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2018 Lent Devotional

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Cornerstone 2017 Advent Devotional

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2017 Cornerstone Lent Devotional

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31 October 2017

'Flee to Jesus that the torn may be mended, the mob silenced, the weak bolstered and the scared made brave in the presence of Him who is King.' - Beth Moore There is no hierarchy in the family of God. No division, none more valuable than the next. We gather together every Sunday, walking through the doors echoing the Psalmist, 'As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord...

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7 November 2017

'Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen.' Martin Lloyd-Jones Read that again.And again.And again. Do these words resonate with who we are as a team of people that lead corporate sung worship?Do we actually expect God to show up?Do we expect Him to move?Do we expect Him to speak? Anot...

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14 November 2017

'You know you have an idol when you have to perform.' Ann Voskamp Earn.Prove.Strive. Perform. Those are the messages, both subtle and overt, at the core of every worldview and religion. Save one. For the Christian, we are invited to rest (Matt 11:30). Rest in an identity already won our identity in Christ. Our performance is as filthy rags so we rest in the 'it is fin...

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21 November 2017

'A servant of God has but one Master. It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor and despised.' George Muller "He is the image ofthe invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.For by Him all things were created,in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whetherthrones ordominions or rulers or authorit...

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New Song: Grace Alone

There are so many good worship songs available these days but there are fewer great worship songs available. And every once in a while a great song appears that perfectly articulates the weight of the Gospel who Jesus is, what He has done, and who we are. Those are the type of songs we want to sing, pray and live at Cornerstone Church. Left to our own devices, we never c...

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17 October 2017

'Grace is God's refusal to allow us to define ourselves or to have the last word.' Michael Horton Words have weight carrying the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Flowing from the heart, coming out of the mouth to bless or curse (Luke 6:45, James 3:10). Our Enemy the father of lies is constantly attempting to leverage the words we hear in culture, in passing, ...

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24 October 2017

'Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try and find something or someone that it cannot cover.' Brennan Manning 'For from His fullness we all received, grace upon grace (Jn 1:16).' Our God lacks nothing. He does not grow weary, He does not slumber, He does not sleep, He does not need to be replenished or refreshed (Is 40:28, Ps 50, Hag 2:...

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10 October 2017

'All truth, no grace we dry up. All grace, no truth we blow up. Truth and grace we grow up.' Scotty Smith This is my prayer for each of us, that grace and truth will be inseparable in our lives. And this marriage will be reflected in our demeanor and attitude, in our posture of serving, and in our words, actions and thoughts towards our families, friends, and the famil...

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3 October 2017

'When the Word becomes flesh in me, my flesh becomes Word.' E. Stanley Jones 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come [2 Cor 5:17].' Before Christ we were not merely bad people, who were cleaned up and made a little better through Christ we were dead people made alive in Him [Col 2:13]. In fact, our old ...

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12 September 2017

If our Sunday services only acknowledged the reality of our broken Genesis 3 lives (The Fall), and did not continue on to speak the whole story, we would be without hope. But it is exactly there in Genesis 3 where God promises Redemption. Redemption that has been accomplished by perfect life and perfect sacrifice of God's perfect Son, Jesus Christ. 'It is finished (Jn 1...

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19 September 2017

The fourth movement of the Gospel Story Liturgy is Restoration. The redemptive work of Christ has restored and secured right relationship between God and man. When we are united with Christ, we are clothed in His righteousness and it is His perfect sacrifice that allows us to come boldly before the throne of grace crying, 'Abba!' [1 Tim 2:5, Col 2:11-12, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4...

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26 September 2017

The final movement of the Gospel Story Liturgy is Glorification. Glorification is the ultimate consummation of Christ and the Church being united together for all eternity (Rev 19:6-9). Glorification will be the place where we see face-to-face, that which is perfectly seen in the face of Christ. It will be the place where we see free from the veil of sin. It will be the ...

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5 September 2017

The second movement of the Gospel story liturgy is 'The Fall.' Sin has distorted, warped and broken everything and everyone. As we gather God's people, some enter acutely aware of this reality addiction, illness, suffering, death, fractured relationships, fears, the list is endless. Those people need to be reminded that they are not alone in their sin here we are as a f...

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New Song: Build My Life

Every September we return to three defining characteristics of Cornerstone Church: Gospel Centred, Marked by Grace and On Mission. More than words these realities shape us gathered, equally as much when we scatter returning to work, school, home, university, friends, and family. Gospel Centred, Marked By Grace and On Mission become the overflow for each believer whose f...

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27 June 2017

The first movement of the Gospel story liturgy is 'Creation.' And where does creation begin? With God. 'In the beginning God' (Gen 1:1). The sovereignty, rule and reign of God extends from eternity past even before He created time, space, and formed the world. He is the 'only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproa...

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13 June 2017

"Liturgy is education." William Willimon What is liturgy? It is the work of the people, the structure, rhythms, purpose and intention behind our gathering. And over the next couple of weeks, I want to walk you through our liturgy at Cornerstone - what we do, and why we do it. Why is liturgy important? Because a gospel-centred liturgy runs counter to the liturgy of the c...

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20 June 2017

Spurgeon said, 'The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the Gospel.' Why? Because we are forgetful people. Scripture is full of commands to 'remember.' And full of examples of those who forget no sooner does Israel step foot out of 400 years of slavery do they long for the 'comforts' of their former bondage (Exodus 16). After Joshua dies, a...

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6 June 2017

'I was made by Love, for love and to love I will fulfill my destiny.' E. Stanley Jones Our one true calling: to love. Your gifts are not an end in and of themselves, but an opportunity to exercise love. You are only walking in your calling with your time, talents, relationships and resources when those things are done because of Love, by love and to love. 'If I speak...

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New Song: Your Grace

'Undeserved favour, in the face of deserved wrath' is my favourite description of grace. And as our leaders have often reminded us, 'grace is not a thing but the person of Jesus Christ.' It is grace that saves us, but it is also grace that keeps us, sustains us, and enables us to live as we are called. We have seen during our time in 1 John, to walk in the light (1:7), o...

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New Song: Jesus, I Am Resting

Scripture tells us to 'sing to the LORD a new song (Ps 96:1).' And we love to sing new songs at Cornerstone Church, but from time to time, a new song to our congregation was originally a new song to a congregation a century or so ago. While studying 1 John, we will grow in correct doctrine, knowing joy, living holy lives and be assured of our salvation and that comes from...

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9 May 2017

'Worship is wanting to be a tool in the hand of God for Him to do with as He pleases.' Rich Mullins We understand that worship is more than a song. And conceptually grasp that worship is all of life but when we are in the trenches of relationships, work, class, ministry and mission do our lives reflect being a tool in the hand of God to be used however He pleases? Wha...

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2 May 2017

'Too many people are singing songs they've learned instead of songs they've lived.' Henry Seeley Your most effective leading of God's people will never be the songs you lead on Sunday but it is in the songs you live. Your most effective leading is offering not just your song, but your life in worship which ultimately rises in a sacrifice of praise when we put on an inst...

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New Song: Always

Steve said on Sunday, 'We are studying 1 John because we want to have correct doctrine, know joy, to live holy lives, and be assured our salvation.' And it is with that same kind of intentionality that we want to introduce the songs we sing at Cornerstone Church. We want songs which combat lies with the truth of God's Word, remind us of who He is and what He has done, anch...

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31 January 2017

'He speaks and listening to His voice, new life the dead receive / the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.' Charles Wesley His Word is order-shaping. His Word is world-making. His Word is life-giving. His Word is eternal. His Word is stands forever. His Word is Jesus. Our world is darkened by sin. Our hearts are darkened by sin. But there is ...

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24 January 2017

'A superficial understanding of Scripture produces a superficial worship.' John McArthur What fuels your worship? Is it the superficial or the steady? The superficial fuel for our worship could be any number of things from melody, song choice, quality and cohesion of a performed piece, our emotions, the right environment and aesthetics. Like the crazed prophets of Baal...

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17 January 2017

'Let no day slip over without some comfort received of the Word of God.' John KnoxIn a world addicted and exhausted, belittled and broken we are all looking for comfort.We search for it internally.We search externally only to find temporary relief to an eternal longing.We meet Comfort through the inspired Word of the Comforter (2 Tim 3:16, Jn 1:1-4, Jn 14:16,26). His Word...

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New Song: Be Enthroned

As we begin a new series in Genesis we will see how this creation narrative is truly the Gospel in the Beginning. God's plan of redemption and rescue for His people, set in motion before He laid the foundations of the earth. God, dwelling in perfect unity, harmony, and worship did not create due to some cosmic deficiency in Himself, but out of the overflow of His characte...

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27 December 2016

'Scripture is God's Word to us and not a collection of human words about God.' Eugene Peterson We can trust God's Word not because man has written it, or because man has said it is worthy of trust but because God has spoken it. The same voice that spoke everything into being breathed out His Word to us (Jn1:3, Matt 5:18, 2 Tim 3:16). As far as it depends on us, let Go...

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20 Dec 2016

It seems to have been a particularly heavy time in the life of Cornerstone Church for many of our members. It's in these moments the impact of the fall, the distortion of sin, and brokenness of our world and lives is palpable, tangible, clear and acute. And it's in these times when we are tempted to despair, tempted to believe the lie that things are broken beyond repair, ...

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13 December 2016

'Worship expresses in song what God's Word is teaching. It is training our heart to believe and calling others to believe God's Word is true.' Kevin Peck This past Sunday we sang of 'Emmanuel' in song after song. That God is with us, God is among us, God is for us (Matt 1:23, Rom 8:31, Jn 1:14). But do we actually believe that is true? And I don't mean theoretically unde...

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6 December 2016

'Applying the Word should lead to praising the Lord.' Mark Dever What does it mean to apply God's Word to your life? To live in light of, in response to, and obedience toward what it says 'I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.' Ps 119:11 Scripture points us to Jesus. And in God's Word we see who we are and who we were made to be a p...

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29 November 2016

'Where there is no passion for the Word of God, other passions take over.' D.A. Carson Musicians are excited by melody, dynamics, harmony, musical texture and tone. But the servant leader is excited by how those musical elements create space for the Word of God to be on display. It is their primary passion. 'The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lo...

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22 November 2016

'In today's hurrying age, I am firmly persuaded that many Christians don't give time enough to the private reading of Scriptures.' JC Ryle Whether the stable and steady, or the uncertain and fearful I find myself returning to two places again and again: God's Word and God-songs songs that anchor the truth of God's Word to my soul. 'Be to me a rock of refuge, to which ...

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15 November 2016

'As Christians we do not look at the Bible from outside. We live in it. It is our story.' Lesslie Newbigin Scripture is God's Word that in every place from start to finish shouts of Jesus (2 Tim 3:16, Jn 5:39). It is our story, because we are a part of God's Story History. We are 'rooted and built up' in His Story (Col 2:7). And as we gather we look to His story, and a...

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1 November 2016

'Thy glory o'er creation shines, but in Thy sacred Word I read in fairer, brighter lines, my bleeding, dying Lord.' Anne Steele We see God's glory on display in creation. He has set His glory in the heavens. The skies proclaim His handiwork (Ps 19:1). From the slightest colour to the greatest cosmos, everything is spinning in worship of our Creator God. But God has also...

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25 October 2016

'We can spare everything except the Word. We profit nothing so much as by the Word.' Martin Luther Worship is always a response. And in our sung corporate worship, we are responding to God's Word, with God's Word, from God's Word and because of God's Word. It is read, taught, applied, prayed, sung, meditated on and lived out in our gathered time God's Word is sharper th...

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18 October 2016

'Let your singing drive you to the Scriptures and let the Scriptures drive you back to singing.' Stephen Miller When the Word of Christ dwells in us richly, it pours out in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the building up of the Body (Col 3:16). And I am convinced that as servant leaders, there is nothing of greater value to those we serve than to be people of the W...

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11 October 2016

'Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God, for "All flesh is like grass, and all it's glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but ...

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4 October 2016

'A dependent heart begets a humble heart. A humble heart begets a grateful heart. A grateful heart begets a joyful heart.' Burk Parsons Dependence: 'In His hand is the life over every living thing and the breath of all mankind.' Job 12:10 Humble: 'When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that...

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27 September 2016

'A rejoicing heart soon makes a praising tongue.' Spurgeon What causes a heart to rejoice? For the Christ follower there are infinite reasons that could move our hearts to rejoicing and our mouths to praise. If we look to Colossians for an opportunity for a rejoicing heart we will see over and over the common thread of our union with Christ. Received Him (2:6), filled in...

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20 September 2016

'O God, turn my soul from leaning on the things You have made, and may it lean on You who have made these things so wonderfully.' Augustine We love and admire gifts in all their forms. And while gifts should kindle affection for the giver, too easily we are drawn away to simply enjoy the gift itself. This is an exchange of glory (Rom 1:23). God is the giver of every goo...

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6 September 2016

'I am a person of the bent knee, the upturned hand, and the full heart.' E Stanley Jones If there was ever a posture and progression for the servant leader certainly this is it. Bent knee I once heard Louie Giglio say 'You should never stand in front of people before you have first been on your knees.' Bowing is an act of reverence (Phil 2:10), humility (Ps 146:8), de...

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9 August 2016

'Only after all the noise has spent itself do we begin to hear in the silence of our hearts, the voice of God.' AW Tozer In a world busy and loud, silence is uncomfortable. But the wisest man who ever lived declared: 'To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools.' Silence is both external: 'Be not rash with your mouth let your words be few;' and...

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2 August 2016

'witness is overheard worship.' Harold Best One of my favourite examples of worship leading of servant leadership in all of Scripture is John the Baptist. Witness to the light but not the source (Jn 1:8). The voice declaring but not the Christ (Jn 1:23). Sent of God but not worthy to untie the sandals of Christ (1:6, 27). We come already worshiping to our gathered ...

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26 July 2016

'Herein is wonder of wonders: He came below to raise me above, was born like me that I might become like Him.' The Valley of Vision Our world is loud, chaotic, distracted and completely bored. Even Christians are not immune we too must fight to allow the truth of the gospel to win our affections afresh in every moment. Servant leaders serve. They call out the beauty i...

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19 July 2016

'Oh God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.' AW Tozer There is something very special about our gathered time as God's people in His presence to pour out His praises (Psalm 22:3, Matthew 18:20). But as we know, worship is not just what happens on Sunday morning. Worship is who we are and how we live every moment of ever...

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12 July 2016

'The word minister is not a title of power but a designation of servanthood.' - Francis Schaeffer On this team, we are all ministers serving in the area of music. Minister literally meaning, 'one who attends to the needs of others.' And what is the greatest need of the people we serve? To be made right with God. A need we cannot remedy only Christ can reconcile relation...

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5 July 2016

'Confidence without arrogance, humility without self-pity, power without swagger only the gospel steadies us.' Jared C. Wilson The gospel. The good news of who Jesus is, what He has done and who we are in light of that truth is the most important thing you will hear today and the day after that... and the day after that. The gospel is the most important thing for you to...

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28 June 2016

'It is true that God humbles us. Scripture also says to humble ourselves. In the formation of our own hearts, we have a part to play.' Scott Sauls In an instant, upon accepting Christ you were justified (declared righteous) with a righteousness not your own, but one that has been imputed (assigned/ascribed) to you by Christ's perfect life, death and resurrection (Philipp...

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21 June 2016

'Those saints stand highest in God's sight who are lowest in their own; the more glory is theirs, the more humble they are at heart.' Thomas Kempis More than any other prayer, the thing I ask God for this team is that we would see Him for who He truly is. No cheap substitute. No man-made shadow. No false 21st century slant, but the one true God, high and lifted up (1 Co...

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14 June 2016

'Being servants of all is the highest fulfillment of our destiny, as men created in the image of God.' Andrew Murray Every single human is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). But as followers of Christ, we not only bear the image of God, but carry the presence of God inside of us (Romans 8:11). We experience His presence together as we gather with fellow believers ...

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31 May 2016

'I shall be humble enough to receive, grateful enough to pass on.' E. Stanley Jones What do we have that we did not receive (1 Corinthians 4:7)? Everything is a gift from our good, gracious Heavenly Father who uses each gift for His purpose (James 1:17, Philippians 2:13). Seen through the eyes of faith, even trouble, trial and difficulty can be a 'gift' conforming us to ...

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24 May 2016

'God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of Him.' Martin Luther How quickly we want to work for God. Help Him out. Use our gifts to do something for Him. But this is the God who Knew you before He laid the foundations of the earth (Ephesians 1:4). Knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13). Has you engraved ...

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17 May 2016

'God will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.' Oswald Chambers Servant leaders follow the example of Christ, who was Himself broken and poured out (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Isaiah 53:12). It is a high and holy calling and responsibility. Would you join me in praying a scary prayer? 'God, would you make us broken bread and pour...

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10 May 2016

The cross was Jesus' finest hour because it was the hour when He preserved the Father's glory and put it on display, which was the greatest longing of Jesus' heart.' JR Vassar This quote has been stirring in my heart over the last week. God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4). His justice is woven inseparably into the fabric of His character and identity an identity that must d...

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26 April 2016

'Everything about Jesus spoke of servitude: if Jesus is our model of leadership there can be no avoidance of the style by pastors.' Eugene Peterson The best leaders are first followers. All believers are leaders in varying arenas whose lives and leadership should flow from a constant communion and submission to the leadership of Christ. What does it mean to be a servant...

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19 April 2016

'His service alone is perfect freedom.' Thomas Crammer On the surface what can appear like freedom, is actually being enslaved no responsibilities, no authority, no accountability, no obligations. It is the way that appears right in our hearts, but leads to death (Proverbs 14:12). As followers of Christ, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1). An...

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12 April 2016

'Abandonment of ourselves is the kernel of consecration, not presenting our gifts, but presenting ourselves without reserve.' Oswald Chambers God has both given you life, and given you unique gifts (Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4, 1 Peter 4:10). But he does not want what you can 'do for Him,' what He wants is you. Not a little, not some, not the convenient parts, or enough that y...

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5 April 2016

'We practice our death by giving up our will to live on our own terms.' Eugene Peterson If we are honest, desiring servant leadership with all of it's surrendering, preference-killing, others-seeking, humility and ultimate death-to-self, is not our natural proclivity. But servant leadership is the natural result of those who are being shaped into the image and likeness o...

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29 March 2016

'Once a man has experienced the mercy of God in his life he will henceforth aspire to serve. The proud throne of the judge no longer lures him; he wants to be down below with the lowly and the needy, because that is where God found him.' Dietrich Bonhoeffer Romans 2:4 tells us that it is 'the kindness of God that leads to repentance.' We did not choose God, He chose us w...

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22 March 2016

'But in service we must experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. Service banishes us to the mundane, the ordinary, the trivial.' Richard Foster A life described as mundane, ordinary, and trivial may be one of the most revolting things to our celebrity-obsessed culture (both in the world and within The Church). But service happens much more in the unse...

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15 March 2016

'Jesus transforms our hearts by service, not by power.' Tim Keller Jesus came to serve (Matthew 20:28). He could have arrived in setting with a reception befitting His identity, but He did not. Because He came to serve. And it is in His serving His obedience to the will of the Father that we are transformed (Philippians 2:8). As we have been served in Christ, we carry...

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2 services from 20th March 9:30 11:30

From the 20th March we will be going to 2 services. 9:30am and 11:30am We would love to see you at either service or both. ...

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8 March 2016

'Grateful hearts want to monopolize the tongues of the people for the glory of God.' Spurgeon Gratitude is born in two areas: when we've been given something unexpected, undeserved or extravagant, and when we see a bigger picture past the present moment. Is this not the Gospel story? A grace and love that we do not deserve that moves us out of the present moment into ete...

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Easter 2016

Come and join us this Easter at Cornerstone Church Liverpool to remember the sacrifice and victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. ...

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1 March 2016

'Pride is the oldest and commonest of sins. Humility is the rarest and most beautiful of graces.' JC Ryle Humility is the hallmark of the servant leader. It is also what God requires of all believers (Micah 6:8). But it is a 'rare' and 'beautiful grace,' because as simple as it sounds, it is impossible to create in our own strength. Humility is the gift given to those w...

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23 February 2016

'Remember Whose you are, and Whom you serve.' Oswald Chambers Easier said than done, right? The truth in that statement is key to understanding our identity and enabling our calling as servant leaders. Your Identity you belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 John 4:4). Your identity is in Christ (Colossians 3:3). You did not earn it, you cannot lose it, and it can never b...

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26 January 2016

'Sovereign Lord, apart from you I quickly die, bereft of you I starve, far from you I thirst and droop, but you are all I need' Puritan Prayer As independent, self-sufficient people, we hate to admit that we are in need of anything. But truly our greatest need is one that we cannot remedy: to be made right with God (Romans 5:1, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9). Once and fo...

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19 January 2016

'Prepare the preacher before preparing the sermon.' Tim Keller You may not consider yourself a 'preacher' or our songs as 'sermons' but I think the principle still applies to those of us who lead corporate sung worship. Our hearts and lives must be prepared before our songs. Absolutely, know and practice the songs that will NEVER be discouraged! But if our only time in...

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12 January 2016

'It is a strange infatuation that we. Who have borrowed everything good from our Savoiur, should think of exalting ourselves.' - Spurgeon As we sang on Sunday, everything is a gift from God, the breath in our lungs is placed there by Him (James 1:17, Genesis 2:7, Psalm 139:14)! And if we are dependent on God for something as basic as our ability to breathe, how much more...

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5 January 2016

'The pressure is off for all of us to make a name for ourselves. Jesus has made a name for us already.' Tim Keller Let's start this year with a clear picture of our identity: known and loved child of God (Ephesians 2:4, Psalm 139, Galatians 3:26). We are those who's names are graven on His hand (Isaiah 49:16), who's hairs are numbered (Luke 12:7), who are called His frie...

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New Song: Great Are You Lord

'Great Are You Lord' is a song that you've probably heard on in the background before or after a service at Cornerstone Church. It's a simple song that helps communicate a profound Scriptural truth - that everything we have is from God. The first verse paints a picture of who God is and what He's done: You give life,(Acts 17:25) You are love (1 John 4:8) ...

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Cornerstone Christmas Devotion

A resource to facilitate Gospel-centred, Jesus-focused conversation and celebration with your family, friends, neighbours and Gospel Communities this Christmas....

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22 December 2015

'The presence of God's Spirit in your life takes away the frustrated soul-thirst and turns you into a fount where others can find life.' John Piper We have two choices in our serving: life or death. We can speak, lead and serve in such a way that leads ourselves, one another, and our people to life, which is Jesus or to death which is towards ourselves. It is only God t...

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17 November 2015

'O, chief musician, tune our lips to the melody of thanksgiving!' Spurgeon What is the melody of thanksgiving? Like the leper in Luke 17, who was healed, and 'turned back, praising God with a loud voice,' and falls 'on his face at Jesus' feet, giving Him thanks (v15-16),' it is the natural response to seeing God for who He is, recognizing what He has done, and understand...

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10 November 2015

"We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him." Oswald Chambers We all know it is not our actions but our faith that justifies (Rom 5:1, Gal 2:16, Eph 2:8-9). So why is it so hard for us to live like we actually believe that to be true? Ultimately, and obviously because we are sinful and we constantly desire to justify, prove, and save oursel...

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27 October 2015

Part 2 - read Part 1 here. 'Our serving doesn't automatically bring glory to God. We can serve with bad attitudes, with impatient hearts, out of expediency, or to impress others. But true worshipers are first of all receivers who know that their serving originates not in themselves, but in God's good gifts. Considering how God enables us to serve transforms our service in...

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6 October 2015

True worship is to love God so much that an offering is the only possible action, even though a world full of such actions can never suffice. - Harold Best One of the passages we read during the responsive reading at the Praise and Worship night was Acts 17:24-25: 'The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples m...

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14 July 2015

'In the temple and presence and worship of God, everything is worthless that is not pervaded by a deep, true humility toward God and men.' Andrew Murray Servant leadership is not a light switch to flip on when you are playing in the band, and flip off when you are not. It is the continual choice of those who seek to serve as Christ Himself served (Phil 2). Because when w...

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Guest Post: 18 August 2015

I don't know about you but one of the things I've felt whilst thinking through all that we have discussed regarding servant leadership is 'flip, this is a big ask!' I can see how God is calling us to it and I can see how beneficial it would be for us as a team and for the church. But it just seems too hard. To constantly be thinking about other people's needs and be puttin...

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7 October 2014

'Corporate worship is meant to alarm you with the darkness and depth of your sin and enthrall you with the presence and glory of God's grace.'- Paul TrippThere is a contrast that happens as we gather together for corporate worship. As God reveals who He is, and we see Him in the light of His perfection, we see ourselves for who we really are - broken, and sinful. And like ...

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16 June 2015

'It's easy to be the most important person in your own life, but worship denies your self-gratitude and makes Him the utmost important One' Thomas Miller Loving ourselves does not have to be taught, we naturally love and value ourselves over others including God. But worship (the right response to God's revelation of Himself) puts us in our proper place. Seeing, knowing...

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27 April 2015

'Excellence is the process of becoming better than I once was. I am not to become better than someone else is or even like someone else.' Harold Best God deserves our best, I'm sure there would be no disagreement among us about that. But saying it is so much easier than offering our best. It can be easy for us to fall into the trap of essentially believing that showing u...

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14 April 2015

"Let gratitude be awakened; let humility be deepened; let love be quickened." Charles Spurgeon Often we are quick to talk about what should be happening to and in those who we are leading in worship, but all three of these should be true of us when we are leading worship. Gratitude awakened The opposite of gratitude I've found is discontent. It's an intense vocal (out l...

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31 March 2015

'O thou Beauty so ancient and so fresh.' Augustine This is my prayer for our team as we journey through this Easter season together. A ancient story of redemption, set in motion before the foundations of the world (Eph 1:4-5) would again awake our hearts to worship and wonder. If you're heart and affections need a kickstart, spend time reading about the majesty of our Go...

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10 February 2015

'When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There's no bargaining with Him.' - CS Lewis Worship is costly. The CS Lewis quote goes on later to say that God is not interested in some of your time and attention, or even all of your time and attention. He is after you your whole heart, your whol...

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27 January 2015

'Is there nothing to sing about today? Then borrow a song from tomorrow; sing of what is yet to be' - Spurgeon In whatever life circumstances you may find yourself, worship is always a choice. Both rightly placed worship (towards God, Lk 4:8), as well as misplaced worship (towards self, Rom 1:25). We choose what we worship. Look no further than the story of Job to see tha...

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16 December 2014

'It is impossible to have met the real Jesus and be indifferent. You either bow down in wonder OR go away offended.' Tim Keller Who doesn't love Christmas? I don't think I have any friends Christian or non who don't celebrate Christmas in some way. But what's not to love, time off work and school, hanging with people you love, good food, gifts, and some sweet stories abo...

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8 September 2014

'Worship must be Christ-centered, Holy Spirit led, in response to the Father, about intimacy and service, and always resulting in transformation' - Tim HughesI love this quote from Hughes, it so clearly articulates what worship is, and our role as leaders of sung corporate worship. Like we heard yesterday, if the Gospel isn't central - then what are we doing? Jesus is the ...

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11 November 2014

'Abandon the secret chamber and the spiritual life will decay.' Isaac Watts'God first seeks devotion to Him in the hidden place worship when no one else is watching.' Matt Redman'Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.' William Wilberforce Worship is not a light switch we turn on and off. For those of us that lead in sung worship, we ...

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1 September 2014

'Our worship does not add to God's worth. He's God! Our worship adds God's worth to our lives.' - Louie Giglio---We become what we behold - and in worship that looks like: God reveals who He is (we behold), and we respond to who He is (we become). God's worth is added to our lives by the revelation of Himself, and our being continuously transformed into His likeness. So le...

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15 September 2014

'You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back.' - St Augustine--Often we call the part at the beginning of the service (Welcome/Scripture/Notices) the 'Call to Worship.' - Although I think there is something useful in helping people recognize that we're now beginning our service time together; the reality is...

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22 September 2014

"If you wish to deepen the worship of the people of God, above all deepen their grasp of his ineffable majesty in his person and in all his works." - DA Carson---The definition of 'ineffable' is 'too extreme or too great to be expressed in words.' How fitting for our God! But as people who's job is to give the congregation words to express and sing of a God who is inexpres...

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30 September 2014

'You don't lead [worship] for love and acceptance, you lead FROM a place of ALREADY being loved and accepted by God' - Kristian Stanfill Musician is not your primary identity.Leader is not your primary identity.Vocalist is not your primary identity.Using those God-given gifts should flow out of our true identity; which is loved, accepted child of God. It's so easy to be s...

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14 October 2014

'you will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.' - Charles SpurgeonI am keenly aware in my own heart and life the temptation to 'glory in myself' especially when it comes to special or unique events like the Praise and Worship nights we have done as a church. There can be a different spirit in the air among those serving and attendi...

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