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 provides us with an example of what it looks like to truly enjoy the blessings God gives us. He cherishes his relationships with Timothy and Epaphroditus and communicates the depth of his love and care for them. However, like all blessings, in addition to deeply enjoying these relationships, Paul is also willing to send them away for the sake of the gospel. In doing so, he models for all of us the humility he has been emphasizing for the entire chapter.
1. What are some of God's greatest blessings in your life?
2. Are you truly cherishing and enjoying those blessings? If not, what hinders your enjoyment?
3. In what ways are you planning / preparing to part with those blessings for the sake of the Gospel?
4. How would your life be different if you lived it "ready to share," planning to part with many of your blessings for the sake of the Gospel?
5. What might God be calling you to prepare to part with now? In the next 2, 5, or 10 years?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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