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.
Jesus takes aim at our obsession to get what we think we deserve, and to give others what we think they deserve. Instead of operating our lives on “fairness,” Jesus asks us to operate on love. But how do we do that when our default mode is to live for ourselves and not for others? The gospel opens to door to a grace that leaves us eternally secure and reshaped to love others not based on what they have earned. Christian culture is about love and mercy, not keeping score.
1. What are some times you feel like others aren’t giving you what you deserve? How do you typically respond in those situations?
2. Try to think of some friends and some enemies (those who make you angry or treat you unfairly). How do you treat them differently? Why?
3. In what ways do you see yourself living “for you” instead of “for others”?
4. What about Jesus’ death for you allows you to live for others? What would that look like in some of the situations above?
5. Be as honest as you can: what holds you back from living this way? What resources do you have in Jesus to make this a reality in your life?
“A Message to Those Who Kill Us” by Father Boules George
“Love Your Enemies” by Ray Ortlund
Love in Hard Places (Chapter 2) by D.A. Carson
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: 1 Peter 2:21-25
Tuesday: 1 Peter 3:9-12
Wednesday: Romans 5:1-11
Thursday: Romans 12:9-21
Friday: Philippians 2:1-11
As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:
Insight: Ask God to open your eyes so you can see the truth in his word and how it applies to your life.
Confess: Admit to God the ways you are living for yourself in your attitudes, actions, and relationships.
Wrestle: Work through your honest thoughts, feelings, and emotions with God in prayer.
Request: Ask God to show you how his love can empower you to live for others in your life.
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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