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Pastor Post: February 9, 2012

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.

 

 

February 9, 2012

Dear Church Family,

Genesis 1-11 portrays a world spiraling down into evil, confusion, and destruction. All human attempts to achieve victory, prestige, and honor have come up short (particularly  manifested in the construction of the Tower of Babel). There is no hope. In fact, the closing verses of chapter 11 show us that the seed of promise (Gen. 3:15) has arrived at a dead end. The promised seed of Eve has fallen upon an aging husband (Abram) and his barren wife (Sarai).  This cycle repeats itself in every generation. In every generation, great minds pursue great wisdom, great craftsman design greater tools and technology, and greater souls devise greater advances to save humanity. And yet, as Christopher Wright observes in his book, The Mission of God, “The greatest human achievements cannot solve the deepest human problems.”

But then God shows up and He calls Abram to go and to be a blessing (12:1-3). The power to be a blessing is not in Abram; the power to be a blessing is in the God of the call. God’s call transforms people. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:24 “…to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” By God’s call, we come to see the power and wisdom of God in the person of Jesus Christ. This call leads us to saving faith and then onto obedience. This call leads us to the greatest achievement in all of history: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57).

Friends, as we meditate and learn from the life, faith, and obedience of Abram, let us not forget that Abram is who he is only because of the call and power of God active in his life. It is because he belongs to God that he lives a life of faith. Similarly for us, our obedience and life of faith is because of the work and power of Jesus Christ in our lives. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24). The same God who took a broken and aging man, along with his barren bride, into a journey of faith still takes broken and barren people today and invites them onto the victorious journey with Christ the LORD.

Upcoming Events in the life of Cornerstone Church:

Baby Bottle Boomerang: Your contributions to Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center are due this Sunday February 12.

Ministry Community Meeting, Feb. 13: Reminder to the ministry leaders that we will meet to discuss your Ministry Action Plans for 2012. Please bring 2 copies of your MAP to the meeting. Be thinking of 1-2 prayer requests you can share for your ministry area for 2012.

February 19 Church Family Dinner at the Olive Garden: We have room for about a half dozen more attendees for our 6-8PM dinner. We plan to enjoy fellowship, good food, and a bit of fun on that evening. RSVP to Annette Goater.

The Journey of Faith Sermon Series: We encourage you to be a part of this sermon series by: 1) Attending our weekly worship services. 2) Joining a sermon-based small group. 3) Using the daily Bible-reading guide and 4) Committing to memorize Scripture (these resources are located on the offering table at the back of the Sanctuary).

Thank you friends,

Pastor Matt


 


February 5, 2012: Genesis 12:10 – 13:18 “To Live by Faith or by the Flesh?”

Big Idea:  A life of Faith frees us from a life of the Flesh.


January 29, 2012: Genesis 11:27-12:9 “The Mission of God”

Goal:  That we would get wrapped up in God’s grand mission of reclaiming the world for Himself.

“God is the general, and His mission is the nations.” -Pastor Matt Proctor


Pastor Post: January 26, 2012

 

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.

 

 

 

 January 26, 2012

Dear Church Family,

This Sunday we start our new series, “The Journey of Faith.”  My hope for 2012 is that each of us would allow God to take us to new places of depth and intimacy. But the only way for faith to deepen is for each of us to take God at His Word in daily, joy-filled obedience. One writer explains, “Every obedience, however small (if any obedience is ever small) quickens our sensitivity to God and our capacity to understand Him and so makes more real our sense of His presence.”

Jesus promises that everyone who obeys His commands, God will come and make His dwelling with them (John 14:21). Then, He will guide us in our journey to the places He longs to take us. Come with me on this journey of faith. O God, take us where you want us to go.

 Things to know:

 Small Groups start this week: If you are not in a sermon-based small group, please plan to join one this week. More information in the bulletin insert or at http://cornerstone-marion.org/2012/01/16/new-sermon-series-the-journey-of-faith/.

 Baby Bottle Boomerang: Our church is partnering with Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center (formerly Aid to Women) through the 2012 Baby BottleBoomerang during the weeks of January 22 to February 12.  Baby bottles will be handed out after the service on January 22.   They should be returned on Sunday, February 12.  Bridgehaven is a ministry that reaches out to women experiencing unintended pregnancies with truth and love, empowering choices for life.  You can learn more about Bridgehaven at www.bridgehavencr.org

 February 19 Post-Valentine Dinner at the Olive Garden:  We have room for a few more attendees for our 6-8PM dinner. We plan to enjoy fellowship, good food, and a bit of fun on that evening. RSVP to Annette Goater.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Matt

 


January 22, 2012: “My Journey of Faith”

Darrel Herschberger, an elder at Cornerstone Church, shares his personal testimony