Cornerstone church exists to display the greatness of Jesus through the everyday lives of his people.
At Cornerstone Church, our mission is to display the greatness of Jesus through the everyday lives of His people. We believe that by the community of God consistently and comprehensively displaying the greatness and goodness of God, we will see overwhelming solutions to three of the most apparent areas of need in Southwest Atlanta.
It’s no secret that “the family” as we know it is in trouble. We are seeing an epidemic of fatherlessness, especially in predominantly African-American communities, that seems unparalleled.
Here is where the Gospel, expressed through a local church, can provide a solution. Since the goal of the Gospel extends far beyond just repairing the basic family structure, the Gospel now takes boys and girls that are fatherless and unites us (in Christ) with our true Father, God (the one whom our earthly fathers were meant to point us to). And the Gospel provides us with a plethora of earthly fathers from various backgrounds.
The Gospel therefore produces the fullest and truest sense of family.
Tragedy doesn’t ruin communities. Hopelessness in the midst of tragedy ruins communities. Where there is no hope, there is nothing to anchor a community when tragedy strikes.
With all the issues of race and injustice that have made the news across the country in just this past year, we have seen what takes place when tragedy transpires in a context that is hopeless. Riots, crime, violence, and rage seem to be the only recourse. We’ve seen firsthand that in spite of our best efforts, tragedies will continue to occur in contexts like Southwest Atlanta. While we want to do all that we can to rebuild the community and minimize the tragedies that occur, we recognize that the Gospel never promises us a trouble-free existence. Rather, the message of the Gospel provides us with a sufficient and enduring hope in the midst of present and pending tragedies.
In impoverished and marginalized communities, the proposed solutions have largely been for outsiders to insert themselves and provide that which is lacking. But the Gospel offers so much more than material provision and mercy ministry—it offers a restoration of our dignity.
Inherent in each human is dignity that comes from being created in God’s image and therefore equipped with a unique capacity to relate to God in a way that no other earthly creature shares. Scripture shows us that God initiates relationship with us and then calls us to imitate Him—to walk how He walks. But if our aim is merely to supply people’s needs and call that the “Gospel,” we end up robbing one another of the true joy that God wants to give us. True joy isn’t found in merely receiving, but in giving. Acts 20:35 – “You know the words of our Lord Jesus, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Transformation is the aim. Turning pickpockets into philanthropists and the under-served into servants of Christ and others.
This is so much better than mercy ministry. It is a restoration of dignity.
The Gospel changes people and people change the world. There are so many ways to define success. In a community like Southwest Atlanta where there are so many needs, it is very easy to become overwhelmed with all of the demands that are present. With that being said, we want to put up guardrails to ensure that we don’t fail by succeeding in all of the wrong things.
We believe that God has given the church two primary resources to steward: the Gospel and His people. We want to focus our resources toward making sure that we faithfully and consistently instill the Gospel in everyone that is a part of Cornerstone Church. Everything we do as a church is done under the premise that only the Gospel can truly change people and only through the Gospel will those people be capable of affecting a dying world.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and that the truth within it is without error; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness , and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but voluntarily sinned and fell from that holy and happy state; consequentially, all humanity are born sinners, not by constraint, but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is solely by grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the death, he is now exalted in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to those who believe in him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin , and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is freely given, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith, his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, worked in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that its effects may be made clear in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it starts with regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means-especially the Word of God, self- examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
We believe that those with genuine faith have one that endures to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the key indicator which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to completely and perfectly obey its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church.
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only scriptural officers are Elders, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between those in Christ, as children of God, and those who are not; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.