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.
"Where the world offers division and distrust across ethnic, age, life-stage, socio-economic, cultural or national lines, the Church is called to offer reconciliation, unity, humility, sacrifice, and love. "
Every aspect of our world exists in a tension. Since all things were created by God (Genesis 1:1), and He created all things good, then everything in this world has a mark of God and His goodness and beauty. Yet, because our forefathers Adam and Eve rejected God as their good King, our world has been plunged into sin, and the goodness and beauty of this world is often twisted, distorted, and utilized for purposes other than to glorify and honor the Creator.
The convergence of protology (the theology of creation) and hamartiology (the theology of sin) leads us to a world that is full of beauty and brokenness simultaneously.
Each of these components of life in this world are full of both beauty and brokenness.
One of the most consistent ways that this beauty and brokenness are on display in the world is in the midst of human relationships between varieties of people.
But there is also radical brokenness between people, particularly when those people are not exactly the same:
In the midst of this beauty and brokenness our Lord has made us, His Church, into a New Creation ("Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come," 2 Corinthians 5:17). Because we are people who have been reunited with God through Christ, we are called to be people whose lives and relationships represent God's reversal, an undoing of sin and its effects through the power of the gospel.
Where the world offers gossip, the Church is to offer encouragement. Where the world offers power struggles, the Church is to offer humility and selfless sacrifice. Where the world offers self-glorification, the Church is to be fixated and dedicated to the glory of the Savior.
And where the world offers division and distrust across ethnic, age, life-stage, socio-economic, cultural or national lines, the Church is called to offer reconciliation, unity, humility, sacrifice, and love.
When we allow the divisions of the world to invade local churches, we allow the brokenness of the world to flourish, and we suppress the gospel hope of being unified in Christ in the midst of differences. Paul describes the divisions of the world (in His circumstance, the division between Jew and Gentile) invading the church as a "wall of hostility" (Ephesians 2:14).
And when we live out the gospel by letting Christ break down that wall of hostility in our relationships, attitudes, interactions, and assumptions, we live as the New Creation that God has called us to be, and He redeems the brokenness and displays the beauty of His grace.
Come learn more about being a unified church at our conference this Saturday!
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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