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.
December 3, 2017
The deep application of heart work takes time and significant effort. However, no amount of time and effort can alone bring about the transformation we so desperately need. Only the work of the Spirit can transform our hearts. In today’s message we will meditate on the role of the Holy Spirit in heart work, gaining confidence in our hope for change because the God of the universe who dwells inside of us promises to bring it about.
1. Do you recognize the opposite of your struggles in Paul’s description of the fruit of the Spirit?
2. What does it mean for your efforts and desire to change that what you need is produced by the Spirit of God?
3. Do you have confidence that God will produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life? Why or why not?
4. How would you pray differently if you remembered that what you need is produced by the Spirit of God?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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