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.
Pride is very difficult to see in ourselves, and yet it is incredibly destructive. The only solution is a humility that runs deeper than our actions, reshaping our very thoughts about God, others, and ourselves. Paul tells us that the only way to stop faking and find true humility is to see the nature of God portrayed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When we receive the security we have in the gospel, we can finally take our eyes off of ourselves and shed our significance for the sake of others.
1. How does pride (concentration on the self) look in your life? Where do you see it affect your attitude, relationships, and decisions?
2. What strikes you most about Jesus' attitude in vv 6-11? Where in life are you trying to grasp your own significance instead of giving it away for others?
3. What would have to change for you to experience true humility? What is some of the encouragement, comfort, and love you've received in the gospel that can lead you there?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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