So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.
For 25 years, we have seen God do more than we could ever ask or imagine. Together, we’re asking him to do it again. As we covenant together, we are affirming a shared confession, a shared vision, and a shared commitment to one another as members of Cornerstone Church. If you want to make these promises, please fill out the form below by September 22.
Our Shared Vision
A GOSPEL-FUELED CHURCH
The greatest news in the world is not what we have done for God, but what God has done for us in Christ. This Good News should shape and empower every aspect of life.
A GATHERED CHURCH
We place a high value on gathering as a church body to hear from God as the Bible is taught and to respond to God with worship and praise.
A CHURCH FAMILY
Beyond our weekend gatherings, we are faithful to pursue accountable relationships, to develop intentional friendships and live out the “one anothers” of scripture.
AN OUTWARD-FACING CHURCH
We want others to know Christ, so we share the love of Jesus as we speak the Gospel and show the love of Jesus as we live for the good of our neighbor.
A NEXT-GENERATION CHURCH
We believe the university is the most strategic mission field in the world, so we prioritize reaching students through our college ministry, The Salt Company.
A SENDING CHURCH
We believe that our measure of success is not simply our seating capacity, but our sending capacity. As we strive to be a vibrant Gospel church in Ames, we want to fuel a multiplying Gospel movement through church-planting on university campuses.
Our Shared Confession
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s infallible, inerrant Word, and is our supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. All Scripture is a testimony to Jesus Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
GOD (FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT)
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. This eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return in glory to judge the earth. We believe in the Holy Spirit, coeternal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit inspired the Scripture, convicts of sin, calls people to salvation, transforms us to holiness and gifts the Body of Christ for service.
We believe salvation is God’s deliverance of people from His wrath through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and God’s ultimate work through Christ to restore all things to perfection in the new heavens and new earth. All of mankind has rebelled against God and is condemned to eternal death. Jesus, God’s Son, died in the place of sinners. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin & death. Through faith in Jesus, people can experience God’s forgiveness and have hope of eternal life with Him. One day Jesus will return to make all things new and all who know Jesus will be raised to life.
We believe in the universal church as the Body of Christ, including believers from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. We believe in the local church, consisting of a local family of believers, associated by covenant in the faith, seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The scriptural officers of a local church are elders and deacons. Each local church is called to faithfully proclaim the Gospel, administer the symbolic ordinances of believers baptism and communion, and call its members to holy living.
THE KINGDOM AND LAST THINGS
We believe in the Kingdom of God & His final reign over all things. At present, Christians live under God’s rule while we wait for the fullness of God’s Kingdom that will be expressed at the return of Jesus. When he returns, Jesus will judge all mankind in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will dwell forever with Christ in the new heavens and new earth.
Our Shared Commitment
As members of Cornerstone Church, we are committing to faithfulness in certain areas of life that bind us together. In particular, we promise to be faithful in the following areas:
- FAITHFUL ATTENDING – I will regularly participate in public worship services of Cornerstone Church and intentionally pursue relationships with other members of the Cornerstone family through connecting ministries.
- FAITHFUL SERVING – I will intentionally use my time and talents to serve the church & my local community.
- FAITHFUL LIVING – I will seek to obey Jesus and live by His commands as revealed in Scripture. Recognizing none of us will live a perfect life of obedience, when I fail I will confess and repent.
- FAITHFUL GIVING – I will contribute regularly and intentionally to financially support the ministry of Cornerstone Church.
As the elder team of Cornerstone Church, we commit to:
- Uphold the qualifications of the elder according to 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5.
- Lead faithfully as we study the Scriptures and follow the Holy Spirit.
- Care for the church family through prayer and equipping.
- Provide Biblical and Gospel-centered teaching and counsel.
- Guard against false teachers.
- Carry out church discipline when necessary for the purity and sanctification of the church.
MAKE YOUR COMMITMENT
Membership is for adults (18 and over) who affirm the shared vision, confession, and commitment of Cornerstone Church. The membership commitment and renewal form is available below. Please fill it out by September 22.
Thank you for being part of our church family. We thank God for all that He has done in the first 25 years of our church, and can’t wait to see what He will do next!