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
4. Outward focus - Blessed to be a Blessing
5. A Growing and Learning Community
6. Centrality of God's Word
How do we grow? In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul states that “All Scripture is God breathed and profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Jesus quoted Deuteronomy when tempted by the devil, “Man cannot live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. We need the Word of God if we are to grow in that relationship with God; it is our food and it equips us to live the kinds of lives to which God calls us.
The implications are obvious for us as a church. When we gather corporately, we want to hear what God has to say, so we will make a priority of reading the Bible together. We also make a priority of explaining and applying God’s Word through our teaching times together. As far as our teaching is concerned we make it our aim to communicate the Gospel from the Bible in language everyone can understand. We also want to give people as much opportunity as possible to engage with it and ask their own questions. This means a couple of things practically:
We encourage each member of Cornerstone to read the Bible for themselves and to be involved in one of the home groups that are also designed to give further opportunity to learn together from God’s Word. It is our conviction that when God’s people get into God’s Word (and get God’s Word into themselves), then great things will happen.