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.
The term “deacon” has been used throughout the history of the church to a great deal of confusion. What is a deacon? What does he or she do? At Cornerstone, we call this office “servant-ministers,” and in this message we seek to unpack the glorious, diverse, gospel-centered ministry that God has entrusted to the servant-ministers of the church. Servant-ministers are the heart of the church, and the group of people that do the vast majority of interpersonal ministry in the context of the body of Christ. So, it’s important that we know who a servant-minister is, and what they’re called to do.
1. In the past, what have you thought a “deacon” is? How does this differ from the biblical office of servant-ministers as has been presented?
2. Why do you think it is important for servant-ministers to be spiritually qualified?
3. What are some of the ways that you are gifted to minister the truth of God to the hearts of others?
4. What are some of the ways that those in your Community Group are gifted to minister the truth of God to the hearts of others?
5. Are you functioning as a servant-minister in the church? If not, what is holding you back from doing so?
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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