At Cornerstone, everything we do is motivated by our heart for loving God in life and loving people where they are.
We're about LEADING PEOPLE INTO A GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. Period.
We're a community of faith where people
BELONG to each other and God,
GROW to be like Jesus,
SERVE to make a difference in the name of Jesus and
GO, taking the gospel to the world.
Our first "worship service" was in May of 1951. In January of the following year 14 people committed to organizing as First Baptist Church to be a light for Christ in the area, together. Many years have come and gone since this small, faithful band of Christ followers set out on the journey we continue today. Through it all, struggle and growth, God has been with us as we continue to complete the task He has given us.
May He find us faithful to the task in the years to come.
+ Core values
1 . JESUS FIRST | Matthew 6:33
We are relational, not religious. It’s about knowing Jesus. Rules don’t rule. We are members of the Body of Christ first . . . co-laborers second. We could take it or leave it with the paid staff thing.
2 . RELENTLESS GROWTH | Matthew 16:18
If we’re not growing, we’re dead...as individuals and as a church. We long for constant growth. We plan for and position ourselves for growth. And we realize that we don’t change lives . . . Jesus does. Only God can bring radical transformation. It’s about the 180. Think reptiles.
3 . FOCUSED LIVING | Philippians 3
We’re arrows. Not shotguns. We live simple & balanced lives.
4 . INTENTIONAL RISK | Hebrews 11
It’s about the call, not our comfort. We trust the compass (God’s Word) and get out of the boat with a risk taking faith. We’ll go anywhere and everywhere on the planet God leads us. Think water walkers.
5 . SURPRISING HOSPITALITY | Romans 12
We’re one big welcome wagon. It’s about welcoming everyone. We embrace cultural and demographic diversity. Think Grandma’s Kitchen.
6 . LAVISH GENEROSITY | 2 Corinthians 9
We’re a legion of losers. We give selflessly. It’s not about me. No one is indispensable. Think fruit trees.
7 . GRACIOUS EXCELLENCE | Colossians 3
We give each other grace while encouraging excellence in everything…big and small.
8 . SHARED SUCCESS | 1 Corinthians 12
We help each other succeed. We win together. We are being built up by God as the body of Christ…not a bunch of body parts.
9 . CONTAGIOUS FUN | Philippians 4
We don’t apologize for being a party people. We take God and his task for us very seriously without taking ourselves too seriously. Think about the otter.
THE ABOVE VALUES ARE BASED ON THE BELOW BELIEFS.
+ statement of faith
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.
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 each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through 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.
We believe that all people 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.
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 profession 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.
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
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.
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.
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 it is the Conference or a 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 independent 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.
(revised May 2007) Adopted by the Baptist General Conference in 1951, reaffirmed in 1990 and amended in 1998.