Cornerstone Community Church - Seymour, Indiana
THE MISSION: Love God + Love People + Change the World!
The central focus of our fellowship is our shared, common mission to help people become followers of Jesus Christ. Christ-followers are people who are growing in 3 vital relationships in their lives. Christ-followers are growing in their:
1. Love for God,
2. Love for People,
3. Connection with God’s mission in the world.
Jesus made it very clear that when our lives reflect the Great Commandments (Matthew 22.36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28.18-20) lifestyle, we are fulfilling the heart of what it means to follow Him.
The Great Commandments:
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Wow, Jesus very clearly teaches us that the entire Jewish Bible (our Old Testament) can be summed up by two commandments. There are 2 passions that God desires that His people have: to Love God, and to Love People! Loving God and loving your neighbor is what following Jesus is all about.
Then after the Lord’s resurrection and just before His ascension, Jesus repeatedly told His followers what they were to do. The Great Commandments teach Christ-followers how to live, with a passion to Love God and to Love People. The Great Commission is part of Christ’s Four Missional Mandates, and they teach what Christ-followers are to do:
The Great Commission, Mandate #1 Matthew 28:18-20
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Mandate #2 Luke 24:46-49
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Mandate #3 John 20:21
“Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Mandate #4 Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”
In giving these Four Missional Mandates, Jesus once and for all established for His followers what their core mission and purpose is to be! Namely to continue the mission He had begun, to be His hands and feet in the world, to help people become His followers. When fulfilling the mission of Jesus becomes the driving aim of a fellowship, that church has become a Missional Church.
Many churches are “mission-minded.” A mission-minded church may financially support and pray for missionaries, study about missions, periodically participate in a mission trip, and may even have a missions team that encourages such activity.
Missions is an important part of the church but many times becomes just one program among other programs.
“Missional,” on the other hand, refers to something much more profound. In a missional church, a passion for the missio Dei (mission of God) lies at the heart and core of the life of the church, it is in the church’s DNA. Everything the church does is aligned with carrying out the mission of God in its community. In a missional church, every church member is taught and led to understand that they are to personally connect with God’s mission, that they are the hands and feet of Jesus in their world (family, community, and workplace). Missional churches are filled with followers of Jesus who are passionately living missional lifestyles.
Cornerstone Community Church does not merely receive people to be just members...
We are inviting people to join "The Mission" - to connect with God's mission in this community and in the world.
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, and CHANGE THE WORLD!