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.
Christianity has always believed in a God of wrath, who stands in judgment over humans in their sin. But we don’t talk about it much. What’s more, for people in the West, God’s wrath is hard to reconcile with God’s love. If God is love, should he ever get angry? The Bible helps us make sense of God’s wrath, square up to the reality of our situation, and appreciate the love of God displayed on the cross.
1. Do you think much about God’s wrath? When you read passages in your Bible about God’s anger or judgment, what do you do with them?
2. Where have you seen your own rage against God come out? What form does it usually take?
3. How does understanding God’s holiness give us a key to understanding his wrath? How does God’s wrath differ from human anger?
4. How does God’s wrath make sense of the cross? Does understanding God’s wrath make the cross more powerful for you?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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