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.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus offers a different way of life that stands in sharp contrast to the world. He calls His followers to have a different purpose for their life (to live for God, not for ourselves), different priorities (to radically love God and others rather than radically loving ourselves), and a different posture (to serve others rather than serve ourselves). And yet this “different life” doesn’t mean we are disengaged or disconnected from the world, but we purposefully engage and shine our light so that the world can see.
1. What are ways that you have lost your “saltiness” with regard to your purpose, priorities, and posture?
2. Do you embrace your weirdness (i.e. distinctness) as a Christian, or do you fight it?
3. Are you actively seeking the good of non-Christians around you?
4. Identify two or three non-Christians in your life that you should intentionally pursue and engage with this week.
Sermon- Thabiti Anyabwile on Matthew 5:13-16
Sermon (begins at 9:30)- Francis Chan- "How Weird Do Christians Have to Be?"
Blog- J.D. Greear
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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