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.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." –1 Peter 5:6-14
Peter ends his letter encouraging all of us to stand firm in the grace of God. If we relocate to some other foundation for our life, we will find ourselves anxious, frustrated, and discontent. Our life will involve resisting pride on the inside and the Devil on the outside, both of which work together to move us away from God's grace and the peace it brings. This sermon explains pride, anxiety, Satan, and strategies to resist them all to stand firm in the grace of God.
1. What would it look like for you to stand firm in the grace of God in your daily life?
2. How can anxiety keep you from standing firm in the grace of God? How does the gospel produce freedom from anxiety? What would it look like practically to stand firm in the grace of God when you are tempted to be anxious?
3. What strategies do you think the devil has for "vibrating your strings"? Do you see any of them at work in your life now? What would it look like practically to resist the Devil in those areas?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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