HR_MAINHope Rising. Our time over the last three weeks journeying toward Jesus’s last supper with his disciples and his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest on Maundy Thursday, the Cross of Christ on Good Friday and his death for the forgiveness of our sins, and ultimately His resurrection on Easter Sunday was an incredible experience together with the family of Cornerstone Church. Yet these words, as I write them, seem to land far short of adequately explaining our time together during Holy Week and Easter. Remembering Rusty’s words from his Easter sermon, we press on as we continually celebrate Forever Easter.

 

FaithWorks_MainW1This week we start our next sermon series, FaithWorks : A Study of James. For the next eight weeks we will be unpacking many of the key sections and verses in James’s letter to the early church that, though it was thriving, was in much need of encouragement, correction, and gospel teaching on how to live as Christians who have been made new by the power of Christ. While James will be the topic of our study this Spring, I am reminded of Paul’s words to Titus regarding our salvation and the ultimate fruit of holiness in the life of the believer:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. ‭Titus‬ ‭2:11-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

We are saved by Christ by grace through faith. We are purified, sanctified, by that same power that raised Jesus Christ from the grave. Praise God we are a people who celebrate Forever Easter.

Lee Cadden
College Pastor