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.
The purpose of our life is to bring God glory by making disciples. In the middle of our series, three of our pastors stopped to take questions from the congregation on how this plays out in everyday life. Different questions were asked and answered in our three different services, and all three recordings are available.
Do I have to participate in Christian community in a Community Group? Why?
What if I don’t feel connected to my Community Group?
Sometimes I find that a big hurdle to living in community and loving each other is my own judgmental spirit. On an intellectual level I understand that as a sinner saved by grace I am in no position to judge a fellow sinner, but I still find myself being critical of others. How do I change?
How do you know who you should disciple?
I've been hurt before by investing in people who weren’t actually interested in investing in me. How do you then practically discern who you can rely on and invest in?
When someone knows the truth of God in their head but is struggling to live it out from their heart, how can you best come along side them to encourage them back to God without being preachy and just talking at them?
How does evangelism play into the Church’s call to discipleship?
Should one of the goals of our group be to multiply? Should we look to multiply community groups as soon as we get to a certain point? When should groups multiply?
What is a Biblical perspective on how introverts can honor God in participating in community?
For those who struggle with community because of a selfish mind, what does God teach us about the importance of being selfless?
If I’m a new Christian, do I need to make disciples?
As much as we are willing to be in the community and help making disciples, what if there are people who are not quite ready to be made disciples by us?
What are some practical tips for how unmarried men and women can live in community together? What are some practical tips for how community groups transition life stages?
What are the most common barriers to a thriving community?
How can you bridge age gaps in community, both physical age and spiritual maturity?
How can we prevent our community from being self-serving and self-focused both as individuals and collectively?
My community group talks about the sermon, but we don’t do anything about it. What can be done?
What is the biblical way of thinking through and managing relational burn out?
When someone we’re discipling is suffering, how can we speak about hope for the future without sounding trite?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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