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.
Following the Reformation the Church went through an enormous amount of changes. The amount of literature available to the common Christian skyrocketed thanks to the printing press and the writings of Puritans and Christian scholars. Along with this growth came many disagreements in the Protestant church and the rise of denominations. This class focused on this tumultuous time in Church history with the intent to bolster the faith of Christians today.
The handout and PowerPoint Presentation from this seminar are also available.
Below are some recommended resources for further reading on this topic.
C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography
Jonathan Edwards by Iain Murray
Archibald G. Brown by Iain Murray
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Outline of a History of Protestant Missions From the Reformation to the Present Time by Gustav Warneck (Free on Google Books)
Church History Overviews
The Story of Christian Theology by Roger E. Olson
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley
Dustin is a member of Cornerstone and serves the church as a servant minister.
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