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
7. Dependence on God’s Spirit
8. Priority of Prayer
9. Lordship of Jesus Christ over the Whole of Life
Christian faith does not just concern the so-called 'spiritual' or 'religious' aspects of life. It is not something that concerns us only when we are taking part in explicitly 'spiritual' activities like church services, personal Bible reading, prayer or evangelism. Of course, it does not concern less than these things! The Bible presents us with a view of reality that starts with the fact that God made it all and commands man to steward it well on His behalf (Genesis 1:26), a command that stands to this day. However, mankind has rebelled and ever since the Fall, God is in the business of redeeming and restoring His creation. At the very end of the Bible in Revelation 21, we are told of the restored and renewed creation into which the kings of the earth will “bring their glory”. Our destination is not to be disembodied spirits sitting on a cloud somewhere; rather, our destination is a restored and renewed physical creation where things will be “the way they are supposed to be”. Furthermore, we see in the New Testament that the goal of redemption is the restoration of the image of God in us (Colossians 3:10), this image supremely made known in Jesus (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3).
The fact that God is redeeming His creation and redeeming and restoring us as part of it means that every aspect of life is involved in God’s redemption - nothing is excluded. To put it another way (and to quote the Dutch theologian and prime minister Abraham Kuyper), “there is not a square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out ‘this is mine, it belongs to me!’” What does it look like, then, for our work, family life, leisure time, sporting activity, or entertainment to be redeemed, to be brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Of course, there is so much more to say on this subject, but one practical implication of this for us as a church is that we do not cease to be “church” when we are not in church meetings. Rather, we are church 24:7 in all that we think, do and say. We passionately believe that the church is the community in which we are nurtured to live fully human lives, manifesting the Lordship and redemption of Jesus Christ in everything we do, in every sphere of our lives’ activities.