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.
“When my anxiety is the elephant in the room, I find that Philippians 4:8-9 offers a much more helpful meditation.”
Read Part 5: A Prayer Reflecting on the Gospel
When counseling someone through anxiety (or trying to manage it yourself), it can be tempting to turn to your concordance, look up the word, and land smack in Philippians 4:6 with another back-breaking command: “Do not be anxious about anything…” But in my own struggle with anxiety, repeating to myself, “do not be anxious about anything...do not be anxious about anything...do not be anxious about anything” is a terrible mantra. When my anxiety is the elephant in the room, I find that verses 8-9 offer a much more helpful meditation. As you consider Paul’s words, challenge yourself to list three to five objects of thought for each line.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Lord, help me to practice this list in my mind and meditate on hope when I am tempted to spiral down the path of anxiety. Thank you that you promise to be with me, that you promise peace.
Read Part 7: A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Rejoicing
Meredith serves Cornerstone with the Women’s Ministry and as a Global Liaison.
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