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.
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
March 4, 2018
Sharing the gospel is something many Christians know they should do, but few of us are excited about it. On paper it makes sense, but in practice it can be hard to find the motivation necessary to get into a spiritual conversation with a friend or co-worker. But the Bible doesn't leave us there. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul explains his motivations for sharing the gospel, that prompt him to endure even through severe hardship and rejection. What's more, those motivations keep him loving, sincere, and genuine when he shares with others. These motivations aren't just for Paul—they are for all Christians as we encounter God's glory and enjoy his goodness.
1. What are some things that make it difficult for you to share the gospel with others? Does anything motivate you to push through those difficulties?
2. Do you regularly think about what comes after this life? How does that affect the way you perceive others and their need for the gospel?
3. Do you regularly think about the love Christ has for you? How does that affect the way you perceive others and their need for the gospel?
4. What can you do practically to get to know the glory of God in such a way that you are motivated to share him with others?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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