A “key purpose” or “vision statement” is meant to communicate how Cornerstone will seek to apply the mission of the Church within our unique context (the Katy area) and with our unique personality and gift mix. The mission of the Church (universal) is to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that [Christ] has commanded.” (Mt 28:19-20) So we have asked, “what does that look like for Cornerstone in Katy, Texas?”
Renewing our families, our communities, and our world,
by bringing faith and life together in Christ.
God has planted us in Katy which has a reputation for good schools and attracts people with families. Thus, we feel the need to be intentional about building strong families. God’s own design is for the family to be the primary instrument for building the Kingdom of God. The Scripture is replete with exhortation for parents to impress God’s Word upon their children and for each generation to tell their children what God has done for them (See Dt 6:7, Ps 78:4, Lk 1:17 and Mal 2:15). So we want to help restore discipleship within the family. At the same time, Katy is not exclusively families in the sense of dad, mom, and young children, and so we must not be exclusive either. We seek to be family to those who don’t have family nearby.
God has also called us to be salt and light in the world. Salt was used primarily in NT times as a preservative, keeping meat from rotting. As the church we are a kingdom of priests, acting as preservative agents to keep our city from rotting. We are “to seek the peace and prosperity of our city,” as Jeremiah exhorts, “for as the city prospers, [we] will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7). We drill down “city” to mean the various communities in which we are involved. The city, of course, is one community, but so is our work environment, our local school, our social circle, etc.
God has also called us to be taking the gospel to the world. The gospel is not limited to any people group. It is not connected to any race, any socio-economic group, any country, etc. We are called to think globally when it comes to being the church. That means cooperating with others (missionaries, churches, mission organizations) to reach the world with the gospel.
The paragraphs above speak to the who of our targets. Now we must consider the how. This begins to show the parameters for building specific ministry teams.
First, we seek to bring together God’s people for worship that glorifies God. We get to know God best simply by being in His presence and setting our gaze upon Him. We do this in worship and we seek to create a worship environment that facilitates true worship in spirit and in truth.
Second, we want to engage our city and the world by helping the hurting. People hurt in a variety of ways. Some are hurting economically, some emotionally, and all spiritually. We must learn to be the body of Christ—his hands and feet—and minister to whole people. This means that we minister in word (with gospel truth and words of comfort) and in deed.
Living in Community
Thirdly, God calls us together to be “members one of another.” The Church is not simply the collection of individual Christians, wherever they might be. It is a body, where each part works together with the other parts. We find each person within the body uniquely gifted in such a way that the rest of the body is handicapped when a person is missing.
Learning to Follow Jesus
Lastly, we want to engage people as disciples of Jesus. This means teaching and equipping people in living as Jesus both teaches and models. This is meant to happen most prominently at the family level as parents “teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Dt 6:7)” But it also happens with each other in small groups, Bible study (our Gospel U and midweek studies), and one-on-one encouragement and accountability.
Growing into a disciple of Jesus also involves not being “conformed to this world, but [being] transformed by the renewal of your mind. (Ro 12:2)” Our desire in teaching is to help people go from seeing the world through the eyes of culture (with a little Bible knowledge sprinkled in), to seeing the world through the eyes of Scripture.
The values that shape us
Many see Jesus as a prophet, a good teacher, perhaps even a martyr. While he is each of these, this is not all he is. Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus sits at the top of the list. To the religious leaders who sought to stop Peter from speaking in the name of Jesus, he replied, “Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:11-12).” This is a significant statement! Jesus paves the only path to salvation.
After his resurrection Jesus explains in a conversation with two men along the road that all of the Scriptures, “from Moses to the Prophets,” points to him (Luke 24:27). This means that Jesus is not just one figure among many in the Bible. He is the key figure that all of Scripture is preparing us to recognize and understand, both through the”types” and “shadows” of the Old Testament and through the doctrinal teaching of the New Testament.