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.
To live out our purpose to make disciples, we need to walk together with other disciples. The gospel creates a beautiful community with deep, loving relationships in which we build each other up to look more like Jesus. But to enjoy this kind of community we need to make room for it. The early church re-arranged their perspective and their lifestyle to walk together through life. If we do the same today, we’ll enjoy the deep community we are made for.
1. Do you think of deep Christian community as central to your life? How does that affect the way you live?
2. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says that we can’t love our idea of a perfect community more than the actual community around us. How have you experienced that tension? What has it looked like for you to embrace the messiness of real community?
3. Are you more intentional or passive when it comes to your Christian relationships?
4. What does it look like for you to be generous with your time, possessions, and your self?
5. Have you invited anyone into your needs, honest struggles, and life decisions? Why or why not?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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