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.
On this youth Sunday, we spoke about prayer on several levels. We learned with our children’s church kids about how we always talk to people we love, which is why we pray to God. We learned with our junior church kids how God wants us to engage him about the real things in our life. And we learned through our shorter sermon how the Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray by remembering who God is, relating to Him personally, and making requests in light of His glory.
1. If someone overheard your prayers, but didn’t know you were praying, who would they think you were talking to? What does that tell you about how you relate to God?
2. How can you remember who God is and what he has done as you pray?
3. What does it look like when you “go through the motions” in prayer? What would it look like to focus more on relating to God in prayer?
4. What kind of things do you ask God for? How can the Lord’s Prayer serve as a model for your requests in prayer?
Teach Us to Pray (Resources on prayer)
Pray With Your Affections: Lessons from Psalm 123 (Article) by DeAron Washington
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: Matthew 6:9
Tuesday: Matthew 6:10
Wednesday: Matthew 6:11
Thursday: Matthew 6:12
Friday: Matthew 6:13
As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:
Insight: Ask God to give you insight into each portion of the Lord’s Prayer.
Confess: Admit the sinful motives in your heart that keep you from prayer or keep your prayers empty or cold.
Wrestle: Work through the ways you struggle over prayer with God.
Request: Ask God to give you a deep, rich prayer life and wisdom to take practical steps forward
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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