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.
"... to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."
Humans want to change and grow, but we rarely have lasting success. Paul explains why change is so difficult, the mechanics of how humans can change, and where true change takes you. Jesus rescues us from sin and futility and empowers us to change deeply and daily to live more like him in our city.
1. Why would Paul say that life apart from God is "futile" and meaningless? Have you experienced the futility of trying to make something besides God the center of your life?
2. Paul says that change involves your entire self, not just your actions. Are there parts of your life that are still unaffected by God? What would "putting off," "being renewed," and "putting on" look like in those areas?
3. What would have to change in your daily life for you to pursue being renewed in the spirit of your mind?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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