Our Story, Vision, Mission and Values

OUR STORY

Restored Church was Jesus’ plan well before it was our idea. Preceding God speaking the earth into existence, He planned on saving men and women through a local church in the San Fernando Valley called Restored and it was this plan that He planted in the hearts of Brad and Sarah Sarian. In October 2015, Brad and Sarah moved from San Diego (where they had helped plant two Restored Churches from 2012-2015 with Paul and Nicole Pham) back to The Valley where they both grew up. In November, they started the first Gospel Community in their living room and Sunday gatherings in their backyard with a team of about 30 people.

After a month of gathering in the Sarian’s backyard, we moved to the upstairs library at Heritage Christian School in North Hills and preached through the book of Galatians and prayed the Spirit would lay a deep Gospel foundation in the hearts of the men and women on our launch team. By God’s grace, men and women were continually seeing Jesus and the work that was accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection as more beautiful than ever before and applicable to their current circumstances in life. It was this good news of being adopted into God’s family through the finished work of Jesus that started Restored Church and it is this good news that would continue fueling Restored Church. Our prayer since the beginning has been that we would be a church that never moves on from Jesus and His Gospel, but deeper into it.

On March 20th, 2016, Restored Church launched its first public Sunday morning gathering at PALS Youth Center in Northridge, CA. From the beginning, we have always emphasized that the church is not something we go to, but who we are. The church is not the building we gather in, but the family of God gathering together because of the reconciling blood of Jesus. Paul and Nicole Pham began leading the second Gospel Community after we launched the church in March and we continued to see the Spirit growing men and women in their love and devotion to Jesus and one another. Over the first year, we were able to celebrate a dozen baptisms and witness many more beautiful stories of lives changed by the grace of God.

As the years pass, we remain committed to enjoying Jesus together, making disciples and praying for more churches to be planted in The Valley and into the Nations. Because we have a huge God, we have huge dreams for what He wants to do in us and through us. We are continually surprised at the way He uses us and cannot wait to see how He continues to do so to reach the nations for His glory.


VISION

“To witness all peoples, in all places, enjoying and obeying Jesus”

When you read the book of Acts, you see that Jesus’ desire for His kingdom advancing was far more of an organic, Spirit-led journey than a systemized formula. Throughout Acts, we see a picture of ordinary men and women who are filled with God’s Spirit proclaiming the Gospel boldly and demonstrating the Spirit’s power miraculously. The result of their obedience to Jesus’ command to make disciples throughout the nations was new churches throughout the nations. As a church, we want the Scriptures to inform everything we do. As we look to the Scriptures to see how God planted churches in the past, we continue to pray and ask where He is calling us to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel in the future, in hopes of disciples and salvations producing new churches.

We are not content with creating a large gathering and demanding the world to come to us. Jesus’ commission was a continual call to “go” into the world, so we send men and women into the world to make disciple-making disciples, which will lead to churches being started wherever He wills.

MISSION

“Enjoying Jesus, making disciples and planting churches together”

Restored Church exists to bring glory to God by making disciples. A disciple is someone who is learning to apply the Gospel in all of life so that they can enjoy and obey Jesus in all of life. That’s why we started Restored Church and why we continue to gather together in various forms (Sunday gatherings, Gospel Communities, parties, etc.). It is not only our purpose, but the purpose of all people, to give glory to God by making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). The Scriptures share the wonderful news that God is glorified through changed lives. Life change is both an event (salvation) and a process (sanctification). Initial life change occurs at salvation, or new birth. This is the result of a person placing his or her faith in the gracious work accomplished through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This begins the process of life change, which is celebrated through water baptism. The rest of the Christian life is a sequence of becoming more and more like Christ, which is called sanctification. The Bible says that sanctification is God’s will for all of His children (1 Thess. 4:3). Both salvation and sanctification are evidences of God’s grace in our lives and take place by faith in the Gospel of Jesus. The Gospel is the true story of how God is reconciling all men and women back to Himself through their faith in the perfect life, substitutionary death, and physical resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is this message that is the central story of the Bible and the message that we strive to keep at the center of our lives.

Restored Church believes that there are plenty of good things that a church can value and spend their resources on, but we desire to be a church that values and is driven by the most essential things that have been revealed through the Word of God. We believe that Jesus calls all of His disciples into a journey of becoming more like Him and to partner with Him in the work of building up the church. We believe that Jesus calls all of His disciples into an ongoing process of maturity through faith and works and that the only way we can become the mature church that Jesus desires is to utilize the core values He taught His disciples in the gospels. 

VALUES

GOSPEL

We are a church who strives to never move on from the good news of what Jesus has done for us, but deeper into it. We are motivated to obey God not because we're trying to earn God's love, but because we're already loved in Jesus.

The first thing Jesus did after He was baptized and affirmed by His Father at the beginning of His ministry was proclaim, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The Gospel is the true story about the triune God, creator and sustainer of all things, who has pursued sinful humanity through His Son Jesus’ perfect life, substitutionary death, and physical resurrection and is now reconciling all who trust in Him alone. It is this glorious message that the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2) The Gospel is the message that we are more sinful than we could ever imagine but more loved than we could ever hope. The Gospel is as much for Christians as it is for non-Christians because all humanity is dependent on the grace of God and never moves on from this grace. The same Gospel that saves us into the Kingdom and Family of God is the same Gospel that transforms us into the image of Christ.

Restored Church believes that the center of the Gospel is the glory and grace of Jesus Christ, so we strive to be a church that is centered on the Gospel. We preach the grace of Jesus unapologetically because it is God’s grace that trains us to be holy (Titus 2:11-12). This means we will focus on what Jesus has done for us more than what we need to do for Him. It is when we begin to understand this truth and experience the beauty of what Jesus has done for us through the cross and resurrection that our natural response will be a desire to worship and obey Him.

(Mk. 1:1; Lk. 24:46-47; Jn. 3:16-18; Rom. 1:16-25; 1 Cor. 1:18-25; 2:2; 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 4:1-6; 9:13; Gal. 1:6-9; Eph. 1: 7-10; Col. 1: 19-20; 2 Tim. 1:8-14; 2 Peter 3:11-13)

FAMILY

We are a church who strives to live like a healthy family in the way we love, serve and care for one another. We aren't just a weekly service, but a community of messy people who live with each other day in and day out.

Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 12:50, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Among the many different images the Bible uses to describe who the Church is (body, army, bride, etc.) the most dominant one is that of a family. The Apostle Paul uses familial language more than any other metaphor throughout the New Testament in describing who the church is. Because the Church belongs to God and we are his children, the church is the family of God. All Christians have been adopted by God the Father (Rom. 8:15) and are now brothers and sisters of Jesus (Heb. 2:11).

Restored Church believes the church is the family of God, and not a building, place, or a program. Because God is our Father we are brothers and sisters. We want Restored Church to be a healthy family where we can celebrate the joyful times with one another and also mourn the difficult seasons together. We strive to be a family who is vulnerable about our struggles and our pain in order to get the support we need to experience the restoring work of the Gospel in our lives. As a family, we will be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:3) We will not give up on one another after being sinned against or when we disagree because that is not what healthy families do and ultimately not the way Jesus deals with us. Healthy church families work through difficult times and strive for unity because it is our unity that shows the world a clearer picture of the Gospel (Jn. 17:20-23). This means we are a family that helps one another with all of the resources God has given us; time, gifts, money, homes, etc. We believe that as we love one another as brothers and sisters, we will reflect the Gospel to the world in such a way that they will see Jesus more clearly and fall in love with Him.

(Matthew 12:50; Romans 12:10; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 John 2:9-11)

DEPENDENCE

We are a church who strives to live dependently on the power of the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives. We aren't trying to fix ourselves with our own power, but trusting His power to work in us to see transformed lives.

Jesus told His disciples in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus not only created the world we live in, but also holds all things together. (Col. 1:15-17) As Christians, we are completely dependent on the triune God in every aspect of our lives. We are as dependent on Him in salvation as we are in sanctification. Jesus’ power is made perfect through our weakness, so we seek to boast alone in His strength.


Restored Church is a family of children dependent on God the Father. We are servants who are dependent on God the Son. And we are missionaries who are dependent on God the Holy Spirit. We are disciples who walk by the Holy Spirit and are in need of Him daily to point us to Jesus. We are utterly dependent on the Spirit to make disciples and live out the new identity we have been given through the Gospel. We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers and testifies of Jesus, showing us our need of Him and His embracing of us through the cross and resurrection. The Spirit reminds us of the deep assurance we have as children of God and it is this assurance that emboldens us as missionaries and witnesses to the San Fernando Valley and the nations. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to all Christians for the sake of bringing the church to maturity. We believe that all of the gifts addressed in the Scriptures are still active in the church and ought to be used according to the guidelines given in the Scriptures for God's glory.

(Luke 24:49; John 6:63,15:5; Romans 8:16, 26; 2 Corinthians 12:9-11; Galatians 5:16)

MISSION

We are a church who strives to live as missionaries wherever we live, work, and play through our words and deeds. We want to be a gracious community where it's safe to belong before you believe.

Jesus told His disciples in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” Jesus’ disciples are a “sent people.” Jesus has sent us filled with His Spirit to tell the world about the amazing grace that He offers through faith. We worship the God who did not demand us to climb a ladder of good works in order to enter heaven, but sent His very own Son from heaven to fulfill the good works in our place. He is the God who pursues and sends and He calls all of His children to do likewise. All Christians are missionaries imaging our Father to the world in which we live.

Restored Church believes that we are a chosen people who have been sent into the world to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of what Jesus has done and is doing. We believe that effective missionaries are filled with God’s Spirit, believe and know the Gospel story of the Bible, and love God so much that they are propelled to love people by sharing the Gospel with those who do not know Him. As effective missionaries, we study culture in order to know how to best apply the Gospel to the people who live in our community. Restored Church desires to be a church who can echo Paul’s heart, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” (1 Cor. 9:22) God has called us to be a family of missionaries who live in such a way that the world would see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven.

(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)

MULTIPLICATION

We are a church who strives to raise up and multiply disciples, leaders and churches into the nations.

Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” From the beginning of creation, it has been God’s desire for His people to, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth...” While God told Adam and Eve to multiply and fill the earth through child bearing, Jesus told His disciples to do this through disciple making and church planting. Disciples of Jesus are called to make disciple-making disciples of every nation in order that God's glory would fill the earth. We are to be a people who love, serve, and teach others how to trust Jesus and obey His commands. The result of true discipleship is multiplication; multiplication of disciples, multiplication of leaders, multiplication of gatherings, and ultimately multiplication of churches.

Restored Church believes that if a church is healthy it will be growing and reproducing, as all healthy things do. We are dedicated to making disciples, raising up new leaders, starting new gatherings, Gospel Communities, and new churches. We want to cover the San Fernando Valley, and ultimately the nations, with churches that proclaim the glory and love of Jesus in the years to come. We want to see the message of God’s scandalous grace saturate the hurting world around us and we do this by making disciple-making disciples.

(Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:11-14; Acts 1:8, 13:1-3; Titus 2:1-4;)

RENEWAL

We are a church who seeks the renewal of all things. We want to see Jesus’ mercy and justice advance through every area of our lives, so that all peoples can experience His Kingdom in our city and world.

After John received the great Revelation of things to come, Jesus said, “Look, I am making everything new.” (Rev. 21:5) As disciples of Jesus, we are called to see our everyday lives as opportunities to partner with Him in His ongoing work to bring His Kingdom of truth and love to earth. We desire to see our lives, families, workplaces and society completely restored and made new by the power of God by seeking mercy and justice for all peoples, in all places.  

Restored Church believes that if we are not seeking the renewal of the city Jesus has placed us in, we have too small a vision for what His death and resurrection accomplished. We are dedicated to seeing the Good News of Jesus applied and worked out through the various areas of life; education, arts, family, economics, governance, environment, etc.

(Revelation 21:5; Ephesians 1:7-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Colossians 1:19-20)