Even believers can be caught in a sin. This is because although they are justified – and justification takes care of their legal standing before God – all believers still have remains of sin in them. This is where the ministry of reconciliation (restorer pastors walking with members of their flock who need to be restored) comes in.

We are justified sinners. We are not living in sin, but sin lives in us.

Who Are The Restorers?

In the first sermon of this three part series, Ronald Kalifungwa focused on the restorers – on pastors in particular who are called in to walk alongside those who may be struggling in their churches and flocks.

We saw two things about them. Namely their identity and their character. We saw that there is a cause and effect relationship between who they are as men, who they are as Christians, and what they achieve even in their bid to restore the fallen.

Who Needs To Be Restored?

In this second sermon Pastor Ronald turns to the restored. He looks at the man who is overtaken in a fault focusing on Galatians 6:1: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one”.

If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one.

We walk through four key observations about this hypothetical man: 1) This man is a believer – so he was not always overtaken by trespass. 2) Sin has now overtaken him. 3) Sin has ensnared him, but 4) he can be restored.

These observations help us because not only do we now understand the situation better, but it gives us hope that there will be a joyful outcome! The damage can be fixed, the person can be restored.

Anyone Can Fall

“You must know that although they stand justified before God, believers still have sin present in them. You must understand that. Otherwise when they fall you will always be in shock! Some trespass will befall your people.

Some trespass will befall your people.

Yet knowing what it is they have fallen into is also important. Then you can go to the stores of grace and draw out the appropriate medication that will meet their need.

All Can Be Restored

Finally, you must have hope as a restorer. The same saints who have fallen are restorable: they are reclaimable. The lost coin can be found, the lost son can be found! There is always hope in the kingdom of God.”

Text: Galatians 6:1-4

Date preached: 9 January 2018

Location: Grace Ministers Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa