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.
In introducing Paul's letter to the Philippians, we begin by looking at the context in which Paul was writing. Paul was imprisoned in Rome when he wrote this letter of encouragement to the healthy church in Philippi, who he considered dear friends and partners. In this message we explore how Paul got there, and how he had powerfully lived out so many of the themes he wrote about in this letter.
1. How does understanding the story of Paul's imprisonment change how you read and understand the letter to the Philippians?
2. How might the following verses take on a different meaning in light of understanding Paul's experience?
3. What parts of the story of Paul's imprisonment in Acts 21-28 set an example that you can follow in situations in your life?
4. What additional study, prayer, meditation, etc. could you do to get the most out of our study through Philippians this fall?
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