as our King. We are called to rule and reign in heavenly dimensions, judging in His courts (Zechariah 3:7) and in the earth. As mature sons of God operating as kings and priests, we accept the responsibility of legislating from our heavenly place of authority (Ephesians 2:6), establishing the will of the Father and releasing Divine order into creation.
- OUR HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY FUNCTIONS
- We are called to be an earthly picture of a heavenly reality. Our leadership structure resembles Divine government, our surroundings display His beauty, and our corporate gatherings are a shadow of His throne room. We know that God will inhabit what resembles Him, and so, in everything we do, our heart’s cry is, “Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
- All Things Restored’s governmental structure begins with a Beit Din (Bench of Three), which represents the Trinity. The governmental structure expands with a Bench of Seven, which is an earthly picture of the 7 Spirits who are around the Throne of God in heaven (Revelation 1:4 & 4:5). Benches of Twelve are selected to legislate the edicts of the Father concerning various issues in creation.
- As an earthly manifestation of heavenly authority, we preach the Gospel of the kingdom, lead people to a saving knowledge of Christ, baptize them in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues, water baptize new converts, cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, care for the poor, manifest the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit and display signs, wonders and miracles. We are committed to fulfilling Yeshua’s command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15-18).
- GROWING GOD’S SONS TO MATURITY
- Part of our mandate is to help the sons of God grow to maturity, so we welcome all who are mature or are willing to grow. The focus of our corporate gatherings is more about growing believers to maturity in the things of the Spirit than in laying the basic foundations of the Christian faith, although we are committed to discipling new believers or people who have gaps in their foundation through classes, prayer ministry and relationship. We submit to the tutelage of the Seven Spirits of God (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge, the Fear of the Lord and the Spirit of the Lord), knowing that they have been sent by the Father to grow us to maturity and to teach us the protocols of His kingdom (Isaiah 11:1-2).
- As sons of God, born again of His incorruptible seed (I Peter 1:23), we are free from the limitations of the bloodline of Adam. And like Yeshua, the “Firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29), everything that we do in heaven and upon the earth flows out of our intimate relationship with God as Father. We are sons first, then kings and priests (Revelation 5:10).
- Our job is not to tell people what God is saying to them, but simply to help remove any obstructions that are hindering them from hearing Him for themselves (John 10:27). Because there is “wisdom in a multitude of counselors” (Proverbs 11:14), ATR leadership oversees and instructs those who are part of this ecclesia, maintaining that each word of direction or correction should be brought to the Lord for confirmation.
- All Things Restored is a safe place for sincere believers to learn, mature and to explore the kingdom together. It is a safe place to make mistakes, without fear of judgment, condemnation or criticism…because mistakes are part of the growth process. Mistakes will be addressed honestly and out of love and genuine relationship. As a healthy family, we communicate openly, honestly and in love. We encourage sincere questions, healthy disagreement and conflict resolution—always in love and honor (Ephesians 4:15).
- We believe that the Body of Christ is to be an earthly picture of God’s family, and that our times together should be an organic expression of His heart. We fully embrace the release of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the expression of the 5-fold ministry through the people of God (I Corinthians 14:26). True authority is given in direct proportion to our maturity and our submission to authority. So, maturity-appropriate freedom will be given to those who are in submission to the lordship of Christ and who are in healthy relationship with the government of this ecclesia. Mature sons will be given more freedom, while healthy boundaries will be set for those who need them.
- By His grace, we will avoid grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) by neglecting to bring loving correction to those who are involved in blatant sin, those who justify their sin rather than seeking healing and freedom, those with selfish agendas, and those who are trafficking demonic assignments.
- By His grace, we will also avoid quenching the Holy Spirit (I Thessalonians 5:19) by trying to control or manipulate people, by failing to give people maturity-appropriate freedom, by preaching a false gospel of works, by trying to be people’s Holy Spirit, by not giving the Holy Spirit room to move, or by choosing the order, structure, ways and thoughts of man over God’s.
- We only access the spirit realm through Yeshua, the Door (John 10:1-10). Any other pathway or source is illegal and will be shut down.
- Our name is a declaration that we are grateful recipients of the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21, Matthew 17:11), first in our own souls and then in all of creation. We are committed to helping people receive freedom from the wounds and strongholds in their souls, enabling them to fulfill their destinies as lords and kings. We welcome families with children, and we encourage parents to teach their children to become sensitive to the Presence of God through their participation in
- STEWARDING THE EAST GATE (Psalm 24)
- Part of All Things Restored’s mandate is to steward the East Gate of the United States, occupying it with pure worship and legislating what goes in and out, according to the will of the Father. As gatekeepers, we are responsible to hold fast the standard of God’s Truth, releasing it through this gate. We are also responsible to steward the mysteries inside the gate. Many of these mysteries have been stolen or counterfeited by those who accessed them illegally, yet we know that the Father has created them for us, His sons. From a posture of humble submission to the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13), we are taking back these things, using them for His glory and the advancement of His kingdom.
- WORSHIP AND THE ARTS
- We give the Holy Spirit complete freedom, as He leads us to “worship in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:23-24), strategically accomplishing what is on the heart of the Father for each gathering. Our worship is participatory, as we yield our bodies as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6:13), through music, dance, the arts or whatever the Holy Spirit leads us to do. The entire body is the worship team, everyone’s piece is vitally important and there are no spectators! Our goal is to worship from heavenly places, to encounter God, to be the gate of heaven into the earth and to lavish extravagant worship upon the One who is worthy!
- OUR GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURE
- In accordance with Yeshua’s prayer that it would be “on earth as it is in heaven,” (Matthew 6:10), All Things Restored’s governmental structure consists of a Bench of Three (called a Beit Din) and a Bench of Seven. This is an earthly picture of the Trinity in the midst of the Seven Lampstands and the Seven Spirits of God who surround His Throne in heaven (Revelation 1:4, 12-13; Revelation 4:5).
- Historically, every Jewish community was required to establish a Beit Din to decide any differences that arose in the community and to judge matters concerning money, thefts, losses, restitutions, immorality, new converts, and laying on of hands. Any town large enough to support both a Beit Din and a Bench of Seven could form a synagogue.
- The number 10 in Scripture signifies government, and we see this pattern established first when Moses delegated his judicial powers, appointing “chiefs of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens,” reserving for himself only the most difficult cases (Exodus 18:13-22; Deuteronomy 1:15-17).
- In Deuteronomy 16:18-20, we see that judges were established as the children of Israel entered the Promised Land: “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment. You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
- We also see this Divine pattern in Genesis 18, when God told Abraham that he would spare Sodom and Gomorrah if He found “10 righteous men” there.
- Beit Din literally means “House of Judgment” or “House of Justice.” So we see that members of the Beit Din are to be well-schooled in the Word of God, so that they can function as judges, properly dispensing the justice of God.
- The 5-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11 is expressed through the officers of the Bench of Seven, as they govern their particular area and faithfully carry out the directions of the Beit Din.
- Many believe that the early church maintained the structure of the Hebrew synagogue at first, simply adding the teachings of Yeshua. The New Testament does not prescribe a particular pattern or form of church government, leaving us organizational freedom, as long His principles of morality, love and wisdom are followed. We do see, however, from I Peter 5:2-3, that church government is not to be hierarchical or authoritarian in nature. Rather, authority is given in order to love, serve, protect, govern and to be an example, as Yeshua was for (and of) us.
- In 2010, the Holy Spirit spoke to us very clearly through a message by Ian Clayton that God inhabits the shadow that resembles Him. So, two years later, when the Lord birthed All Things Restored, we knew that He was asking us to structure this ecclesia a little different than many churches today. It has been gloriously challenging, yet we feel the the grace and the pleasure of God as we are growing and learning to build according to His blueprint.
DECLARATION OF ESTABLISHMENT
ALL THINGS RESTORED
We, the undersigned assembly of believers (followers of Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ), on this 16th day of September in the year of our Lord 2012 (also known as Rosh Hashanah and the 1st day of Tishrei of the Biblical year 5773), desiring to form a congregation under the sovereignty and government of Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ, hereby declare our establishment.
Ordained by God and established in heaven to minister on earth, restoring all things in His creation (Acts 3:21), this congregation’s name is All Things Restored.
The name “All Things Restored” was chosen as a reference, not to create a sect or denomination in any way. All Things Restored is not affiliated with any religious party or denomination, but recognizes that, spiritually, all believers are part of the Body of Christ that belongs to our God and King. All Things Restored is a congregation (an assembly of two or more believers) of that Body of Christ (Matthew 18:20).
We declare that Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ is the King and Head of all aspects of All Things Restored, having sole and sovereign authority over it:
Ephesians 5:23 …even as Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Revelation 19: 11-16 …And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Colossians 1:18 And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things.
Romans 12:5 So we the many are one body in Christ, and each one members of one another.
Ephesians 1:20-22 which He [God] worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead, and He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies, far above all principality and authority and power and dominion, and every name being named, not only in this world, but also in the coming age. And He has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church.
Philippians 2:10 So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
The government of All Things Restored is established by God the Father, through the atoning work of Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit to His Sons, whom He has called to be stewards of the mysteries of the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 4:1). The primary governing document of All Things Restored is the entire written Word of God, as inspired by Him. Additional governing documents will be used to cover issues not specifically answered in the Bible and to establish principles and methods specific to All Things Restored.
*This blueprint is a living document which will continue to expand, reflecting the growth of this ecclesia and the “revealing of the manifested sons” (Romans 8:19) …as ALL THINGS are RESTORED!
ALL THINGS RESTORED
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Section 1. The Word of God: We believe in the infallibility of the entire written Word of God, as inspired by Him. When administered by the Holy Spirit, it is our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, and is our plumbline. (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)
Section 2. God: We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect, holy, and eternally co-existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-27; I John 5:7)
Section 3. God the Father: We believe in God the Father, Who is an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He mercifully concerns Himself in the affairs of mankind; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 20:17; Acts 2:33; Romans 8:15; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; I Timothy 1:17)
Section 4: God the Son, Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is God, and that He is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the seed of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and that He came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit and infallibly taught, lived and is the Word of God. He pre-existed with God in the form of God, yet humbled Himself and became incarnated as a man. He was very God and very Man, and is the only Mediator between God and mankind. He died a substitutionary death, whereby He purchased salvation for all who believe in Him. (John 1:1-2 & 14; I Timothy 2:5-6 & 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Colossians 1:12-19)
Section 5: God the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is God. He came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration and sanctification for believers in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and makes the presence of Jesus real by teaching, comforting, guiding, convicting and enabling believers to live in ways that honor God. He empowers believers for ministry. We believe in the present and interactive ministry of the Holy Spirit and in all the Biblical gifts, which He continues to give today. (Acts 1:8; John 14: 16-17; Galatians 4:6; I John 5:7-8; I Corinthians 2:12)
Section 6. Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension: We believe that after Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death, He was resurrected bodily and ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father, forever making intercession for His people and where He is actively involved in the earth as we, the sons of God co-labor with Him. (Acts 2:23-24; Acts 3:14-15; Acts 10:39-41; Romans 1:4; Romans 10:9; I Corinthians 15:1-7) We acknowledge His Lordship — that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things. (Philippians 2:9-10)
Section 7. The Creation of Man: We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7)
Section 8. satan: We believe in the reality and personhood of satan, (Job 1:7; Matthew 4:1-11) and that he was defeated by Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. (Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:15) We believe that Christ has delegated His authority over all the works of satan to His body, the Church. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Section 9. The Fall of Man: We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of life in Christ. (Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:1-4)
Section 10: The Atonement: We believe the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the atonement of our sins and His bodily resurrection provide the only ground for justification, forgiveness and salvation. As the “Last Adam,” Jesus came to return all who believe in Him to the original mandate that the first Adam failed to accomplish. (I Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:4-6; Ephesians 2:14-16)
Section 11. Justification: We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, he is justified and made a partaker in the death and resurrection of Christ. Accepting Jesus Christ results in a re-conception and regeneration, as the seed of God’s light enters the believer’s spirit. (Galatians 3:19; I John 3:9) This results in a new birth, making the believer a new creation in Him. (Romans 5:1,9-10; Luke 22:20; Philippians 1:6; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16; Galatians 4:4-7). We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (John 1:12-13; John 6:37-44; John 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; Romans 8:1-17; Romans 8:31-39; Romans 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; I John 1:7,9)
Section 12. Water Baptism: We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the “doctrine of baptisms”, (Hebrews 6:2), performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This act is to be done by immersion, and we further believe that it is the means whereby we receive the new covenant sign of “circumcision of heart”. (Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:9-13) This ordinance is a personal and public statement of our faith in and identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf. (Matthew 3:13-15; Acts 10:47-48; Colossians 2:11-12)
Section 13. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:1-4; 10:46; 11:16-17; 19:6; that it is the seal of the New Covenant relationship, (Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22) and that speaking in other tongues is the accompanying sign of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 16:17) We also hold that the evidence of the baptism (or infilling) of the Holy Spirit is a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ’s character and nature and experiencing and manifesting the fruit, the gifts, the ministry and the power of the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 1:4-5; John 1:33-34; John 15:26; John 16:13-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18-21)
Section 14. Laying on of hands: We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
a) The confirmation of one’s call by the laying on of hands with prophecy (Acts 13:1-3).
b) The impartation of the spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6).
c) The recognition, ordination, and setting apart of ministry.
d) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18).
e) The ministry of healing the sick (Mark 16:18).
f) The blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children (Mark 10:16).
Section 15. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is manifested in the Church through the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and we hold that the gifts of the Spirit, (I Corinthians 12:7-11) should be and must be operative in the Church today in order for the Church to enjoy the fullness of God.
Section 16. Healing: We believe in divine healing for the whole man: body, soul and spirit. Healing (“Sozo” salvation) was obtained through the atonement by Christ’s sacrificial death (I Peter 2:24-25; Isaiah 53:4-5) and includes forgiveness from sin and freedom from every type of bondage and infirmity (Psalm 91:3; Hebrews 2:14-15; 2 Peter 2:9). We believe in healing as practiced by the early church (Acts 4:30; Acts 19:11-12; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14-15). We have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others. (Mark 16:17-18; John 14:12; I Corinthians 12:9)
Section 17. Communion: We believe and acknowledge the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus and His crucifixion for the atonement of our sins and His complete redemptive work in the life of the believer. He was the Passover Lamb and fulfilled the Feast of Passover. We believe that Communion is a Divine mystery and that, as we partake of Him, His life is imparted to us, so that we receive all the benefits of His sacrificial work. We believe that it testifies of our union with Him, of the remission of our sins through His sacrifice on the cross, and of the fullness of what His sacrificial death accomplished. (Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26; Mark 14: 22-24)
Section 18. Benevolence to the Needy: We believe that the Scriptures are clear concerning helping those in need. We are commanded to do good to all people as we have opportunity, with a special emphasis upon caring for those who profess to be fellow Christians, especially those of our own fellowship of believers. We are commanded to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for ourselves in the coming age by our kindness and generosity in this life. This is true for the church as an organization as well as for the individual members of the church. Therefore, in accordance with the Biblical commands, as a fundamental aspect of the practice of our faith, we will share of our material goods with those in need and will minister to them to the best of our abilities, whatever the need. (Isaiah 58:10-11; Galatians 6:10; I Timothy 6:18-19; Hebrews 13:16.)