Sent – Week 6 :: To the Nations

Sent – Week 6 :: To the Nations September 17, 2017

Before we are sent, we must know what we are sent with — the Good News, the Gospel, of Jesus Christ

Psalm 67:1-5

Psalm 96:2-3

Matthew 24:14 – the Kingdom will be preached to ALL nations

We, the people of God, have a global responsibility to share the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-19

Fears tend to be what drives our decision making when it comes to large “Should I go?” type questions. Yes, your fears are valid and probably will come true. Moving overseas is difficult.

While the context of our hope changes the content of our hope is always the same.

We may live someplace else in a foreign culture, but the content of our hope is always Jesus. No matter your fears or concerns, God knows and He is always with you.

The Gospel will always see you through.

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 -“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

  • His power, His mercy, His grace will always strengthen every resolve for good, and in that Christ will be glorified in you, and you in Him.
  • Those God calls, He cares for. If He calls you to go, it won’t be easy, but He is always worth it.

Rooted: Noah

Last night was a great first teaching night here at Cornerstone Youth!  We cracked open our Bibles to Genesis and studied the story of Noah in chapters 6-9. Noah lived in a time when “the wickedness of man was great in the earth” and “the thoughts of his[mans] heart was only evil continually.”  God was disappointed with mankind, so he saw fit to destroy it with a flood.  However, God saves Noah and his family because Noah was “righteous.” So, the Lord instructs Noah to build an ark and fill it with animals.  Then the Lord tells Noah to load up and get ready!  The flood hits and Noah and his family survive on the ark because they were obedient to what the Lord had commanded of them.  When the waters recede, Noah gets off the boat and offers a burnt sacrifice to the Lord.  The Lord than makes a promise to Noah that He will never again wipe mankind from the earth.

As we study through the Word this year, we will constantly strive to answer two questions from every piece of scripture we read.

  1. Why is this story important to us today?
  2. How does it point towards the Gospel?

The story of Noah is important because it reveals something that is still true today.  The wickedness of man requires divine intervention.  Ever since the fall, man has been given to sin.  It is a part of our nature.  The people of Noah’s time were wicked and depraved because they continually lived in this sin, until it was all they knew.  We live in a society that says it’s okay to live in sin and accept it. The story of Noah shows us what happens when we believe that lie.  It’s easy to see the parallels between where society is heading today and where Noah’s society was, prior to the flood.

But the good news is we have hope!  Noah was not a perfect man, but God saved him because he was righteous.  Last night we asked “why was Noah righteous?”  The simple answer is that Noah was counted as righteous because of his faith in God and his willingness to be obedient.  Thus Noah’s faith made him righteous, and saved him.  This is still true for us today.  We are saved because we are counted as righteous in Christ.  We are counted as righteous in Christ because we have faith in Christ.  This is why we put our faith first.  Christ paid our debt once and for all, and our faith in and obedience to Christ saves us from death!  Because of this, we celebrate!

Talking Points for your students:

  1. Ask your students to tell you the story of Noah and explain why God saved him.
  2. Why was Noah considered righteous?
  3. Why should your faith be #1 in your life? What does that look like?

 

Take a moment to sit down and ask your students these questions.  Have a discussion with them and help them understand the importance of the story of Noah.  And, like always, let us know if there is anyway we can help!

God Bless,

Marcus Popenfoose

 

Sent – Week 5 :: To the Nations

September 12, 2017 – Patrick Sserunjogi

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

  • We all have unique gifts given by the Spirit, therefore our “sentness” doesn’t require a capacity of our own.

Different kinds of Gifts, but the Same Spirit

  • We, the people of God, make a difference because of Him who works through us and our gifts.

Different kinds of Service but the Same Lord

  • In all that we do, the same Master sends us

Different kinds of Work, but the Same God is at Work

“Cornerstone Church, we in Buloba, are proud of you for you service in Uganda.” – Patrick

Sent, week 4 :: The Holy Spirit

Sent, week 4 :: The Holy Spirit – Rusty Hutson, September 3, 2017

We are the church gathered in order to be the church scattered to the community.

Matthew 28:19-20 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Acts 1:7-8 – “He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.””

Acts 2 – the global church is born as people here the word preached in their native tongue through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit…

  • Regenerates dead hearts to live (John 3)
  • Convicts us
  • Leads us
  • Comforts us
  • Encourages us
  • Empowers us

Key Truths of the Work of the Holy Spirit

1. We Can’t Go without the Holy Spirit

  • Luke 24:48-49 – “He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.””
  • our purpose in this life must be carried out through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • we are not capable of his purpose for us on our power

2. We Can’t Be Strong without the Holy Spirit

  • He is the one who strengthens our faith
  • He is the one who helps us walk in obedience
  • Psalm 27:14 – “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

3. We Can’t Make Good Choices without the Holy Spirit

  • Carnal Christian – saved but continues to live under influence of the flesh
  • Redeemed Christian – the one who is being sanctified and is living more for Christ than for self.

At some point in your life, the Holy Spirit will call you to go somewhere or do something that your flesh doesn’t want to do.

Be prepared everyday.

You have no idea what tomorrow holds.

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Meet the Youth Interns!

paste Meet Allie Fain!
My name is Allie Fain, and I am one of the three youth interns for this year! I am currently a Junior at Auburn University studying Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. So really, all that means is that I want to become a Certified Child Life Specialist as my career. I am originally from Birmingham, AL, but I absolutely love being in Auburn! Growing up, I always enjoyed being a part of a youth group, so getting to work with one even though I’m in school is pretty ideal. Cornerstone holds such a special place in my heart, and I am so excited for this upcoming year in youth!!

IMG_2262 Meet Emily Mora!
Hi, I’m Emily Mora!! I am a sophomore at Auburn studying Political Science. Even though I was raised an Aggie, I’ve converted to a die hard Auburn fan and couldn’t be more stoked for football season! I’m from Austin, Texas — don’t think I could be any prouder! Although a Texan at heart, my family spends most of our time in Colorado and, in fact, just moved to California! My biggest passion is getting the opportunity to know and love those around me. I am so excited for the opportunity to serve and learn from the Cornerstone youth because youth group played such a monumental role in my life!

IMG_3053.jpg Meet Hanna Miller!
Hi! My name is Hanna Miller, and I’m a sophomore at Auburn University. I’m majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Adolescents and minoring in Psychology. I hope to become an adolescent psychologist. I have two younger sisters. I have been training horses for 10 years in lower level eventing, and I have a passion for reading and traveling. I was raised in the Catholic Church and was active in my youth group, and I found my home at Cornerstone and was baptized last spring! I became a youth intern because I love this age group and want to help them find Christ in their everyday lives. I am so stoked about spending this year with your students!

We are incredibly grateful and excited for these interns to start with us! They each bring unique gifts and talents to the team, and we look forward to fulfilling the mission and vision of Cornerstone Youth as a team! Please join me in welcoming them.

Marcus Popenfoose                             Ginny Hand
Youth Director                                      Youth Coordinator 

Gearing Up For Fall!

Fall is in the air and we at Cornerstone Youth are gearing up for a great semester, as well as a great year!  

Before I tell you about our Volunteer Training, you are NOT too late to sign up to volunteer with Cornerstone Youth!!!!!!!!!!!!!    We would love to have you join our team!!   Last Sunday afternoon, we hosted our Volunteer Training!  It was a great time, where we reconnected and met several new volunteers, plus our 3 interns for the year!  Marcus and I talked through the values of Cornerstone Church and how we practice those values in Cornerstone Youth.  There were a lot of good conversations about our values and our mission as a church, and how those play out in Cornerstone Youth.  Marcus did a great job casting the vision for the year and where we were headed with our “Rooted” series.  Our group leaders were very excited about this vision and how well the students would respond!

 

Maybe you have thought about volunteering in some capacity with our youth?  We would love to have you join us!!!  Did you know that we have some 60-70 volunteers?????   Below are several ways that you can volunteer:

  1. GROUP LEADER: These volunteers are with the students each and every week.  Most of our groups meet outside of the normal Sunday evening meeting time, usually for breakfast!  
  2. HOSPITALITY TEAM: These volunteers take care of getting our students checked in and serving their snack dinner each and every week.  
  3. SECURITY TEAM:  These volunteers cover the parking lot and outdoors, to ensure our students safety while they are having fun at Youth.  
  4. PRODUCTION TEAM:  These volunteers take care of microphone/music/graphics/and all things technical!  
  5. YOUTH LED WORSHIP BAND:  We believe in youth leading youth in this way!  If you have a musical or vocal talent, come on out and audition!  

 

So, you see, we have many ways that you can jump in with us!   We are looking forward to our Parent/Youth kick off coming up on September 10th!  Parents, there will be an opportunity for you to sign up to volunteer at that time! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marcus (marcus@cornerstonebuzz.org) or myself (ginny@cornerstonebuzz.org) with any questions!  We hope to see you all on Sunday, September 10th!

 

Blessings,

Ginny Hand

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Sent, week 2 :: Local

Sent – week 2 :: Local – August 13, 2017

Fruit Matters to Jesus and the world

Matthew 7:16-18 – You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.

Matthew 25:31-34 – “”When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Begin with the End in mind. For the Christian – Eternity is that End.

We don’t live like we believe that there are dozens of people we know who will spend eternity apart from Christ.

Matthew 25:35-40 – For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”

Our faith evidenced by compassion for the “least of these.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart…

all of humanity desires good fruit, the gifts of God. Believers are the sheep who know where to look – THE GOOD SHEPHERD.

We are, by nature, self-centered people. Sin has bent us that way. Grace restores, but we all have a tendency to land in one of two camps:

1. Too busy to see the needs around us

2. We choose to look the other way.

May God awaken us from the fog of self-centeredness.

Luke 5:12-13 –  While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

Jesus reaches in and touches the leper, the unclean, the outcast. Just as he does for all who believe.

Pray: God gives us eyes to see the needs around us. Free us from our self-centered eyes, our old man, and give us the grace to respond as Jesus does.

And may we believe that when we love the “least of these,” that we have loved Jesus Christ himself.

Sent, week 1 :: Local

Sent – week 1 :: Local – August 6, 2017

God has established himself as a God who sends – His Son, His disciples, by His Spirit

We are a sent people – are you and I paying attention to the one who sent us? Are we paying attention to Jesus who was sent to give us hope, to give us redemption, to bring heaven here on earth?

1. God sent His Son, Jesus

1 John 4:9-10
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

3. God sent the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:4-8
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit has been sent so that you and I can participate in the redemption of God’s people.

As followers of Jesus, being led to know and to serve Jesus, you and I are a sent people, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Summer’s Almost Over

 

Hey y’all!

It has been a wild summer.  It all started for Cornerstone Youth back in May.  We had an incredible trip to Nicaragua with a group of our graduated Seniors.  While we were there we spent time with Marvin and Grethell, the leaders of Christ our Rock Church in Tipitapa.  Our seniors were able to go with and experience what Marvin and Grethell do on a daily basis and how they minister to people in their community.  We spent time in the Word, spent time with children, spent time with youth, and created relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We had a great group of Seniors, and Cornerstone Youth will miss them all next year.

Next, we were off to M25 in Atlanta!  This mission camp was for our High School students.  We spent a week in Atlanta going under bridges, bringing food to homeless people, serving them, and most importantly talking with them.  Our students did an incredible job of having real conversations with the people they came into contact with.  Most importantly, we all learned how impactful praying for a stranger can be.  It was an experience we wont soon forget, and one I look forward to next year.

Finally, we crashed Opelika for Radius.  This camp was for our Middle School students and was focussed specifically on serving people in our community.  It’s always humbling to experience hardships in your own backyard, and our students met that experience with hard-work and compassion.  They worked their tail-ends off in hot and humid weather and rarely did we ever hear a grumble.  We also had an incredible time bonding and talking with one another.  This group of students encouraged us as much as they encouraged the people we were serving.

Acts 1:8 says “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  This summer we served right here in our county, we served in another state, and we served internationally.  Jesus told his disciples to wait and receive the Spirit before they go and witness to the world.  I can say with confidence that we had students witnessing in the Spirit through the conversations they had, work they did, and friendships they made.  It’s an incredible thing to see the way Jesus works in the lives of our students.  I felt blessed to be a part of these trips and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each one of these students.

 

God Bless

-Marcus Popenfoose

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 8

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 8 – July 30, 2017

Our purpose as branches is to bear fruit.
It is our responsibility to Abide. The Holy Spirit will bring about the fruit.

The Vineyard belongs to God

God has placed you here and now. The vineyard of your life is His.

I don’t know anything in this life. We have been asked to be responsible with what time/resources that have been entrusted to us.

God is the owner/gardener of this world and all who pass through it.

Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” 

God wants to bear as much fruit as possible from your Life

“Much fruit,” Jesus says. This brings the Father glory.

We don’t invite Jesus in to our lives, but we are instead invited in to His life.

  • His life is counter-cultural.
  • His life is wild and unpredictable.
  • His life is the best life you could ever live.

Bearing Fruit is a life-long Endeavor

Not a one and done ordeal but “long obedience in one direction” for the glory of God.

Titus 3:14 – “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.” 

Psalm 1:1-3 – “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”

“He isn’t impressed so much with the dimensions of our work as with the love in which it is done.” Brother Lawrence

Rest in him – Abide.

Work for him – Grow and bear fruit.

Do both for the love of God.

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 7

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 7 – July 23, 2017

John 15:1-4 – “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

  • Fruit is the natural outflow of an abiding life in Christ

ABIDE → PRUNE → GROW → FRUIT

If fruit is the result when want, the abiding in Christ is the thing we “do” in order for Christ to bear fruit in us.

Abiding

“I am the true vine.”  Not the wayward sinful vine that Israel was, but the perfect, true, sinless vine.

Jesus says, “I am on the only one you want to stay connected to and grow from. Apart from me you can do nothing.”

Luke 10:41-42 – ““Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.””

– choose what is better → choose the one that is necessary: Jesus.

Pruning

katharos – to remove or be throughly cleansed from (modern catharsis)

God will always remove anything that is unproductive or distracting (the sucker branches on plants). These are the things that don’t bear fruit but take energy away from the mission.

Only the Gardener can remove the unnecessary to make way for the good branches to bear more fruit.

Ephesians 4:31-32 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Bearing Fruit

The Kingdom flowing through us

Galatians 5:22-25 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 6

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 6 – July 16, 2017

Three Questions on work:

1) Why did Jesus work?

  • John 5:17 “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
  • John 5:19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.

2) What is God’s work?

  • John 6:28-29 – Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” [29] Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.

3) Why do we work?

Colossians 3:22-24 (ESV) – [22] Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. [23] Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, [24] knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

The “Why” of our work finds ultimate significance in the “Who” We work for –> either for man or for God

1. Man

  • ultimately a self serving pursuit of glory
  • we want to be noticed, we want the glory
  • working for man is really all about me

2. God

  • not as a means of earning favor, grace, love, or blessing
  • but because you have been shown favor, given grace, are loved, and have been blessed by God.
  • Motivated by:
    • God’s character – creator God who has made us in his image
    • God’s commands – there is still much work to be done
    • Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

If God created you, loved you, and saw you in his family before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), then surely the work he has for you to do on this earth has incredible significance to him.

Colossians 3:24 – knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Paul in Colossians is writing to a group of slaves (“Bondservants” – 1.22).

If Roman slaves could work heartily, with sincerity and honor for the glory of God in all of their tasks, then certainly we can too.

We work with no guarantee that things will go our way in this life, but we believe that there is a promised future in Christ that is worth the work in this life.

Our work matters because of Him who loves us, has placed us here, and calls us to work for His glory and not our own.

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 5

As the most overworked culture in the history the world (by choice that is), we recognize that Rest for the sake of our work occurs at a physical level to be sure, but there is a deep rest, a soul rest as Jesus put it, that is necessary.

There is a rest that is needed for the work beneath the work — the striving for significance and identity, worth and value in what we do and not in whose we are.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

Jesus: “The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

Jesus is the Lord of rest. Jesus fulfills all that God began at creation, intended in the sabbath, and hopes for his church. Jesus’s final claim on the sabbath rest came on the cross: “It is finished.”

It is good. It is finished. I am completely satisfied. This is very good.

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Hebrews 4:9-10 ESV

Two types of rhythm to this life (two “Options” per se):

  1. Works based model
    • did I measure up? did I exceed expectations? Did I work enough to get the praise, the prize, the raise?
    • No rest for the weary here.
  2. Jesus is Lord model
    • For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)
    • I am loved by God. He has given me a work to do that is founded on his work on the cross.
    • At the end of this week/work/project I can be satisfied in what I have done
    • All because I am not my job
    • All because of I am a son/daughter of God

Once we choose the Jesus is Lord model for our life, there are some practical decision we can make for living with good rhythm. We should consider these disciplines in this life, because no one naturally rests as much as he should.

Rest should always be restorative. Immediately after his claim to be “Lord of the Sabbath,” Jesus goes and heals a man.

May these practices restore our souls:

Inner Disciplines (new mindset):

  1. Rest should be liberating.
    • You are not your job. You are not a slave to your job description, your calendar, your phone, or you company.
    • Learn to say no.
  2. Rest is an act of Trust
    • You are not God. He provides for you and your family.

External Disciplines (things you do):

  1. Assume that you should take more sabbath time.
    • Odds are you don’t take enough.
  2. Balance your sabbath time:
    • Fun – Do something that brings you happiness
    • Worship – spend some part of the day devoted to the Lord
    • Inactive – spend part of your day letting your thoughts come, and letting them go
  3. Inject sabbath time in to your work.
    • Create margin in your daily routines.
    • This may cause you to “fall behind” others in your field. Your soul is not worth sacrificing.
  4. Community matters.
    • Be accountable to your commitment to rest – whether it be to your community group or your family.

(in humility)

 

This summer Cornerstone Youth has been learning about what it means to be a Servant Leader.  In Philippians 2:3-4 the Word of God says “3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

This summer we have been learning about great Biblical servant leaders.  We started with Moses, a man who constantly interceded for the unfaithful people of Israel.  Then we learned about Esther and Nehemiah, two people who humbled themselves in order to fulfill what God was calling them to.  We end with the perfect example of servant leadership, Jesus.

This series was named (in humility) because our culture talks often about being a leader but rarely about being a servant leader. A  servant leader is one that leads in humility.  They focus on what’s good for the people they are leading and not on what’s good for themselves. Jesus’s entire life was about serving others.  If our Lord and Savior spent his life leading in humility,  why would we do anything different?

At Cornerstone Youth, we want each of our students to understand that being a leader isn’t about who is the “loudest” or who is the “best”, it’s about who is willing to value others above themselves.  Who is going to be humble enough to sit with that kid at school that is sitting alone… who is going to stand up for the student being bullied…who is going risk their social status to serve the least of these.  Everyday we are faced with two choices.  We can step out of our comfort zone and lead others by serving them, or we can stay put and serve ourselves.  We want our students to choose the former.

If you have questions or want to know more about why we do what we do at CornerstoneYouth, please contact us at youth@cornerstonebuzz.org.

 

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 4

What is my work? Why does it even matter?

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 – I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

  • if your job is only about the paycheck, the identity and recognition you receive, or the validation you feel from it, Solomon’s word for that type of posture from Ecclesiastes is clear: meaningless.
  • Climbing the ladder? At the top of that ladder, the prize is not nearly as great as it appeared from the bottom, and there’s always another ladder to climb.

God has placed you on your path with a purpose. No one has, is, or ever will walk the same path that God has placed you on.

Unique and the Same

» You are a Unique Creation

Therefore, you have a unique purpose in this life. You are a child of the King.

Why you were born is far more important than when. You were born to represent God to this world.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

» You have a Unique Calling

“God, show me why I’m here!” We don’t often get to pick where we are → “So Bloom where you are planted.”

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

» We have the Same Boss

God’s expectations are the same for all of us, regardless of our job description or position in this life:

Colossians 3:23-24 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

» We have the Same Priorities

  1. love God
  2. love your neighbor as yourself

In these two commands Jesus summed up all of God’s commandments and gave all of his disciples the keys to sharing his love for a dying world.

How do we do that on a daily basis?

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 → be and do good, finding satisfaction in your work

Work with everything you have in this life for the glory of God, and the world will notice.

We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 3

Rhythm – Back and forth movement of even proportions.  Metronome is an instrument of rhythm and timing that illustrates the principle.

WEEK #1 REST (BODY, MIND, SPIRIT)

WEEK #2 WORK (A PART OF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN)

Today:

Fourth Commandment  – Exodus 20:8-11Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Hebrew word sabat, which means “to rest or stop or cease from work.” 

New “COVENANT”

A new deal was struck between God and his people thru the death of Jesus Christ. It was customary for a sacrifice to signify a covenant made between people or between people and God. So, THRU Jesus’ death on the cross we entered into a new covenant with God in terms of how we live holy lives and what the “law” means.

Mark 2:27 – Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.

  • Jesus came to fulfill the Law (i.e. bring it to it’s fullest purpose). He came to institute a new way of relating to God and living out our faith.

Sabbath Truths for Today

  1. When do I Sabbath?

    When is the Sabbath to be taken? Is there anything special now about the 7th day?Resting in God—abiding in his presence—is the only way we can be successful in what he has called us to do. Yet how many of us schedule days of rest and relaxation on the calendar before we schedule meetings, conventions, and other days of work? Is this challenging to you?

    It’s not so much about a particular day. Remember that’s the legalistic way of resting. It’s about a regular rhythm of rest.

  2. How do I Sabbath?

    Mark 12:29-30 – “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

    We love God with ALL of our being is what Jesus said. Therefore, We rest with all that we are. To rest is a holy activity.

    We use this word RECREATION

    HOW ABOUT: RE-CREATION – the process of creating anew

    Margins and space in our lives, blank spaces on our calendars, Sabbath time, can give us room to deepen our relationship with God and others. Margin has substance, and it intersects with how we live (our heart), how we think (our mind), and how we act (our hands). We focus because there are margins.

  3. Who Should I Sabbath with?

    Extroverts are by nature, “solar powered,” their preferred energy source being external to themselves.

    Introverts on the other hand are more “battery powered,” they prefer to recreate internally and away from external stimulation.

    How about: Family, Friends, Neighbors, Yourself, God – Most importantly

Psalm 62:1 – Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 

Rhythm – Rest and Work, week 2

Who You Are is Foundational to What You Do

This week’s message works off the introduction to the series from last week and focused on God’s original design for work. Work as the Bible defines it comes from Genesis 2:15 — God placed the man in the garden to work it and keep it. There is a dignity to the work Adam was given to do, a holiness that was to be a part of his life in rhythm with the Lord.

Two shifts that may be needed:

1. A proper understanding of the nature of work
2. A right posture toward that work

 

Vocation — Vocare — to call – “Calling”

A job is a vocation only if someone else calls you to do it and you do it for them rather than for yourself.

Our work can be a calling only if it is reimagined as a mission of service to something beyond our own interests.

Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor

Genesis 2:15. -God called and placed the man in the garden to work it and keep it.

We find ourselves in one of two camps:
1. We love our jobs (temptation to find identity in what we do)
2. Can’t stand what our jobs (can’t wait to be beyond our jobs)

1 Corinthians 10:31 — whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

  • Not for me.
  • Not for man.
  • Only for God

Can My work really be Holy?
Genesis 2:15 — work (Hebrew: abad) and keep (Hebrew: shamar) it
Numbers 3:7 — keep guard (abad) over congregation, minister (shamar) at the tabernacle

The job description for both gardener and priest according to Moses: work, guard, protect, minister to the world around you.

At its core, work, vocation/calling, is more about the heart of the man doing the work than it is about the job description

Work then, is a holy undertaking → our identity being fleshed out in meetings, emails, conversations with co-workers and the competition — to the glory of God’s name.

Work is where the rest we begin our week with propels us into a world that is need of being ministered to and loved by the God who created us (the one we represent as his children).

Summer Serve Days for 4th and 5th Grades

SUMMER SERVE DAYS ARE CURRENTLY FULL! If you would like your child placed on a waiting list, email Jill Harris at jill@cornerstonebuzz.org.

June 21 and 22: 9 am to 4 pm (meet at Cornerstone Church)

Come join us as we serve together and make a difference in our community! We’ll begin each day with a group devotion and prayer time at Cornerstone. Then, we’ll head out to serve. We’ll wrap up our serve days with a fun outing! Cost of $25 includes lunch, t-shirt and all the fun! This event is for completed 4th and 5th graders.

You can pay by either going to “one-time gift” under the “give” tab in www.mybuzz.me or cornerstonebuzz.org, or bring cash/check into the church office.

For more information contact Jill Harris, jill@cornerstonebuzz.org, or Aimee Northrup, aimee@cornerstonebuzz.org.

Experience Easter at Cornerstone 2017

Experience Easter Holy Week at Cornerstone Church.

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 6:30 pm in the Worship Area (Cornerstone Kids is available for infants through 3rd graders.)
Good Friday: April 14, 6:30 pm at the Auburn University Davis Arboretum – See map below for parking and location information

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Easter Services at Cornerstone: April 16

  • 6:15 am  – Worship outdoors just as the sun comes up, shedding new light on us – those who are redeemed.
  • 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am at Hamilton Road –  A full celebration of the resurrection of Christ. (Regular Cornerstone Kids programming is available.)

Equip: Marriage 2017

TUESDAYS, APRIL 18 – MAY 9: 6:15-7:15 PM IN THE WORSHIP AREA

Led by Cornerstone members Julianne and Tyler McGill, this will be a four week Equip focused on strengthening marriages for the sake of the Kingdom, the growth of and blessing to our families, and for the impact that all of us can have in a world that no longer values marriage according to its original design. This Equip, while focused on the marriage relationship, is intended for currently married couples and/or those couples preparing for marriage. Go here to register.

WinShape Camps for Communities June 12-16 2017

Whether you like soccer, science, or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities! Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’ll find anywhere… right at home in your own community!

WinShape Camps for Communities is coming to Auburn June 12-16! Registration is now open for this summer. For more information and to register go to Winshape Camps Auburn.

If you would like to donate a scholarship to allow a kid to go to camp who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go you can click here and make your donation online.

M-25 Mission Camp for Youth 2017

June 4-10, 2017, in Atlanta – for current 9-12th graders

M-25 is a mission program designed to bring students together to serve God by serving others. Sometimes going out into all the world means helping those in our own backyard, and with M25, youth will have the incredible opportunity to help some of 20,000 homeless people in Atlanta. Not only will they be able to witness needs, but they will also get to fill them. M25 focuses less on manual labor and more on relational ministry as students get a rare chance to meet, get to know, and minister to people from a different side of life. They will bring hope to the hopeless and be able to walk as Jesus did as they seek out the least of these.

Merge Camp at Lake Hargis July 10-13 2017

MERGE CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL! If you would like your child placed on a waiting list, email Jill Harris at jill@cornerstonebuzz.org.

July 10-13 at Lake Hargis Retreat Center in Chelsea, Alabama
(for those who have completed 4th or 5th grade by the end of this school year)

Merge Camp, here we come! Once again this summer, we’ll be loading up the vans and taking our 4th and 5th graders back to this awesome overnight camp, and we can’t wait! Merge Camp is a wonderful time of fun, friendship and growing in our faith.

Ash Wednesday | 2017

March 1 at 6:30 pm in the Worship Area

Ash Wednesday is the first step in the journey toward Easter. It is the beginning of the process of self-reflection and a time to make ourselves empty in order to be filled with Christ. The night will be a mix of music, teaching and the imposition of ashes. Cornerstone Kids is available for infants through 3rd grade. (As the imposition of ashes will be at the beginning of the service, please check in your children in Cornerstone Kids and take them immediately to the Worship Area if you would like them to participate. Afterwards, you can take them back to Cornerstone Kids for the remainder of the service.)

WinShape Reunion Celebration

Saturday, March 4: 4 – 7 pm at Chick fil A at the Auburn Mall

Campers and their families, volunteers, donors, sponsors and others are invited to come and celebrate the 10 year birthday of WinShape Camps for Communities and WinShape Camps coming to the Auburn/Opelika community again this summer, the week of  June 12. There will be camp scholarship giveaways, prizes, games and more! If you have attended WinShape Camps for Communities in the past, be sure to wear your t-shirt for a chance at bonus prizes! For more information about WinShape Camps for Communities go here.

Radius Mission Camp | 2017

July 17-21, 2017 in Opelika, Alabama

Radius Camp is a youth camp for current 6-8th graders with a mission focus. Radius combines elements of a Christian camp – Bible study curriculum, worship band, camp pastor – with the format of a mission trip. Students, leaders and staff gather for morning and evening worship sessions, and during the day groups are partnered with an existing ministry site in the area.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University | 2017

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Welcome To Cornerstone

Over 2000 years ago Jesus gathered with his disciples and told them to go make disciples, giving them a mission – to continue doing what Jesus has done. Cornerstone Church is a part of that movement, carrying out the mission of Jesus by sharing His love and grace in our community and around the world. The mission statement of Cornerstone Church is “leading people to know and serve Jesus.” Two of the most important things people can do in their lives are to know Jesus and serve Jesus, finding real and eternal life while finding the purpose in our life.

Cornerstone is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment where all who come are recognized and accepted as the unique people God created.

We hope to see you this Sunday!
Regular Service Times: 9:00 and 10:30 am
Location: Cornerstone Church, 2123 Hamilton Road, Auburn, AL

Celebration Dinner | January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22 in the Worship Area – Food serving lines and Cornerstone Kids open at 5:15 pm

It’s that time of the year when Cornerstone celebrates by looking back and then visioning for the future!

We do this by coming together to hear stories of what God has done in the lives of people and to celebrate how God has used our church as a means to bring salvation, hope, grace and love to our church family. We want to collectively shout “Yes!” to our amazing God who brings restoration and redemption. Then we need to get serious about the future by asking God to once again enlarge our tent, guide our steps and give us the strength to continue leading people to know and serve Jesus.

We have a way of doing all of this….and it’s called “Celebration Dinner”. We will come together for some delicious food, fun, community and celebration. We definitely want you to bring your children. Cornerstone Kids (infants through 3rd grade) will enjoy food, games and worship. Cornerstone Kids opens at 5:15 pm. The lobby doors will open for dinner at 5:15 pm.  So we can plan ahead for dinner and caregivers, please register at the link below. We hope to see you at the celebration!

REGISTRATION FOR DINNER/CHILDCARE

If: Gathering for Women 2017

Friday, February 3 at 6 pm and  Saturday, February 4 at 9 am

We are so excited to be hosting the livestream of IF:Austin at Cornerstone Church in Auburn, AL, again this year. Come join other women from our area for a time of fellowship, worship and Biblical teaching. The first session is on Friday evening at 6 pm, and sessions 2 and 3 will be on Saturday. There is a break on your own for lunch on Saturday. Everyone will receive a T-shirt this year so watch for an email after you register for your size!

Project Linus | National “Make A Blanket” Day Feb 18

February 18: 9 am – 6 pm, in the Cornerstone Worship Area

Join us as we partner with Project Linus to make blankets for children in need in Lee County, AL, and Columbus, GA. No experience or tools required. There will be door prizes, food, a raffle quilt, and Aubie is scheduled to make an appearance, too. No childcare, but children 8 years and up are invited to participate. For more information, go here.

Come Jingle Jam With Us! | 2016

We hope you will take a break from your Christmas shopping, cookie baking and holiday wrapping to join us for our first-ever Jingle Jam Christmas family worship event at Cornerstone Church. Jingle Jam is a fun-filled evening of holiday worship, live drama and teaching, topped off with a big birthday party for Jesus. At Jingle Jam, we’ll also be collecting children’s shoes, toddler through size 13, as a way to bless our friends at Esperanza House. Esperanza House is one of our local ministry partners that serves the children and families of the Hispanic community in Auburn. Their desire is to offer hope, relationship, and love through education, nutrition and fellowship.

Christmas at Cornerstone | 2016

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CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP:  5 and 6:30 pm
Celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior with singing, a brief message, and lighting of candles. Cornerstone Kids is available for infants through three years old at the 5 pm service only. All children are welcome to attend either service. _________________________________________________________________

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CHRISTMAS DAY FAMILY FRIENDLY WORSHIP: 10:30 AM
No 9 am service, and Cornerstone Kids is not available.
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SPECIAL FAMILY FRIENDLY WORSHIP EVENT – Sunday, January 1: 10:30 am
No 9 am service, and Cornerstone Kids is not available.

Meet our new Director of Youth Ministry!

Earlier this year we shared that there were some staff role shifts taking place to meet the needs of those among our church and community.  The next step of those shifts becomes a reality this Sunday, December 4.  I am thrilled to share that Marcus Popenfoose will assume the Director of Youth Ministry at Cornerstone Church this Sunday.

Equip: Men | Don’t Check Out!

Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13 and 20: 6 – 7 am

If the mark of sin on the world is the flourishing of pride across the world, what it needs is humble men who recognize that they are not God, that they need one another — to lean on and to count on when times are tough — to point us and the families we lead back to God’s vision and plan for our lives. We were made to need one another!

The temptation we all face is simple: check out, stop running the race, the good fight is not worth it. Join other Cornerstone men (of all ages) over coffee and biscuits for teaching, community, Bible study and prayer. No registration needed.

Expected Generosity | Christmas Giving 2016

Our giving focus for this Christmas season is called “Expected Generosity”. Our hope is to raise $50,000 for Esperanza House and Nicaragua! Please read the card below for more information on these two opportunities. Then you can get a giving card in the lobby of the church or click the link below to give online. We will begin collecting money on Sunday mornings beginning December 4.

Why should you Trunk or Treat?

22496286075_d429321e76_zFall is in the air!! So, this means football, leaves turning, cooler temperatures, fun and excitement. For us here at the church it also means our annual “Trunk or Treat” is right around the corner – October 30 at 4pm to be exact. For those of you who may be new to Cornerstone, “Trunk or Treat” is something we’ve been doing for around 15 years.

Equip: Women | Living Life Together

Tuesdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29: 6:15 pm in the Worship Area

There are messy parts in all of our lives that we would rather not reveal—like strained relationships, sinking finances, and cluttered living rooms. We keep the doors of our hearts and homes closed for fear of being exposed. But what if we invited others in and experienced the beautiful acceptance and deep connection of Christian community?

Night of Prayer | November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016: 6:30 pm in the Worship Area

“These are crazy times in our country”, “We’re doomed”, “We’re in serious trouble”, “Is the end coming soon??”. These are a few statements you have probably heard or read in the last month regarding the current state of our country and/or the election process. No matter where we fall with presidential candidates or party’s, one thing is sure: what we need to do is pray!