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Pastor Post: April 19, 2013

The Pastor Post is a bi-monthly update from Pastor Matt with a brief meditation as well as information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.

April 19, 2013

My friends,

Since we talked this past Sunday on Church Planting, I wanted to encourage you to be in prayer for 2 new church plants that are just getting started in the Cedar Rapids area. The first is called Regeneration Church and is being started out of New Life Community Church in Marion (http://www.regencr.com/). The other is called Veritas and is being planted by a thriving ministry down in Iowa City (http://veritascommunity.org/).

Pray for these 2 churches. And if the LORD leads you, feel free to go and join in these new works of God. Lord willing, God will grant us the privilege of planting a church in the years to come. But it’s always good to pause and celebrate what God is already doing in our city and to be in prayer for fellow brothers and sisters serving in the Kingdom.

Important Announcements:

Deadline – Spiritual Life Retreat: Please get in registration forms for our April 26-27 Spiritual Life Retreat this Sunday (deadline 12PM Monday, April 22). There is a Friday only option that costs $10 per person. Otherwise the whole weekend is only $35. See this link for more details: http://cornerstone-marion.org/2013/03/26/1596/

Friday Night Fun, Friday May 3rd, 6-9PM: All 7-12th grade students and any friends are encouraged to come out to Dave and Colleen Gardner’s home Friday for food, Christian fellowship and teaching, games, a campfire, and an ol’ school hayrack ride.

Potluck and Church Family Meeting, May 5: We will be having a business meeting and pot blessing after church service Sunday May 5th at Lowe Park—more details to follow.

National Day Of Prayer, May 2 in Greene Square Park (11:30-1PM): The theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. For more information at www.servethecity.org or http://nationaldayofprayer.org 

Faith Day at the Kernel’s, Sunday, May 19th – Faith Day to Feed the Hungry –Bring canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned chicken or tuna and 100% juice to stock our local food pantries. The band Airwaves is playing prior to the game and the band Mike’s Chair is providing a concert right after the game. More information at www.servethecity.org

And now finally, please prepare your heart for this Sunday’s worship and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. So too, since it is communion Sunday, rather than going out to one restaurant as a church family after our service, we are encouraging you to meet in smaller settings either in homes or different restaurants. We’ll continue this pattern until it is warm enough to have our weekly picnics in the park.

 

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt


Church Planting Video

Here’s the video we shared this past Sunday about what our denomination is doing regarding church planting in our region…

If you wonder what we mean by “church planting” at Cornerstone Church, listen to Pastor Matt’s message from April 14, 2013. http://cornerstone-marion.org/sermons/13-0414_Church_Planting_A_Work_of_God_Acts_16–1-34_Matt_Proctor.mp3


A Message from the McKinnons

As you are aware, our friends and missionaries Kent and Jan McKinnon are not able to join us tomorrow for our “Church Planting Sunday.”

They were planning to share their heart for us, church planting, and to reminisce a bit. They’ve kindly put some of these reflections down on paper and sent them our way. (scroll down for their thoughts)

If you get this before church on Sunday, this gives you a taste of what we’re focusing on tomorrow. If you get this after our church service, the letter serves as a great reminder of all that God has done in our church, and Lord willing, in our church’s future as we seek to plant churches to the glory of God.

I’m looking forward to worshiping with you tomorrow morning.

In Christ,

Pastor Matt

 

Pastor Kent and Jan McKinnon reflect on Church Planting and Us…

I asked Kent and Jan to answer two questions about their experience with church planting and Cornerstone Church. Here were their reflections to my two questions:

1)      What are some keys and ideas and practices you hoped would be in the foundational DNA?

My dream with the core group was to start and build a different kind of church than we had attended in Marion/Cedar Rapids.

We hoped and prayed that Cornerstone would always be an outward focused church.  A church that looks and sees poor, hurting, needy people who we could bring God loves and care.  A church who looks out and sees the majority of our neighbors going to an eternal Hell and living an empty meaningless life.     These people need us to bring them the Gospel/Good News.

We wanted to build the core values of Populating Heaven, Building Disciples and Planting churches into our attenders so they will be prepared, motivated and encouraged to bring the Good News to their neighbors and friends.

Plus we wanted to break the 10/90 or 20/80 problem which was in the churches that we had attended.  This means only a very few helped/invested in the church and most came expecting to just take and receive from the church. We desired that every attender would know and use their spiritual gifts to help each other in the church.

2)      Why do you believe church planting is needed and important to every church.

3500 churches close every year in the USA.

There are 2/3 less churches in USA than in 1900.

Just think about these facts. 50% of all “established” “old” churches never had one conversion this last year.  SAD.

Older churches once they have enough people attending to survive – they stop reaching out and settle for whomever will show up at the church door on Sunday Morning Worship.

Today in America – we have “The field of dreams” mentality.  Just build/buy a nice building and the lost people  will come to us on Sunday mornings because of the nice building.I believe that the book of Acts models church planting as the key practice to Populate Heaven and fulfill the Great Commission. We need to keep the early church practice of going out to connect with the lost (Book of Acts). Younger churches are motivated to reach out to contact and connect with people to survive. It has been demonstrated that church planting is 30 times more effective at winning the lost.

After a church reaches 125 attenders, they then can send out 25 attenders to go to a lost unreached community and start a “Light house” church in a neighborhood.   Light attracts wildlife and Spiritual life attracts lost people. Every neighborhood of 1000 lost people needs a “Light House” church of 100 believers. Do the math for how many churches are then needed in Marion, Cedar Rapids.

McKinnon’s Greeting.

Pastor Matt = Greet all the saints at Cornerstone church for us.

Every time I read the Epistles and read about Paul’s feeling and love regarding his feeling of his church plants I think of Cornerstone church. Cornerstone has been a great joy in our lives. We have such great memories of all the people who helped get it started. We always have special feeling in our heart when we visit and fellowship with you. It has been so exciting to watch God work in his church and see how your lives have grown and matured to become more like Him. Truly you are a joy to us.

We are so sad being sick and having to miss this enjoying the celebration this morning. If you could only remember one thing from me – remember Keep Populating Heaven – people are the only eternal possessions that you can bring with you to heaven.


Pastor Post: April 4, 2013

The Pastor Post is a bi-monthly update from Pastor Matt with a brief meditation as well as information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.

April 4, 2013

Dear Church Family,

Hope this Pastor Post finds you well post-Easter. As the wise hymn writer wrote, “Because He lives, we can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone.” Jesus’ resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on the sacrifice for sins Jesus paid for on the cross. The resurrection tells us sin can be forgiven, death is not the end, and one day we too will have an invincible body that has no remnants of sin, death, or decay. We can face tomorrow indeed.

Because of all the press the “marriage equality” debate has caused, I want to say a few things here and if you are interested I can email you a one page document with 4 more reflections.

First, I pray we are marked by love whenever we engage in this debate (Matthew 22:34-40).

Second, I pray we allow God’s Word to be the final authority on what is right and fair. Our task is not to make the Bible work for our lives; rather, our task is to make our lives fall in line with the Bible.

Third, as Christians, we must first take the log out of our own eye. Admittedly, we have failed in our own marriages. We have failed in God’s call for purity and intimacy. Let us confess our failures and sins, and receive God’s forgiveness and power to live the righteous life. God does not leave us in slavery to sin, but changes us into new people who can live a new life with power to say no to sin and yes to righteousness (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 6:1-23).

And now, what’s coming up in the life and times of Cornerstone Church?

Spring Spiritual Life Retreat: Friday night & Saturday April 26th and 27th, there will be another opportunity for you to participate in a spiritual life retreat.  We’ll be studying and practicing Sabbath – a time of resting before God and in community with each other.  Festivities will begin at 6 Friday evening at the Stuelke residence (Center Point, IA) for dinner and an opening session.  Then we’ll spend 8am to 5pm on Saturday at the new Faith Bible Church building.  Download this signup sheet for more information and to register for the retreat: http://cornerstone-marion.org/docs/Retreat_Sabbath_Rest.pdf

New Sermon-Series Christ’s Community on Christ’s Mission, Part 2–”The Church is Born”: This Sunday, we launch a journey into the book the Acts, starting with chapter 1, verse 1. This is a great opportunity to start attending church regularly so bring a new friend. It’s also a great time to join a small group if you haven’t already (see next announcement).

Sermon-based Small groups (April-May): We have small groups meeting all throughout the metro area on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, and a few ladies studies during the day. If you want to join a group for the final 8 weeks of the school year, contact Pastor Matt this week.

Church Planting Sunday, April 14: During the Sunday morning worship service on Sunday April 14, we will look at the history of how Cornerstone Church was planted, what our denomination is doing in the area of church planting, and what church planting may look like for the future of Cornerstone Church.

Kent & Jan McKinnon will be in town this coming weekend  (April 12-14) and they’ve set aside some special time of fellowship–exact time & place will be announced soon…watch your email!

Thank you for your love and prayers,

Pastor Matt


Good Friday Sermon

Northbrook Baptist Church has Pastor Matt’s Good Friday sermon available for download here:

http://northbrookbc.org/2013/03/29/luke-23-bitter-irony-beautiful-savior-good-friday/

 

Or you can right click and “save as” this link: http://northbrookbc.org/sermon/nbc20130329GoodFriday.mp3