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.
"Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch. For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day." –Zechariah 3:8-9 ESV
The last chapter of the Old Testament story shows us God bringing his people out of exile, just as he promised. But while the people lived in their historic land again, their hearts were still elsewhere. The Old Testament ends with the people needing their hearts to come home, and in Jesus we find the one who can bring all of us all the way back home to God.
If "home is where the heart is," where does your heart look for home here on the earth? Think about your relationships, vocations, and activities. Which of those "homes" are an extension of the home you have in God? Which of them are an attempt to seek a home apart from God?
Are there areas of your life that you are neglecting or fighting against because your heart is looking for home somewhere else? How would you treat those areas of life if you knew you had a permanent home in God that could never be taken away?
Brainstorm together with your Community Group: what are some practical ways we can abide in Christ? Share the ways you still "live in your old home" with your emotions, reactions, and more. How can we help each other move in to our new home in Jesus?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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