One thing that has driven people away from the church (and kept others away) is hypocrisy or a “show” of goodness that goes away behind close doors. We admit we have a tendency to be hypocrites. We want people to think better of us than we really are! Part of this comes from a legalistic view of salvation, which says, “as long as I’m good enough, God will accept me.” We tend to transfer that to people and think, “as long as I’m good enough, people will admire me.” But the gospel challenges this. It says, “you’re much worse than you think you are” while at the same time affirming, “but God’s grace is much greater than you think it is.” As we grow more used to the gospel and grace, it sets us free from the shackles of hypocrisy. We still slip back into hypocritical living at times, perhaps even often. But we are no longer trapped by it. The gospel is breaking us free.
A small church
In Katy there are lots of big churches with big budgets and big programs. And that’s great for many people. They’re able to do many things that we simply can’t do and we’re thankful for their partnership in the gospel. We’re not a big church, and we think that’s okay too. Our size allows us to function more as a large family. It is harder to be anonymous in a small church, so don’t expect to come and go from Cornerstone without someone getting to know you. It’s not likely to happen.
A big vision
Though we may be small in size, we’ve embraced a big vision, which is to renew our families, our community, and our world by bringing faith and life together in Christ. We know our size brings limitations to how many things we can do and do well. And yet, we know it doesn’t limit God and what He might do through us. Embracing a big vision keeps us dependent upon God, and reminds us that God is always bigger than we think.
Governed by elders
Cornerstone is led by a group of elders and a group of deacons. Our elders focus on the shepherding needs of the church. Our deacons focus on the mercy and facility needs of the church. This means the each of our leaders has regular accountability and that the congregational care is spread among many.
Committed to the means of grace
We recognize that the ordinary means of grace that God has given to bring us to maturity in Christ is the Word (especially the preached word), the sacraments, fellowship, discipline and prayer. We are not looking for extraordinary events to bring growth, but the steady, plodding of faithful participation in the life of the church, which is the context for these ordinary means of grace.