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’s easy to be overwhelmed by the different ways to live out the Christian faith. Many people lose the forest for the trees and end up frustrated or discouraged when they can’t wrap their arms around everything at once. Jesus brings us help: the greatest commandment, which helps us see all the commands of Scripture as trees in the forests of loving God and loving others. As we look closer, we find a way to see the Christian life as a journey of loving God and loving others, all because of the gospel, and all leading us to become more like Christ.
1. How do you handle all the different things you’re told to do in sermons, Bible reading, and more? How can Jesus’ words in the greatest commandment and the discipleship pathway help?
2. Which categories on the discipleship pathway (Bible, prayer, heart work, community, mission, and calling) do you tend to emphasize in your life? Which do you tend to neglect?
3. Are you motivated more by your acceptance in Jesus or by your desire to be a good person on your own? How have you seen that affect your life?
4. What are your goals for your life as a Christian? How do those goals relate to becoming more like Christ?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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