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.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
December 10, 2017
Last week we learned about the work of the Holy Spirit in our transformation and heart work, and this week we look at the role of our own effort in transformation. The Bible makes it clear that we are called to actively participate in the work of the Spirit in our lives. We are not to be passive, but to be willfully engaged, choosing to obey Christ. This choosing is not to earn God’s favor, but in response to the glorious grace of Jesus Christ.
1. Do you expect the Christian life to be one of effortless ease, dutiful effort, or Spirit-empowered effort?
2. What is the difference between your desires and your will?
3. How is your will like a muscle? How is this significant for your walk with Christ?
4. What are the areas of your Christian life that you need to employ more Spirit-empowered effort?
Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.
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