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 Samuel 16:1, 7, 13
Facing and acknowledging the reality of the Real God who reveals himself in the Bible is the hardest thing we have to do. The beginning of a new year pushes back against our tendency to flee him. We look back and see what he has done in our lives, and we look ahead to the immediate future where he is already prepared to meet us.
1. How do you react to the possibility that God has called you to a specific “destiny” in 2017? How might you pray about that possibility?
2. If you understood that God calls you to be a witness to him and his character by your participation in the community of believers around you, what would you do differently in the new year?
3. Understanding and accepting the reality of the biblical God is hard for us. We prefer a god somewhat more contained or less kingly. What is the hardest work you have to do in this new year to become more obedient to the Real God of Scripture?
Jim serves Cornerstone through pastoral care and by overseeing internal ministries and administration.
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