our mission

Becoming a spiritually

dynamic body,

making a significant impact in vulnerable families through our neighborhood schools.

Our Beliefs

It is important to preface it with these statements:

In essential beliefs, we have unity (Eph. 4:4-6)

In non-essential beliefs, we have freedom (Rom. 14:1-2)

In all beliefs, we demonstrate love (I Cor. 13:2) the purpose of enabling us to live lives pleasing to the Lord. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-12; Eph. 1:13-14)


The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

 

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

 

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth.

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

 

Regeneration

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

 

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

 

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellowmen; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful st eward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

 

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

 

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.

 

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.

 

– Adopted by the BGC in 1951 and reaffirmed in 1990.

our values

CORE VALUES:  What is important to us?


Uplifting Worship 

Since God is great, good, and glorious (Psalm 100), and since we believe that God-filled worship is the wellspring of congregational spiritual vitality, our church will endeavor to regularly engage His living presence through uplifting, enthusiastic, energizing, God-filled and God-exalting worship experiences.


Small Groups


Though large groups are well-suited for inspiring worship, we believe that small groups are best -suited for building caring relationships, making disciples, and applying the truths of God’s Word to personal needs and situations. Therefore, we encourage members of this body of Christ to share life in Christ together with others in a small group.


Prayer

As an expression of our humble dependence upon God’s provision and power, and of our desire to see God’s power released among us in life-changing ways, our church will attempt to saturate its ministries with personal and corporate prayer.


Grace and Truth


Just as Jesus was full of both grace and truth, so also our church will seek to extend accepting grace to sinners while at the same time calling for repentance and submission to the truth of God’s Word. We will not condone sin or compromise truth in the name of tolerance, nor will we side with the self-righteous in condemning sinners. Jesus was the embodiment of truth and holiness and the friend of sinners. In our preaching, teaching and living, we will seek to reflect the light of Jesus’ grace and truth to a sin-darkened world.


Love and Unity


Since Jesus taught that love is the authentic mark of a Christian and unity authenticates a church’s witness to the Gospel, our members will promote love and unity in our church body. We will emphasize the common good of the body above the personal preferences of individuals. For the sake of Christ and His Gospel, we will also seek unity and cooperation with other Christian churches across denominational and racial lines (without compromising doctrinal beliefs or teachings).


Sending Home-Grown Missionaries


Not only will we support BGC missionaries and other worthy missions endeavors, we will also pray, work and give to train, support and send out members of our church to be workers in God’s harvest fields throughout the world as both short -term and career missionaries.


Spirit-empowered Ministry

Rather than working in the energy of the flesh or out of a sense of religious duty, we will yield to the control and leading of the Holy Spirit and seek the fullness of His power for service and witness. Since the Holy Spirit gives abilities and desires to every Christian for Christian service, the church will assist our members in the discovery, development and use of their ministry gifts.


Balanced Focus

Healthy churches both build up one another and extend Christ’s love to the lost. We will seek to maintain a balance of both discipline those within our church fellowship and reaching out to the unsaved outside of our church fellowship. Since the natural tendency is to become more inward-focused over time, we will seek to promote a strong outward -focus to maintain a healthy balance.


Strengthening Families

Since part of God’s purpose for marriage is to reflect the love between Christ and the church, and since part of God’s purpose for families is the making of disciples, Cornerstone is committed to ministering effectively to married couples, parents, and children. We recognize the strategic value of ministering effectively to families as the foundational unit of the church and society. Therefore, we will provide ministries for education and discipleship so that children, youth, and adults may be won to Christ and taught to follow him in love and obedience.


Sanctity of Human Life


We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions, including the unborn , the aged, the widowed, the mentally handicapped, the unattractive, the physically challenged, and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to the grave. We believe that the child in the womb is a human life created and loved by God. We also believe that in order to love and protect unborn children, we must love and care for their mothers. We believe that Jesus loves both children and women, including women with unplanned pregnancies and women who have had abortions. Therefore, while seeking to protect unborn children, we will also show love for wounded women with broken lives.


People, Programs, Place


Our church is in the disciple-making business. Disciples are made by people and programs, not by buildings. To promote the health and growth of our church, we will invest our resources in the following order of priorities: (1) People: Calling pastoral staff and equipping members to be effective ministers of Christ; (2) Programs: Developing, supporting, starting, improving and expanding programs and ministries and missions to make disciples of Christ; (3) Place: Utilizing and expanding facilities as a tool for effective ministry. When making decisions about investing our church resources, we will seek to remember that the bottom line for our church is making disciples of Christ.


Conflict Resolution

At Cornerstone we are committed to Godly conflict resolution. Scripture sets forth a specific model for how to go about resolving conflict within the church body.  Communication guidelines for conflict resolution:



Matthew 18:15-17 (New International Version)

(15) If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. (16) But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' (17) If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

  • If I have a problem with another person, i will go to that person privately. If I have a problem with a Cornerstone board, committee, or team, I will go privately to a member of that board, committee, or team. If I have a problem with a Cornerstone ministry, I will go privately to the leader of that ministry
  • If individuals have a problem with me or an area in which I serve, I want them to come to me privately, and I will try to be open when they come.
  • If someone has a problem with me or an area in which I serve, and comes to you, send that person to me. I'll do the same for you.
  • If someone hesitates to come to me, "let's go together." I'll do the same for you.
  • Be careful how you interpret me - I'd rather do that. I will be careful how I interpret you.
  • If it is confidential, I won't tell (unless someone is harming himself or someone else.
  • I won't send or pay attention to unsigned letters or notes. Information should always travel with a person's name so it can be cleared up if necessary.
  • I will not manipulate; I will not be manipulated.
  • When in doubt, I will bring up my concern or question.
  • I will do my best to prayerfully follow the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17; however, if my issue continues to be unresolved, I may seek advice from the Deacon Board.