Are there members of your congregation – believers who you know and respect – who have been ensnared by sin? As pastors, restoration is part of our role: we must strive to bring them back to Christ. But how do we do this effectively? Where is the how-to guide? In this sermon Ronald Kalifungwa pieces together a pastoral, theological system to help us pursue restoration.

Why do we preach? Why do we counsel? It’s to form people into the image of Christ.

“This is never going to be one-size-fits-all, but having a structure, or framework, to work within is critical. It’s a map, of sorts, for leading the lost sheep back to Christ.”

The Restorers & The Restored

This is the third and final sermon in a three-part series on the ministry of restoration by Ronald Kalifungwa. His first sermon focused on the restorers – on pastors in particular – who are called to walk alongside those who may be struggling in their churches and flocks. In the second sermon. Pastor Ronald turned to the restored – to the believer themselves – exploring who they are and why they fell into sin.

“We’ve seen that the restorer must be a Christian, a spiritual person, concerned about those who are bearing burdens and skilled at restoring the fallen. On the other hand, the restored is one who may not always have fallen into sin. He might not have had that experience in his past. But he’s now been overtaken in sin and is hopeless about it. But he is, indeed, restorable, or reclaimable.”

How Do We Aid Restoration?

“Moved by a desire to bear each other’s burdens, Christians in general, and pastors in particular, must swiftly take the trouble of helping to restore people. But how do we go about helping to restore a brother or sister who has been overtaken in a trespass?”

How do we go about helping to restore a brother who has been overtaken in a trespass?

Ronald Kalifungwa answers this question by considering four elements which, viewed as a constituent whole, give us something of a methodology of restoration.

“We need a pastoral, theological system of sorts as a tool in helping the fallen. We need structure to the way we do things. For there is no one structure. I have just suggested one to us. There is no one biblical structure so to say, but it’s helpful to have some way of doing things. That you must begin with this, and then this, and then this, and then this.”

A Four Point Framework

The four points are these: the goal of the ministry of restoration, the practice of the ministry of restoration, the manner and the caveat to the ministry of restoration.

All of these hinge on this one verse: Galatians 6:1. “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

Pastor Kalifugwa goes into detail around how to tackle each of these four areas. He give helpful examples from his own pastoral ministry and refers to various passage of scripture to support his approach.

Ultimately, Follow The Master

“Your purpose is to attain this goal: be available for those who fall. Be prepared to help those who fall. Prepare yourself biblically, prepare yourself theologically, prepare yourself character-wise. And finally, and more importantly, emulate the master, the Lord Jesus Christ. And it will be well!

Many under your charge, many along your path, will find help in a time of trouble. And if we are all doing it we will have a great number of people restored – added back to the Church – who are overcoming their troubles and who are uniting their lives and their voices in praise to Jesus, our King, our Priest, our Prophet, who alone indeed is responsible for restoration.”


Text: Galatians 6:1-2

Date preached: 9 January 2018

Location: Grace Ministers Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa