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.
“God has a profound love and heart for those who are maginalized in our society- the foreigner, the orphan, the widow, the refugee; and He calls us to reflect that same heart.”
“Jesus died for you and me, but He also died for abusive dads, neglectful moms, people capable of all kinds of horrors — and He died for their children, too.”
“It’s true that some people can’t ‘do that’ themselves—if by ‘that’ they mean take in a child in their current season of life. But orphan care is much larger than taking in a child. If by ‘that’ we mean care for orphans in their distress, then everyone can—and should—do that themselves.”
I’d like to take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on that type of orphan here: older kids in foster care.
God is calling us (every single Christian) to deep humility and a passionate care for the poor and needy, especially those Christians who have an excess of food and have the capability of living in prosperous ease.
“There are two realities that have drawn me in to the world of adoption:
1. God’s unimaginable adoption of us 2. The overwhelming number of orphans in our city without a permanent family.”
Our God has an enormous heart for orphans, calling his people to serve, love, and care for those whose biological parents cannot care for them.
How do we give to broken and hurting people?
What is it like to be part of God’s family?
When you see a child of God, there’s always a family resemblance.