Cornerstone hopes to be a church that puts into practice the breadth of the New Testament’s descriptions and instructions concerning the vibrant community life and mission of the church. This involves different people from various and distinct backgrounds, life-stages, and cultures, coming together seeking to employ their various and distinct gifts for the good of one another and the wider community.
Paul suggests that, For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Romans 12:4-5). At Cornerstone, we seek to put this into practice by having groups which are not merely comprised of people from a single life-stage or cultural or educational background, but which bring together a diverse group of people which aims to care for, support, and grow together. Our hope is that in home groups people with diverse gifts, spiritual practices, and passions, as well as with distinct areas in which they need support, care, and encouragement, are all brought together in harmony, representing and employing the diverse gifts which Christ gives his church.
Home groups involve the study of scripture, prayer, meals together, and time enjoying and supporting one another, but the hope in all of this, is that these would be an avenue through which we as a church put into practice Christ’s final command to love one another as he loved them, and then likewise, for that love to overflow outwards towards our friends and neighbours who do not know Christ. As Paul continues: Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality….Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:9-13, 21).
Home groups are one of the primary ways in which we put into practices Paul’s injunctions, as we gather not merely to read the word, but to be the sort of community he describes, practicing the sort of love which we see modelled in Christ, which we experience in our union with him, and which we read about in scripture.
If you are interested in joining a group, or even merely giving a group a try for a couple of weeks, please contact Jared. Joining a group can represent a challenge for those with young children. As a church, we have a number of ways in which we would like to help you and your family to participate in groups, and many of our groups cater to those with young children, so please do not hesitate to send us an an email and let us know how we can help you connect with home groups.
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