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.
1 Thess. 2:17-3:5
Paul presents to us the portrait of a pastor in his first letter to the Thessalonians. First, by making every effort to pursue those whom he loves, second, by surrendering himself to suffering in order to establish those in the faith, and third, by being greatly concerned for Satan’s attack on those whom he loves. Paul’s fatherly love was relentless for the new believers in the church at Thessalonica.
1. When separation has come between you and those whom God has given into your care, do you make every effort to be reconciled to them?
2. Do you tend to elevate your comfort over the establishing of someone else’s faith?
3. Are you concerned about others when their faith is under attack?
José serves Cornerstone by overseeing the Spanish language ministry “Nueva Vida Ministerios”.
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