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.
What does the Bible tell us about race and ethnicity? There is perhaps no more controversial and divisive topic in America today. This sermon explores how the foundational truth of the Imago Dei speaks to contemporary issues of racism and ethnic division, and how the church is called to be a countercultural community reflecting the multi-ethnic people of God.
1. How does God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 tell us about God’s ultimate plan of redemption for all peoples? How is this reflected in Revelation 7:9?
2. What is the difference between race and ethnicity, and why is it so important?
3. How in your life can you stop being a wall to other ethnicities, and function as a bridge?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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