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.
Taught by Jim Leonard
“Gospel In Life” is Timothy Keller’s video series on how the Gospel is lived in an urban, complex, hyper-busy, secular world. Pastor Keller’s church is located in Manhattan, so the very first issue is what the Gospel means in the city. The course is presented through video and workbook-led discussion. A ten-minute video featuring Pastor Keller starts each session. The provided workbook contains reading and questions as discussion-starters and prompts for further reading and thought. The bulk of the class is devoted to discussion. Participants need to be prepared to invest an hour or more to prepare between classes following the first class.
Jim Leonard has served as an elder for 27 years and loves the opportunity to connect people to Jesus Christ, as well as enabling Christians to find new and excellent ways of living out their relationship with God.
Each class (except the first one) starts with sharing further reflections on what was discussed in the last class. The short information-packed video by Pastor Keller introduces the topic of the evening. Videos are around 10-12 minutes. The discussion time begins immediately after the video, starting with the questions in the book, but often moving in new directions as the class shows interest. At the end, the assignment for the next class is made. Total class time is about 1.5 hours.
Watch Session 1 "The City"
The City: The world that is
Your heart: Three ways to live
Idolatry: The sin beneath the sin
Community: The context for change
Witness: An alternate city
Work: Cultivating the garden
Gospel in Life Study Guide by Timothy Keller
Jim serves Cornerstone through pastoral care and by overseeing internal ministries and administration.
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