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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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