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.
"So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." –1 Peter 5:1-5
Every social group has unwritten rules that inform what they are like when they are together. So what do followers of Jesus look like when they get together? Peter explains that the church community is marked by humility, especially in its leaders. From his own life experience and first-hand knowledge of Jesus', Peter explains what humility really is, and how we can only find it in the gospel of Jesus Christ. With that foundation, we learn what that humility looks like in the lives of a church congregation.
1. Why do you think Peter emphasizes the central importance of humility for a Christian church? Do you regularly think of the importance of humility here at Cornerstone? Why or why not?
2. What gets in the way of humility in your life and relationships? What increases humility in your life and relationships?
3. How does the gospel free you to be deeply humble? Do you feel like you are experiencing that in your life now?
4. Do you see humility in the way you lead or influence others at Cornerstone? Do you see humility in the way you receive leadership and influence at Cornerstone?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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