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.
"Worry is a manifestation of a mind that is not in control of certain destructive thoughts in our lives."
Worry is a mental plague than affects many people these days. It tends to paralyze us with fearful expectations that may never happen. It drains us from the peace and contentment that God wants us to have. Sometimes worry has been such a long consistent pattern in our life that we believe that it is a normal thing to have. Worry will distract us from the real issues of life that God wants us to work on. The Bible says on 1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
This means that one has to keep his mind engaged constantly, that one cannot continue to live on auto pilot. Worry is a manifestation of a mind that is not in control of certain destructive thoughts in our lives. To begin taking control over patterns of worry, (sober-mildness), one needs to know what worry is. There are two kinds of worry, one that is Godly and one that is not.
Godly concern is caring for important matters for the right reasons. It realizes that God is sovereign and is in absolute control of everything. This concern also realizes that one has responsibilities and that one tries his best to do what is needed and after that one rests on God’s providence. It recognizes where our responsibilities finish and where God’s starts.
Ungodly concern tends to be irrational and goes beyond what is normal. It goes into scenarios that may never happen. Our focus tends to be in the circumstances and not in God. Our concern is that what we want to happen may not happen at all. We worry about the future, the temporal and ourself.
Now that our mind has begun to be awakened by realizing that we worry and now that we have a better understanding of worry, we need to know what self-control is.
To be self-controlled is to be disciplined, to act on those decisions that are godly. This is a behavior that needs to be repeated until it comes natural to us. But self-control cannot exist if one does not come to God in prayer. A better translation of: “for the sake of your prayers” is for the purpose of prayer. Once we realize that we have a problem with worry then we seek God in prayer. Our mind is now clearly focused on what needs to be done. As we come to God in prayer, we will receive strength to begin to be free from worry. As we continue to seek God in this way, we will be connected to him and in that continuous abiding; with Him we can do anything.
José serves Cornerstone by overseeing the Spanish language ministry “Nueva Vida Ministerios”.
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