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.
It is God "who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
–Psalm 103:5 ESV
Much of economics is built around the idea of the law of diminishing marginal utility. The main point of this concept is that the first experience of a product brings the most happiness, and each successive experience of that same product progressively brings less happiness.
For example when you first get your awesome, new, shiny smart phone, immediately you want to spend hours and hours figuring out all of the capabilities that are available to you. But two or three years later that same phone doesn't produce elation and intrigue but rather boredom and discontentment (often).
Or think of an all you can eat buffet. The first plate of food you get is very satisfying, but how satisfying is the second plate? And the third? And the fourth? Each successive plate of food you get, though it might still be enjoyable to a certain extent, brings you less and less satisfaction, until the point where it actually can bring you disutility, where it's not longer giving you any benefit at all but is instead harming you (sickness, being overly full, stomachaches, etc.).
Everything in our world functions this way.
Except for God.
God does not have a diminishing marginal utility. Each new experience of God doesn't bring less enjoyment but more.
It is God "who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." –Psalm 103:5 ESV
It is God who "satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things." -Psalm 107:9 ESV
It is: "those who seek the LORD [whom] lack no good thing." -Psalm 34:10 ESV
It is God who declares: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live." -Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV
And Jesus proclaims: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV) and “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." -John 6:35 ESV
May you go today to the inexhaustibly satisfying God. And may you live in His joy forever.
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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