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.
God has a special heart for orphans, and our city is full of them. We just don’t usually call them orphans—we call them foster kids. Most people don’t realize how many orphans live in our city, or how much they struggle. But God calls himself the “father of the fatherless,” and he demands that his people pay attention to the orphans in their midst. Christians value orphans as made in the image of God, and we identify with them because we were spiritual orphans until God made the greatest sacrifice to take us in. God’s church has the strongest call and the deepest motivation to sacrifice for the orphans in our city. Whatever our ability, we are all called to do something to care for orphans.
1. Why is it important to understand the reality of orphans in our city? Why do you think it is easy to forget? What can you do to help yourself remember?
2. Why should a Christian identify with orphans and value them? Do you see that at work in your own life?
3. Everyone is called to do something to care for orphans. What are some of the ways that you can care for orphans as a part of Cornerstone? What next steps will you take?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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