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.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
As humans we struggle with authority. Authority, in its nature, implies a submission of one will to the other, which challenges us. Not only this, but we have seen people in our world abuse their authority, and so we are skeptical. But God's authority is not determined by our feelings or thoughts, His authority is universal, and because the Bible is the very Word of God, from the mouth of God Himself, then it too has universal authority over us in our lives, and God commands us to submit to Him and His Word.
1. In what ways are you skeptical and hesitant about authority? How does this influence the way that you view and engage with God?
2. In what ways are you living with a “spiritual buffet” mentality about your walk with God, particularly with your approach to the Bible?
3. How should this understanding of the Bible’s authority change how you read, interact, and apply the Bible to your life?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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