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.
"so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."
– Romans 12:5 ESV
Sin has separated us from God and from one another. The church is the place that God has begun to reverse this “curse” in the world. It is the inbreaking of reconciliation, and as people come to faith in Jesus Christ, they are united in His Body, and are made individually members of one another. This is what church membership is: spiritual unity in Christ, covenantal commitment to each other, and belonging to one another, responsible for one another, caring for one another. This is membership. This is church.
1. How is the church an inbreaking of the “reversal of the curse”?
2. In what sense is membership Spiritual?
3. What is significant about “covenantal membership”?
4. What does it mean to belong to one another?
5. How ought we live as the church?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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