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.
A vibrant prayer life will not happen if we don’t confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. Looking at Psalm 51, we learn how we need forgiveness from God for our sins, and how he has provided for that forgiveness in Jesus. We also learn how having forgiveness in Jesus leads us to talk more about our sins with God, not less.
1. Is confession and repentance a part of your prayer life?
2. Do you see a connection between God’s forgiveness of you and your forgiveness of others? How does that play out in your life?
3. How does God’s ultimate forgiveness in Christ lead you to more, not less, confession in your prayer life?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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