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 Timothy 3:14-16
February 4, 2018
When the Bible talks about the church, it means the church community—the group of people in one place who trust in Jesus. So when the Bible describes the church as a pillar and buttress of the truth, it’s talking about the church community supporting and displaying the truth of the gospel in the way we interact with one another. The way we speak to each other, relate to teach other, and think of each other demonstrates the gospel to us and the world.
1. Think about the way you interact with the church community. What might that show you about your definition of what the church is? How does that definition match up to the definitions we’ve seen over the last few weeks: body, family, pillar?
2. What are some ways the church community functions as a pillar of the truth? How have you seen that at work personally?
3. How have you seen the truths of the gospel in verse 16 affect your life? Does that motivate you to support and display those truths to others?
4. What are some practical ways that you are supporting and displaying the truths of the gospel with other Christians? Is God showing you and other opportunities to support and display the truth with others?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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