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.
Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount with a simple but powerful image: homes built either on sand or on the rock. One is fragile and eventually washed away; the other is secure and withstands the storm. In this image Jesus is summing up the entire Sermon. What is above ground and external can be beautiful, but anchored to sand. It will eventually fall. But what is anchored to the rock—to Jesus himself—brings a perfect stability that can withstand anything. Only by building on the rock will we be empowered to live out the Sermon on the Mount, not as an ideal but as a reality.
1. When you think about your life, do you tend to focus more on the house (the externals you build) or the foundation (what's underneath that holds you up)?
2. How have you experienced the freedom and security of building your life on the rock of Jesus? Are there ways you still live as though your foundation is fragile?
3. What about the foundation of Jesus Christ allows you to live out the Sermon on the Mount in your day to day life? How can you embrace that more this week?
“The Inside-Out Kingdom” by Tim Keller
Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: James 1:22-27
Tuesday: 1 John 2:1-6
Wednesday: John 15:1-11
Thursday: Philippians 3:1-16
Friday: Ephesians 3:14-21
As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:
Insight: Ask God to open your eyes so you can see the truth in his word.
Confess: Admit to God where you are failing to enjoy Christ as your solid rock.
Wrestle: Work through your feelings, thoughts, and emotions with God in prayer.
Request: Ask God to help you live out the Sermon on the Mount in tangible ways.
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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