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

Summer Serve Days for 4th and 5th Grades | 2018

June 5 & 6: 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.

REGISTER FOR SERVE DAYS HERE

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

Lenten Devotional Week 6

Week 6 – March 25, 2018 (Holy Week)

 
FullSizeRender (13)This painting greets me each morning and evening when I wake up and go to sleep. It should stand as a daily reminder that Jesus died for me and defeated the grave. But let’s be real, how often do I just pass by this painting without thinking twice or without actually seeing it?  Matthew 12:39-41 says, “One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, ‘Teacher we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here-but you refuse to repent.’”

Just like this painting. Jesus is here right in front of us every day. How often do we ask him for a sign or proof that he is who he says he is? This painting depicts the nail wounds that Thomas demands to see before believing Jesus was resurrected in John 20. Jesus appears to Thomas and says, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe…..You  believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”- John 20:27-29

How often do we ask God for a sign? How often do we run away from what God is calling us to do? How often do we run away from letting God be the authority in our lives in the big moments and in the daily activities? How often do we ask God for a sign to prove he can do what we want him to do before trusting him with those big moments or daily activities? Jesus points to the prophet Jonah to show the teachers and Pharisees a sign of his authority. But he challenges them to believe and repent with him in front of them right now. We should also be challenged each day to allow Jesus to have authority over every aspect of our lives.

Jesus says earlier in Matthew 7 that the fruit of our lives will evidence our salvation. So this Easter, let us evaluate the fruits of our life. Instead of asking Jesus for signs to prove his authority,  pray that the fruits of our lives will signal his authority and power over every area of our lives.

Ask yourself these questions throughout this week:

  • How is Jesus the Lord of my finances? my career?
  • How is Jesus the Lord of my relationships? my schedule?

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Matthew 7:17-20
John 14:9

– Laci Slagley

Lenten Devotional Week 5

Week 5 – March 18, 2018

One of the most challenging things about being a follower of Christ is having faith not only through life’s triumphs, but also in the dark times. Inevitably, we are all going to walk through tough times – whether that entails illness, financial difficulty, relationship trouble, or the pain of losing a loved one. In these times, it is easy to feel alone – so alone that we might resent God for putting us in such a situation. If God loves us so much that he would give his Son as a sacrifice for us to live, why has he allowed such painful moments to creep into our lives?

Jonah resented God when he showed mercy on the citizens of Nineveh after they changed their sinful ways, despite Jonah telling Nineveh of their pending destruction (Jonah 4). Jonah was embarrassed, as his pride overruled God’s mercy, and said that he wished that he would die. This made me think about the times where I value my own selfish desires over the desires of God. How silly is it for me to think that I know better than my Creator?

We often ‘go in the corner and sulk’ when we are faced with adversity. I find myself pulling out my own hairs trying to come to conclusions, but to no avail. This has to frustrate God, as he longs for us to place our trust fully in Him. Surely God was frustrated when He sarcastically questioned Job (Job 38), frankly proving to Job that he will never understand His divine reasoning. When we feel that we are dealt an unfair hand, God wants us to trust in Him rather than in our own understanding.

All of this makes me think of my own parents teaching me discipline. I remember times when I would ask to stay over at a friend’s house, and they would tell me, “No, tonight is a family night. But we’ll still have fun!” This did not go over well in my underdeveloped brain. I would retreat to my bedroom, thinking, “This is so unfair; we do not even have plans; they must just hate me”, and I would resent them. But after a while, I would get over my tantrum, and I would end up enjoying time with my family. Reflecting back, I am so grateful for my parents’ tactics. It taught me how to handle hearing the word ‘no’. It taught me to trust in them that the alternative would be good.

God is desperately trying to connect with us and wants us to trust Him. John 3:16-17 tells us, in short, that God loves us and that he did not send Jesus to condemn us but to save us. Next time we are in a situation that seems helpless, unfair, too challenging, or all of the above, know that God is bigger than those feelings. He does not need our bitterness, and neither do we. He needs our devotion, and we need his.

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 4
John 3:16-17
John 1

– Emmitt Smith

Lenten Devotional Week 4

Week 4 – March 11, 2018

I think the book of Jonah is a reminder to us of God’s sovereign right to interrupt our lives and call us to His work.  That’s why I have “The Interruption” written as a sub-title of Jonah in my bible.

What are we to do when God interrupts our lives and asks something of us that makes obedience uncomfortable?

“The Interruption” in this prophet’s life starts when “The word of the Lord came to Jonah.”  It’s the very first sentence of the whole book.  Jonah was fine being a prophet…until God gave him a prophecy that he did not want to share to people that he did not like.  The Ninevites were notorious and cruel and wicked.  Preaching a message of repentance to them would be like helping your nation’s worst enemy.  Jonah wanted them wiped out, not saved.  Knowing the history of these people, I can’t say I blame him for the hesitation…but then again, I…like Jonah…tend to learn lessons the hard way when it comes to obedience.

Being obedient when God has called me to foreign or enemy territory (when it relates to people) is not easy for me.  My husband, Joseph, will tell you quickly…I’m a stubborn one.  But God began working on my “heart issues” when it comes to tough obedience, and here’s just a smidge of what I have learned:

  • If you are wondering whether this applies to you…it does.  You are being called to something you aren’t necessarily peachy about.  If you aren’t hearing it, you aren’t listening.   
  • Who is that person/group in your life that God is calling you to love?
  • Are you struggling with a person or people that seem to have more than you or seem to have an easier life, perfect kids, or perfect marriage to the extent that you can barely muster a smile when they pass by?
  • What are you being called by God to do in an existing relationship (spouse, friend, co-worker, you name it) that you simply do not want to do because of your pride or opinion?

Think and pray over these questions…I have a feeling it won’t take long for “The word of the Lord [to come to] **insert your name here**.

  • Obedience is not always easy.  It’s easy when the Holy Spirit calls you to be kind or do something for someone you love or care about.  Like Jonah, it’s easy to be a prophet and give good news to people you like.  But God, in true God fashion, calls us to do this to people that we may not “like” very much or know very well.  THIS part requires spiritual discipline.  Don’t be like me and Jonah and learn the hard way.  Go ahead and get yourself prepared, worked on, and ready for obedience by reading Hebrews 12 (it’s an oldie but goodie…my favorite is v.11), John 4, and Proverbs 6:23.
  • Being obedient when it’s tough will draw you into a deeper relationship with God, where you will experience His peace, joy and blessings in an indescribable way. You will mature as a follower of Christ, it will affect all areas of your life (for the better), and it will be obvious to people around you.    

When you first read this book or if you were raised hearing this big fish story, you may not initially think you have a lot in common with Jonah.  When you dig deeper, you’ll find it applies to all of us.  Jonah’s obedience in Chapter 3 resulted in a wicked nation seeking repentance and gaining God’s compassion…he saved their lives.  I have every reason to believe that our obedience could result in the same. 

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 3
Proverbs 6:23
Hebrews 12
John 4

– Mary Roberson

Lenten Devotional Week 3

Week 3 – March 4, 2018

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, ‘I called to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me.'” (Jonah 2:1-2) There is the simple statement that sums up what happened when Jonah sank in the water: he cried out to God, and God answered him by sending the fish.

There is so much encouragement for us as sinners in this passage. God answers Jonah in spite of his guilt. I know that in my life I have been afraid to call out to God because I have been disobedient. I would wonder, Is there any HOPE? Will God have mercy on me or even hear me in my call of distress? God answered Jonah and gave him another chance, and I am so grateful that he does the same for you and me through our confession and repentance.

Repentance begins with an awareness that what we have done is wrong; an offense toward God followed by confession.

Once we have a relationship with Jesus, we don’t NEED to confess and repent for each sin in order to obtain forgiveness. But doing so is the best way to please God and become who Jesus wants us to be.

Psalm 51:1-3
1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
according to Your loving kindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His mercy, and we should go forth and tell others of His grace because we are thankful for what He has done for us.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The only way we can be truly pure in heart is to give our lives to Jesus and ask Him to do the cleansing work.

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 2
Acts 9:1-9
Psalm 51

– Brandy Wynn

Lenten Devotional Week 2

Week 2 – February 25, 2018

I can only imagine the level of fear Jonah experienced when he disobeyed the Lord’s command to go confront a city of people.  I’m sure Jonah knew of the Lord’s power, the things He had done to the armies that defied Him.  Jonah had to know that God could strike him dead at any moment.  Personally, I’ve never experienced a fear that was so constant and looming.  I’ve had flashes of fear; the kind of fear that causes your whole body to jump in temperature twenty degrees.  The kind of fear that you have when your child falls and your reaction to catch them is too slow; the kind of fear when you accidentally take a misstep and almost fall off a set of stairs. Imagine a fear that God would strike into us after hearing a command and deliberately disobeying it.  Jonah was so afraid that when he was on the ship, trying to escape to Tarshish, he buried himself down inside and went into a deep sleep.  A sleep so deep, when the ship was being tossed around in the sea that he just kept on sleeping.

Now let’s look at a different type of sleep, a type of sleep that is relaxing and peaceful. Have you ever experienced that type of incredible sleep? I’ve experienced that type of sleep when I’ve had a good day’s work and feel accomplished and on purpose.  It could be physical labor and accomplishment, but it can also be other types of labor that have resulted in the rewarding feeling of being on purpose. This is the kind of sleep I believe Jesus experienced in Luke 8:22-25.  Jesus was on a boat, similar to the one Jonah was on, but Jesus fell asleep calmly, probably tired, but also probably filled with a sense of satisfaction of being on purpose.  Jesus was doing the will of God.  He had put in the hours, he put in the work, he didn’t run from God’s will, and he was fulfilling it.

Just like Jonah, Jesus didn’t wake up when the boat started to be tossed around by a storm. But, unlike Jonah, Jesus’s sleep was peaceful, it wasn’t from fear induced exhaustion.  Jesus knew he was living a life pleasing to God and was fulfilling his purpose in God’s plan.  When you know that, there is a “peace that surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)

What can we learn from these two stories of sleeping through storms?  For me, I’ve learned that obedience and living life on purpose is when I feel at peace. When I feel the gift from God of not worrying about the small things and not fearing things out of my control, I feel and experience Matthew 6:25-27: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

In light of all that I know and believe and read in God’s word, why do I worry and have fear?  The big question for us this week is, “Am I making wise choices with my focus on God? If not, how can I change that?”

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 1:6-17
Luke 8:22-25
Matthew 6:25-27

– Brad Baggett

Lenten Devotional Week 1

Week 1 – February 18, 2018 

Without a doubt fear lives inside of all of us.  There have been many situations in my life where I have let personal fears, or at least the perception of fear, control my thoughts and decisions.  Sometimes the fear and worry is associated with current events in my life, like my job.  More often, my fears and worries are about something that is so far in the future that I cannot picture what the outcome will be.  As it turns out, every time I have these fears, worries, and doubts build up inside me, it is because the outcome is out of my control.

I imagine Jonah must have felt some of this when the Lord came to him and said, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2) My first thought would have been, if the people in Nineveh are being wicked in the Lord’s eyes, how are they going to treat me? What am I to say to them? What will happen to me?

We have similar thoughts in our everyday life.
What if I lose my job?
How will these people treat me?  What will these people think about me?
What if my relationship falls apart? How am I going to fix it?
What if I don’t pass this exam and fail the class?

So when Jonah turns and runs from the Lord, I have no doubt it was because he was afraid of the unknown. It was because he could not control the outcome. It was because he thought he was going to be achieving the Lord’s work on his own.

As I have gone through some tough moments in my life – when it feels like I could miss out on an opportunity, or I am failing as a husband, or if the fear of losing my job creeps into my mind – I try and remind myself that the good Lord knows my thoughts, worries, and words before I even have them. There is no place I can go where He will not be.  Our obedience to Him in these tough moments is dependent on our ability to trust that He is with us.  If we follow his command of walking in love, and if we trust in His will, not ours, then we can live without fear.  For He “will hold [us] fast.” (Psalm 139: 10)

So as you face your next challenge in life remember, “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” (Psalm 128:1)

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and focus your heart on:

Jonah 1:1-5
Psalm 139
Psalm 128:1
2 John 1:6

– Tyler McGill

Ash Wednesday Reading

When Jesus began his public ministry, it came with a test. Immediately following his baptism, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for a time of prayer and fasting and to be tested by the Devil (Matthew 3). After 40 days, Jesus was hungry, and the Enemy subtly attacked with, “IF you are the Son of God…” The last words that Jesus heard from the Father 40 days prior were these: “a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”

The temptation we all face is the same as the one Jesus faced: forget the promise of the Father, the words that he speaks over us as dearly loved sons and daughters, and believe the lies of this world, the Enemy, and our flesh. All of those lies manifest themselves in and through sin – both the ones we commit and essence of our fleshly, sin-filled nature. Will we believe the lie about God and ourselves or will we remember his love for us through his Son?

In the traditional rhythm of the Church calendar, Lent comes annually as a reminder of Christ’s temptation and defeat of the Evil One and our own need for the victory of Christ over sin and death. Alongside Christians the world over, we begin with Ash Wednesday and journey for 40 days to the cross of Christ on Good Friday and his victory on Easter, or Resurrection Sunday.

Lent is season of repentance and contrition where the people of God choose to put on humility, much as Christ did in becoming one of us, and confess our sins and brokenness. We look intently into the mirror and pray with King David,

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
 and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
 and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
 and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10–12)

While we embrace our frailty as humans, we recognize and celebrate the goodness of Christ in coming to deal with sin in the way that only he could. We give thanks, we pray, we fast and we lean heavily on him who promises that his grace is perfectly sufficient for all of our weaknesses.

Lee Cadden
Associate Pastor

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”

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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!

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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).

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.

God has a Reason! | Mindy’s Story

IMG_4860My name is Mindy Cumberland, and I have been a member of Cornerstone for about 7 years. For those of you who do not know, I recently had a double lung transplant about 6 months ago. I’ve always felt like I have had a close relationship with God, but throughout this journey I feel like our relationship has gotten stronger and stronger each day. While I was at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, my mom, Jan Vaughn, and I  decided to write some things down that helped us get through some difficult times during my journey.

If:Cornerstone | If:Gathering for Women | February 5 & 6, 2016

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The IF:Gathering seeks to gather, equip, and unleash this generation of women to live out God’s calling on their lives. We are a generation of women that believes God at His Word that He called us to our places and will use us for His glory and for the good of His people. Our goal is to make the name of Jesus great in and through the women of our church, neighborhood, & city.

“Ready” Message Series | October 25, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“Are you ready?” This is a question everyone has to deal with! It applies to so many areas of our life, such as having children, a big test, or an important job interview. I also know the reality for most of us is we’re not always ready for the unexpected things that come our way. The one area of our life the Bible says we can be ready for is giving people an answer for why we believe what we believe as Christians. Come join us as we answer some tough questions about the Bible, the goodness of God in the face of suffering, cultural norms vs. Christianity, and the sexualization of our society. We want you to be ready!

Cornerstone Youth//October 18, 2015

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Wow!! What a great day. Small groups had awesome group gatherings all over town! Youth Band tryouts proved that we have even more amazingly talented youth! And it is officially Fall Retreat week!!! 34 Senior High and Leaders will be encouraged, challenged and empowered this coming weekend.

Due to the retreat and Fall Break, there will be NO Youth on Sunday, October 18.

“We Are” Message Series – Serving | October 11, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“We are” is the beginning of a declarative statement that people associated with a group or organization use to describe themselves. For our church this statement is a way of helping us describe how God has uniquely designed our church’s mission, values and culture. This six-week message series is meant to bring focus and clarity on those important aspects of our church. So, whether you’ve been around our church for a while or are brand new, you won’t want to miss these six weeks together.

“We Are” Message Series – Serving | October 4, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“We are” is the beginning of a declarative statement that people associated with a group or organization use to describe themselves. For our church this statement is a way of helping us describe how God has uniquely designed our church’s mission, values and culture. This six-week message series is meant to bring focus and clarity on those important aspects of our church. So, whether you’ve been around our church for a while or are brand new, you won’t want to miss these six weeks together.

Trunk or Treat | October 25, 2015

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Sunday, October 25: 4-6 pm in the Parking Lot

Join us for lots of family fun at Cornerstone’s annual Trunk or Treat. Wear a non-scary costume and enjoy the many activities including a pie baking contest, music, and inflatables. A meal of hotdogs, chili, chips and dessert will be available at not cost to you. Decorate yourself, your car, and/or your trunk with a non-scary theme and come be a part of the fun as we tailgate in the parking lot.

“We Are” Message Series – Groups | September 27, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“We are” is the beginning of a declarative statement that people associated with a group or organization use to describe themselves. For our church this statement is a way of helping us describe how God has uniquely designed our church’s mission, values and culture. This six-week message series is meant to bring focus and clarity on those important aspects of our church. So, whether you’ve been around our church for a while or are brand new, you won’t want to miss these six weeks together.

“We Are” Message Series – Worship | September 13, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“We are” is the beginning of a declarative statement that people associated with a group or organization use to describe themselves. For our church this statement is a way of helping us describe how God has uniquely designed our church’s mission, values and culture. This six-week message series is meant to bring focus and clarity on those important aspects of our church. So, whether you’ve been around our church for a while or are brand new, you won’t want to miss these six weeks together.

Cornerstone Connect | Hamilton Road Attenders | September 20, 2015

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Sunday, September 20, 2015: 12:30-2 pm at Toomer’s Coffee, Moore’s Mill location

Cornerstone Connect is for those who want to see who we are, what we believe and where we are going as a church, whether you’re new to Cornerstone or you’ve been attending for a while.

“We Are” Message Series – Worship | September 6, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“We are” is the beginning of a declarative statement that people associated with a group or organization use to describe themselves. For our church this statement is a way of helping us describe how God has uniquely designed our church’s mission, values and culture. This six-week message series is meant to bring focus and clarity on those important aspects of our church. So, whether you’ve been around our church for a while or are brand new, you won’t want to miss these six weeks together.