A Note From Chris - March 31, 2022

Years ago, author Stephen Covey said, “I am not a product of my circumstances; I am a product of my decisions.”

While we could probably all agree with Covey, it certainly doesn’t always feel that way. It feels like our circumstances drive us. But in reality, we are in control of many of the decisions we make, even if they are a response to a circumstance.

One of our church values is: “We are a people who take the next step.” Next Steps are huge when it comes to faith. Every person has a next step… probably even more than one. As we approach Easter, please consider a few decisions for your life as possible next steps in your faith and commitment to Christ and his church.

1. Get baptized – Maybe you’ve put it off, had tons of questions, didn’t feel ready, or have various other reasons why you have not committed to getting baptized. Scripture is clear that every person who claims Christ as Lord should obey Christ and be baptized. If you are interested in talking to someone about being baptized, you can simply respond to this email!

2. Join a group – One of the greatest ways to build community is to be in regular intentional relationship with other people who are also seeking Jesus. Our groups are intended to help follow P.A.S.S. (Pray, Act, Study, Serve) and get you into relationships that really help move your faith and provide outlets for you to be a catalyst to others. You can find out more about joining a group here.

3. Start giving – Scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver. Each time we give back to God out of the overflow of what He has given us, we are saying, “It’s all yours, God, and I’m so grateful You entrusted me with it.” If you aren’t regularly giving to God through the church, perhaps now is a great time to get started. You can set up automated giving here.

4. Serve on a team – Our church is driven by volunteers, some of the most dedicated and kindhearted people you will ever meet. Some show up early. Some stay late. Some change diapers. Some push buttons. Some lead through Scripture. Some play instruments. The list is endless. Being on a team gives you an opportunity to use your time and talents to bless others and build the church. You can find out more about joining a team here. I’d encourage you to proactively talk to someone in an area of interest or skill to jump-start being on a team at Cornerstone.

5. Pray for Ones – Who are the people in your life who need to know the love of Jesus? Who are the Ones that you long for God to use you to reach them for Christ? Make a consistent plan to pray for them, and if they are local, use Easter as an opportunity to invite them to church with you. Our Easter service times are listed here.

This weekend, we are blessed to have Josh Howard from Central India Christian Mission speaking. Please read Acts 1 in prep for our time together. Can’t wait!

Yours and His,
Chris VandeLinde

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