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.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
December 17, 2017
As we close our section on heart work, we are reminded that Jesus connects our internal growth to abiding in him. When we reduce heart work to a system, we lose our connection to the living God who walks with us and grows us as he speaks to us in Scripture and as we speak to him in prayer. Only when we understand heart work as part of an ongoing relationship with God will we see real change in his image.
1. Are there ways you’ve tried to change without abiding in Christ? What did that look like?
2. If abiding is making Jesus your home and your source of life, what would it look like for you to abide in Jesus on an average day?
3. What’s the difference between trying to cultivate your relationship with God and reducing your relationship with God to a system? Which do you think you do more often?
4. What’s the thing about yourself you are worried will never change? How do you think genuine, relational heart work could bring real change in that area? What’s your next step?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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