Big Idea: Isaiah is known as “The Gospel of the Old Testament.”
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 1:4-14
MAIN POINT: Jesus ascended to heaven in a cloud.
KEY PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as
believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.
After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus showed His followers that He is alive. He taught them about Himself and about God’s kingdom. (Luke 24:25-27,44-48) Jesus told them that He would soon return to the Father. (John 20:17)
Jesus directed the Eleven to go a mountain. When they arrived, Jesus appeared. Some of them wondered if Jesus was finally going to overthrow the Roman government and set up His kingdom on earth.
Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).
Jesus told them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Father’s promise—the Holy Spirit. Those who repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5) The Holy Spirit would give them power to live holy lives and take the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
After Jesus told the disciples these things, Jesus was taken up into the sky—right in front of their eyes! (Acts 1:9) Suddenly two men stood on the mountain next to the disciples. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?” they asked. They said Jesus would return the same way. (Acts 1:11)
Jesus is alive in heaven, waiting to return for His people. Jesus told the disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and when we die, we will be with the Lord. (John 14:1-3)
Jesus left earth and returned to heaven, but He did not leave us alone. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us do God’s work. One day Jesus will return to make all things new and to rule as Lord over all.
Big Idea: Something greater is coming!
Cornerstone Church is actively seeking to bring on an Associate Pastor in 2019. This position will direct leadership development at Cornerstone, and perform some duties similar to those of an executive pastor. There will be limited opportunities for Sunday morning preaching. A full description is available on this document: Assoc_Pastor_Description.
Our church is in the middle of a 5 year vision process called “Growing Up in Christ.” The Associate Pastor would be a key player in joining us for the final two years of this process as we seek to develop in evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and church planting. Read a short summary here: Growing Up in Christ
A helpful description of the kind of pastor we are looking for is described in this article: https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/the-7-essential-attributes-of-exceptional-executive-pastors
Cornerstone has budgeted this position to work ~25 hours per week in 2019 (see job description for more details). This position would work well for a man looking for bi-vocational work, a transition into pastoral ministry, or lighter responsibilities from previous pastoral experience. Candidates willing to raise support to get to full-time can apply as well (please indicate that on any cover letter).
If you know of a possible candidate or would personally like to submit a resume, here are the particulars:
1. We are taking resumes through January 11, 2019. The search team will begin reading resumes and praying through candidates in early 2019.
2. Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Pastor Matt Proctor, one of the members of our search team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Those candidates we would like to consider further will be contacted to fill out a questionnaire and/or to set up an interview. We will respond to every candidate in some form or another, Lord willing, by February 1, 2019.
Big Idea: If we worship the God who will save us, it will rescue us from consumerism.