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God's Blueprint for the Church
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Posted by Paul Tautges, Senior Pastor


"God’s Blueprint for the Church" is a 12-week sermon series focusing on the biblical purposes and priorities of the local church. This past summer, during our time of pastoral transition, the elders preached six messages on the mission of our church and the Dimensions of Discipleship that we are committed to live out as a community in Christ. My desire is to build on that series by going a bit more in-depth on each of those elements, spending two weeks on most of them.


Here’s where we’ve been so far:


Sermon 1: “Jesus Christ Is Lord of All” – We gave our attention to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and His headship over our church. It is His marching orders, not the prevailing winds of our culture, that we are called to obey.


Sermon 2 [Our MISSION]: “Obeying the Great Command” – Our church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we looked at the Great Command given to us in Matthew 28:18-20 to make healthy, spiritually reproductive disciples by taking the gospel to all ethnic groups.


Sermon 3 [Our MISSION]: “The Kind of Discipleship that Endures: - In this sermon, we looked at the particular discipleship strategy revealed to us in 2 Timothy 2:2, that is, what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.


Sermon 4 [Our Dimension of Discipleship: WORSHIP]: At Cornerstone, we commit ourselves to regular involvement in Sunday worship as a foundational element of discipleship. In this sermon, “Word-filled Worship," we looked at the command to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16) and its implications on our public worship services.


Sermon 5 [Our Dimension of Discipleship: WORSHIP]: At Cornerstone, we commit ourselves to regular involvement in Sunday worship as a foundational element of discipleship. In this sermon, “Spirit-filled Worship” – In this sermon, we noted that the results of letting the Word richly dwell in us (Col 3:16) are exactly the same as the command to “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18-19), that is, teaching and admonishing one another by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. This coming Lord’s Day, October 4th, we will gather around the Lord’s Table (Communion) as one spiritual family, remembering our great Savior.Then, October 11th, we will resume our series on the church.

Here’s where we're going…


Sermons 6 and 7 [Our Dimension of Discipleship: STUDY]: At Cornerstone, we commit to involvement in a Growth Group Bible study as a vital means of spiritual growth and support. In these sermons, we will look at the sufficiency of Scripture from Psalm 19 and 2 Timothy 3:15-17, and its power to give life to the soul, transform our lives, and equip us to serve the Lord. Sermon 8 [Our Dimension of Discipleship: SERVE]: At Cornerstone, we encourage every member to serve in at least one ministry offered by the church. In this sermon, we will see God’s plan for church growth involves every-member ministry.


Sermons 9 and 10 [Our Dimension of Discipleship: REACH]: At Cornerstone, we encourage every member to look for opportunities for the gospel in every day conversations, to invite people to Cornerstone services and events, and to consider taking advantage of short-term mission opportunities. In these sermons, we will look at the believer’s calling to personal evangelism.


Sermon 11 [Our Fellowship in Community]: At Cornerstone, we believe the Christian life is not meant to be lived independently, in isolation from others. Rather, we are called to live inter-dependently, as a community of the faith. As a spiritual family, we carry out our mission and grow as disciples as we learn to love God and one another. In this sermon, we will see how “fellowship” worked itself out in the early church as seen in the book of Acts.


Sermon 12: “The Joy of Following Christ” – In this sermon, we will come full circle by looking at the account of Phillip taking the gospel to an Ethiopian (Acts 8) who then became a disciple of Christ. We're excited to see how the Lord is reaffirming our biblical commitments as a church through this sermon series, as well as challenging us to press on to greater heights of love and devotion as we envision His work of building His church here at Cornerstone!


If you're not already a member of the Cornerstone family and are looking for a church committed to following Christ and His Word, then please visit us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We’d love to meet you!



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