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.
February 18, 2018
The closest relationships that we have with brothers and sisters in Christ are Christian friendships. We may have an ideal in our heads of what this should look like, but the reality is that these relationships are messy, full of sin and needing forgiveness and reconciliation. They are also spiritual, not just concerned with superficial affinity and “clicking” but spiritual depth. And they don’t just happen, they require intentionality.
1. Do you have a “wish dream” and expectations about Christian community that don’t match reality?
2. How does a “messy” community allow for the gospel to be lived out?
3. Are your friendships spiritually deep? How can you help make them go deeper?
4. What are three ways (and three people) you can be more intentional with in your friendship?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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