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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

Rooted: Joseph II

This week at youth we continued diving into the life of Joseph. We quickly recapped Joseph 39, where Joseph moves from being Potiphar’s slave to wrongfully being put in prison.  Joseph was such a beautiful example of trusting in the Lord’s sovereignty and living by faith through hardship and persecution.

 

Next, we covered Genesis 40 where we see the interactions between Joseph and two men (Chief Cupbearer and Chief Baker) from Pharaoh’s office that he had sentenced to prison. Through these interactions, Joseph gets the opportunity to interpret their dreams. He accurately interprets the Chief Cupbearer’s dream with only one request: that when he was returned to office, he would remember Joseph because he was wrongfully accused. Joseph’s interpretation of the Chief Cupbearer being restored to office was accurate but unfortunately the Cupbearer forgot all about him.

 

Two years later, Pharaoh has a dream that he cannot find anyone in the land to interpret. Suddenly, the Chief Cupbearer remembers Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams from his time in prison and tells Pharaoh. Pharaoh releases Joseph from prison and asks him to interpret his dream.

 

Joseph responds to this situation in a couple of amazing ways. First, we must keep in mind that Joseph has just spent roughly ten years between being Potiphar’s slave and being in prison. Yet, he does not let his circumstances affect his faith in the Lord’s sovereignty and provision. This allowed him to truly live in the humility of his weakness.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weakness, insults hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Through this humility, Joseph understood he did not need to be sufficient on his own and recognized that the Lord is how and why all of our good works are taking place. In this stance of humility he was able to respond to Pharaoh in Genesis 41:16 “Joseph answered Pharaoh, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer’”. Joseph recognized God’s absolute authority in his life, that the Lord provides and equips us in all situations. Joseph exemplifies the truth that we can rest and have peace – in all situations – that He is in control and equips us. Our Father is completely sovereign and works all things for our good and His glory. Hallelujah!

 

Talking Points:

  1. How does our weakness allow us to step into our God given strength?
  2. In our insufficiencies, what does it look like to be dependent on the Lord daily?
  3. How does recognizing his authority and provision allow us to further our understanding of our identity as His sons and daughters?

 

Sincerely,

Emily Mora

Rooted: Joseph

This week in Cornerstone Youth, we began our journey into the story of Joseph. We did a quick recap on the lineage of Joseph, then moved on to read Genesis 37. This chapter starts off with Joseph being the favorite son of his father and receiving the Coat of Many Colors, and ends with Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, while his father things he is dead. The Lord protects Joseph throughout his life, but this is one of the first examples in the Bible. We see Joseph being saved from his death and becoming a slave, which marks the beginning of the plan God has for Joseph’s life.

We then read Genesis 39, which takes place after Joseph has become a slave to Potiphar, who was an officer of the Pharaoh of Egypt at that time. Verse 2 reads “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.” Joseph would not have been able to thrive in this situation if it wasn’t for God, just like we are unable to accomplish anything on our own. Joseph, with the blessing from God, became second in command to Potiphar, even though he was only supposed to be a lowly slave.

When Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph, he refuses every time. He does not give in to the temptation, but instead strives to be loyal to his master and to God. Even when he is thrown into prison, Joseph still saw this as a victory, for he had honored God through it all. Joseph continued to have faith, and knew that he was going to be taken care of. Joseph didn’t give in to the worldly desires, but kept his focus on the Lord.

The talking points for this week were:

Genesis 37:
Why was Joseph the beloved son?
Why did Joseph’s brothers sell him?
What did they tell their father about Joseph’s fate?

Genesis 39:
What household was Joseph second in command of?
What caused Joseph to go to prison?
Who was there for Joseph during his successes? Who was there during his failures?

In love,
Allie Fain

Freedom – Week 5

Freedom – Week 5 :: October 29, 2017 – David Fugoyo

Galatians 5:19-24 – “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 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.”

Biblical Freedom – Free from whatever holds you captive. No longer slaves; therefore free to be who God made me to be.

Worldly freedom – free to do whatever I want to do.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Sinful nature – fruit is “evident/obvious”

  1. sexual immorality
  2. idolatry and witchcraft
  3. improper conduct toward others

if you practice these things (live your life this way) – you will not “inherit the kingdom of God.”

Galatians 5:22-24 – “BUT” the fruit of the spirit…for those who submit their life to Christ

  1. Love, Joy, Peace – Relationship to God
  2. Patience, Kindness, Goodness – Relationship with others
  3. Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control – within you

Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (see also Romans 6:6, Galatians 2:20)

Truths that everyone knew in that day about crucifixion:

  1. crucifixion was for those who commit a crime – your sin is a crime against the Lord
  2. crucifixion made it painfully difficult to breathe – you must suffocate the sinful nature, don’t let it breathe
  3. crucifixion made one painfully thirsty – don’t give the flesh any water or any chance to grow
  4. crucifixion always led to death – you must fully kill the sinful nature and its desires/passions

If you are submitted to the world, you will reap fruit of the flesh

If you re submitted to the Lord, you will reap the fruit of the spirit –> where Freedom reigns

“If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed”

 

 

 

 

Rooted: Jacob

This week at Cornerstone Youth we dove into the story of Jacob.  We got a bit of backstory on Jacob last week when we learned about him stealing Esau’s birthright and blessing.  This led to Jacob having to flee from his family to Laban who would give him employment and Rachel and Leah to marry (not in that order).   After years of being swindled by Laban, Jacob decides it is time to go back to his father.  This leads to him reuniting with Esau and reestablishing himself in the land of Canaan.

 

In the senior high group, we focused in on two of Jacob’s prayers.  One before he goes to Laban (Gen. 28:20-22) and after his time there (Gen. 32:9-12).  These prayers show how Jacob’s faith changes over time.  His first prayer is a conditional commitment to God, but his second prayer recognizes his own unworthiness and God being at the center of everything Jacob has accomplished.  

 

In the passage that follows God renames Jacob, giving him a new identity.  This new identity that follows a transition of faith is similar to what happens in our lives as believers today.  When we recognize that it is only through Jesus Christ that we have any hope of relationship with God, he restores us and calls us his children.  This changes the way we see and interact with everything in our lives. Everything, from our relationships with friends to the way we do our school work, it is all new in Christ, and, as God’s children, we also get to cry out to him in times of pain and in our struggles.  This is an awesome opportunity that we could not have experienced unless Christ came and died for our sins.

 

In the same way that it took a recognition of faith for Jacob to experience this change in identity, we also have to recognize that the only way to God as our Father is through Christ, his son.  

 

Talking points:

 

  1. Who does God say we are through Christ?
  2. What is encouraging about thinking of ourselves as God’s children?
  3. What areas of our lives do we tend to not trust God fully?

 

Thanks,

 

Garrett Wates

Freedom – Week 4

Freedom – Week 4 :: October 22, 2017 – Rusty Hutson

Galatians 4:1-7 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

IF PAUL WERE HERE TODAY AND COULD RELATE THIS TO US IN OUR CONTEXT HE WOULD SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS IN SIMPLE TERMS:

1. Don’t Go Back!

  • Christ died so that we might experience Freedom! Not so we could go back to thing he freed us from.
  • Romans 7:25 – Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

2. Walk Forward by the Spirit

 

 

Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:16-26 – So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever17 Or you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Philippians 3:13 – But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Rooted: Esau

This week at Cornerstone Youth we learned about Isaac’s oldest son, Esau.  When Rebekah was pregnant with Esau and Jacob, the two struggled in her womb. She cried out to the Lord asking “why is this happening to me?”  The Lord takes this opportunity to reveal to her that there are two nations in her womb and that the older would serve the younger.  God, showing his sovereignty, tells Rebekah exactly how her sons’ lives would play out.

Sunday night we focussed specifically on Genesis 25:29-34.  This is the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob.  This story begins with Esau coming in from the fields and asking (practically begging) Jacob for some soup.  Jacob, noticing how hungry his brother is, takes this opportunity to seize the birthright from his older brother.  He sells Esau some soup in exchange for Esau’s birthright.  So we wanted to answer some basic questions about this story.

What is a birthright?  The birthright is the inheritance of the eldest son.  In those days every son would inherit some portion of their father’s estate.  The oldest son would inherit double what the other sons would inherit, while also being the one that the bloodline would continue through.

Why did Jacob want the birthright and Esau didn’t?  Esau was indifferent to his birthright.  He did not care about it or all the promises that came with it.  Esau was only concerned with his own desires.  He did not care about the promise the Lord had made to Isaac’s offspring.  That is Esau’s big crime in this story; indifference.  As we read this story we realize that Jacob is no angel.  His intentions are not pure whatsoever.  The difference is that Jacob is not indifferent to the promises of the Lord.  Esau’s own sin sealed his fate.  He had little regard for the Word of God and it’s promises.

We landed by acknowledging that Jesus does not us to have a lukewarm faith.  Our faith should inform everything we do.  It should be our main priority at all times!  Don’t be indifferent to the promises of the Lord!  Live unabashedly for Him right now!  God has called each of us and we are all ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’  We need to act like this is true!  Esau didn’t care, Jacob did.  One was saved because of his faith, and one wasn’t.  It’s important to always remember that our actions are a reflection of our faith!

 Talking points:

  1. Who was Jacob? Who was Esau?  
  2. What is a birthright? Why was Esau so nonchalant about selling his birthright to Jacob?
  3. Who did The Lord favor? Why?
  4. In what way are we sometimes like Jacob? In what way are we sometimes like Esau?

We hope that y’all are taking the time to talk about these stories with your students.  Help them understand that everything in scripture points to Jesus and our need for Him! As always, if you need anything let us know!

 

God Bless,

Marcus

Freedom – Week 3

Freedom – Week 3 :: October 15, 2017 – Pat Bethea

Redeemed – to buy or pay off, clear by payment; exchange

Obedience to the Law had become priority over the Giver of the Law

Arguments:

  1. Galatians 3:1-5  –  Personal Argument
  2. Galatians 3:6-25  –  Scriptural Argument
  3. Galatians 3:26-29. –  Practical Argument

We don’t follow the law. We follow Jesus and anything he calls us to do.

 

Rooted: Isaac

Despite hurricane Nate’s attempts to stop us, we went ahead with Cornerstone Youth this week!  Sunday night we had the privilege of learning about Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Isaac’s life is very similar to that of his father.  However, in Isaac’s story we don’t see any major crises of faith or tests like Abraham did.  Therefore, when we think of Isaac, we usually think of him in relation to Abraham, or his sons Esau and Jacob.

As I prepared to teach about Isaac I quickly realized there aren’t many notable stories from Isaac’s life.  His wife Rebekah struggles with being barren much like his mother, but Isaac prays to the Lord and she gives birth to twins.  He deals with famine and moving and all the things his father dealt with, but the Word of God never tells us Isaac ever questions God’s promise in all these things.  As I sifted through these stories I came back to the first story we read about Isaac.  We all know the story I’m speaking of – the one where Abraham is told to sacrifice his only son.  Instead of looking at this story simply from Abraham’s perspective, we took some time to think about what Isaac learned from this experience.

The Bible does not tell us the exact age of Isaac when Abraham was told to sacrifice him. However, we know Isaac is old enough to have experienced sacrifices before since he asks his father where the lamb for the burnt offering was.  Most Biblical scholars believe that Isaac was actually older than we usually assume when this took place.  Why is his age important?  At some point in this story the realization that his father was sacrificing HIM would have set in for Isaac.  In verse 9 we read “when they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac  his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.”  So it doesn’t say Isaac knew what Abraham was doing, but it’s safe to assume he probably had an idea.  We can also assume that he had the ability to disobey his father if he wished.  He could have said no to being bound and placed on the altar.  However, Isaac was obedient to his father, just as Abraham was being obedient to THE Father.  Isaac’s faith was influenced by the faith of his father, and that showed throughout his life.

Abraham’s faith wasn’t always perfect.  He had doubts and struggles.  But, in this story Abraham is a man exemplifying perfect faith.  He is doing exactly what the Lord is telling him to do.  We don’t get to know how much Isaac learned from this experience but it’s safe to assume it had an effect on his life.  He followed the Lord faithfully like his father before him.  In the end, God provided for both Isaac and Abraham throughout their lives.  It didn’t always look the way they thought it would, but they both stood on the promises of God and their faith was counted to them as righteousness.

Here are the some talking points for your students from this story.

  1. How have you seen God provide in your life recently?  
  2. How do you think Abraham’s faith influenced his son, Isaac?  
  3. Why didn’t Isaac run away when he realized what his father was asking of him? (assuming he realized)
  4. Compare Abraham and Isaac to God and Jesus. What does the story of Abraham and Isaac tell us about them?

 

This isn’t our normal rhythm, but here is a question for parents to think about.

 Am I living out my faith with the understanding that my faithfulness will influence my student’s faithfulness?

Abraham and Isaac’s story is a heavy one.  There are so many ways we can all be challenged by this story and encouraged by this story.  Take a moment to both encourage your student and challenge them, and let us know if you have any questions!

 

God Bless,

Marcus Popenfoose

Freedom – Week 2

Freedom – Week 2 :: October 8, 2017 – Rusty Hutson

Galatians 2:6-10

Christ came to free us from the demands of the law. The law could never give us the relationship that the work of Jesus would accomplish.

Gospel – “good news” in Greek. What is that good news? Freedom from the law, sin, and death; Freedom to live for Christ.

Truths on The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

  1. Is About Grace

    • Ephesians 2:8-9 – grace, through faith along, a gift so that no man could ever boast in his salvation.
    • We must move from belief in our minds that this is true, then trust that it is good for us to finally, by faith, receiving the gift of salvation from Christ.
    • This gift is free, but it certainly is not cheap – it cost Jesus his life and separation from the Father.
  2. The World is Dying for Good News

    • In a world full of brokenness and pain, the news of the person and work of Christ is our only true hope
    • We, the church, have the gospel that frees everyone who believes from the bondage of this dying world.
  3. You Must Die in order to have the Gospel

    • Galatians 2:19-21 – we have been crucified with him and are not free to live in him. Jesus did not die for nothing!
    • The old life will always get heavier the longer you hold on to it.

Conviction is less about condemnation and more about invitation

Don’t let anything hinder you from the invitation to walk in the freedom that comes to those who follow Christ.

Jesus is the only thing we need in this life.

Freedom – Week 1

Freedom – Week 1 :: October 1, 2017 – Rusty Hutson

“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:1-4,6-7,10)

Man has always had his own idea of what freedom means.

But TRUE FREEDOM is defined by and given by God himself. It has always been his hope and plan that his people know the freedom that comes from knowing him.

Galatians will be our five week series that focuses on God’s heart of freedom for his people.

Many in that day that were convinced that man could add anything to the gospel by keeping the Jewish law on top of believing by faith in Christ’s gospel of salvation by faith alone.

Clearly Paul has this in mind when he tells the church that Christ “gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age…”

“You have been given freedom,” Paul declares!  “Don’t go back to the slavery you once knew!”

Freedom only comes through absolute surrender.

False gospels abound today just as they did in Paul’s day.

We are free from sin and death and free to live for Christ. This the truth of the gospel and the freed life we have to which we have been saved.  We do not live however we please because of our freedom, but we choose to live a life of freedom in the name of Jesus Christ.

Rooted:Abraham

The story of Abraham is long and there are so many things we can talk about.  This past Sunday we spent time in Genesis 15 studying God’s covenant with Abram.  This particular story took place before God changed Abram’s name to Abraham.  We find Abram in a moment of weakness.  He has just saved Lot from the four kings and he rejected payment for the role he played because he wants them to know whatever he has was given to him by the Lord.

Despite all the Lord had just done through Abram, he still doubts the promise the Lord has made to him (to make him a great nation).  It had been such a long time since Abram had left his home to journey to where the Lord was leading him.  God protected and guided Abram and had blessed him greatly, yet Abram was missing the one thing he deeply desired, an heir from his own body.

In this story we see God reaffirming His promise to Abram through a covenant made and as a result the doubt that Abram experienced subsided.  As we studied through this story we read about 3 important truths.

  1. Everyone has doubts.  Even a man as faithful as Abraham had moments when he doubted the promises the Lord has for him.  It isn’t abnormal to experience those doubts.  But when Abraham experiences those doubts, he turns to the Lord to strengthen his faith.
  2. Only God can strengthen the faith inside us.  It was not from some great moral fortitude or accomplishment that Abraham’s faith is solidified.  His deepened faith comes from God.  We cannot expect to develop a deep, intimate faith in God if we aren’t willing to spend time with Him and rely on Him to strengthen that faith.  Mark 9:24 reminds us of this truth.  “I believe, help my unbelief” 
  3. Our God is patient… so we need to be patient too.  Throughout the entire Bible we see promises that God has made us.  We read them and ask God to fulfill them but we want them fulfilled NOW.  The truth is, God has a plan and His plan is perfect.  He always fulfills his promises, and we need to be patient while waiting on them! God’s plan is perfect and he fulfills his promise exactly when he means to, so find confidence in that truth!

In Genesis 12:3 we read “I will bless those who bless you and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  God made this promise to Abraham, and 2000 years later he fulfills this promise in Jesus.  Understanding the Old Testament gives us a deeper appreciation for who Jesus is and why he came for us.  So take heart in the promises of the Lord.  Understand that His promises are always yes and amen regardless of when we want.  His plan is perfect.

Talking points for your students:

  1. At the beginning of Chapter 15, what is Abram afraid of?
  2. What does fear tell us about our faith?
  3. What promise did God make to Abram?
  4. Does God ever not keep His promises?  Why should we be encouraged by Genesis 12:3?  How does Abram bless all the families on the earth?

As always, feel free to email me at marcus@cornerstonebuzz.org with questions!  Have a great week and find time to talk about Abraham with your students!

 

God Bless,

Marcus Popenfoose

Sent – Week 7 :: To the Nations

Sent – Week 6 :: To the Nations September 24, 2017 – Grethell Zelaya (Pastor – Christ Our Rock Church – Tipitapa, Nicaragua)

Philippians 2:1-11

Live Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ

To Live under the Lordship of Christ, we must believe two things: 1) He is the Owner of the Universe (Psalm 24:1) and 2) that He is totally in control of everything that happens in my life.

If Jesus is Lord, He will never leave you in your comfort zone.

The Church Under the Lordship of Christ

Mark 10:45

Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus chose to leave his throne and the Father’s side to bring the hope of the gospel to the world.

He continues to spread this news through his church. May we serve as he has served us.

Christ is the Lord of the Church

There is only one church – His bride – all over the world. God’s message is the same to all people no matter where you are in the world.

He has sent all of us to all the world (Matthew 28:19-20). Don’t make a list of excuses. Respond in obedience and Go!

Rooted: Babel

Last night at Cornerstone Youth we spent time in Genesis 11 reading the story of Babel.  As student, I always remembered the Tower of Babel as the story of man trying to reach heaven by building a tower there.  However, when we truly delve into this story, we quickly realize that this story is far more about God’s love for his creation then it seems.  In verse 4 of chapter 11 we read “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.'”  The problem with the people building a tower was that they were both disobeying God’s order to ‘fill the earth’ and they were doing it to make a name for themselves, not God.

In verse 6 we see the Lord’s reaction to the tower.  “6 And the Lord said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do.  And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.'”  Was the Lord afraid of humans? Of course not!  Our Father realized that if man continued to succeed at all they do, they would continue believing that they didn’t need the Lord.  We know this isn’t true.  God was nipping our human arrogance in the bud.  God blessed them by confusing their language because He made sure they relied on Him, not each other.  The same is true for us today.  Don’t always view things in your life as punishment because maybe God just wants you to remember who you rely on!

Finally, we ask the question of how this points us to Jesus.  Simply put, belief in Jesus puts our arrogance to death.  Belief in Jesus means I understand that the only reason I get to experience heaven is because Jesus died the death I deserved.  In other words, Jesus not only built the tower to heaven, he climbed it with us on his back!  We did nothing, and He did everything.  Remembering this keeps us from believing in ourselves more than Jesus!

Talking Points for your students:

  1. Why was God angry with the people building the tower?
  2. Was God confusing their language a punishment or a blessing? Why?
  3. What is arrogance?
  4. If the sin in this story is arrogance, how does Jesus overcome this sin in us?

 

The story of Babel is a short one, but has many different levels.  Read through this story together and discuss why you think God wants us to hear this story!  If your student has questions that you aren’t comfortable answering, send them our way.

 

God Bless,

Marcus Popenfoose

 

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!

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.