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.
How do we handle God’s requirement that we be righteous? Typically we try to either build our lives on being good enough, or reject the idea that we should be good in the first place. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses God’s law. He tells us that we can’t ignore it, and that we’ll never live up to it. Instead, he has come to fulfill it in our place, giving us a righteousness deeper than we ever hoped.
1. Where do you struggle with the idea that you are not good enough? How do you handle it?
2. What is your reaction to Jesus raising the bar on how good we need to be (see especially v. 20)?
3. What is your reaction to Jesus fulfilling the law for you by grace? Does your life look more like someone under the law or someone under grace?
4. What do you think obedience looks like if Jesus has fulfilled the law for you? How should his fulfillment of the law shape the Christian lifestyle?
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Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: Romans 3:19-26
Tuesday: Romans 8:1-11
Wednesday: Galatians 2:15-21
Thursday: Galatians 3:1-14
Friday: Philippians 3:1-16
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 where you think you can be good enough on your own.
Wrestle: Work through your thoughts, feelings, and emotions with God in prayer.
Request: Ask God to deepen your understanding of grace and reveal practical steps you can take.
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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