Cornerstone Church was founded in September l986. Its initial members had left another church after it frequently changed evangelical pastors, showed little interest in Bible study and prayer, and continued to support beliefs that were contrary to Scripture. David Green was asked to pastor this fledgling church and by God’s provision and grace has continued to provide sound Biblical teaching as pastor of Cornerstone Church to this day.
It has always been the desire of those at Cornerstone to know more of what Scripture says. This is not for knowledge’s sake alone, for “knowledge puffs up” (I Corinthians 8:1). But if we are to faithfully love and serve God, we must know him as he has revealed Himself to us, though Scripture and especially through the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Green preaches from the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation.
We see God’s plan of salvation throughout – from man’s sin and separation from God and the promise of a Messiah (a Savior), to the fulfillment of our redemption and righteousness through the obedience and death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a glorious gospel! Jesus came, lived the perfect life of obedience which we are not able to live, bore the wrath of God for our sins, and by his Spirit credits to those who trust him a righteousness without which no one can abide in God’s presence!
Over the years we have been blessed with in-depth teaching from many books of the Bible. There was a wonderful sojourn through the book of Judges where we saw God’s great mercy evidenced over and over again as the people departed from God and sought instead to be like the nations around them. We followed our Lord through the Upper Room discourses, into Gethsemane, to the cross and in his post resurrection appearances.
We learned much about tithes and offerings through a Biblical study of the occasions, purposes and commandments relating to them. Intermittently in the past and now once a month, Elder Ken Chapman has been opening Paul’s letter to the Philippian church to us. Our young people have been taught and have memorized the Westminster Shorter Catechism over the past five years. In this, as in all studies, we seek to look not only at the historical and immediate context of what is written but at how these words apply to us as Christians today.
What is mentioned above is only the tip of the iceberg regarding our Lord's Day morning teaching. We are currently examining the principal doctrines of the Christian faith and looking to Scripture to see why we, and others in centuries past, profess to believe these things. For further enrichment, we have had the opportunity to hear other pastors and teachers during our annual retreat. Most recently we were blessed by a study of Matthew Henry’s wonderful book, The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit.
About eight years ago we added a Lord's Day evening service to our Lord’s Days. We began with a wonderful study of John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress. The younger children made drawings of various events from this book. It was a study greatly enjoyed by all. Our evening service tends to be less formal, with an opportunity for questions and answers throughout. We also have a time for questions and discussion relating to that morning’s sermon. This has proved to be a fruitful opportunity to clarify, expand upon, or perhaps just answer questions that may have arisen during, or upon further reflection on, the morning message. Once a month this service is followed by a covered dish supper which provides further opportunity for fellowship, discussion and to get to know each other better.