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.
Where do we get the resources to live out the Sermon on the Mount? Jesus addresses our need to ask, seek, and knock in prayer to God for this and much more. Our problem is not just that we don’t ask, it’s why we don’t ask: because we doubt God’s goodness. When we hear Jesus’ teaching and see his death and resurrection, we find a God who is a good, generous Father. With this kind of Father, why wouldn’t we ask for anything we need, and take our cares and concerns to him?
1. Where do you “take” your cares and concerns? What does that tell you about who or what you trust the most to give you what you need?
2. Where in your life do you see evidence that you doubt God’s goodness and generosity? How do you handle those doubts?
3. Do you pray (and live) like someone who has a good, generous Father in heaven? Or do you pray (and live) like someone who is orphaned and on your own?
4. What are some concerns or desires that you haven’t taken to God? What would it look like to bring those to him as your good, generous Father in heaven
“What Does A Prayer Of Faith Look Like?” by Justin Taylor (Article)
“A Conversation with Don Whitney on ‘Praying the Bible’” (video)
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: 1 John 3:1-1; 5:13-15
Tuesday: Hebrews 4:14-16
Wednesday: Romans 8:31-39
Thursday: Ephesians 4:14-21
Friday: Luke 18:1-14
As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:
Insight: Ask God to give you insight into the truth in his Word and expose where you believe the lie about Him.
Confess: Admit to God where the lie that he can't be trusted has taken hold in your life.
Wrestle: Work through your struggles, emotions, and thoughts with God in prayer.
Request: Ask God to put the truth of his generosity in your heart and to give you practical ways to live with him as your good Father.
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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