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.
The Bible isn’t meant to be studied from afar. It’s built to be listened to up close. God’s Word is God’s communication to us, which means the Bible is the place we find God expressing himself and inviting us into a deeper relationship with him. When we understand that the Bible is God speaking, and that our role is to be good listeners, we’ll find ourselves knowing God personally by listening to His Word.
1. Describe your relationship with the Bible. How might that relationship change if you understood it as God speaking, inviting you into a personal relationship?
2. Spend some time thinking about what makes someone a good listener. What would it look like to apply those same listening skills to reading the Bible? How could you put those into practice this week?
3. How does the gospel relate to reading your Bible? How does God’s grace towards you in Jesus change your perspective about reading Scripture?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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