Teaching Articles

Teaching Articles

CCCC Position Paper on Racial Reconciliation

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we want to share with you our denomination’s position paper on racial reconciliation (link to pdf). While this document is not a comprehensive paper addressing every issue, it is a way to continue discussing how to address racism and work towards multiethnic reconciliation.  In Christ, your Elders RACIAL RECONCILIATION Preamble “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people…

God Rescues Through Water: 
Stories of Water and Baptism in the Bible

Today’s is Julia’s baptism! We are so excited to celebrate with her this special moment. Julia, I want you to know that although today is your baptism, you’re not alone in your baptism. Do you remember how the Bible starts? The second verse in Genesis says, “…the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Gen 1:2b). From the beginning God uses water for something special. We see him rescuing his people through water all throughout the…

Children Dedication Example

This last Sunday I had the privilege of dedicating one the children of our families here at Cornerstone Congregational Church. I used Before the Lord, Before the Church: “How-To” Plan a Child Dedication to help me plan the explanation and commitments.  With this family’s permission I’m sharing the slides I shared with the congregation that day. You can also watch how I did it in the above video. You can find a writeup of another baby dedication here. Please use thoughtfully.…

The Proverbs 31 Woman – The Perfect Wife

Have you ever wanted to be so good something that you tried to read everything that was written about it so that you could learn as much as possible? That was me the year that I got married to my husband Joe. I wanted so badly to be a good wife, the best wife I could ever possibly be, that I read every book I could find. I was hoping to find a to do list that said do these…

The Lord’s Day: Biblical, Historical, and Theological Foundations for Sunday Worship by Terry Iles

On September 8th 2019 we are transitioning our Saturday at 5:00pm worship service to Sundays at 9:30am. We are doing this to more fully emphasize discipleship in the life of our church body. As we prayerfully considered making this decision one of our past Elders, Terry Iles, wrote a thoughtful paper on his convictions regarding worshipping on Sundays. We encourage you to read it below and to also check out Saturday Worship Explained, an article we originally published in 2016…

Reconciliation Preparation Worksheet

So you want to be reconciled to that person you’re in conflict with? Great! In preparation for your upcoming reconciliation meeting please think through, pray over, and respond to each of the following questions: Goal – What are my goals for this meeting? What am I trying to achieve by meeting with this person or people? What’s my purpose? What do I hope to walk away with? Are there any Bible passages that are helping you process this in a…

What is a “Parent and Child Dedication” or “Baby Dedication”?

What is a parent and child dedication or baby dedication? The following PDFs include an example of our first baby dedication at Cornerstone, including the slides we used for the presentation. We hope that this material will help you understand what a baby dedication is. Feel free to adapt it to your own church’s needs. God bless.

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Antisemitism

Dear Church, with the recent violence committed against the Jewish community we the Elders believe we should all become more informed about antisemitism and how we can both stand against this racism and stand with the people hurt by it. Please read this article by Joe Carter, originally posted at The Gospel Coalition: The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Antisemitism. – The Cornerstone Board of Elders

10 Reasons We Can Trust the New Testament Canon Today

Michael Kruger, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte NC, and author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books, published an article responding to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, explaining ten reasons we can trust the New Testament Canon we have today. Originally found and adapted via The Gospel Coalition, please review the ten reasons here: “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess” “Apocryphal Writings…

Women Deacons at Cornerstone

Can women serve as Deacons in the church? Although Cornerstone limits the role of Elders to men,  we fully support women and men serving as Deacons, as shown in our Philosophy of Ministry. Please read the Cornerstone Board of Elder’s interpretation of 1 Timothy 3:11 to find out why.