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.
February 25, 2018
When we look through the storyline of the Bible, we find God always pursuing humans who have run from him. From the calling of Abraham, through the kingdom of Israel, and into the life of Jesus, we see a God who chases those who don’t deserve to be chased. Jesus describes himself as a shepherd who came to seek lost sheep. And after the death and resurrection of Jesus, God continues his pursuit of lost sheep through us, his church.
1. After hearing the story of God pursuing people throughout history, what stands out to you the most?
2. What would change about your relationships if you saw them as part of God’s pursuit of others?
3. If you are a Christian, how did God pursue you through other people to bring you to faith?
4. Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). How do you see that in your life? What obstacles make it difficult?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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