Dear Cornerstone family,
God’s renewing grace empowers us through the Holy Spirit to live our new lives for Jesus. But why do so many Christians fail to experience this new life? Maybe because we try to live this new life in our own power instead of God’s grace?
If we simply try to use our own willpower to stop doing some bad habits, we will fail to understand the power of God’s renewing grace. It takes more than stopping a bad habit; we also need to replace our old habits with good habits. We need to put off falsehood and put on truth. We need to replace stealing with working. We need to replace abusive speech with encouraging words; bitterness with forgiveness; rage with compassion and slander with kindness. This is the new life that God calls us to live.
The key to this new life of grace is through a new mind-set empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT2), we read, “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Here we learn our thoughts will determine our actions.
If we want to change the way we do things, we must begin by changing our mind. Instead of focusing on all the negative things we need to quit doing, we begin by thinking of “why we are to live this new life?”
When we understand the preciousness of each other, that God values everyone so much that He was willing to send His Son to die for us, then we will be motivated to live new lives. Since we belong to each other as God’s family, we are motivated to tell the truth, reconcile with each other and be an encouragement to people around us.
God’s grace saves us, sustains us, and empowers us!
Following THE Leader with you,
Pastor Ed Turley
Cornerstone Church of Poway
Work Day at Church:
We will be working on the Prayer Quilt Ministry Building Saturday, May 12, 8 am – 4 pm. If you have some time and would like to lend a hand that would be awesome! We will be removing and discarding the roofing. Many hands make light work. All skill levels are welcome and lunch will be provided.
Be sure to bring your Mom, family, and friends for a special time of appreciation and worship Sunday, May 13. Join us for a photo opportunity and refreshments between services.
Building Materials Fundraiser:
If you would like to contribute to the Prayer Quilt Ministry Building Fundraiser, please place your donation in the offering and note “Building Fundraiser” on the envelope as well as on your check. If donating through our website www.CornerstonePoway.com, please choose “Building Fund” in the dropdown.
Life Group – Thursday nights:
Not in a Life Group? Would you like to make new friends, get refueled and refreshed? Come check out our Thursday night worship, group Bible study, and prayer time in the Main Sanctuary at 7 pm. Come early for snacks and fellowship! Invite someone, all are welcome!