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31 October 2017

'Flee to Jesus that the torn may be mended, the mob silenced, the weak bolstered and the scared made brave in the presence of Him who is King.' - Beth Moore There is no hierarchy in the family of God. No division, none more valuable than the next. We gather together every Sunday, walking through the doors echoing the Psalmist, 'As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord...

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7 November 2017

'Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen.' Martin Lloyd-Jones Read that again.And again.And again. Do these words resonate with who we are as a team of people that lead corporate sung worship?Do we actually expect God to show up?Do we expect Him to move?Do we expect Him to speak? Anot...

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14 November 2017

'You know you have an idol when you have to perform.' Ann Voskamp Earn.Prove.Strive. Perform. Those are the messages, both subtle and overt, at the core of every worldview and religion. Save one. For the Christian, we are invited to rest (Matt 11:30). Rest in an identity already won our identity in Christ. Our performance is as filthy rags so we rest in the 'it is fin...

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21 November 2017

'A servant of God has but one Master. It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor and despised.' George Muller "He is the image ofthe invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.For by Him all things were created,in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whetherthrones ordominions or rulers or authorit...

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12 September 2017

If our Sunday services only acknowledged the reality of our broken Genesis 3 lives (The Fall), and did not continue on to speak the whole story, we would be without hope. But it is exactly there in Genesis 3 where God promises Redemption. Redemption that has been accomplished by perfect life and perfect sacrifice of God's perfect Son, Jesus Christ. 'It is finished (Jn 1...

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19 September 2017

The fourth movement of the Gospel Story Liturgy is Restoration. The redemptive work of Christ has restored and secured right relationship between God and man. When we are united with Christ, we are clothed in His righteousness and it is His perfect sacrifice that allows us to come boldly before the throne of grace crying, 'Abba!' [1 Tim 2:5, Col 2:11-12, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4...

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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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