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Mission

“Cornerstone exists to equip people to experience and express Jesus Christ by his grace.”

Cornerstone’s mission statement details our fundamental purpose and guides our daily operations. It answers the question, “What has God called Cornerstone to do on a daily basis by His grace?”

 

Equip

By God’s grace, we holistically prepare people to glorify God by experiencing and expressing Jesus Christ by informing, educating, encouraging, comforting, modeling, correcting, warning, inspiring, providing opportunities, accompanying, and more. This includes bringing non-believers into an initial experience and expression of Jesus Christ, and believers into deeper experiences and expressions of Jesus Christ. (Deut. 6:5-12, Prov. 31:1ff, Hos. 11:3-4Matt. 22:37, 28:19-20, Lk. 1:1-4, 11:1-4, 24:40, Joh. 13:34, 14:26, 15:12, Acts 7:38, 20:35, 2 Cor. 2:11-16, Gal. 6:6, 2 Tim. 2:2, 3:16-17, 4:1-2, Heb. 5:12-14, 13:20-21)

 

Experience Jesus Christ

By God’s grace, we holistically help people come into contact with Jesus Christ in ways that redeem their affections, thoughts, words, and deeds. (Ex. 6:7, 29:45, Lev. 26:12, Ps. 37:4, Joh. 15:1-11, 17:3, Acts 2:36, Rom. 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 2:2, 2 Cor. 3:18, Eph. 1:18, 4:11-16, Phil. 1:9-11, and v. 21, Co. 2:2, 21, 2 Thess. 3:5, Heb. 10:22, 1 Joh. 5:20, Rev. 21:1-4)

 

Express Jesus Christ

By God’s grace, we provide opportunities for people to convey their redeeming experience of Jesus Christ in a variety of ways through word and deed within our church family, in our local community, and around the world. (Lev. 11:44-45, Deut. 24:17-22, Jos. 23:3-13, Ps. 96:3, 105:1, 107:1ff, Matt. 28:18-20, Joh. 15:1-11, 1 Cor. 10:31, 13:3ff, Gal. 5:14-16, Col. 3:17, 1 Thess. 1:8-10, Jas. 1:27, 1 Pet. 3:15, 1 Joh. 4:19)

 

By His grace

We wholly rely upon God’s continuous and free favor, mercy, and strength as He offers it in the gospel of Jesus Christ to equip people. We also acknowledge that equipped people must wholly rely on the transformative power of God's Spirit to live out what we’ve been equipped to do. (2 Chron. 14:11, Ps. 20:7, 147:10, 146:3, Prov. 3:5-6, Isa. 31:3, 50:10, Zech. 4:6, Rom. 1:1-7, 2 Cor. 4:1-4, 12:7-10, Eph. 2:8-9, Phil. 2:12-13, 2 Thess. 2:16-17, Heb. 13:9)

 

 

 

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Vision

“Everybody everywhere experiencing and expressing Jesus Christ.”

Cornerstone’s vision statement describes the ideal outcome of God’s work through us according to our mission. As a God-dependent statement, we affirm that our vision challenges human sight and requires faith (2 Cor. 5:7, Heb. 11:6). We also acknowledge that Cornerstone is one community of Christ’s Body and that He can and does work through faithful Christian communities locally and around the world (Ps. 96:1-3, Matt. 28:19-20, Acts. 1:8, Rom. 1:1-5, Eph. 4:1-6). We celebrate God’s gracious gifts freely given to all true believers in Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, including the preeminent gift of right relationship with Him by grace through faith in Christ (Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12, 2 Cor. 2:2, 4:6, 12:9). While God will certainly redeem His people, we acknowledge that not all will receive Him for eternal life (Gen. 12:1-3, Deut. 7:1-8, Ps. 22:27-28, 86:9, Isa. 11:10, 60:3, Mal. 1, Acts 10:34-35, Rom. 9, 2 Thess. 2:8-10, 1 Tim. 1:8-11, Rev. 20:11-15). 

 

 

Core Values

Core values guide Cornerstone’s ministry culture and conduct as we rely upon God to follow Him according to our mission.

At Cornerstone, out of gratitude for God’s mercy and love, we value (Rom. 12:1): 

1. The Gospel

 We value God’s Good News of salvation by grace alone and faith alone in Jesus Christ alone as the foundation for every aspect of Christian experience and expression. (Gen. 3:15, Num. 21:9Jn. 3:14-16, Deut. 7:7-8, 24:17-22, Ps. 136, Isa. 51:10-11, Zech. 3, Joh. 10:1-18, 14:6, Acts 4:8-12, Rom. 3:21-28, 5:1, 6:23, 2 Cor. 5:21, Eph. 2:1-9, Col. 2:9-15, 3:10-14, 2 Thess. 2:16-17, Tit. 3:4-7, 1 Pet. 1:3, 1:18-19, 2:24, 1 Joh. 3:1, Jud. 1:24-25, Rev. 1:5-6)

 

2. Following

We value joyful attentiveness to God (through prayer, Bible study, worship, etc.) for spiritual growth along with willingness to respond to His movements and leading. (Ex. 13:21-22, Deut. 12:12, 32:9-11, 28:47, 37:4, 43:3-4, John 10:1-29; Acts 2:42, Rom. 12:1-2, 2 Cor. 3:18, Phil. 3:8-11, Col. 3:1, Heb. 10:19-22)

 

3. Community

 We value healed, holy, and healthy relationships by loving one another as a local body of Jesus Christ. (Joh. 13:34, 15:12, Eph. 4:1-6 and 11-16, Phil. 2:1-10, Col. 1:3, 2:2, Heb. 10:24-25, Jas. 5:13-16, 1 Pet. 2:9-10)

 

4. Missions

We value every aspect of our lives as an opportunity to love others into deeper experiences and expressions of Jesus Christ. (Deut. 24:17-22, Isa. 42:5-7, 60:1-3, Jonah, Matt. 5:16, 28:19-20, Acts 13:47-49, Rom. 10:8-18)

 

5. Leadership

We value intentionally developing those with ministry oversight to guide others to deeper experiences and expressions of Jesus Christ. (Deut. 1:15ff, Jdg. 5:2 compare to 21:25, Ezr. 10:14, Joh. 15:12, Rom. 12:9-13, Gal. 4:19, Eph.4:11-16Col. 1:24-29, 2 Tim. 2:1-2, 4:1-5, Tit. 1:5-9, Heb. 13:17, 1 Pet. 5:1-4)

 

6. Equipping

We value intentionally training all ages at Cornerstone to minister to others inside and outside the local body. (Ex. 35:30ff, Deut. 6:4-9, Jos. 4:5-9, Prov. 3:5-6, Isa. 45:1-2, Ezek. 33, Matt. 26:41, 28:18-20, Jn. 13:34, 14:16-20, 14:26, 15:1-11, 16:13, 1 Cor. 12, 2 Cor. 9:8-9, Eph. 4:11-14, 6:10-17, Phi. 1:6, 2 Th. 1:11-12, 2:16-17, 2 Tim. 2:2, 3:14-17, Heb. 13:20-21)