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.
We know that we’re all called to build relationships with our neighbors and to be good friends. But, what does that practically look like? How can we actually love the non-Christians in our lives, not as projects, but as people with unique stories and real struggles, joys, and hurts? This week we'll explore four practical steps to loving our neighbors the way Christ has loved us.
1. If you haven't already, draw a map of your street or apartment building. Fill in the map with the names of your neighbors.
2. How could you most pray for each of your neighbors?
3. Which of your neighbors' stories do you know?
4. Which of your neighbors do you know how you could serve them?
5. What is one thing you could do to take the "next step" with each of your neighbors?
6. Spend dedicated time this week praying for your neighbors.
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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