Month: May 2019

The Jesus We Want and the Jesus We Don’t (Mark 1:40-45)

Big Idea: We want Jesus to be compelling, but sometimes He is demanding.


Kids SS – Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-14
MAIN POINT: Paul encouraged church leaders to teach God’s Word.
KEY PASSAGE: Galatians 2:20
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why does God want us to obey Him? Obedience is our response to God’s love for us.

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

Titus was a Gentile believer. He had traveled with Paul too. Now Titus was on the island of Crete to help train more church leaders. Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice, and he gave instructions for all the church leaders.

Paul warned Timothy and Titus that being a leader was difficult at times, but God had chosen them to be leaders. Their role as leaders put them in a position to serve God. Paul hoped that recognizing this would help them persevere and live in a way that pleased Christ.

As you share with your kids this week, help them see the value in God’s gift of church leaders. Look for ways to support your leaders so that your kids value them, love them, and respect them. Consider ways your family can encourage your leaders.

At the same time, emphasize that God is at work in your kids and that they too might be leaders in the church one day—perhaps one day soon. Help your kids see that being a leader is a great privilege to help point others to the gospel.

Finally, be sure that your kids understand that church leaders do not lead on their own. All church leaders follow the leadership of Jesus, who was a servant-leader to us. He gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our sin.

Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice and to help all church leaders know how to lead God’s people. Church leaders help believers know what is true, and they serve the church by following the example of Jesus, who served us by dying on the cross for our sins.


May 12, 2019: Mark 1:21-39 “No One Like Him Before or Since”

Big Idea: Three settings, two encounters, one unsettling person.


Pastor Post: May 9, 2019

Dear Church Family,


Why is Cornerstone Church in existence? Why this church? What does “where faith and family grow” mean? For starters, the family is God’s family. And faith growth means to reflect more of Jesus’ character and priorities. 

Putting these ideas together, I believe Cornerstone prioritizes meaningful membership in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). We emphasize the Biblical picture of a Christian community, and we take seriously Jesus’ charge to make disciples who obey everything Jesus taught. That’s us. That’s us before I came here, and I pray it’s us after I’m gone. To God be the glory.

Please, please, please join us for our Congregational Prayer gathering Sunday night May 12th from 6:30-7:30PM. God’s family prays together so if you are a part of this family, come pray.

Because Jesus resurrected and will come to judge,

Pastor Matt


Kids SS – Love One Another

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 John 3:10-18
MAIN POINT: John wrote that others will know we are Christians because we love one another.
KEY PASSAGE: Galatians 2:20
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why does God want us to obey Him? Obedience is our response to God’s love for us.

The apostle John had been one of Jesus’ closest friends. Along with Peter and James, John was part of the innermost core of Jesus’ disciples. John even referred to himself in his Gospel as “the one whom Jesus loved.”

It is not surprising that 50 years after Jesus returned to heaven, John wrote a letter to help believers understand who Jesus is. At the center of John’s message was one key theme: love.

John wrote that God is love, and if believers truly love God, then we will love one another. Our love for one another should be so deep that we are willing to lay down our lives for one another just as Jesus did for us. It is this deep, genuine love that will cause the world to understand the reality of the gospel.

Love is misunderstood and distorted in our culture today, and your kids may have been impacted by this in some way. Your kids may see love as just a feeling, as something temporary, or as something that has to be earned. This session is the perfect opportunity to expose the world’s myths about love and remind your kids of the truth about God’s love.

Remind kids that Jesus’ love for them is unconditional and unending. It is not just a feeling. Jesus’ love for us is proven by His death on the cross to rescue them from sin. We can love others because God loved us first.

John wrote a letter to teach believers in the church about the importance of showing love. Love is more than feelings or words—it is an action. Jesus showed God’s love for us when He died on the cross to rescue people from sin.