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.
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." –Ephesians 5:15-6:9
God calls us to live a life that makes sense in light of who we are in Christ. In this passage in Ephesians 5 & 6, God gives us some examples of what that life looks like practically in some of the various relationships we all find ourselves in. The key to living Christlike lives in these areas (and in all of life) is being filled by the Spirit with "the fullness of Christ" or the Christlikeness that is spiritual maturity. As we grow, we are transformed, and every one of our relationships is transformed as well.
1. What can you do to "stand in front of the hose" or be filled by the Spirit this week?
2. What are some of the examples or relationships in your life where you can manifest Christlikeness and Christlike love?
3. Where should you be submitting or honoring? 4. Where should you be selflessly loving?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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