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 John 4:10-11
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment, which encompasses all others, is love—love for God and love for others. In this sermon, we look more closely at growing in love for others as his disciples. Across the Bible, we find that loving others means close relationships with Christians, close relationships with non-Christians, and pursuing our God-given roles and responsibilities. These large categories—Community, Mission, and Calling—help us understand and enjoy our walk in the world.
1. Do you feel like you are walking in the world as a Christian? Why or why not?
2. What are some ways you have grown in love for others over the last year or two? How did that growth happen?
3. Do you have deep relationships with other Christians? What does Christian community look like for you?
4. Do you have deep relationships with non-Christians? What does Christian mission look like for you?
5. What are the different roles and responsibilities that God has given you? How are you pursuing those callings?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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