What’s your story? Each of us has a unique one—a way of weaving together past experiences, relationships, and current joys and sorrows to make sense of our lives. But if we live our stories without looking to the master Storyteller, we get lost and confused. Changing deeply held patterns of living and loving happens as we find our place in God’s great story and learn to trust his love and care for us.
In Restore: Changing How We Live and Love, pastor and author Robert K. Cheong shows us that because we have been united to Christ, we can draw near to God, enjoy his love, and live with new patterns and life rhythms. This thirteen-week study guides participants through creating their own storyboards that will connect them to God’s overarching story and help them to rethink, reframe, and move forward. As participants discuss, do response activities, and learn to meditate on God’s Word, they will reconnect with God and reignite their love for him and others.
God knows you and he cares for you. Through this study you can be confident God will reframe how you see and experience life, as well as how you see and experience him. Christ will restore your soul as you abide in his love and find rest in him. God will redeem your story as he takes what was meant for evil and uses it to free you to love him and to live for him.
Robert K. Cheong, PhD, serves as the Pastor of Care at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, KY. He has a passion for helping the church to be confident in Jesus, and he is the Executive Director of Gospel Care Ministries, which trains leaders in churches, networks, and mission organizations. He is the author of God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline and Restore: Changing How We Live and Love (forthcoming Fall 2021). He enjoys life with his wife, Karen, their grown children, and their adorable grandchildren.
“There is always a need for rich, practical, and transformative gospel resources. Robert Cheong’s Restore is one of the best I’ve seen. This tool takes people on a heart-exposing, faith-igniting, and life-changing journey. This seasoned pastor has invested years helping people see their story through the lens of the Scripture. I am so glad that now countless more will journey through God’s story and find themselves, find their Savior, and find healing of heart and mind, along with a brand-new way of living.”
Paul Tripp, Pastor; conference speaker; author of New Morning Mercies
“Beautifully simple, clear in flow, and practical in application, this small group resource by Robert Cheong will help us connect to God and each other. Fine-tuned by years of pastoral wisdom and group expertise, Restore helps us see how grace reframes our story and delivers God’s power for change. If you want to connect deeply with others around rich content for reflection and discussion, you’ve got the right tool in your hand!”
Dave Harvey, President, Great Commission Collective; author of When Sinners Say I Do and I Still Do!
“God's restoring work is brought back into focus through this masterfully crafted study guide. By consistently giving clear insight and directional promptings, Robert Cheong helps us understand how God promises restoration throughout his story and does so in ways that impact our hearts and lives. I am grateful for Restore as it is a helpful tool that extends the invitation to a deeper life and love found in Jesus Christ.”
Brian Howard. Executive Director, Acts 29
“The best thing about Restore is that it is both biblically faithful and gospel centered. But that's not all that excites me; this book is field-tested by men and women with a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and Christian experiences. Moreover, Dr. Cheong has created a reproducible model that doesn't require experts to lead. This work will help pastors and leaders disciple people to care for one another in the way Jesus and the apostles envisioned. I highly recommend reading, learning, and reproducing what is taught in this workbook as I've seen firsthand the profound impact that it has had on our church members.”
Jamaal Williams, Lead Pastor, Sojourn Midtown; president, the Sojourn Network
“As a writer, I know firsthand how God has used the process of storytelling to challenge, heal, and cultivate my relationship with him. With Restore, pastor Robert Cheong taps the power of storytelling for group discipleship, inviting participants to find their personal stories in God's larger one. Pick up this book, find your people, grab a pen, and sit with your story. Sit with your story and discover a good, gracious Author who's writing it even now.”
Hannah Anderson, Author of Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul
“Robert Cheong’s, Restore: Changing How We Live and Love is a gospel feast and will prove to be a most helpful aid in discipling believers, equipping leaders, resourcing cohorts, and aiding counselors. Robert invites us to find our place in God’s story, as both characters and carriers—doing the heart work of spiritual formation. He understands the narrative nature of growth in Christ, taking us through the four-fold biblical plotline of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation. This resource is so well written and creatively illustrated—I look forward to using this tool in my coaching ministry.”
Scotty Ward Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN; teacher-in-residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, TN
“Forged in the trenches of pastoral ministry and written from a deep belief in the power of Christ for personal transformation, Restore is a fresh resource for pastors and ministry leaders to use in their local churches as they work with men and women desiring to see God, his Word, and his people transform their lives. I've seen the fruit of this firsthand as a pastor at Sojourn Midtown and throughout our network of churches.”
Dave Owens, Executive Director, Sojourn Network
“Robert Cheong’s Restore is not just a workbook, it’s a journey to help you abide in the love of Christ. In this small group study, you’ll reframe your life within the greatest of all stories—the story of God’s redeeming love for his people. I can’t wait to introduce our church to Restore. Many lives will be transformed.”
Dr. Deepak Reju, Pastor of Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author of On Guard and Preparing forFatherhood
“Robert has endeavored to clearly articulate and bring to bear in daily living aspects of the fulness of the gospel that go well beyond the moment of conversion to remind us of the rich halls of grace we find in the writings of Paul (Ephesians 3:14–19). He does so with a detailed and gracious encouragement that points us toward the very narrative thread of the Scriptures as a whole. Indeed, only the grand meta-narrative of the Triune God can bring much needed meaning and restoration to our own stories of brokenness. I have always been sharpened from colaboring with Robert and find his teaching to be clear and deeply rooted in an abiding love of God, his Word, and the people of God found in the church everywhere. As one who works with the church on a global level, I have seen that Robert’s insights, being from the Word, transcend cultural boundaries and are accessible and revolutionary to people everywhere. I heartily recommend Robert’s book here as an invaluable resource for anyone desiring to lead communities of faith into greater love of the Savior.”
Paul Athanasius, Cross Cultural Worker and Trainer
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