The stated goal of the Restoration Movement is to restore Christianity to its earliest form. The more I think about it, the more I think we’ve gone about it wrong.
Restoring the plan of salvation is important, vitally important. But it won’t restore the church.
Eliminating manmade traditions and creeds helps us return to the beliefs of the early church, but it won’t bring us back to what that church was.
Fixing doctrine. Correcting worship practices. Correcting misused vocabulary. Good things in and of themselves, but they won’t get us to our goal.
I’ve come to believe that the most important thing we can do to restore the early church is to restore the goal of the early church: becoming like Christ.
We need churches that are growing to be more Christlike. In biblical terms, we need churches that are Christ in this world, that Christ is formed in them, and they are the body of Christ.
Our focus needs to be less on what and how and more on why. More on Who.
That’s what I want my focus to be: following Christ and helping others do the same.