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.
The word “church” can come with a lot of baggage. What is a church, exactly, and what does it look like to be a part of one? When we read the Bible, we find that God has a lot to say about the church that he bought with Christ’s blood. What’s more, we find that every believer has a part to play in the family God is building together. This class spends time exploring what God has said about his church. We’ll cover the gospel message that creates the church, the relationships that make up the church, and the purpose of God’s church for believers and non-believers around us. We’ll finish the class with practical steps you can take to make what you’ve learned a reality in your life here at Cornerstone.
Chris Wessel has spent the last several years as a community group leader. He brings knowledge and wisdom from the front lines of developing true community amongst a variety of different people in West LA.
This class is a blend of lecture and discussion. Bring a listening ear, honest questions and comments—we’ll all be learning from God’s Word together. Some reading is required in order to supplement what is being learned in class.
Week 1 The Gospel Message
Week 2 How the Gospel Changes Us
Week 3 The Gospel, the Church, and You
Week 4 The Gospel, the Church, and Christian Growth
Week 5 The Gospel, the Church, and Making Disciples
Week 6 The Gospel, the Church, and Cornerstone WLA
The Cross-Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing
by C.J. Mahaney
Books will be available for purchase in class.
Chris is a member of Cornerstone and serves the church as a non-vocational elder.
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