Cornerstone exists because of Jesus. We are a people who have been transformed by the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has forgiven us and adopted us into his family. Now, we have a whole new life.
Through the gospel, God redeems us, forgives us, and adopts us into his family. The good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection makes each one of us a new creation and gives us a new identity: children of God. This is why we can never think of the church as an organization or a building. The church is actually a family—God’s family, filled with redeemed sinners that are now his children.
Through the gospel, God forgives us, adopts us into his family, and makes us his disciples. This means that the church is not just any family. We are a family formed by God—and sent out with a purpose.
The church is a family that ministers to one another, cares for one another, and builds one another up. Each member of the family is a child of God who is uniquely gifted to bless the family and to be a light in our city.
Just like a vine grows best with a good trellis, our church family grows best with good programs. Our programs and ministries are tailored to support the community and mission God has given us.
On top of that, God makes it clear in the Bible that it’s very important we examine our beliefs and make sure they line up with His truth. Below is a summary of what we believe at Cornerstone WLA. For a more detailed look at our doctrine, read our Statement of Faith.
The Bible is the only thing we can fully trust in this world. It has no errors, mistakes, contradictions, or bad advice. When we’re reading the Bible, we’re reading the actual words of God-and with God’s help it gives us everything we need to find true life and live it well.
God is eternal, all-powerful, all knowing, and much, much bigger than us. In one of the most incredible mysteries in the universe, there is one God who exists in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s from that relationship that we learn about true love, community, and joy.
Jesus was born from a virgin named Mary a little over two thousand years ago, and he was both fully God and fully man. He lived his whole life without sinning once, but died to take our place and pay the punishment that all of our sins deserve. He rose from the grave three days later and is now with God in Heaven, waiting for the perfect time to come back and make a new heaven and new earth.
The Holy Spirit teaches us, opens our heart to understand the Bible, gives us faith, prays to God for us when we don’t know what to say, and lives inside of believers to assure them that God is going to finish what He started. When you become a believer, you are filled with the Spirit, and from that point on He continues to produce holiness in your life. In addition, the Holy Spirit gives gifts to each believer so that they can uniquely build up their local church.
Humans are born bad, they live bad, and they have no intention of getting better on the inside. Because they are accountable to a perfect God, they face eternal punishment. But if anyone turns away from their sin and accepts that Christ has taken the punishment they deserve by dying on the cross, God puts the Holy Spirit inside of them and makes them a whole new person.
People who believe in Jesus can look forward to an unimaginably good life in Heaven with God and other believers. In fact, for believers that life starts now-with the Holy Spirit inside of us we can begin to taste what a life with God is like. But no matter what someone believes, one day everyone will be raised from the dead and judged by God: those who believe will go with Him forever, & those who do not will be given over to eternal conscious torment in Hell.