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.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."
– Galatians 5:16-26 ESV
Supernatural! Exciting! Joyful! For many believers, these words do not describe their walk with Jesus. However, God has given us His Spirit so that we experience the fullness of life as He intended. He simply calls us to Walk by the Spirit! But, what does this look like? What does this feel like? How does what one practically walk with the Spirit? Paul writes to the Galatians to liberate them from the bondage of religiosity and reckless living through the power of walking in the Spirit!
1. Unlike most of Paul’s letters that begin with a prayer or encouraging words, Paul expressed his astonishment of how the Galatians have walked away from Christ (Galatians 1:6-9). He then goes so far to call them foolish for their misunderstanding of the Gospel (Galatians 3:1-3). What did the Galatians forget about the Gospel?
2. When we are not walking in the Spirit, we veer into the bondage of religious living (legalism) or reckless living (licentiousness). What characterizes a religious life (Galatians 5:1-6, 18)? What characterizes a reckless life (5:13, 19-21)?
3. We are called to walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), be led by the Spirit (5:18) and keep in step with the Spirit (5:25). How does the reality of the Gospel enable us to be controlled by the Spirit (5:16, 24)?
Matt Moore is the pastor at Cornerstone South Los Angeles.
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