WHAT WE BELIEVE

At Cornerstone, we believe…

  • In being as relevant as today’s newspaper while holding to the timeless teachings of Scripture, and especially of Jesus Christ.
  • God is known generally through Creation and life principles, specifically through His Word, the Bible, and ultimately through a personal spiritual relationship with Him through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
  • God loves us…unconditionally…and continues to invite us to follow Him.
  • The Bible is a God-given, God-inspired handbook that helps us succeed in life and gives straight answers for issues relating to work, family, relationships, and anything else we encounter.
  • Each person has a gift, ability, or experience that can help others.

Full Statements of Beliefs:

1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22 || Psalm 90:2 || Matthew 28:19 || 1 Peter 1:2 || 2 Corinthians 13:14)

2. About You
You are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. You are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Although you have tremendous potential for good, you are marred by an attitude of disobedience towards God called “sin.” This attitude separates you from God until the relationship is restored through a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:27 || Psalms 8:3-6 || Isaiah 53:6 || Romans 3:23 || Isaiah 59: 1-2)

3. About Eternity
Humans were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16 || 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13 || Romans 6:23 || Revelation 20:15)

4. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Simultaneously all man and all God, Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate God’s power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23 || Isaiah 9:6 || John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 || Hebrews 4:14-15 || 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4 || Romans 1:3-4 Acts 1:9-11 || 2 Timothy 6:14-15 || Titus 2:13)

5. About Salvation
Salvation is a gift from God. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23 || Ephesians 2:8-9 || John 14:6; 1:12 || Titus 3:5 || Galatians 3:26 || Romans 5:1)

Further, because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the person. It is grace and the keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29 || 2I Timothy 1:12 || Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14 || 1 Peter 1:3-5)

Obviously, this does not mean that “anything goes” in a believer’s life, as the Bible is clear that believers are meant to live a new life and that inactive faith is not faith at all (Ephesians 2:10 || James 2:17-26 || Hebrews 10:26-29). The idea is that God does not renege on His promises merely because of human weakness (Matthew 26:41 || Romans 7:21-8:1 || 2 Timothy 2:13), and that true faith cannot truly be “renounced” (1 John 2:19).

6. About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. As the Mediator of Jesus’ Person, He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right, and gifts for serving God and others. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17 || John 16:7-13; 14:16-17 || Acts 1:8 || 2 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 || Ephesians 1:13 Galatians 5:25 || Ephesians 5:18)

7. About The Scriptures
The Bible, comprised of the Old Testament and the New Testament, is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for living. (2 Timothy 3:16 || 2 Peter 1:20-21 || 2 Timothy 1:13 || Psalms 119:105, 160; 12:6 || Proverbs 30:5)

8. About The Church
The Church is a local expression of the entire body of believers from all times and places. It is a group of Christ-followers whose purpose is to continue the mission and ministry of Jesus Himself in the world –to be Christ’s “flesh and blood” on the earth. As such, God literally allows the church to join Him in changing the world. (Matthew 28:19-20 || John 20:21 || Luke 4:18-19 || 1 Corinthians 3:9; 12:27)

9. About Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop his/her sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion (the commitment to follow Jesus) and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. Also, particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. It is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13 || Ephesians 4:7-8 || John 15:7 || 1 John 5:14, 15 || Romans 12:1-8 || 1 Corinthians 13 || 1 Peter 4:10-11).

Core Values

  • We Value Jesus – “Jesus Matters to our Daily Lives
  • We Value Application of Scripture – “Teaching is for Life-Change
  • We Value Growth – “Real followers of Jesus Grow
  • We Value Service – “Every Member is a Minister
  • We Value Relevance – “Changing Methods… Unchanging Message
  • We Value Unity and Diversity – “Focusing on the Things that Unite Us, Not the Things that Divide Us
  • We Value People – “People Matter to God

Prayer

At Cornerstone, we believe in the power of prayer –that “we do not have because we do not ask” (James 4:2). This does not mean that God is obligated to answer “Yes” to our every whim. In fact, sometimes God’s answer to us is “Not yet” or an outright “No.” At the same time, Scripture teaches us that God uses our prayers –that they are “powerful and effective” (James 5:16) – and that we should “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

If you have any prayer requests you can send them to our Office Administrator at office@windsorcornerstone.org

Baptism

At Cornerstone, we believe that baptism is an important step in our Christian faith.

What is the meaning of baptism?

1) It illustrates Christ´s burial and resurrection.

Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. (Colossians. 2:12)

2) It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life! (Romans 6:4)

3) Baptism doesn´t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it´s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

How does baptism happen at Cornerstone?
At Cornerstone we practice believer’s baptism by immersion.

Why be baptized by immersion?
Because Jesus was baptized that way.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. (Matthew 3:16)

Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

“…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39)

The Greek word “baptize” literally means “to immerse or dip under water”.  It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!

Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ.

Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized… (Acts 2:41)

Simon himself believed and was baptized… (Acts 8:13)

But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8:12)

At Cornerstone, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have believed.

Those who believe…were baptized…that day!  (Acts 2:41)

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you´ll never feel “good enough”!

Can my family and friends be baptized together?
Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.

Will I have anything to say when I am baptized?
No, not unless negotiated with the Pastor. You will wait in the water for your turn to be baptized. The Pastor will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will receive your baptism certificate. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.

The Lord’s Supper

It’s interesting…Jesus never asked his disciples to remember His birth. But he did instruct them to remember his death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols (called, “ordinances”) as reminders of his death. These two ordinances are Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.

What is the Lord’s Supper? (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

  • It is a simple act
    The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread… (vs. 23)
  • It is a reminder.
    …and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; eat it in remembrance of me.” (vs. 24)
  • It is a statement of faith.
    For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes back. (vs. 26)

Who should take the Lord’s Supper?
Those who have done with Christ spiritually what we do with bread and water physically –ingest it into our bodies/lives. So ideally, the Lord’s Supper only has real meaning for those who have made a faith commitment to Christ.

When should we observe the Lord’s Supper?
Jesus never said when or how often believers should observe The Lord’s Supper. The first Lord’s Supper happened on a Thursday night. In the Bible, Christians observed the communion in small groups in homes. So, there is no biblically designated schedule or location for the Lord’s Supper.

How to be a Christ Follower

I. CREATED FOR CONNECTION TO GOD

God created the universe, but the supreme object of His creation was/is US (humankind). WHY? God created us as an act of love and, therefore, to love us.

God is love. (1 John 4:8)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)

We were created “in God’s image” to live forever in an uninterrupted spiritual connection with God –that is, to truly worship God, to honor God above all else of our own free will.

This spiritual connection with God is the Source of our true (inner) Life –i.e. inner completion, peace, joy, confidence, and freedom.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them… (Genesis 1:27-28a)

II. DISCONNECTED BY SIN

Humanity’s spiritual connection with God was interrupted by Adam and Eve’s violation against God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).

Since sin is any form of resistance towards God, and since our nature is now naturally resistant towards God, sin is more than a singular act but a defining feature of our nature. We do not merely commit sins; we are, by nature, sinful.)

All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, and each of us has turned to his own way.  (Isaiah 53:6)

All have sinned and fall short of God’s glorious ideal.  (Romans 3:23)

This spiritual disconnection and marring does not mean there is a complete absence of spirituality or goodness in humanity (as “God’s image” or God-like-ness is still present), but it separates us from the full, spiritual blessing of God and sabotages our inner life, making living to our truest potential impossible. Inwardly, instead of completion, there is emptiness; instead of peace and freedom, there is turmoil and guilt; and instead of joy and confidence, there is fear and doubt.

There are ways that SEEM right to man, but they only end in death.  (Proverbs 16:25)

Within ourselves, we can do nothing to expunge our sin or negate its effects (i.e. self-improvement or good works) and become reconnected to God.

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

In terms of “Heaven” and “Hell,” “Heaven” is a place of eternal existence with God, and the only way to get there is to be PERFECT, and we simply cannot do it.

III. RE-CONNECTED BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

Knowing that we were unable to reconnect spiritually with Him on our own because of sin, God, again as an act of Love, sent Jesus Christ to die a sacrificial death and as our substitute. (He planned this before He actually created us.)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. (1 Peter 1:20)

God raised Jesus from the dead after three days to validate His sacrifice, also demonstrating Love’s power over sin and death.

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

By personal faith in Jesus Christ, we are reconnected spiritually to God as a gift on the basis of God’s grace.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

As a result of heart-felt faith:

1. Christ Himself comes to live within us spiritually through the Holy Spirit. Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23)

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He… set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

2. God makes us spiritually perfect, or “righteous” (granting Heaven). When we commit our lives to Christ, God applies Christ’s payment for sin to our lives. The price has been paid.

Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. (Romans 3:22)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

3. God gives us supernatural insight and power to help us. While God does make us spiritually perfect, He does not make us morally perfect because we are free moral agents, we have a free human will. But He recreates us on the inside, and we can begin to change as we willfully cooperate with Him. We can sense inner completion, peace, joy, confidence, and freedom as we learn to consciously follow Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing…will. (Romans 12:2)

Therefore, the object of the new life must never be the pursuit of moral perfection for its own sake but the pursuit of Christ, of knowing and following Christ. It is a life of freedom, both entered into and lived by grace. As such, the Christian life should flow out of love for and devotion to Jesus Christ rather than guilt or doing all the right “Christian things” (a form of living by law).

I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. (Philippians 3:8-9)

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [i.e.”rules”], but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

IV.HOW TO RECONNECT TO GOD

You reconnect to God by turning to God in faith in Jesus Christ. It is a conscious decision of your mind, an act of your free will, to make Christ the supreme pursuit of your life, then to pursue Him.

This reconnection is initiated by a simple prayer of faith and commitment.

Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  (Romans 10:13)

Pray:

“Dear Jesus, thank you for making me and loving me, even when I’ve ignored you and gone my own way.  I realize I need you in my life and I’m sorry for my sins.  I ask you to forgive me.  Thank you for dying on the cross for me.  Please help me to understand it more.  As much as I know how, I want to follow you from now on.  Please come into my life and make me a new person inside.  I accept your gift of salvation.  Please help me to grow in my faith in You.  Amen.”

If you made this commitment and prayed this prayer, please contact Pastor Boyd Evans or one of our ministers, and we would love to celebrate with you and guide you in the next steps on your journey.