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.
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." –Ephesians 5:1-14 ESV
How should Christians walk in a non-Christian world? The gospel tells us that Christians are God's own children because of Jesus' self-giving love. Now, we are called to walk with that same love in the world. This means we avoid sins like sexual immorality, greed, and obscene talk because they are based in selfishness, not self-giving love. As we attune ourselves to the love of God, and we walk with that love in the world, we shine a light into the darkness around us. The light exposes the meaninglessness of sin, and points towards the sacrifice of Jesus that is available for all who trust in Him.
1. How can you practically imitate God in your daily life? How might Jesus' sacrifice for you motivate you to walk in love the way he did?
2. Why would Paul say that sexual immorality, impurity, covetousness, and foolish talk are unloving and selfish? Compare and contrast how our culture views these things. Why might self-giving love for God and others keep you from these things? How would self-giving love lead you to act differently?
3. How can you live a life that lovingly exposes darkness in the world? Are there any practical steps you can take to live as light in your daily life?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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