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.
What is a pastor? It may not be a question you ask yourself very often, but it is an incredibly important one. In our world of clergy scandals and domineering church leaders, the question of “What is a pastor?” has never been more important to answer biblically. Regardless of your background, there are probably some aspects of what a pastor is and what a pastor does that may surprise you.
1. Review the biblical qualifications for a pastor. Are you confident that all of the pastors at Cornerstone are biblically qualified?
2. What are some “qualifications” for pastors that you add in your own expectation of pastors that are not in Scripture?
3. Looking at the five things that pastors do, how have your expectations of your pastors differed from the biblical expectations given to them?
4. Looking at the five things you are to do in relation to your pastors, how have your expectations of your pastors differed from the biblical expectations given to you?
5. In what ways should you view or treat your pastors differently? How will you do that?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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