Return To Glory Tenets


Mission:

Return To Glory exists to proclaim Jesus’ Restoration Message, the Heart of The Gospel to all men. 

Vision:

A community of men, fully alive, living freely and loving heroically as the sons, brothers, husbands and fathers God created us to be.  

Core Principles:

  1. Christ is our King, our Source and our Sustainer.  Christ is the center of this freedom message.

  2. The Holy Bible is our first source of wisdom.  All spiritual discernment will be tested against the principles of the Scriptures.

  3. We prayerfully seek Gods Will and the Voice of the Holy Spirit at every step of this journey.

  4. We speak, share and live the Purpose and Mission of Jesus, as he proclaimed in Luke 4 when reading from the scroll of Isaiah 61:   

a.  Proclaim the Good News to the poor
b.  Bind up the brokenhearted
c.  Proclaim freedom to the captives
d.  Recovery of sight for the blind
e.  Set the oppressed free
f.   Comfort all who mourn

Values: 

1.  Freedom is what Jesus offers, that move is opposed by the enemy, and RTG is committed to leading in that fight, equipping men to fight for their hearts and the hearts of others with the power Christ has given us.  Luke 4:18, Romans 8:21, Gal 5:1, John 10:10,  John 8:36, 2 Cor 3:17

2.    If the man experiences spiritual/emotional healing, the family is nourished.  A nourished family produces healthier children, healthier parents, and healthier grandchildren.  Therefore there exists an eternal aspect to this work, sharing the restoration of Christ to men, fathers and husbands.   
    - vision of Earnest Mathis and Bill Harper,   Psa 1:1-3, Gen 18:19, Joshua 24:15, Psa 101:2

3.   Community among the team is essential and should be guarded and cared for by each member of the team.  Each team member is committed to living in fellowship and loving community with each other. Heb 10:24,25,   John 17,  Romans 12,  1 Cor 10, Lev 26:8, Tit 3:9, Col 3 12:14

4.   We will maintain honest, open and transparent communication with each other.  Since we value mutual trust, we commit to maintain an assurance of confidentiality in sensitive matters.   Prov 25:13,   James 5:16,  Eph 4:25, Matt 18:19, Jas 5:9,16, Prov 11:3

5.   We commit to work out our individual differences before they allow “the devil a foothold” always placing greater value on principles rather than personalities. 1 Cor 10, Phil 2:3, Matt 18:19-22,  Eph 4:26-32, Luke 6:37, Titus 3:2 

6.    There is warfare in the spiritual realms which opposes our efforts to spread Isaiah 61/Luke 4 restoration.  Therefore we must maintain core leadership community and mutual support within our band of brothers as a defense lest we become fractured.  1 Pet 5:2-3,  Eph 6:10-18, Eccl 4:12, Prov 17:17

7.   The Isaiah 61/Luke 4 Restoration In Christ is the Heart of the Gospel, and is outlined though not totally contained within the writings of John Eldredge, therefore the Eldredge message will be a beginning template.  We will bring our own experience, wisdom and biblical interpretation into the Isaiah 61/Luke 4 Restoration message.   John 8:31-32,  2 Pet 1:19-21,  Col 3:16,  Eph 1:16-19

8.   We value familiarity with the beginning template and commit to read, study and apply to our lives and teachings the works of Eldredge (like living in the Four Streams) and like minded restoration-message scholars.  Phil 4:8

9.   We will maintain a spirit of inclusivity and empowerment toward  men who want to join RTG in its mission.  We will attempt to model an open door to all who desire to participate.  Matt 5:14-16,  Mark 9:37,  1 Pet 5,  Eph 4:11-17,   1 Cor 12:13

10.   We recognize there are various levels of development and discipleship among the men who join us. We will attempt to develop, disciple and empower these men, bringing them into roles aligned with their gifts and availability.  1 Cor 12,    2 Tim 2:2

11.  We will intentionally seek to dissolve the racial, denominational and socio-economic boundaries within this community of men.  Eph 2: 19-22

12.  As God leads us, we will devote our time, talents and resources to the Mission of RTG, carrying our weight and making equal contributions, proportional to our resources.  Luke 10:2  Col 3:23            2 Thess 3:10,  2 Tim 3:17,  Eph 4:28

13.   We will always remember that our events are not about our performance but rather humble witness to the power and work of Christ in our lives.  Phil 2:1-3,    1 Pet 5:5-6,  Col 3:12

15.   Our primary focus for the basic retreat is the newcomer, and our mindset, message, and marketing will always keep the newcomer as a primary concern.  Heb 13:1-2,  Lev 19:34

What we believe:

If you want to know what a person (or a group of volunteers committed to a cause) really believes, their creeds may not tell you nearly as much as how they live. 1 Or perhaps, how they pray.

The core of what we believe, live in, and teach may be best captured in the following, commonly known as the 

Daily Prayer:

My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored [1] in you — to renew my place in you, my allegiance to you, and to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my sovereign Lord, and I surrender every aspect of my life totally and completely to you. I give you my body as a living sacrifice; I give you my heart, soul, mind and strength; and I give you my spirit as well. I cover myself with your blood [2] — my spirit, my soul and my body. And I ask your Holy Spirit to restore my union with you, seal me in you, and guide me in this time of prayer.

Dear God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my hearts devotion, all my praise and all my trust and all the glory of my life. I worship you, bow to you and give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life, You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, all idols, and I give you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. I confess here and now that it is all about you, God, and not about me. You are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. Forgive me, God, for my every sin. Search me and know me and reveal to me any aspect of my life that is not pleasing to you, and grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world [3].You are my true Father — my Creator, my Redeemer, my Sustainer and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I trust you, I worship you. Thank you for proving your love for me by sending your only Son, Jesus, to be my substitute and representative.[4] I open up my life anew to all of his Life and all his Work which you ordained for me.[5] Thank you for including me in Christ,[6] for forgiving me my sins, [7] for granting me his righteousness, [8] for making me complete in him.[9] Thank you for making me alive with Christ[10], raising me with him,[11] seating me with him at your right hand,[12] granting me his authority[13] and anointing me with your Holy Spirit.[14]   I receive it all with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Jesus, thank you for coming for me, for ransoming me with your own life.[15] I honor you as my Lord, I love you, worship you, trust you. I embrace[16] you as my redemption, and I receive all the work and triumph of your Crucifixion, whereby I am cleansed from all my sin through your shed blood,[17] my old nature is removed,[18] my heart is circumcised unto God,[19] and every claim being made against me is disarmed.[20] I take my place in your cross and death, whereby I have died with you to sin and to my flesh,[21] to the world,[22] and to the evil one.[23] I take up my cross and crucify my flesh with all its pride, unbelief, and idolatry. I put off the old man. [24] I now bring the cross of Christ between me and all people, all spirits, all things. Holy Spirit, apply to me the fullness of the work of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Jesus, I also embrace you as my new life,[25] my holiness and sanctification, and I receive all the work and triumph of your Resurrection, whereby I have been raised with you to a new life, to walk in newness of life, dead to sin and alive to God.[26] I am crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.[27] I now take my place in your Resurrection, whereby I have been made alive with you,[28] I reign in life through you.[29] I now put on the new man [30] in all holiness and humility, in all righteousness and purity and truth. Christ is now my life,[31] the one who strengthens me.[32] Holy Spirit, apply to me the fullness of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Jesus, I also sincerely embrace you as my authority and rule, my everlasting victory over Satan and his kingdom, and I receive all the work and triumph of your Ascension, whereby Satan has been judged and cast down,[33] his rulers and authorities disarmed,[34] all authority in heaven and on earth given to you, Jesus, [35] and I have been given fullness in you, the head over all. [36] I take my place in your Ascension, whereby I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established with you in all authority.[37] I bring your authority and your kingdom rule over my life, my family, my household, and my domain.

And now I bring the fullness of your work — your Cross, Resurrection, and Ascension — against Satan, against his kingdom, and against all his emissaries and all their work warring against me and my domain. Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world.[38] Christ has given me authority to overcome all the power of the evil one and I claim that authority now over and against every enemy, and I banish them in the Name of Jesus Christ.[39] Holy Spirit, apply to me the fullness of the work of the Ascension of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my life.

Holy Spirit, I sincerely embrace you as my Counselor, my Comforter, my Strength and my Guide.[40] Thank you for sealing me in Christ.[41] I honor you as my Lord, and I ask you to lead me into all truth, to anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and to lead me deeper into Jesus today.[42] I fully open my life to you in every dimension and aspect — my body, my soul and my spirit — choosing to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things.[43] Apply to me, blessed Holy Spirit, all of the work and all of the gifts in Pentecost.[44] Fill me afresh, blessed Holy Spirit. I receive you with thanks and give you total claim to my life.

Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.[45] I receive those blessings into my life today and I ask the Holy Spirit to bring all those blessings into my life this day. Thank you for the blood of Jesus. Wash me once more with his blood from every sin and stain and evil device. I put on your armor — the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the readiness of the Gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation. I take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and I wield these weapons against the evil one in the power of God. I choose to pray at all times in the Spirit, to be strong in you, Lord, and in your might.[46]

Father, thank you for your angels. May they guard me at all times this day. [47] Thank you for those who pray for me; I confess I need their prayers and I ask you to send forth your Spirit and rouse them, unite them, raising up the full canopy of prayer and intercession for me.[48] I call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ this day throughout my home, my family, my life and my domain. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ, with all glory and honor and thanks to him. 

Amen

Concluding Statements of Faith:

• We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only, infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.

• We believe in the One True God, The Sovereign, eternal Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternally existent in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

• We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

• We believe God created mankind in His image. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God; the image of God in man was distorted; mankind became subject to the power of the devil; and the sinful nature was passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin, unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind’s pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.

• We believe that when a person exercises saving faith in Christ he passes, immediately, out of spiritual death into spiritual life and from the old creation into the new, a new nature and a new heart imparted; being justified freely by grace, he is accepted before the Father as Christ, His Son, is accepted and loved as Christ is loved–having his place and portion linked to Christ and one with Christ – forever.

• We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

• We believe in the resurrection of, both, the saved and the lost–they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

• We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

• We believe Jesus wants us to depend on the Holy Spirit and live out lives that share God’s love abundantly as our transformation unfolds.  

We the undersigned…

This statement of Return To Glory Tenets was ratified by RTG MVV Committee unanimous consensus on 9 May 2012.  In attendance:
Bill Harper - Member of the Board
Earnest Mathis – Member of the Board
Ric Dugger
Ron Harrell
Roger Hughs
Scotty Dillinger
Larry Scoma

Footnotes:  What We Believe

1.  We agree with A.W. Tozer:
“[We strive to insure] that our idea of God correspond as nearly as possible to the true being of God is of immense importance to us. Compared with our actual thoughts about Him, our creedal statements are of little consequence. Our real idea of God may lie buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require an intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for what it is.”  A.W. Tozer, Knowlege of the Holy, ch.1

2.  The Daily Prayer is presented by Ransomed Heart… (Wild At Heart Field Manual and Waking The Dead.)

Daily Prayer Scripture References

[1] There is a “daily-ness” to our walk with Christ, we have to choose to abide in Christ. It’s not something that happens automatically, and we can lose connection with our head (Col 2:19). Not a loss of salvation, but a loss of that intimate connection to the Vine through which we receive his life. Every morning we bring our lives fully back to Christ and under his Lordship. It’s important that we consecrate our whole being to Christ — our body (Rom 12:1), our soul (Luke 10:27) and our spirit (1 Cor 6:17).
[2] 1 John 1:9
[3] Eph 1:4
[4] Rom 5:8
[5] By entering into the work of Christ daily, we appropriate in a fresh way all he has already done for us. After all, Christ told us to take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23).
[6]1 Cor 1:30
[7] Col 2:13
[8] 2 Cor 5:21
[9] Col 2:10
[10] Col 2:13
[11] Col 3:1
[12] Eph 2:6
[13] Luke 10:19, Eph 2:6
[14] Eph 1:13
[15] Matt 20:28
[16] By entering into the work of Christ daily, we appropriate in a fresh way all he has already done for us. After all, Christ told us to take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23).
[17]   1 John 1:9
[18]   Col 2:11
[19]   Rom 2:29
[21]   Rom 6:11
[22]   Gal 6:14
[23]   Col 1:13
[24]   Eph 4:22
[25]   Having put off the old man, we are told to put on the new (Eph 4:24).
[26]   Rom 6:11
[27]   Gal 2:20
[28]   Eph 2:5
[29]   Rom 5:17
[30]   Rom 6:4
[31]   Col 3:4
[32]   Phil 4:13
[33]   John 12:31
[34]   Col 2:15
[35]   Matt 28:18
[36]   Col 2:10
[37]   Eph 2:6
[38]   1 John 4:4
[39]   Luke 10:19
[40]   John 14:16, Acts 9:31
[41]   Eph 1:13
[42]   John 15:26, 16:13
[43]   Gal 5:25
[44]   Eph 4:8
[45]   Eph 1:3
[46]   Eph 6:10-18
[47]   Heb 1:14
[48]   2 Cor 1:8-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
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