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 those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
– Mark 1:9-13
When Jesus appears, we find that the God we are expecting is also very much a man. God has identified with us, to the point of becoming one of us. And this is only the start of the new beginning God brings! Soon we see all three members of the Trinity together, ready to create like they did in Genesis. But this time they have broken into our world, and Jesus will be our new representative. He will go to the cross for our sins, so that we can be a part of the new beginning God brings.
1. What difference does the Trinity make? How does the Trinity help us understand what our world was created to be like?
2. When the Father says “You are my beloved Son, with You I am well pleased,” what do we learn about Jesus’ identity and purpose?
3. How does Jesus make us a part of a new beginning?
4. Has this new beginning affected your life? How should a relationship with a triune God affect our lifestyle and relationships here on earth?
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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