Exalt the Lord
The greatest privilege and highest priority of God’s people is the opportunity to worship him. God’s Word repeatedly urges us to gather together to accomplish that lofty goal (Psalm 100). This biblical emphasis prompts us to regard our Sunday morning worship service as the highlight of the week. Rather than follow the popular trend of trying to entertain people, we strive to focus on pleasing God by aligning each portion of our service with the clear mandates of Scripture. We use the best hymns we can find, including both older and newer compositions, whose texts clearly reflect biblical truth (Colossians 3:16). In addition, our service is conservative because we are convinced that music styles designed to imitate the world do not please the Lord (Romans 12:1-2). Even more importantly, we are committed to expositional preaching of God’s Word because the culmination of worship is the opportunity to hear from God and respond in humble obedience to what He has said (Psalm 95:6-8).
The opportunity to give God glory is not limited to an hour on Sunday mornings. The experience of corporate worship naturally leads to the wider goal of honoring the Lord all week long through personal obedience to his Word, eager submission to his will, and active service for the cause of Christ. Energized by the grace of God, the believer strives to glorify the Lord in virtually everything he does. Opportunities abound, ranging from the most simple activities of life such as eating and drinking (1 Corinthians 10:31), to sharing the gospel with someone in need (1 Peter 3:15). With such a week-long focus, each believer should be well prepared to join together with God’s people every Sunday morning in gratitude and heartfelt worship before the God who has faithfully sustained, enabled and protected his children.
Edify the Saints
All our services and Bible fellowship classes are designed to support our church family in understanding and applying God’s Word. Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF) provides biblical instruction in the context of small groups and Adult Bible Class follows a lecture format. Our Children’s Church and Sunday School hour may include fun activities and coloring pages, but they always emphasize teaching our children what the Bible says and how it changes our lives. Cornerstone Women is conducted throughout the year to provide biblical instruction accompanied by practical guidance for women in their relationship with Christ and others.
The Bible describes the New Testament church as functioning as a family (1 Timothy 3:15) with a responsibility to meet together to encourage each other to respond to God’s Word (Hebrews 10:25) and use their gifts to serve each other. We strive to cultivate fervent fellowship among our church family through frequent men’s fellowships (monthly breakfast, annual campout), women’s fellowships (life studies, annual summer event), and church-wide fellowships. In addition, we have adult fellowship groups (college, singles, young couples, young families, 35-45, 45-55, 55-65, Senior Adults) that meet on a regular basis.
Whether it’s taking someone a meal, serving in nursery or children’s ministry, writing notes of encouragement, cleaning the church, assisting with a move, doing yard work, or helping with house projects, most of the acts of compassionate service conducted throughout our church body are organized by members who simply see a need and meet it. Galatians 6:2 says, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” This organic compassion grows out of genuine love among the members of the church. We regularly organize meal deliveries for those who have had recent surgeries or life changes. We also meet the needs of single women through our Chosen Women ministry.
Evangelize the Lost
In response to God’s love for us, we are excited to share the good news of his salvation with those in our community. Throughout the school year, a group from our church holds a weekly Good News Club at a nearby elementary school. Each week, we are privileged to love and encourage residents at two nursing homes through music and a message from Scripture. On Monday evenings, we welcome people of various nationalities to our ESL class (English as a Second Language) to assist them with language learning, share God’s love and truth with them, and connect them with members in our church. Every summer, several Cornerstone members host Backyard Bible Clubs in their neighborhoods with a team from our church.
We are grateful for the opportunity to support the spread of God’s kingdom through missions all across the world. We enjoy close relationships with all our missionaries, some of whom are former Cornerstone members, and are committed to supporting them spiritually, emotionally, and financially. Every Sunday morning, we focus a portion of our corporate prayer on the requests of one of our missionaries. In addition, we do our best to understand each missionaries’ ministry and family needs by sending one of our pastors to encourage them on the field. Our supporting mission works include pastors, translators, church-planters, Bible professors, Christian camps, and a radio station.