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 Timothy 6:10
1 John 3:17
Throughout the Bible it is clear that God cares deeply for those who are poor and marginalized in society. Those who the world despises, God loves. Those who are considered unimportant and without value are considered first and eternally valuable in the Kingdom of God. The poor and the marginalized are found in every corner of this world, and always share the characteristics of lacking material possessions and lacking the power and opportunity to break out of poverty. Christians have a responsibility to care for, serve, and welcome into the local community those who are marginalized.
1. Why does God have such a profound heart for the poor and the marginalized?
2. Who are the poor and the marginalized in Los Angeles?
3. How can you cultivate a love and compassion for those who are suffering in these ways?
4. How is God calling you to serve the marginalized?
5. What stands in the way of Cornerstone being a community that is welcoming to the marginalized? What can you do to help make that a reality?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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