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.
"In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory." –Ephesians 1:11-14
The fact that God has prepared an inheritance of family, his own personal fatherhood and purposeful life, and guarantees it by his Spirit, changes forever the way we understand our past, present and future.
1. Chapter one promises we are adopted, redeemed, and have an inheritance. What do these acts tell you about the "personalness" of God?
2. Have you ever been the recipient of an inheritance? How did it compare to God's promises of one?
3. In our experience someone has to die for you to receive an inheritance. But God himself is part of our inheritance. Why does he arrange it that way?
Jim serves Cornerstone through pastoral care and by overseeing internal ministries and administration.
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