Philosophy of Ministry...

Who are we as Believers in Jesus Christ?  

We are servants/ministers who represent a Sovereign God

2 Corinthians  5:20 - Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

What are we to do?

We are to glorify God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 - And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

How should we glorify God?  

We should glorify God by acting in ways that please Him.

1 John 3:22 - And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

How do we know what pleases Him?

He has established principles to guide us as we live for Him.

So, what are a few of the principles that govern how we live to glorify God?

The Bible is the Word of God . . .

. . . therefore, it has authority over EVERY person God has created.  As we live in obedience to God's Word, He receives glory.

The Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation . . .

. . . therefore, salvation is a work of God, not man.  As we share with others God's plan for the salvation of man, we demonstrate our devotion to and our dependence upon Him.

The Unity of Believers is an evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit . . .

. . . therefore, we must be patient and prayerful when differing views on an issue are present. God will not lead our congregation in two different directions.

Separation from sin and those who practice it is clearly taught in the Bible . . .

. . . therefore, we are to evangelize unbelievers and not condone or participate in their sinful actions.

Prayer and Bible study are the two keys to communicating with God . . .

. . . therefore, personal time with God is essential to Christian growth.

There are certainly other principles that will protect us from straying off the course of seeking God's glory in the way we live our lives, but these will suffice to illustrate Cornerstone's desire to please God in all we do.

Two specific ways we can please God . . .

We must practice the Greatest Good

1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Glorifying God is the greatest good.  Believers must seek to allow God's word to penetrate every area of their life.  Of course this does not happen all at once.  It is a lifetime process of humbling ourselves before God.  As we practice the greatest good, we will also learn the second specific way to please God . . .

We must practice the Great Commission

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

As we are living to glorify God, He will give us ample opportunity to tell others about Him.  Often Matthew 28:19 is used to stress the going aspect of telling people the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The fact is the verbal command in this replica orologi di lusso verse is to "make followers" or "make disciples" of Jesus Christ.  So, the Great Commission is more than just gospelizing people (simply telling the gospel to people so they can get saved); it is discipling people (teaching them how to live a life that glorifies God once they are saved).

This process of making disciples is to take place in the context of the local church and is essential for each “saint” to be equipped for the ministry to which God has called them.

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

The following diagram illustrates the lifelong necessity of continuing the process of discipleship. It will also serve as an appropriate transition to the Mission Statement of Cornerstone Baptist Church.