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.
1 Corinthians 15:1-6, 17-20, 50-57
We share what we celebrate, and when we celebrate Jesus we naturally want to share him with our neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Evangelism—spreading the gospel to others—involves loving friendship and speaking the gospel message. Taking our cues from scripture, we learn that we must speak the gospel in a way that is personal, full, and inviting.
1. What holds you back from speaking the gospel to non-Christian neighbors, co-workers, and friends?
2. Think of your non-Christian friends and what’s going on in their lives. What are some ways you can lovingly speak the personal gospel to them?
3. Think of the five words Brian mentioned that make up the full gospel: God, Man, Sin, Jesus, Faith. What words do you have a hard time explaining? What words do your non-Christian friends have a hard time understanding? What would it look like for you to speak the full gospel to your non-Christian friends?
4. Have you ever invited someone to believe the gospel (instead of just sharing what you believe)? Think of people in your life now who have heard the personal, full gospel from you. How can you take the next step and lovingly invite them to believe?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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