Teaching Articles (Page 2)

Teaching Articles (Page 2)

Do Old Testament Laws Apply to Christians?

How should Christians read and understand Old Testament laws? Pastor Jonathan preached a sermon on Exodus 21-24 answering this very question, entitled How does the Law apply to us? Please read, listen, or watch his message. For further resources, try the following articles: Christian Responsibility and Mosaic Law by The Village Church How Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Christians Today? by Stand to Reason Making Sense of Scripture’s ‘Inconsistency’ by Timothy Keller

The Tabernacle and The Lord’s Supper

When Adam and Eve sin against God in the garden of Eden by eating the forbidden fruit, they are driven out of the garden to the East (Gen 3:24, 4:16). In this moment, all of humanity experiences a break in relationship with God and is symbolically banished to the East. But God has a plan to restore the relationship. He chooses a special people, the Israelites, and tells them to build a tabernacle (a tent) so he can live among…

Will God Hold Me Accountable For How I Vote?

Every election well-meaning Christians encourage each other to vote. The encouragement usually sounds a little bit like this, “I believe that one day everyone will have to give an account to God for how we vote.” The implication is that every Christian needs to vote for the right politicians, ballot issues, and values, or one day God will hold them accountable for voting wrong. I confess that I have given this encouragement, and I’m now convinced this view, not necessarily…

The Legacy of a Disciple-Maker

ODE TO A MENTOR My mentor’s name is David. We met at a local pastor’s gathering where he took voluntary interest in me. I needed a mentor and he wanted to make disciples by caring for the next generation of pastors. For the next year and a half, David poured into me. He taught me the importance of sharing life stories, hunting one other’s sin, and giving each other grace. 1. We shared life stories together. One of the first…

Why Traditions, Creeds, and Catechisms Matter for Today’s Church

The church I grew up in raised me to love the Bible and all its stories, but didn’t talk much about tradition, or the historic creeds, confessions, and catechisms. I learned the Bible every week, but I was missing out on what my spiritual grandparents had to offer me. It wasn’t until seminary that the significance of what came before me began to sink in. That’s when I discovered my need for what I like to call extra-biblical humility. This…

Faith Stories Explained

In 1st Peter 3:15, the Apostle Peter urges early Christians to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”(NIV®). You do not have to be a Pastor or brilliant intellectual to do so. Instead, we can simply share how God has shown us his faithfulness and trust him to move through what we share. At Cornerstone, we define Faith Stories as “A story of God’s faithfulness.”…

Frontline Stories Explained

In the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus taught his disciples to “make disciples” as they were “going, baptizing, and teaching.” He called his followers to do this not in a foreign country, but in Galilee, their hometown. Today he calls us to our Galilees, to reach the lost next-door, our frontlines. Although this is hard, Jesus promises his mission will succeed. What is a frontline? “Your Frontline is the place where you spend the majority of your time outside…

7 Reasons Why Faithful Church Attendance Matters

Going to church every week, week after week matters. If we know Jesus, we should desire to be with his bride. For all those who believe, have a church home, but don’t attend consistently, I’m writing for you. If you’re one of those spotty non-attenders, I’m writing to you in love but also in truth. Come home! Regular church attendance is not just good for the ministry; it’s good for your soul, and for mine. So why is regular church…

I Shared My Faith Story. Now What?

Congratulations! You recently shared your faith story at Cornerstone. Thank you! Your church is grateful to have heard your testimony. It’s encouraging to reflect on God’s faithfulness over our lives. At Cornerstone, we want to continue to help each other grow to maturity. Here are three simple steps you can take to keep following Jesus: Step 1. Take Time To Reflect You’ve just written, refined, and shared your faith story with the whole church. Our faith stories are often very…

Saturday Worship Explained

We originally published this article on January 4th, 2016 as an explanation of why we chose to have our weekly worship service on Saturday afternoons. In September 2019 we are transitioning to Sunday mornings to better focus on discipleship as a church. If you are wrestling with the theology of Sunday worship or what day of the week you should worship on please read this article as well as The Lord’s Day: Biblical, Historical, and Theological Foundations for Sunday Worship…