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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.

CDMM INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Sunday, Oct. 20th

Please join us for more information regarding the trip at this meeting following second service on Sunday, Oct. 20th. If you are interested in learning more about the trip or know that you will be going on this mission trip, please plan to come to this meeting. We have so many wonderful opportunities to do amazing things in the Dominican Republic. In order to finalize the service work we will be doing; we are looking for commitment to go on the trip by the end of October, if possible. I am excited to see where God leads us and the opportunity to be his hands and feet.Questions? See Trish Groeninger.

CHANGE FOR CHANGE

Help make a "change" in the Dominican Republic with your "change". Fill up the jar over the next several months and return the jar to the church by February 2, 2020. If it gets full, please feel free to come back and get another jar. Please sign out your jar before taking it. Each sign out sheet is attached to the box of jars with a specific number. Questions? See Trish Groeninger.

TEACHING

Mark Chapter 2: Forgiveness, Friendship, Freedom

Mark 2:1-22

Just because it’s a crowd…

He’s completely surrounded by people. Crammed into the house, people at the windows and doors, people crowding around the house. But when Mark talks about people crowding around Jesus, it isn’t necessarily a good thing. Not everyone was there for the right reasons.

Most of them were there either because they WANTED something from Jesus like healing, or because they LOOKING to see what he was going to do next. They were there for the show!

Then there were people who were there because they were SKEPTICAL and didn’t trust him because he didn’t fit their idea of what a rabbi, let alone the Messiah, should look like.

Then, there were a few people in the crowd that BELIEVED that Jesus was more than just a teacher. They believed he could be the Messiah. We see a group of people incredibly determined to do anything they can to get their friend in front of the only person who could help him. They go up on the top of the roof and punch a hole in it and lower their friend down in front of Jesus.

They believe his greatest need is to be able to walk again. But Jesus knows that this man’s greatest need is to be Forgiven

     

      • FORGIVEN: No matter how big the problems AROUND us might seem, they are nothing in comparison to the problem WITHIN us. No sickness, or disease, or poverty, or pain we might experience is more devastating or destructive as our sin. Most of us think of our biggest problems as being outside or around us but Jesus looks directly at this man and is more concerned with his heart than his legs. Because the same sin that is in his heart, is in all of our hearts.
        • Sin is: the deep desire in all of us to want to replace God. To make the world revolve around us. To make our own happiness the primary pursuit of our lives. To use people and things for our own purposes and pleasure. Sin is the belief that we know better than God. It’s saying “I know you created me and everything else, but I don’t care. I’m in charge now then giving God the middle finger and turning our back on him?! it leads not only to destruction of relationships, of society, but it also leads to separation from God both in this life, and eternal separation after death. Love isn’t about simply fixing legs when our souls are broken! The greatest need we have in our life is to be forgiven of our sin. To admit we’ve wronged God and hear the words, “son/daughter your sins have been forgiven.”
      • JESUS CAN FORGIVE OUR SINS BECAUSE HE IS GOD! Jesus is claiming to do something that only God can do. Which means he’s claiming to be God. He’s claiming to have the same power as God.
        • Jesus then turns around and says, just to prove I’m able to forgive sins by simply saying “you’re forgiven”, watch what else happens when I speak. Get up and walk.
        • HELPLESS/HOPELESS/READY: What I love about the story of this man, is that as he laid helplessly in front of Jesus, he knew deep down that he was completely incapable of fixing himself. He was utterly dependent on what Jesus could do for him. Both Physically and Spiritually, he could never make himself better. And just like him, when we’re ready to admit our helplessness, and that without Jesus we’re hopeless in our sin, then we’re ready for what only Jesus can do.
      • FRIENDSHIP: JESUS DIDN’T JUST SEE LEVI FOR WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE HAD DONE, HE SAW WHO HE COULD BE AND WHAT HE COULD DO THROUGH HIM: Instead of seeing a sinner, a cheater, a collaborator, or a traitor, he saw a someone who could be forgiven, a disciple, an apostle, and even a gospel writer. A friend. A Partner in Ministry.
        • 3 KINDS OF ATTITUDES TOWARDS SIN: ADMIT & OWN THEIR SIN: They know they are sick with sin and need healing like Levi. And they respond to Jesus with gratitude, humility, and joy. DOWNPLAY THEIR SIN THROUGH COMPARISON: They know they’re sin sick, but think their sickness is not as bad as others. I think some of the other disciples probably felt this way. They had yet to realize just how bad all sin really is, and that Jesus alone is truly good. DECIEVE THEMSELVES” AND THINK THEY’RE NOT SINFUL: They refuse to admit it to themselves or anyone else. They say to themselves. I’m a pretty good person. I do everything I’m supposed to. I follow all the rules. God’s pretty lucky to have me. I do my part at work. My kids are respectful. As my grandpa used to say ”I don’t drink, smoke, or go out with girls who do.” It’s about, I don’t do this, or don’t do this, or don’t do this.
      • FREEDOM The answer is simple…Because they don’t have to fast to be close to God, to know God, or to learn God’s will, They’re sitting right next to God. Jesus is telling them that from this point forward, there is going to be a whole new way of interacting with God. The old ways of going to the temple, bringing sacrifice after sacrifice, following the 613 laws of the Old Testament, are going to be replaced. Like an old garment that’s full of holes, it’s time for a new garment. Put the old away and start wearing the new! It’s not going to be about doing all the right things to get close to God, it’s about God coming close to you and doing all the things you couldn’t do for yourself!
        • MARTIN LUTHAR:16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” [Rom. 1:16-17] And his entire life changed! Believing that he is the son of God, that he can forgive us of our sins, and giving our life to him is the way we are saved. We could not get to God through fasting, or rules, or sacrifices, so God came to us! [21]
          • FREEDOM TO OBEY OUT OF LOVE: Keeping rules feels like a funeral. Loving Jesus feels like a wedding celebration!

      GOSPEL: SADNESS & CELEBRATION

      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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      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 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.

      Rob Farthing Home Group

      This group meets in the home of Rob and Lisa Farthing. 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. This takes place during the school year, and will resume January 6, 2019.

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

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

      UPCOMING EVENTS

      CSM: 2019 KICK-OFF

      Sunday, September 8th

      Our first CSM of the year! Jr. High will be meeting 4:00-6:00 pm and High School will meet from 5:30-8:00 with food from 5:30 to 6:00 pm!  Questions? See Joe Shepherd

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