Cornerstone St Andrews exists for the glory of God. To His glory and by His grace, we seek to encourage and build one another up as disciples of Jesus, living out the Gospel in every sphere of life, demonstrating God’s character in the way we love and care for our neighbours, our community and our world. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus is the only hope for the world and that on a daily basis we desperately need to put ourselves under the authority of God’s Word and seek the empowering presence of His Spirit in order to carry out the Great Commission of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our values have a profound bearing on what we do practically as a church. They mean, for example:
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1. Existing for God’s Glory
2. Making Disciples
3. Living by Grace - Union with Christ
4. Outward focus - Blessed to be a Blessing
5. A Growing and Learning Community
6. Centrality of God's Word
7. Dependence on God’s Spirit
8. Priority of Prayer
9. Lordship of Jesus Christ over the Whole of Life
10. Every Member Contribution
1 Corinthians 12 is very clear that every Christian is given the gift of the Holy Spirit and is also given gifts by the Holy Spirit. These gifts are designed to bless the rest of the church and are not just for personal enjoyment. In Ephesians 2, Paul describes the church as a temple or a “dwelling place for God by the Spirit”, the idea being that each individual follower of Jesus is like a stone fitted together with other stones around them so that a beautiful temple is constructed in which God’s presence dwells and is therefore seen by those who are not yet followers of Christ. Ephesians 4 builds on this idea, but switches imagery to that of a body in which each member when it is doing what is made to do is like ligaments and sinews that bind the body together. The concept is enormously important for the way we think about church - each member has a unique role to play and contribution to make to the work of the body, that is God’s mission. This means that there are no insignificant, no little people. Every single member of the body of Christ has a contribution to make, without which the body will not be healthy. How is each member to make this contribution? Ephesians 4:11 answers - it is the role of leaders within the body of Christ to equip each person for their contribution to the work of the whole body. This brings us to the next point.