Order of Service
July 21st, 2024

Absent From Flesh

ADORATION: Encountering God
Call to Worship: Isaiah 55:12
Song of Adoration: Battle Belongs

RENEWAL: Dealing With Sin
Song of Confession: Your Will Be Done
Prayer of Confession: We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought
Assurance Reading: Colossians 2:13-14
Song of Assurance: Hymn of Heaven
Prayer & Greeting

COMMISSION: Celebrating & Learning
Words of Welcome
Pastoral Prayer
Sermon: Grieving as Those With Hope, Romans 5:1-8
Song of Response & Celebration: Weep With Me
Benediction: Psalm 33:20-22

SUFFERING: Walking With God Through The Trials of Life 
Grieving as Those With Hope

Romans 5:1-8
We’re not chiseled statues, we’re lumpy jars of clay. But we’re lumpy jars of clay that perform like borosilicate glass.
How do we make sense of our suffering? Pain and difficulty can be completely disorienting and seemingly pointless. But God pulls back the curtain just enough to give us a glimpse of the glorious work he is doing through our suffering. And when we catch that glimpse, it changes everything.

Application Questions

  1. In what ways do you try to make sense of your suffering with observational truth instead of insightful truth?
  2. How comfortable are you with the idea of rejoicing in the midst of suffering?
  3. Can you think of a time you’ve seen God use suffering to produce endurance in your life? Describe it.
  4. Can you think of a time you’ve seen God produce an enduring character in you? Describe it.
  5. How does the work God is doing in your life through suffering give you hope?

Weekly Announcements
July 21st, 2024

Summer Seminar: Why You Can Trust Your Bible
TODAY, 1-2:30pm, Youth Room

Can we trust our Bibles? It’s a question that most Christians have asked at some point in their lives. In this seminar, we’ll look at what the Bible is through both a theological and historical lens, and overview the variety of ways in which we can be confident in the reliability of the Scriptures.

Intro to Cornerstone
TODAY, 1-2:30pm, Welcome Center

If you are new, Intro to Cornerstone is a class designed specifically for you. It’s a great place to learn who we are, what we believe, and how we live.

Upcoming Summer Seminars
1-2:30pm, Multiple Locations

August 11th: Biblical Answers for the City's Questions with Jeremy Neiditch
September 1st: Cornerstone's Local and Global Mission with Steph Moss
September 15th: Understanding How Prayer Works with Njeri Mukuru

Cornerstone Worship Night
Wednesday, August 7th, 7pm, Sanctuary

On Wednesday, August 7th at 7pm, we will be hosting an all-church worship night in the Sanctuary. Join us for an evening of musical celebration as we lift a joyful noise to the Lord together. Questions? Email Andy at andy@cornerstonewla.org.

Upcoming Events

Please note that all dates are subject to change.

July 21st – Intro to Cornerstone
July 21st – Seminar: Why You Can Trust Your Bible
August 2nd – Cornerstone Game Night
August 7th – Cornerstone Worship Night
August 11th – Seminar: Biblical Answers for the City’s Questions
August 18th – BYOL Church Picnic
August 25th – Life Group Kick-Off
September 1st – Seminar: Cornerstone’s Local and Global Mission
September 6th – Cornerstone Game Night
September 8th – Intro to Cornerstone
September 8th – Cornerstone Family Meeting
September 15th – Seminar: Understanding How Prayer Works

Save the Dates
Women’s Retreat, October 18th-20th
Short-Term Trip to AfRU, Uganda, October 21st-November 2nd (TBC)