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.
Our society is passionate about justice and fairness, but doesn’t often provide a reason why. Without it, justice becomes selective. Certain people are protected, while others aren’t, and people become divided over who should take priority. Christianity provides a universal reason for universal justice: all people are made in the image of God and are to be treated with dignity and worth regardless of their race, ability, or status. When we understand the image of God and how it ties into the gospel of Jesus Christ, it renovates our perspective on ourselves, the people around us in our city, and our responsibility to reflect God’s love to the world.
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The Good Work of Women, Part 1
1. Every human being is made in the image of God. How should that change the way you treat the people you work with, socialize with, and live with?
2. When we take God out of the equation, what reasons are there to treat all people with dignity? What do you think would happen in a society that wants dignity for all but doesn’t ground it in the image of God? How do you see that at work in our society?
3. What would a church community that reflects the image of God look like in Los Angeles? How can you participate in that at Cornerstone?
4. Think of some people you find it difficult to treat with dignity and worth (it could be individuals, people who disagree with you, etc.). How does the gospel lead you to treat them with deep and genuine respect? How can you put that into practice?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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