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.
None of us want to just follow Christ for a part of our life and then walk away. We want to stand firm until the end. We want to persevere. But, how do we persevere in a world that seems so set against us, continuing to make things harder and harder? In this week's sermon we learn exactly how to do that, and how to live thriving lives as citizens of a kingdom where we don't fully live yet.
1. Who are the faithful Christians in your life that you can seek to emulate?
2. How would your life look different if you were more consistently emulating those people?
3. Who / what are the “enemies of the cross” that you find yourself imitating? Who shapes your life that you need to pay less attention to?
4. What are some of the key rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of heaven that you need to remember?
5. What are some practical things you can do to help be reminded of your citizenship?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship
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