Restoring the Joy of Salvation

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The process of spiritual restoration takes some real humility, but it is incredibly worthwhile. This week, John Bailey and Mark Renfroe offer practical guidance for anyone who needs to be restored.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Like an undercurrent in the ocean, sin can slowly and subtly cause us to drift off course without us even realizing it.

  • Sin is often exposed either through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, being confronted by a brother or sister in Christ, or getting caught.

  • The first step in spiritual restoration is owning up to your sin and its effect on your relationship with God and others.

  • If you want true healing, you cannot make excuses or blame your sin on others.

  • We all need wise people in our life, people who understand sin and grace, people who can hold us accountable.

  • It is a series of bad decisions that lead us into sin, and it will be a series of right decisions that lead us into restoration.

  • You will know the restoration process is complete when those who have walked through it with you can honestly acknowledge that they see the work that the Lord has done in your life.

Bible Verses Referenced in Podcast

2 Corinthians 7:10; Matthew 5:23–24; Romans 7:11; Matthew 18:15; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Revelation 12:11; Luke 19:1–10; Psalm 51:12; Psalm 16:11; 2 Samuel 12:1–15

About John Bailey

Pastor John Bailey serves as the Chief Operating Officer at World Challenge. John came to know Christ in jail after some difficult struggles as a young man, and God has done a powerful work of transformation since! Spending 13 years in Next Gen ministry, he excelled in discipleship and helping young leaders discover giftings to serve God. John was called next to serve as a missionary and pastor in Western Europe. John and his family then returned to plant the Springs Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, the church is a thriving body of believers excelling in outreach and missions. John has now brought his giftings and vision to World Challenge, accelerating the spread of the gospel in America and around the World.

About Mark Renfroe

Mark married his college sweetheart, Amy, with whom he has four adult children—one girl and three boys. The Renfroes have been involved in field missions work for 30 years. They served in the Arab community of San Francisco for four years before becoming foreign missionaries in 1995. Mark was asked to serve as the Area Director for Assemblies of God World Missions in 2007. As part of his role, he led missionaries and interfaced with national church leaders in the 18 countries of the Arab World. In 2017, Mark created Reaching Africa’s Muslims, an initiative to mobilize, equip, and deploy indigenous African missionaries to reach Muslims on the continent. Mark has graduate degrees in Intercultural Studies and Executive Leadership. He currently serves as the Chief Missions Officer for World Challenge in Colorado Springs.