November 27, 2022: Romans 1:3 “The Real Jesus”

Jesus had an earthly life, a family tree and a royal line.

November 20, 2022: Romans 1:1-2 “God’s Gospel”

God’s gospel, carried by the apostles and the prophets presents a royal summons.

Pastor Post: 11/16/2022


This Sunday we start an Advent Christmas Series, entitled, "Concerning the Son," in Romans chapter 1. Pray for me as I prepare to herald the gospel; pray for your own heart and the lives of this body that God's Word would accomplish its intended work.

5 Quick Things to Know:

#1: Building Decorations: We would love your help on Saturday November 26 from 9-11AM to decorate the church building. We only have about 1/3 of the slots filled so far. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45a9a822a6f49-advent

#2: Advent Special Music: If you desire to sing an/or play something special during the Advent season, please contact Carrie ASAP: mattandcarrieproctor@yahoo.com 

#3: December '22 Sunday School: Please join an all-church, intergenerational Sunday School hour December 4, 11, & 18 @11AM.

#4: Please join us in worship on Christmas Eve @3:30PM and Christmas Day @9:25AM. These will be two different services (only on Sunday will we take the Lord's Supper).

#5: Free Books: Desiring God Ministries has recently provided us with a number of books. In our foyer, please pick up an Advent Devotional by John Piper. We also have a few leftover copies of the book we distributed at the members' meeting on Sunday by John Piper, What's the Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible.

By the way, thanks for the wonderful response to opening closer parking spots and better seating in the sanctuary. I think that’s beautiful hospitality at work. Glory to God!

​Let me know if there’s any way I can pray for you or serve you.

For the Gospel,

Pastor Matt​

November 13, 2022: Matthew 5:11-12 “Rejoice When You Suffer On Acconut of Christ

Big Idea: God reserves Heaven’s deepest joys for those who suffer for Jesus’ name.

November 6, 2022: Matthew 5:10 “Persecuted for Righteousness Sake”

Big Idea: We are called to pray so we can be prepared to suffer.

October 30, 2022: Matthew 5:9 “Costly Peacemaking”

Big Idea: God claims as His very own those who engage in the costly (but blessed) work of peacemaking.

October 23, 2022: Matthew 5:8 “The Pure in Heart See God”

How do we “see God”?

October 16, 2022: Matthew 5:7 “Sweet Mercy”

Big Idea: God does not take pleasure in taking justice, but He delights in showing mercy.

Pastor Post: October 13, 2022

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Christ’s beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) depict the lifestyle of one who is a part of the kingdom of heaven. Such ones have no higher allegiance than Christ, the LORD. They sit at his feet and accept his instruction. Such ones are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). 

There’s so much talk today about “being an influencer” or “shaping culture.” Christians try to make a splash on Facebook or change the world through politics. Jesus has given his followers a clearer path: meekness, persecution for righteousness sake, mourning, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, and later we’re exhorted to private prayer, fasting, and giving alms. Paul in 1 Thessalonians encourages Christians to ambitiously pursue a quiet life of godliness. Heaven will reveal that those who made the “biggest splash” quietly dispensed cold water in Jesus’ name. Salvation comes through the simple sharing, hearing, and believing of the Gospel. For the gospel is the power of God to save all who believe. The world is turned upside down politically by men like Telemachus who gives his life to see the brutality of the Colosseum games come to an end. The call of Jesus’ beatitudes have pierced me this fall. I fall so short. This sort of righteousness is only possible through Christ’s saving and sanctifying grace. So too, this sort of life is only worked out in authentic community in a local church. We need Christ; we need each other. Let us press into the LORD together.


#1: Baptism class October 23rd, 11AM: have you professed your Christian faith through receiving baptism from Christ’s church? Do you have a child who has expressed faith in Christ and desires to be baptized? Please let us know if you would like to attend a baptism class on October 23rd during the 11AM Sunday School hour–office@cornerstone-marion.org

#2: Church family meal and meeting, November 13. Please join us for a church family meal at 11AM on November 13th, and then a church family meeting will follow around 11:45am.

#3: Our Anamosa Church Plant team has a potential church planter candidate that plans to come visit in the next 30 days. Pray for clarity and discernment for this planter and the Cornerstone and Anamosa leaders. There will be discussion at the November 13th congregational meeting, but the goal is to cover 50% (or more) of the church planter’s salary in 2023. Lord willing, the planter can raise the other funds, and we also can pursue a grant from our district and national offices. What a joy to invest in this new work of God. Keep praying.

In fact, could you pause right now and give at least 60 seconds for praying for your church family, your pastors, and the Anamosa church plant?

It’s a privilege to serve the LORD with you,


October 9, 2022: Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”

Big Idea: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness