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.
This is a class designed to equip you to live in community with other Christians. It is an introduction to discipleship and counseling, focused on giving you a Biblical understanding of people, their problems, and the change process.
How does the biblical process of change compare to the many current popular methods of counseling?
“In evaluating any therapeutic theory and seeking to understand the extent to which it is (or can be) ‘Christian’ we must identify whether the goal is Christlikeness or something else entirely.”
“Christians who are confused by the homosexuality debate raging in the US are looking for resources that are based solidly on a deep study of what Scripture says about the issue."
“You are not ultimately responsible for changing the hearts of people you minister to. The only hope we have of change is the Spirit of God working in us and others.”
“To say that God calls each of us to personal ministry is to say that God calls each of us to lovingly know, lovingly serve, lovingly speak to, and lovingly gospel the people God has placed in our lives. As we do, we are obeying his call to make disciples.”
As a follow-up to the introductory class How People Change, this class is designed to help give you a framework for how you can best help others through the change process. This class is meant to provide you with a principle-based framework of how discipleship counseling and inter-personal ministry ought to take place.
“At their core, these are all just different angles of the personal ministry we are all called to.”
“... personal ministry is simply loving someone in order to help him or her become more like Jesus.”
"Therapeutic counseling is based on a patient-therapist model that requires 'professionalism' and 'boundaries'. But biblical counseling is based on a model of interpersonal gospel care."