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.
The God we pray to is the Sovereign King of the universe. While this gives us a great deal of confidence knowing that he is all powerful and can always bring about his will, it also can seem to demotivate our praying at times. We wrestle with questions like, “If God already knows what I’m going to pray, and has the ability to bring about his own will, then what’s the purpose of prayer?” In our passage this week we will see two of the main reasons for praying to a God who is King highlighted: We pray for his glory and we pray for our good.
1. Do you more often pray for God’s will to be done or for your own will to be done?
2. In what ways do questions about God’s sovereignty tend to demotivate your prayers?
3. How might a fresh appreciation for God’s glory motivate you to seek him in prayer?
4. How might an appreciation for how praying transforms you motivate you to seek God in prayer?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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