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.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
January 21, 2018
God calls the church a body. This metaphor is powerful in how it describes the unity and diversity of the church. The church, like a body, is united together in our identity and our purpose. Simultaneously the church, like a body, is diverse, with a variety of parts, a variety of gifting, a variety of backgrounds that all form a tapestry displaying the manifold wisdom and beauty of Christ.
1. Why does God call the church a “body”?
2. What is powerful about the kind of unity Christian community is designed to have?
3. How do you see yourself living out “unity in diversity” in your Christian community?
4. How could you pursue unity in diversity more in your Christian community?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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