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:
To read more about our values and their biblical basis, click on the links below:
1. Existing for God’s Glory
2. Making Disciples
3. Living by Grace - Union with Christ
God’s grace comes to us in personal relationship with Jesus - it is not some impersonal force just there to help us when we need it. Nor is grace just the means by which we start out on our Christian life - sadly, many talk about being saved by grace and then live as though God’s continued acceptance of them depends on their performance. On the contrary, to follow Jesus is to live by grace every moment of every day of our lives. We need to be forgiven, brought into relationship with God and given the transforming grace that will enable us to live for God. All of this comes through gracious union with Jesus. The reference in the Great Commission to being baptised into the Triune God resonates with this New Testament theme that those who are trusting in Jesus are graciously brought into union with Christ - that is, God unites them spiritually with the resurrected Jesus so that they become part of His body, part of His people, so that what is true of Him becomes true of them.
This is the basis of Paul’s argument in Romans 6 when he rebukes anyone for thinking that they can trust in Jesus’ death only for forgiveness of sins. Paul argues that because we are united with the person of Christ, we are not only united with His death for forgiveness of sins, but we are also united with his indestructible resurrection life so that we now “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). So, it is not possible for someone to just be forgiven and then carry on as though nothing has happened. Forgiveness and new life are inseparable because they are both fruits of union with Jesus Christ.
What does this mean practically? Our priority is to introduce people to gracious relationship with Jesus, not to give people sets of rules to live by. We want to see people grow in that relationship, not just conform their behaviour in order to fit in with our church sub-culture. People growing in relationship with Jesus and therefore living freely by grace will look diverse and messy, but beautiful!