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.
Sin doesn’t only have ramifications in our hearts, but it effects every aspect of our world as well. From fallen bodies, to a fallen environment, to a fallen culture, to our relationships with fallen people, we are immersed in a sin-soaked world. But the prevalence and magnitude of sin in our world is matched (and exceeded) by the prevalence and magnitude of hope we have in Christ. Our world is worse off than we even realize, but God’s redemptive work is greater than we’ve ever imagined.
1. What ways do you see creation “groaning”?
2. How do you try to minimize this groaning or pretend it’s not really as bad as it is?
3. What false expectations do you carry with you that leave you surprised when you’re faced with the fallenness of the world?
4. What do you look to (other than God) to try and deal with the suffering in our fallen world?
5. How can you be regularly reminded of the hope of the gospel for your life and for eternity in the midst of the fallenness of our world?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship
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