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.
We tend to live out lives investing in temporary treasure, but God calls us to something greater, more beautiful, and more lasting. Investing in eternal treasure is one of the hallmarks of a disciple of Christ, and it is a radical call. But as we are empowered by the Spirit and motivated by the gospel, God transforms our generosity in ways we never even knew were possible.
1. What motivates you to invest in temporary treasure instead of eternal treasure?
2. Do you choose to serve God with your choice of lifestyle? What changes might be needed to do that?
3. Do you choose to serve God with your budget choices? What changes might be needed to do that?
4. Do you choose to serve God with your daily decisions? What changes might be needed to do that?
5. Who in your life could you ask to speak honestly and boldly into your financial choices that might help you to identify your blind spots?
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn
God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School by John Cortines and Gregory Baumer
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Tuesday: James 4:4-6
Wednesday: 1 John 1:5-7
Thursday: 1 Peter 1:3-5
Friday: 1 Timothy 1:6-10
As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:
Insight: Ask God to help you see your consumeristic blindspots and for him to show you where you may be unknowingly investing in temporary treasure.
Confess: Confess your self-focused use of money and possessions. Identify areas you see this playing out and confess them.
Wrestle: Knowing that God does not forbid ownership or enjoying his blessings, talk with him about the tension you feel and the areas where you are unsure about how he desires you to use what he’s entrusted to you.
Request: Ask for wisdom to handle your treasures in a God-glorifying way that neither downplays the ways he wants you to enjoy them nor neglects the sacrificial ways he wants you to be generous with them.
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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