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.
Following Jesus: The Book of 1 Peter
Relating Like Jesus
1 Peter 3:1-7
Peter wants us to live like Jesus—to be so free that we can love and serve others in any circumstance. Now he extends that principle into the realm of relationships by focusing in on the closest human relationship: marriage. We find in these commands to husbands and wives something freeing and empowering, not just for married couples but for all people. We are all called to trust in God as we give ourselves fully to others.
1. Think of ways you try to influence the people around you. Do you ever find yourself manipulating others? Do you ever find yourself leveraging the weakness of others? Why do you think that is?
2. What is it about the gospel that frees you from manipulating others and leveraging others? What is it about the gospel that leads you to use your power to serve others without fear?
3. What are some ways you can repent of your manipulation and leveraging and replace it with serving and trust in God?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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