Our Core Values
The Word of God
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 1, 119, 105; John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:21
It all starts here. God's Word is how we know Him, how we know the Gospel, and how we learn how we are to live our lives. It is how we are to live our lives. For this reason, we highly value the Scriptures. The are of the utmost importance and should be given our attention, devotion, and submission. There is nothing else which so completely reveals God and His Character, or provides for stability and direction. Therefore, the church should be built upon the truth of God's Word. We believe God's Word is the guide to live by, and when obeyed will produce Biblical maturity. The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. It will be the authority by which Cornerstone builds off.
Matthew 5:13-16; 28:19-20; John 1:35-51
We are all called to give out the Gospel to those around us, and also to those in the far reaches of the earth. This may be accomplished through several different methods including special evangelistic services, foreign missions, visitations, outreach programs and personal evangelism. All of these methods are valid, but the emphasis at Cornerstone will be on personal evangelism, and foreign missions.
Romans 12:1-2; John 4:21-24; Colossians 3:16-17; I Corinthians 10:31
Worship is not just a short music session scheduled for Sunday morning, nor does it find its identity solely in church. This is only a small part of it. According to the Bible, worship is singing, giving, and living a Christ-honoring life. It's the attitude of our life as a whole. The motivation behind our actions determines whether or not we completely worship God with our lives. Since the emphasis in Scripture is so heavy on our whole live being an expression of worship, we will always strive to mirror that at Cornerstone. Concerning our corporate main service we enjoy more traditional style of music.
Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; II Timothy 2:2
This is not just for pastors, deacons, elders, and spiritual leaders. Discipling others is the responsibility of all believers. We are all supposed to be helping others grow in Christ's likeness after salvation. this is by far the best way to grow the church.
Matthew 5:13-16, Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Philippians 2:2-8; Titus 3:8
It should be said of every believer that he or she was a person who loved others--not with a worldly, sensuous love, but a with self-sacrificial love. True love looks out for the betterment of others and puts self in the back seat. The world is watching our actions. What they see is what they see. The world can only base its understanding of Christians based on our outward actions, not our inward intentions. Why do we serve others? Because the love of Christ constrains us to do so, but also because we want these acts of love to point others to Christ.
John 17:20-21, 13:35; Ephesians 4:3-6; Proverbs 6:16-19; Colossians 3:15
Unity in the church is built around the Word of God and the Gospel. It is essential for the body of Christ to be in unity, for this is what grows a healthy, ministry-minded church. Disunity is a tool of the Devil and harmful to the church. With the exception of heretical teachings, there should be unity and love between brothers and sisters in Christ.
Hebrews 11:1,6; Galatians 5:22-23; Psalm 56:3-4
The term "faith" has become too ambiguous. It could refer to someone’s religion, a choice to believe that things will get better somehow, or just believing that something exists. These definitions don’t really help us. The way that the Scriptures teach us to exercise faith is by placing it in two objects—God and His Word. Our faith is not supposed to be vague or weak. It is supposed to be an active element of our lives, changing us to become more like Christ, and causing us to rely upon Him for direction and stability. Faith in God’s Word takes us from being unsettled to confident, from confused to clear-headed. Ultimately, it allows us to realize that God’s way is best. We get this confidence when we submit to God's authority, His Word, and lean on Him for His enabling power. Our faith is only as strong as the object it is put in. Let us make sure it is only in God and His Word.
Psalm 32:9; Hebrews 4:14-16; Galatians 5:22-23; Titus 3:8
Self-governance is an idea which affects the day-to-day living out of the believer’s life. It is the belief that each of us as individual believers are accountable to God for ourselves. God expects each us to think for ourselves, decide for ourselves, maintain our walk with God ourselves, and discipline ourselves. The doctrinal backing of this belief lies in this truth: Christ is our High Priest. Therefore, the believer has no need for another person to go to God on his or her behalf. This was accomplished on the cross for us. Also, when is comes to final spiritual authority, this privilege belongs to Christ and His Word. No pastor, elder, deacon, or any other spiritual leader has the prerogative to tell any other believer with absolute authority what standards to maintain, or how to exercise his walk with God. The individual is responsible to search out the Scripture for himself and come to his own conclusion with assurance. While the Pastor is the spiritual leader and overseer of the church, the individual is ultimately accountable to God for himself.