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.
“But more than anything, there is one thing I want you to never forget. You may forget me, and forget our times together, and forget exactly how God is working on you in this season of life, but I pray that you would never forget who you are in Christ.”
In conjunction with our “Letters to a Healthy Church” sermon series, each pastor has written a letter to Cornerstone in a similar style to Paul's pastoral letters. We pray they will be a blessing and encouragement to you.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege to be one of your pastors.
One of the most common questions I get from people is, “How is Cornerstone?” It’s an understandable question but it’s also almost impossible to answer.
How can I describe the experience I have here as a pastor? What one or two sentence answer could ever accurately portray what God is doing in the lives of hundreds of eternally precious souls?
You are a real church, with all the joys, successes, quirks, pains, and suffering of real people. I have had the privilege of walking through the ups and downs of life together with so many of you.
We have celebrated and rejoiced together. We have celebrated new jobs, new relationships, new marriages, new children, new life. I have baptized you, prayed with you, danced with you, eaten with you, and held your newborn children.
But we have also wept and cried together. We have wept together through the loss of loved ones, through sin and repentance, through sickness and in death, in broken relationships, broken marriages, and lost children. We have cried together, asked God “why?” together, and prayed with tears in our eyes together.
In all of this I am immensely thankful.
But more than anything, there is one thing I want you to never forget. You may forget me, and forget our times together, and forget exactly how God is working on you in this season of life, but I pray that you would never forget who you are in Christ.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
- Ephesians 3:20-21
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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