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.
As disciples follow Jesus, listen to his words, and pray, they quickly encounter a problem: how often they fall short. To be a disciple is to encounter your own failure—but to be a disciple is to walk the pathway from that failure to restoration, forgiveness, joy, and change: repentance. Jesus’ encounter with a pharisee and a repentant woman teach us about repentance, why we need it, and how we can do it in our own lives daily.
1. How do you typically handle your guilt over doing something you shouldn’t have? How do you think, feel, or act?
2. When you do confess and repent (to God and others), why do you do it? If you don’t confess and repent, why not?
3. Why do you think it’s true that the person who is forgiven much loves much? How have you seen that at work in your own life?
4. What practical ways can you encourage yourself to repent in your daily life?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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