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.
“The Cross of Jesus Christ destroys all pride. We cannot find the Cross of Jesus if we shrink from going to the place where it is to be found, namely, the public death of the sinner. And we refuse to bear the Cross when we are ashamed to take upon ourselves the shameful death of the sinner in confession.”
– Life Together, p. 114
Sin lies, hides, and numbs you to God. To battle against spiritual numbness you must boldly confess your sins to God and to one another, so that you can freshly experience the grace and forgiveness of Jesus in the gospel.
For further reading on this topic, we highly recommend “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, particularly chapter 5, “Confession and Communion.”
1. What does “spiritual leprosy” look like in your life?
2. How have you seen sin lie to you?
3. In what ways do you allow yourself to be sinfully distracted?
4. Why is it important to “say the same thing” as God does about your sin?
5. When was the last time you confessed sin to another person? Who could you go to now to confess sin and freshly remember the gospel?
“In confession the Christian begins to forsake his sins. Their dominion is broken. From now on the Christian wins victory after victory … Confession is the renewal of the joy of baptism.”
– Life Together, p. 115
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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