HOW MINISTRY BEGAN FOR RESTORATION CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Restoration Christian Fellowship held its first service on February 21, 1999, at West Middle School in Aurora, CO with 60 people in attendance. Because the heart of the church was to minister to the community, the location was moved to a rundown office building on the corner of Emporia and Colfax in downtown Aurora. After the City of Aurora made the decision to abandon the building, city officials aided RCF financially with its relocation and moved the ministry to 551 Norfolk Street in Aurora, where the church continued to grow. At the time of the move, the ministry had grown in weekend attendance to approximately one hundred twenty. After ministering at the new location for seven years, God placed it on the heart of leadership to find a permanent home for the ministry. At the time, the ministry had grown in weekly attendance to approximately four hundred. With a word from the Lord, the congregation left that location and relocated to Hinkley High School’s auditorium for approximately six months. After spending time at Hinkley High School, the worship location was changed to the Crown Plaza Hotel where services were held for an entire year. After spending approximately one year in the wilderness, Restoration Christian Fellowship landed in their Canaan, 15660 E. 6th Avenue Aurora, CO. Prior to inhabiting the actual building, worship services were held in a tent, on the site of the current facility. Services continued in the parking lot for approximately six months. The ministry has plans to acquire the entire center where it is located. Restoration Christian Fellowship now occupies approximately forty-five thousand square feet of ministry space with great growth potential. By the grace of God, Restoration Christian Fellowship owns twelve acres of land, all of which has been donated and will be used to construct the ministry’s permanent complex.
Restoration Christian Fellowship exists to create places for people to BELONG, teach them to BELIEVE in God, and grow them to BEHAVE like Christ.
When we say Belong– we aim to create an inviting atmosphere where people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds can experience God, encounter the life-changing truth of Scripture, and belong to our family.
When we say Believe – we aim to grow people deeply in faith by connecting them to a community group where they engage in the lifelong journey to Christ-like maturity.
When we say Behave – we aim to assist people in incarnating Christ by challenging them to a higher level of commitment, and to the effective use of their God-given gifts and resources in order to serve one another and their community.
Restoring People to their rightful position in
Christ and each other.
Creating Places for People to Belong
Our Vision sees us breaking down racial, cultural, and denominational walls of religion to create a place where everyone is welcomed. It builds a bridge from the church to the community, that additionally links the community to the church, through healthy relationships with God. It creates an environment where the love of God is not only spoken about but experienced.
Our Vision consciously fosters an ethnically diverse atmosphere of excellence, fun, relaxation, high touch, high worship, and a relevant life-changing message where people are free to attend and to experience the presence of God. Through it, we provide excellent care not only for members who frequent our campus, but also for our online members, and this care extends to those we touch in Metro Denver. It necessitates small groups as vessels for dynamic, communal ministries.
Teaching People to Believe in God
Our Vision calls for classes to ensure members grow in Christ. By way of a school of ministry, it ensures sufficient leadership developmental pathways for current and future leaders. It provides seminars, retreats, and conferences, to expose the body to the word of God. It further meets the holistic needs of the community by offering residents access to higher education.
Our Vision involves deliberate prayer in our homes. It involves excellent worship experiences. It involves our praying forth an atmosphere before every worship service.
Grow People to Behave Like Christ
Our Vision includes serving the community, spreading the love of God, and bringing solutions to families. It includes providing programs of employment enrichment, entrepreneurial training, and assistance for single parents and low-income families, as well as calling attention to job opportunities. It includes counseling individuals and families who deal with abusive relationships, substance abuse, and basic dysfunctional issues in the home. It further includes giving financial and social counseling to guide community members toward self-sufficiency. It includes providing food, clothing, and other social services to residents of the community.
Our Vision calls for us to work as liaisons between the community and other institutions of higher learning. It includes us teaching computer skills and becoming a business incubation hub in order to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of community residents.
Our Vision includes us increasing the academic skills of our children through educational opportunities. It involves us preparing our children and youth to excel and compete academically through after-school and summer programs. It includes us partnering with law enforcement, civic organizations, and business owners to provide training and programs that drastically reduce crime in our neighborhood. It involves us offering mentorship to children and youth of low-income families as they countenance life’s difficulties.
Our Vision includes us developing ministries irresistible to children, youth, and young adults. The vision involves us initiating a Hip-Hop service with goal of reaching our inner-city young people in their own context, allowing them self-expressions in their own genre. It includes us having a facility where children and youth can come to dance, play games, relax, watch movies, and experience God in resonant ways.
RCF’s vision is a restoration agenda. Our vision will come to pass. It is from God
(James 1:27; Matt. 25:34-40; Gal. 2:10)!
OUR CORE VALUES
INTENTIONAL DIVERSITY, LEADING IN COMMUNITY, FUN AND EXCELLENCE
Intentional Diversity– requires that all leaders create atmospheres where people from all ethnic backgrounds are welcomed, and free to worship God.
Leading in Community– speaks to the concept of team leadership. Leaders must be willing to surround themselves with people who are strong in their own areas of weakness.
Fun and Excellence– speaks to everything we do including the element of fun and our culture, defined by a spirit of excellence.
Belief's are not worth much unless they are translated into actions, based on what the Bible teaches.
In essential beliefs... “We have unity”.
In non-essential beliefs... “We have liberty”.
In all our beliefs... “ We show charity. “
The Essentials We Believe
The fundamental teachings of this body are reflected in the following clear statement of faith:
The Word of God - We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of life, faith and conduct. 2 Ti 3:15‑17; 1 Co.2:13;2 Pe.1 :16‑21; Mt 5:18; Rm 15:4: 1 Co 10: ll. Ps 19:1‑7: Jn 17:17; Rv22:18‑20; Ps 119:89; Mt 24:35.
The Trinity - We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that they are equal in divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. Mt 3:13‑17.29:19; 2 Co 13:14; Mk 12:29; Jn 1:13; 1 Pe 1:2 De 6:4; Is 44:6; Gn 1:26; Jn 15:26.
God The Father. We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of His people, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Jn 4:24; Ex 34:6‑7; Ps 92: 1 Jn 4:16; Lv 20:26; Rm 16:27; Gn 17:1; I Jn 4:8;Je 33:3; Jn 3:16; Ex 3:14; 2 Pe 3:9; 1 Jn 4:8; Ps 90:2 Ep 3:1‑16.
Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son whom himself is God incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. Jn 1:1‑3, 14: He 1:1‑4; Mt 1:20; Jn 8:46; 1 Jn 3:5; 2 Co 5:21; Jn 14:11,20:30‑31; 1 Jn 4:19 Rm 5: Lu 24:5‑7; Ac 1.9; He 7:25; Ac 1:11. Mk 9:35; Is 52:1 1‑53:12; Ph 2:5‑11; Mt 3:16-17; Jn 3:35-36; Jn 16:56-59
The Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, in regard to righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. Mt 28:19; 2 Co 13:14; Jn 16:8‑11; 1 Jo 2:27; 1 Pe 1:2; Jn 3:5; Ep 1:13; Ac 1:8; Rm 8:14; Jn 14:26, 16:13‑14; Jn 14:16; Rm 10:9; 1 Co 6:19. Rm 8:9‑27; Gn 6:1; Ex 31:1‑5; Ps 52:11‑12; Mk 1:8‑11; 2 Co 1:22; Jn 16:7‑12.
Salvation - We believe that all people are sinners by nature and are, therefore, under Condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This is an act of God’s grace, not man’s works. Gn 3; Js 6:44; Ez 18:21‑23; Jn 3:14‑18; Jn 11:25‑26; Ac 3:19‑20; Ac 26:17‑18; Rm 3:10‑12.22‑24; Rm 4:23‑5:2,6‑21; Rm 6:23; 2 Co 5:14‑19; Ep 2:1‑10, He 9:11‑22; 1 Pe 1:1‑5.
The Church - We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. 1 Co 12:13; Ep 5:23; He 10:24‑25; Ac 2:38‑47; Ac 18:8; Ac 2:23‑31; Ep 3:10. Mt 16:15‑18; Ep 2:19‑22; Ep 4:11‑16.
The Ordinances - We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mt 28:19; 1 Co 11:23‑26: Mt 3:13‑17,28:19; Ac 8:37‑39; Rm 6:1‑10; C 12:11‑13; Mt 26:26‑29; Mt 28:19‑20.