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.
The Christian life can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like spinning plates—sermons and conversations and books and blogs seem like they give you hundreds of things you should be doing all the time. This can leave you confused, defeated, or determined find some way to do it all. But we can't miss the forest for the trees. Jesus gives us a way to understand the entire Christian life through the lens of love: love for God and love for others. As we look through these lenses, we cut through the confusion and find a Christian life that consists of a walking with God and walking in the world, all motivated by the gospel, all conforming us to the image of Christ.
1. How do you handle all the different things you hear in sermons, Bible reading, community group discussions, and more? Do you think the discipleship pathway will help you understand and internalize these things?
2. Think about the different categories on the discipleship pathway: Bible, prayer, heart work, community, mission, calling. What parts do you tend to emphasize in your own life? Which parts do you tend to neglect?
3. Do you think your Christian life is more motivated 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 can you do to encourage gospel motivation in your life?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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