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.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Many Christians are apprehensive about evangelism, treating it more as duty than delight. But when we celebrate Jesus as his disciples, and celebrate him together in community, it is natural to invite others into that joy. As we enter into the third section in our series, we explore what evangelism is, why we do it, and how we do it.
1. What has your experience been with evangelism? What appeals to you? What doesn’t appeal to you?
2. What are some reasons you are motivated to evangelize? What are some reasons you aren’t motivated to evangelize? How do these reasons compare with Paul’s motivations in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21?
3. What are some ways you can (a) internalize and (b) act on the motivations to evangelize this week?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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