What we believe about ministry
Based on our doctrine, we have implemented a structure of how we do ministry. With multi-faceted and gifted leaders and servants, we will never be short of ideas for studies, programs, events, etc. However, not everything that is brought up should be done. Each study, program, event, outreach etc. must be able to answer the following questions in a way that does not compromise our doctrine. Our leaders in the church will have these questions and can be proactive and prayerful when being creative or diligent in planning for opportunities for ministry.
11 QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING!
Does it glorify God?
Is it based on a biblical foundation? (Scripture sufficient)
Have we prayed about it?
Is it gospel-centered?
Is it Kingdom-minded? (building Kingdom of God or man)
Is it eternally focused?
Does it reflect and promote the joy of God in the life of the saints? (Christ as greatest treasure)
Does it edify the body?
Does it strengthen families?
Is it a good use of people, time, and resources?
Have we counted the cost?
We believe that all functions of Cornerstone Church should first and foremost be done to the glory of God(1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 15:7, Corinthians 4:15, Philippians 2:10-11, Isaiah 48:11). We believe that the Scriptures are sufficient for the faith and life of the saints, and the application of ministry to the bride of Christ, His body, the Church (Romans 15:4, 1 Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:1-16; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Titus 1:1-3, Ephesians 2:19-22). We believe that nothing should be done out of impulse or coercion. (Romans 14:23, Ecclesiastes 5:15, Proverbs 20:25, James 5:12, Ephesians 5:17) We believe that all things ought to be bathed in serious, God-centered prayer. (1 Timothy 2:1-8, 2 Thessalonians 3:1, Colossians 4:2-3, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17) We believe that each function of the church must be gospel-centered. (John 20:21, Matthew 28:18-20, Titus 2:11-14, 2 Timothy 4:1-4) It should cause all to be humbled before God, responding in gratitude towards His gracious gift of Christ, and motivated, enabled, and empowered by the work of the Spirit alone, to the praise of God alone. (Ephesians 1:3-14, 2 Timothy 2:8-10, Hebrews 12:1-2, Philippians 2:12-13, Ephesians 1:3-14, Ephesians 2:8-10) We believe that all things should be done with the motivation of building God’s Kingdom and not man’s. (Galatians 1:10, Matthew 6:33) Pride must be prayed against, and fought against.(James 4:6-10, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25) Our desire must never be anything other than God being glorified through the advancement of His Kingdom. (Matthew 12:30, Acts 1:8) We believe that our decisions and actions should be those that reflect hearts and minds focused on eternity and not circumstances. We must remember in all things that our home is in heaven, and our allegiance is to Christ. (Ephesians 2:19-20, 1 Chronicles 29:15, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10) We believe that everything we do should reflect that Christ is our all-satisfying treasure. We ought to delight in Him more than any success, growth, or praise. (1 Timothy 6:17-19, Matthew 16:24-26) Our hearts must not be swayed by things of the earth, or comforts in this life.(Matthew 13:44, Hebrews 10:32-39) We believe that each member, when working properly, causes the church to grow, and builds it up in love. (Ephesians 4:1-15, Colossians 4:6, Romans 12:9-21, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Hebrews 10:24-25) Therefore, all the church does must be edifying the body as a whole. (Philippians 1:9-11, Romans 15:5-7, Titus 2:1-10) We shall not shy away from necessary conflict, and we shall not fight and quarrel because of the passions at war within us. (James 4:1-4, Matthew 18:15-20) We believe that our most important mission field is our home. (Ephesians 5:25-33, Psalm 127) Therefore, all we do must in some way strengthen families. We must be cognizant of time, resources, and needs in our families. Our parents must be discipled and equipped to disciple their families. (Ephesians 6:1-4) We must provide resources, prayer, and encouragement to our families. We must ask ourselves in every function and ministry, is this a good use of our people, time, and resources. We must not do things because others are doing them or they have always been done. (Romans 12:1-2) Busyness is not holiness. Busyness is not service. We must be focused and intentional with all that we do. (Ephesians 5:15-16, Colossians 4:5) And finally we believe that we ought to lay our life down for the sake of the gospel. To the glory of God, and for the joy of all peoples. There is no gospel-centered, God-glorifying act that is too much a cost. We must have a willingness to risk it all for the work of Christ. (Philippians 3:7-11, Hebrews 10:32-39, Luke 14:25-33, Colossians 1:24-29, Luke 9:23-27, Romans 8:18, 2 Timothy 4:5, 1 Timothy 4:10)