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 comes to the close of his letter to the Philippians. As he closes the letter he gives the church practical, on the ground ways that a life dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ should change their lives. A life dedicated to Jesus is a life of unity, even in the midst of conflict and disagreement in the church. A life dedicated to Jesus is a life of prayer, even in the midst of the worries and anxieties of life. And a life dedicated to Jesus is a life of meditation on God's truth, even in the midst of a world full of lies and deception.
1. How do you view and respond to conflict in the church? Do you know the process of gospel reconciliation?
2. How do you view and respond to worries and anxieties in your life?
3. What are ways that you can make prayer a more sustainable part of your life?
4. What do you dwell on during a normal day? How can you fill your mind with worthy truth rather than unworthy lies?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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