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.
“...Science tells us how the world works while Christianity tells us our meaning and purpose in this world, and how we are to live in light of ultimate truths.”
“In the moments of transition we can see the beauty of God’s faithfulness in and through us, and his grace and redemption for all the ways we didn’t get it quite right.”
“How can they appreciate our teaching if we are not consistently leading them to read, consider, and meditate on what we have found to be true in the Bible?”
"The truth is that a woman’s motivation in what she wears can be complicated by body image issues, art, cultural norms, or just plain ignorance."
Intro to Cornerstone is designed to give an introduction to our church: who we are, what we believe, and how you can be involved.
How does God fit into what we spend our time and energy on daily?
“Jesus’ power to take the place of death and raise to life is incredibly personal. He calls you by name! ‘Come out! I’m taking your place!’”
“The Light of the World, the light that overcomes the darkness, is now the light that shines in you.”
“We feel pressure to be the perfect host, perfect parent, or perfect friend, and we struggle to live up to our own expectations for what these things look like.”
“Remembering the story prompts me to look out for Help, who the Lord of the Hill sent to aid weary travelers in their escape from the bog.”
“Hospitality isn’t the presenting of a carefully manicured façade, it’s the genuine sharing of your real self with others.”
“Freedom is not doing whatever you want, freedom is following the Free One.”
“For the Christian, it should be easy to identify strongly with the foreigner, with the one in need of an Exodus. Have we forgotten we were in Egypt?”
We’ll be celebrating, sharing, and enjoying each other’s heritages by feasting together on food from our respective backgrounds.
“...God doesn’t leave us to ourselves. In the midst of heartache, God doesn’t move on from us.”
“We place emphasis on Paul’s prayers not merely because of how constantly he prayed, but because his prayers constantly expressed his genuine love for others.”
Following Paul’s example to reprioritize prayer in our lives.
“Our reluctance to believe miracles says more about us than it does about how reality works.”
How can science interact with our faith?
“There is a deep healing we all need, and that only Jesus can provide.”
Looking at what the Bible has to say about godly confidence.
“Oh how easily we are deceived by the enticement of the quick fix.”
“...Kneeling at his graveside, between sobs, I placed my hand on the freshly poured earth...and said these four words aloud:
‘I’ll see you later.’”
What can we actually know about heaven?
“Much to my dismay, I’ve found that the Christian life consists of quite a lot more than simply ‘knowing’ my top five spiritual gifts.”
How should we view the different spiritual gifts mentioned in Scripture?
“When we seek to know someone it is very important to learn to look at them with the incomparable greatness with which Jesus sees them.”
“Church is not an event we attend, church is a family we belong to with the gospel at the center. The gospel forms our culture.”
“We may think that others are the less honorable, but it is our pride that makes us the less honorable ones!”
“...Wisdom is better learned when we combine what we read in the Bible with watching wisdom in action.”
Learning to live wisely based on Proverbs 8 and 9
How can we let the Gospel define church culture?
“For the gospel to be truly good news, it must have an assured ending.”
“There is no secret uncovered in Isaiah 58. Our problem isn’t ignorance. Our problem is forgetfulness.”
“Christian community is messy, spiritual, intentionality.”
This class focuses on loving your neighbor as you walk in the world: living in community with other Christians, living on mission with non-Christians, and living out your calling in the different roles and responsibilities God has given you.
“God brings comfort that nothing else can give you.”
“God wants us to chase after true love, and the truest love is him.”
“Even a mother can forget her child, but the LORD will not forget you.”
“Easter is where we find the power of Christianity.”
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. - Isaiah 53:4
“What has taken place when the promised and honored Servant is cast out by The LORD?”
“In what seems like a cosmic act of hospitality, Jesus invites us to dwell.”
“How do we decide what to read, which authors to trust, and what is worth our time?”
“Many of the connecting threads that run throughout Scripture are easier to see when we take larger bites each day.”
“You can only truly enjoy the pleasures of life if you are already satisfied without them.”
“God is always near, always present, always holding us close, and through his Word, he is whispering words of true comfort to us.”
“I bring all of my fears and doubts, the lies and uncertainties, and lay them at your feet, O Lord.”
“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in the Lord.”
“How should we respond if our hearts don’t jump for joy at the prospect of following Him into the unknown?”
“It is important for us as the congregation to know what God’s Word says about how we are to care for our elders.”
“I felt less in control, and simultaneously more at peace, than I have ever felt.”
“What a privilege it is to give a child love who has known only pain.”
“You can’t truly appreciate the redemption we have been given without comprehending the judgment we are under without it.”
But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
- Psalm 73:28
This conference focused on the big picture of marriage in God’s world, and how that can affect your life here and now.
“Intimacy with The One does go all the way down to the depths of my soul in a way no spouse ever could.”
“How can we be captured by His love for us and what it led Him to do on our behalf, and not be moved to follow Him in the work of the gospel?”
“When God calls someone to go spread the gospel, he also calls us to send them.”
“The commission of the Church is not simply an optional task to be performed by “superstar” Christians; the Great Commission is the final marching order of our King, meant to fulfill His irrepressible desire to bring all tongues, tribes, peoples, and nations into His presence, where fullness of joy and life everlasting awaits!”
“Reading the Bible chronologically will benefit anyone who has had trouble making sense of the Old Testament.”
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
- Mark 8:36
“Money will not and cannot satisfy your soul.”
“There is a gap between heaven and earth- we try to climb our way to heaven, and fail; we try to find heaven on earth, and we fail; so heaven comes down.”
“At the heart of Christianity is that the eternal Son of God was born as Jesus of Nazareth, fully human.”
“Every Christian has been given tools to serve others. Every Christian is a tool in the hand of God to bless others.”
“The local church is the place you are equipped with the tools you need for the life God has for you.”
“Ecclesiastes teaches us that in an uncontrollable life, God gives us good gifts to unwrap every day—and he ties them all to Jesus Christ.”
“Those who worship God find their home in His presence, their strength in His power, and their satisfaction in Him alone.”
How should we as present-day Christians (and self-identified Protestants) regard the Reformation?
“The bottom line for us...is that we must place our complete and total trust in what Jesus Christ has done on our behalf, and not on our own merits.”
God’s measure of success is not only better but truly joy-giving.
This women’s seminar looked at the complexities of understanding Biblical women in their cultural and theological context.
“A ton of theology can hang on just one little word!”
“I am convinced it is the Holy Spirit at work in my heart. Lately, he whispers, ‘Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in you.’”
“The various relational roles you are in are not what defines you and they’re not what gets in the way of you…they are your callings.”
God has a design for every relationship you have.
Join us as we meditate on what it means to be renewed in His presence.
"The church is so much more than a building, but it is also so much more than a program."
“The church...will always be full of sin and brokenness, but it is also a place with the power of the gospel to guide us and empower us to love one another...”
“At a certain point, I could no longer deny the inconvenient fact that something was wrong with me.”
“Moving through necessary justice towards a spirit of compassion, mercy and forgiveness, even for the most vile of perpetrators, is what allows us...to display the scandalous, beautiful, life-changing power of the Gospel.”
How do we deal with worry and anxiety?
“The trajectory of our thoughts have an effect not just on our mood, but on our physical brain and immaterial soul.”
“When it comes to transformation, God will not do what the Christian should do, but the Christian cannot do what only God can do.”
“You are not ultimately responsible for changing the hearts of people you minister to. The only hope we have of change is the Spirit of God working in us and others.”
“Let me encourage you that this conference is for you (and not in the way that you think).”
“Let me challenge you....to consider that this conversation DOES apply to you after all.”
“If our bodies were meant for a museum, we would take every pains necessary to restore them to their former glory. But if display is not their purpose, then we must look in the mirror differently.”
“The Wolfs have carefully crafted a simultaneous love letter to Jesus, and a roadmap to ‘discovering joy even in the sadness and choosing contentment when it is very, very hard.’”
"Christians are commanded to love God and others with our mind. Careful thinking— the kind that values true statements over pithy statements—is necessary to love."
"Before the foot of the cross of Christ there is no room to boast."
"...the Bible paints spiritual warfare as being waged not by people possessed, but by lies believed."
Stand firm in the grace of God—it's the only place to find rest.