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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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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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16 May 2017

"Oh, if you would follow Christ, be not content with the world's Christianity! Tremble, tremble and repent." - J.C. Ryle The most beautiful leading does not put songs or talent, clever showmanship or impressive production on display - it says 'come and see what I have seen.' And we can only say 'come and see,' when we have first seen. When we have gazed upon the beauty of...

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30 May 2017

'Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.' Brennan Manning We live in a world of identity crisis, defined by what we do, where we're from, our education, relationships, goals, talents, and skills. Christ followers are not immune, but before any secondary identifiers, we have a primary identity: loved by God...

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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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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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