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.
Paul thanks God for what He has done in the lives of the Philippian church, but he also prays because God is not yet done with them. In his prayer for the church Paul asks God to increase their love, their wisdom, and their holiness, all for the glory of God.
1. What habits exist in your life that help you grow in Christ?
2. What are ways that you grow in your love for God and for others?
3. How can you refocus your life around things that are “excellent” and God-glorifying?
4. What fruit of righteousness do you see in your life? What should you see that you don’t?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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