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.
As Jesus begins to sum up the Sermon on the Mount, he addresses the way we engage others. In a fascinating set of images, he demonstrates that disciples are to lovingly evaluate others for their good, not stand over them in condemnation. At the same time, disciples are to be wise in the way they move out into the world, always being discerning in relationships. When we live this out as Christians today, we become both winsome and wise.
1. What are some ways you are quick to condemn others?
2. What are some ways you are quick to excuse your own sin?
3. How does Jesus’ love for you help you to be quick to love and slow to condemn?
4. What are some specific ways you can be more wise and loving in your relationships with others this week?
“Don't Assume” by Kevin DeYoung (Article)
“11 Questions to Discern a Judgmental Heart” by Trevin Wax (Article)
“Judge Not?” by Jon Bloom (Article)
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: James 4:11-12
Tuesday: Romans 14:1-12
Wednesday: Romans 14:13-19
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Friday: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
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 and how it applies to your life
Confess: Admit to God the different ways you are quick to condemn others and quick to excuse yourself
Wrestle: Work through your thoughts, feelings, and emotions with God in prayer
Request: Ask God to change your heart and reveal practical steps you can take
Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.
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