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.
1 Thess. 4:1-8
Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians shifts now from a description of his ministry to the specific way he is calling them to live. He continues to affirm their growth, but identifies a number of ways they can continue to grow “more and more” like Christ. The first of these areas is in regard to sexual immorality. Here he calls them to purity and to self-control, reminding them of the key role our sexual lives play in our pursuit of holiness.
1. How could you make the pursuit of holiness a more prominent goal in your life?
2. What areas of sexual immorality is God calling you to confess to him, confess to a brother or sister, and repent of?
3. How can we make our church family a place that draws people out of the hidden corners?
4. What aspects of the gospel do you think people need to be reminded of the most when it comes to sexual sin?
5. Do you believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to produce holiness in your life? In what ways do you struggle to believe this?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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