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Wednesday's Oct. 9th-Nov.20th

Armor of God Bible study will be held every Wed. from 6:30-8:30 pm. Sign up at the welcome desk by Sept. 29th. Study Guides are $15.

Friday Nov. 1st - Sat. Nov. 2nd

Join CWM as we travel to Chicago-land to participate in Going Beyond Live 2019 with Priscilla Shirer. This is perfect timing as we'll be in the middle of our fall study, which will be a Priscila Shirer study! The cost is $130-$150 depending on how many register, however registration and an $80 deposit will be due by Oct. 1st. Questions? See Kara Hamilton.

PROVIDE A THANKSGIVING MEAL

THROUGH THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

For only $40 you can help provide a thanksgiving meal
 for an entire family. They would like to prepare 100 
 meals for those in need. Please make any checks payable to the Auburn Food Pantry. You can place them in the offering bucket or mail them to 404 Wineman, Auburn, IL. Care of Bob Bartolozzi.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH @ 6:00 - 7:00 PM

We're grateful for what God is doing through the local
 churches here in Auburn and each year we gather
together with brothers and sisters from different backgrounds to worship the one true God together through prayer, singing, and giving. This year it will be held at Auburn United Methodist Church. A special offering will be taken that goes into the ministerial alliance's fund. This fund helps those in our community who are in need of assistance.

5TH SUNDAY, ONE SERVICE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH @ 10:30 AM

Everyone is invited to join us at 10:30 am for our 5th 
 Sunday one service. There will not be Jr High programming during service. Instead of separate Children's programming, they join us in worship. We have busy bags available with activities for them to keep them engaged as well as snacks to tide them over till lunch. This is a great time for us to worship side by side with the whole Cornerstone family! 

5TH SUNDAY, ONE SERVICE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH @ 10:30 AM

Everyone is invited to join us at 10:30 am for our 5th 
 Sunday one service. There will not be Jr High programming during service. Instead of separate Children's programming, they join us in worship. We have busy bags available with activities for them to keep them engaged as well as snacks to tide them over till lunch. This is a great time for us to worship side by side with the whole Cornerstone family! 

TEACHING

Mark Chapter 4

LEARNING TO FEAR

And as I was preparing for this week’s sermon, I was reminded about how much being a parent continues to teach me about God and what it means to live out this thing we call Christianity. And one of the interesting things that I’ve seen is that when my son was little he was fearless but as he’s gotten older, things he used to do without worrying he now second guesses.

LEARNING TO FEAR: But as we get older we have the same experience: We start out somewhat fearless, but after scrapes and bruises, broken bones and broken hearts, car wrecks and relationship wrecks we become more cautious. Even as Christians, we can follow Jesus for a while and feel like we can take on the world. There was a time when we were small that we were not afraid. But simply living eventually teaches us how to fear. So the question is not whether or not we’re going to experience fear in this life. Fear is part of the human experience. There are legitimate reasons to be afraid. The question is what do we do when experience fear?

(Read Along in Mark Chapter 4)

POWER NOT DISMISSED & PROVED HE WAS GOD

JESUS IS SLEEPING THROUGH THEIR STORM: They’re looking for help and turn to Jesus and find him sleeping through their storm. I’m not going to lie. There have been a number of times in my life where I felt like I was drowning. Where I was desperate, hurting and looking for help and I was looking to Jesus and it felt like he was off sleeping somewhere. It felt like he either didn’t notice, didn’t care, or simply wasn’t engaged. I’ll address this in a little bit, but I think there’s a number people who know what this feels like. And the question that the disciples and we today tend to yell out through the storm is…

  • TEACHER, DO YOU NOT CARE THAT WE ARE PERISHING: I didn’t think that these kind of things were going to happen to me if you were in the boat with me. I didn’t think things could get this bad. Why are you letting this happen? Why are you not doing something? And when Jesus wakes up he says “Silence! Be Still” to the storm. Or in today’s language. Shut up! And Stay Shut up! And immediately the winds stop. Immediately the waves go smooth as glass. Now before I get into the practical application of how this should change the way we deal with our fears, I don’t want us to miss the primary point of what Mark wants us to see here…

THE POWER OF JESUS ON DISPLAY! Mark is wanting us to stand in awe and reverence of the one who no storm can match. Jesus didn’t have to focus really hard, roll up his sleeves, strain to summon up cosmic energy to make creation respond to him. He simply speaks and it happens! There are two things I want to point out is that:

  • HIS POWER IS NOT EASILY DISMISSED: We live in a day and age where many will hear this account of Jesus and say it’s unbelievable. It must have been made up by his followers later. Maybe there’s a natural scientific explanation. But there is a lot of reason to believe that this is historical fact. The first is the literary evidence. For those who have specialized in learning and understanding ancient literature, they will point out that there are simply too many details for this to be fiction. It’s only been in the last 200 years that fiction writers have started including minute details to their stories so that they would be more believable. Ancient writers simply didn’t waste the time. Finally, the book of Mark was written only 40 years after Jesus lived. If you’re going to write a fake story, you say there were only 3 people who saw it, and they’re dead. But they told me what happened. Instead Mark says, not only did the disciples see it, but there were other boats out on the water following Jesus. The reason that no one wrote that he didn’t do miracles was because there were too many people around who saw him do them. So not only is the power of Jesus not easily dismissed, but that
  • HIS POWER SHOWED THAT HE WAS GOD: All of his disciples were Jewish and had grown up hearing the story of God’s power and his plan for the Jewish people. They knew the story of Genesis where it says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. The image of God speaking over a water like chaotic environment and bringing it under control would have sprung to mind. They would have known the story of God controlling the winds and waters as he rescued the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Time after time in the first half our bible, the Old Testament describes God in control over creation. And here we have Jesus doing what only God had done. Speak with authority over creation and creation immediately responds. As powerful as a hurricane, or a tornado, or a fierce storm is, here is one standing next to them that is TOTAL POWER. SO WHAT WE’RE FORCED TO WRESTLE WITH TWO QUESTIONS: HOW DO WE RESPOND TO THE STORMS? HOW DO WE LIVE OUR LIVES IN RESPONSE TO THE POWER OF JESUS?

I want to revisit something I said earlier. The question of “do you not care if we are perishing?” The underlying assumption is that if Jesus is with us, these storms shouldn’t happen. That surely something is wrong with Jesus’ plan if things start to look hopeless. But I think it’s dangerous to think that God’s love and plan exclude storms. What we often miss is that it is Jesus’ idea to head out onto the water. It was Jesus who lead them this direction. Did He know there was a storm brewing? Perhaps. What I’m more interested in is what is accomplished because of this storm in the lives of disciples. One thing that is accomplished is…

  • STORMS SHAKE FAULTY FOUNDATIONS- Often when a major crisis hits us it shows that the things we usually turn to for hope and comfort have no power. When sickness hits, money isn’t capable of giving us hope. When a relationship crumbles or crashes and burns, beer, weed, food, or pornography can only make you forget it for so long and the pain comes back. When you lose your job, your family’s encouragement only gets you so far. Jesus said that if you build your house on the temporary things of this world, then when the storm comes everything will collapse. But if you place your hope in him and believe his words, then the storms may shake us but they can’t destroy us. So even though they hurt, many times storms can help us see where we’ve place our trust and hope in things that fail.
  • STORMS REVEAL WHO WE BELIEVE JESUS IS: I think it’s interesting that when you look at how Matthew, Mark, and Luke each tell this story they use different words for how they cry out to Jesus. Luke calls him (Master), Matthew calls him Lord. And Mark calls him teacher. The truth is there were 12 guys yelling and each one of them were probably using one of these three words. But there’s a difference in the terms. If you say Teacher, don’t you care. What’s a teacher supposed to do? If you say Master, that usually means they’re your master, but not necessarily master of the storm. And Lord is probably more a term of respect and because of context not a way of saying he was God. They see Jesus as a teacher, as someone worthy of respect, they see him as powerful, but they don’t see him as God yet. Jesus may be allowing you to go through a storm because you are willing to accept him as a teacher, or even as someone to be respected, but he wants you to reach out to him as God.
  • STORMS GIVE US A CHANCE TO REMEMBER WHO HE HAS BEEN: I say this because when Jesus responds to his disciples fear he says “do you still have no faith?” That word “still” means that he’s looking at all that they have seen up until this point and implying that “if I’ve done all of that in the past, why didn’t you think I could handle this right now
  • STORMS HELP US REPLACE OUR DEBILITATING FEAR OF THE WORLD WITH AN EMPOWERING FEAR OF JESUS. Let me explain this, because I’ve heard this story over and over again and I’ve missed it and I don’t want you to because it’s so powerful. In the middle of the storm they are afraid. But it says that after Jesus spoke and calmed the storm that “The disciples were absolutely terrified.”[4:31] Of who? They found themselves scared of Jesus! Why? I think it’s because of what I talked about earlier. I think they realized they were in the boat with someone who held the same power to speak creation into existance like in Genesis and to control the waters in like in exodus. When we properly see that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God, the one who makes all things, holds all things together, and is supreme over everything…We will become less afraid of the things of this world, and will have awe and respect for Jesus and trust in him to either calm the storm or bring us through it. Our fears will fade as we focus on the incredible power of Jesus with us in the boat.

JESUS ENDURED THE GREATEST STORM OF ALL

We know the answer to the question of “teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?

We know that no storm can ultimately destroy us.

“Lottie Moon: I have a firm conviction, that I am immortal till my work is done.” Jumping like a kid into the arms of Jesus.

    If you would like to listen to sermons from previous weeks or other sermon series, you may do that at auburncornerstone.org/teaching

    GIVING

    INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM!

    Thanks so much for being part of what God is doing at Cornerstone.

    Your generosity allows us to help MAKE and MULTIPLY DISCIPLES that KNOW, REFLECT, SERVE and POINT others to Jesus.

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    In addition, you may also text to give. Text 217-210-0317 and “GIVE”. Then enter the amount you would like to give.

    GROUPS

    DOING LIFE TOGETHER.

    We believe that significant life change best takes place in the context of intentional relationships. Groups are the places where real life and real issues are discussed. This is the environment to celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another in the tough and disappointing times. It’s a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to grow in our relationships with Jesus Christ.

    Nic Cook Home Group
    This group meets in the home of Nic and Susan Cook. They meet on Wednesday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.
    Lori Minks Home Group

    This group meets in the home of Shawn and Lori Minks. They meet on Monday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

    Jeff Millsap Home Group

    This group meets in the home of Jeff and Jennifer Millsap. They meet on Wednesday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

    Jennifer Millsap Sunday Group

    This group meets in the kitchen at Cornerstone. They meet on Sunday mornings @ 9:00 – 10:00 AM (during 1st service). There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed n the previous Sunday sermon.

    Ed Gerken & Ken Allen Sunday Group

    This group meets in the High School room at Cornerstone. They meet on Sunday mornings @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM (during 2st service). There is children’s programming available. Sunday group discussions are based around the topics and books of the bible of the teachers choosing.

    Ed Gerken Men's Group

    This group meets in the kitchen at Cornerstone. They meet on Monday evenings @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM There is no childcare provided. The Men’s group discussions are based around the topics and books of the bible of the teachers choosing.

    KIDS

    WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION NOW!

    WEEKLY

    NURSERY l SUNDAYS from 9-11:30 AM

    On Sunday mornings from 9-11:30 AM, infants and toddlers are cared for in our nursery area. The children are being cared for during our adult worship and Sunday group gatherings.

    KIDS GROUPS l SUNDAYS at 9:00 AM

    On Sunday mornings our kids, Pre-K – 5TH grade, will enjoy age appropriate creative and interactive bible teaching, fun activities and crafts. It’s a great chance to make friends as they learn more about Jesus.

    KIDS WORSHIP l SUNDAYS at 10:30 AM

    On Sunday mornings our kids, Pre-K – 5TH grade, will worship together by singing and dancing to songs with biblical truth. Each week, kids will participate in large and small group activities to discover who Jesus was and continue to build their faith.

    MONTHLY

    C-KIDS l MONTHLY

    Once a month during the school year, kid’s K – 5th grade will participate in a fun activity or service project. We encourage kids to participate with their parents in Showing Jesus to the community around us through serving him and his mission.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

     

    STUDENTS

    WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION NOW

    JR. HIGH GROUP | SUNDAYS AT 9:00 AM

    On Sunday mornings, our Jr. High students gather to learn, and build friendships with each other during our Sunday groups. There also might be doughnuts involved.

    CSM (CORNERSTONE STUDENT MINISTRY) | SUNDAYS EVENINGS

    Our Cornerstone Student Ministry meets on Sunday evenings for games, worship, shenanigans, teaching, small groups, food, and more shenanigans.

    Jr. High students meet from 4:00-6:00pm.

    High School students meet from 5:30-7:30pm.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    CSM: Home Groups October 27th

    With Student ministry we follow the model of meeting at the church for games and bible study but the last week of every month we make small groups the main event and Small group leaders have their groups meet in homes. This helps build relationships and connection outside of the church building and providing an environment for deeper connections. Questions? Talk to  Joe Shepherd (Joe@auburncornerstone.org)

    Our Upcoming Series: Us For Them

    We talk about how our world is constantly pointed to be us fighting other for what we want in live, a dog eat dog world. Jesus broke the mold and we should too. God is for people and we should be too. Join us sunday nights to find out how do we live FOR people not against them.

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