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.
What does a life worthy of the gospel look like? In this passage Paul explains to the Philippians that a life worthy of the gospel is a life of courage. Through the power of the gospel Christians can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. Through the hope of the gospel Christians can endure through trials and tribulations. Through the example of the gospel Christians can fix their eyes on what truly matters, and be free from fear that paralyzes us.
1. What are the ways that fear prevents you from growing in Christ?
2. Are you in a state of surviving or thriving?
3. How can you continue to strive forward in the gospel regardless of your circumstances?
4. What areas of life do you need courage? What courageous act is God calling you to next?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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