Our Mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Yeshua

Core Values

We have six core values at Restoration.  They are the grid by which everything we do goes through.  Even our Restoration logo, a star made up of six inward facing arrows, is designed to be a visual reminder of our community's core values.  Read about each core value below and listen to the corresponding sermon from our preaching series We Are to learn more about the heartbeat of our synagogue.

MESSIANIC  |  We Reflect the Jewishness of Yeshua

We choose to reflect the Jewishness of our Messiah, Yeshua.  We are unapologetically a synagogue and unapologetically worship in a Jewish context.  As a synagogue, we worship on Shabbat (Saturday), celebrate the Biblical Festivals, keep varying degrees of Kosher, and sing in Hebrew and English.  We do not believe we are right about everything and everyone else is wrong.  Nor do we believe that others are in sin for not being more like us.  We partner with other messianic synagogues and churches who share a love for Yeshua and people finding Yeshua.

FAMILY  |  We Believe Everyone Belongs in the Family of God

Everyone: Jew and Gentile, male and female.  Everyone is a member of God's family.  God has put us in our physical families so we can find His Family.  The family of God is big and what ties us together is God's love for each of us.  At Restoration, Jews are Jews and Gentiles are Gentiles. There is no need for Jews to become Gentiles or Gentiles to become Jews.  Every person, with their family background and history, is called to be a representative of their people in the Family of God. God wants people from every nation, every tribe, and every language.  All of us belong to the same family and worship God together.  We mean to reflect that in our synagogue.

FORGIVEN  | We Know Every Setback is a Chance to Come Back

We are all sinners and all fall short of the glory of God.  That is the power to the story of Yeshua.  His love is not measured by your goodness.  Every time we sin, every time we fall short, every time we have a setback, there is an opportunity for us to return to God.  This is reflected in the biblical idea of Return.  God is always calling people to return to Him, our Creator.  We run, we turn away, we fall into sin and things that are opposed to God, but because of His grace and mercy, God says, “Come back, return to Me!” (Hosea 14:1, Joel 2:13, Zechariah 1:3).

GENEROUS  |  We are Irrationally Generosity with Our Resources

The practice of giving can seem irrational to many people.  However, we believe all we have belongs to God.  God has given us so many resources including money, spiritual gifts, talents, and time; and He wants us to be irrationally generous with those resources.  

One way we give at Restoration is through tithes and offerings.  For us, we give of our money because God gave it all to us.  We believe everyone should tithe to the community that they belong to.  Tithe literally means “a tenth” and giving above one's tithe is called an offering.  In the Scriptures, the definition of an offering is what you give after you tithe.  You cannot give an offering unless you already tithe.  Restoration currently gives 13.5% out to non-profits in Seattle and Israel, and we plan to increase our giving.

SERVANTS  |  We Serve God by Serving Others

God’s love for us is demonstrated in the giving of His son’s life for ours.  As an expression of God’s love we want to serve our synagogue community, Seattle (our city), America (our country), and the world.  We give of our time and talents to our synagogue because we believe together we can change the world.

TOGETHER  |  We are Better Together

Contrary to the typical American dream, our lives are not just about ourselves.  We were made for community.  God designed individuals to grow and flourish in the company of others.  But living within a community is a choice.  Therefore, at Restoration, we reject isolation and going through life alone.  We choose to let others into our life journeys, both the hurt and the joys.  We choose to share this messy life and believe that God speaks into our lives through community.