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.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
– Mark 1:34-45
Jesus became an overnight sensation in a significant town in Galilee. His response to the potential for fame and success tells us that Jesus prioritized his relationship with His Father above all else. This interior life with God produces an outward ministry of love for those in the world. When Jesus lives out this love, we find him trading places with a leper to make him clean. Soon, he will trade places with us on the cross, so that we can share in his life with the Father.
1. What does this passage teach us about prayer? How can this change the way you pray?
2. Why was everyone looking for Jesus, and what is Jesus’ response? Why do we need Jesus to do more than healing and exorcism?
3. What do we learn about Jesus in the story of the leper? What do we learn about ourselves in the story of the leper?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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