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.
Lent is a time to think about our sin so that we can see more clearly the height, breadth, and depth of God’s love in Christ. Most people think of sin as “wrong things we do.” Scripture tells us that it’s much deeper: it’s an attitude of our hearts that God can’t be trusted, and we have to keep him away from control of our lives. When we see sin as it is, we see our world, ourselves, and our separation from God more clearly. Most of all, we see the beauty of Good Friday and Easter when Christ died and rose to take away our sin.
1. Do you think about sin very often? Why or why not?
2. Do you tend to view sin more as external or internal? What difference do you think that makes?
3. How do you see sin at work in your own life? How does understanding the nature of sin help explain some of your own behavior, thoughts, or emotions?
4. How can meditating on sin lead you to more joy in the gospel? What would that look like for you this Lenten season?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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