Our Weekend Experience, Our Vision and Values, Our Beliefs
Our worship service begins at 10:30 AM. Feel free to come early and grab a cup of coffee. Each weekend at Cornerstone, you’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music and a practical, relevant message. Children are well-cared for in a loving, quality nursery and fun-filled Cornerstone Kid's service. If you are visiting for the first time, we will not embarrass you, have you stand up, or ask you to give money. We know that many people want to check out the church and “be anonymous” for awhile — and that’s fine with us! Come in, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and see if this is the church for you. As for what to wear, you’ll find everything from casual clothes to business suits at our Weekend Services. Come in what is comfortable for you, because Cornerstone is not about what you look like or what you wear.
The vision of Cornerstone Church is to continually cultivate a biblical community of people who are being:
The Holy Bible
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the original text of the Holy Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments; and we are committed to the sufficiency of Scripture as our final authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25).
We believe in one God revealed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 17).
God the Father
We believe God the Father is the almighty creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 115:15; Acts 14:15).
God the Son
We believe Jesus Christ of Nazareth is God come in the flesh, that He was born of a virgin, and He is both fully God and fully human (Luke 1:26-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36, 3:14-15; Ephesians 1:3-15; Philippians 2:5-12; 1 John 4:2).
God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity; whose purpose in the redemption is to convict us of sin, regenerate our dead hearts, guide us into understanding the Scriptures, transform us into the image of Christ, empower us for ministry and service, and disperse spiritual gifts as He wills. We believe all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Scripture are valid in the Church today (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9).
We believe all human beings, in their natural state, are sinners - lost, undone, without hope, and without God (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).
We believe Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate and died in our place for the forgiveness of our sins. He received from God the wrath our sins incurred so we could be justified and enter God’s new creation (Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-9, 5:1-11, Ephesians 1:3-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
We believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead physically and literally and lives today as the Lord over all creation (Luke 24:39-43; John 20:24-29; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15).
We believe Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father and is now making intercession for us (John 14:1-6; Acts 1, Romans 8:34; Hebrews 6:19-20, 7:25).
Jesus’ Second Coming
We believe Jesus Christ will return to the earth visibly and bodily to raise the dead, to judge, and to recreate the heavens and the earth. (John 14:3; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Peter 3:11-13; Revelation 21)
We believe God saves by his gracious actions and not by human works. In response to God’s grace, we turn from our sin and by faith turn to Christ in order to receive God’s free gift of eternal life (Acts 3:19-20; Romans 3:23-25, 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:3-7, 2:8-10).
We believe the local church is a community of believers baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; who assemble to worship, minister as the Holy Spirit leads, and carry forth the Great Commission (Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; Acts 2:40-47, 20:28; Ephesians 5:22-32, 3:10; 1 Timothy 3:15).
The Lord's Supper
We believe the Lord's Supper (communion) represents our redemption. It is a memorial of the sufferings and death of Christ and a token of love and the union we have with Christ and one another (Luke 22:13-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
We believe water baptism signifies entrance into the household of faith. It is a symbol of death to self and new birth in Christ, representing repentance and inner cleansing from sin. It is an act of obedience for those who put their faith in Christ (Matthew 3:15-16, 28:19-20; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:1-4).
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate and subsequent experience of the Spirit. This initial filling of the Holy Spirit is often a conscious experience for those who have come to Christ and may be accompanied by speaking in tongues (Matthew 3:11; Luke 11:13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:4-8, 2:4, 38-39; 10:44-47; 19:1-6, Ephesians 5:18).
Standard of Conduct
We believe Christians should seek to be in the world but not of the world and to set standards of conduct, which exalt our Lord and His Church as the Holy Spirit guides and directs. We believe the fruit of the Spirit should be evident in the life of the believer (John 17:11-19, Romans 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 3:17).
Priesthood of Believers
We believe each believer is a priest before God and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Each person must believe, be baptized, obey, and answer to his Creator for himself (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6).
Government of the Church
We believe that the Church should be governed by delegated authorities who are the elders, including the pastor. The elders may, in the spirit of love, discipline any member who departs from the Statement of Faith of this community of believers (Acts 14:23, 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 3:1-7).
We believe eternal punishment awaits unbelievers and eternal life with Christ is the reward for believers (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15).
Marriage and Family
We believe in the sanctity of marriage and in God's order for the family. God has given the husband authority and responsibility as head of his household. The husband is to love, protect, and provide for his family as Christ loves the Church; the wife is to love and submit to her husband as unto the Lord; and children are to obey their parents. We believe marriage is a lifetime covenant between one man and one woman. One's gender (male or female) is defined by God at conception and revealed at birth (Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-25, 6:1,4; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:32; 19:3-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Peter 3:1-7).