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Welcome to Cornerstone Church. We’re glad you decided to join us today as we celebrate all that Jesus has done for us. We are a church that LOVES GOD and LOVES OTHERS. We trust that you experienced God’s love here today. If there is anything we can do to serve you and help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, let us know.

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OUR PASTORAL STAFF
Lead Pastor – Erik Scottberg
Associate Pastor – Kermit Barker
Youth Pastor – Jake Wesemann
Discipleship Pastor – Phil Schneider
Children’s Director – Bethany Scottberg

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TODAY'S MESSAGE

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Introduction:

“I’m always angry.”

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An easy command?

Matthew 5:21 You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’

 

Jesus’ Interpretation:

Matthew 5:22a But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.

For Jesus, the issue isn’t: Have you murdered someone with your hands?
For Jesus, the issue is: Have you murdered someone in your heart?

Matthew 5:22b Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

The life to come is a continuation of who are now and the life you are living now.

“Every time you decide to let your anger smoulder on inside you, you are becoming a little less than fully human.” — N. T. Wright

 

Jesus’ Application:

Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Reconciliation takes precedence over worship.

Matthew 5:25-26 Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Your relationship with God tied up with your relationship with people.

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Conclusion:

When you are angry with someone:

  • Go to them.
  • Do your best to make peace.
  • Do it quickly.

Jesus himself refused to go the way of anger. Instead, he took the anger of his enemies within Israel, and of Israel’s own enemies, the Romans, on to himself, and died under its load. From that point on, reconciliation is not simply an ideal we might strive for. It is an achievement, an accomplishment, which we in turn must now embody. — N. T. Wright

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

Upcoming Events

  • Parent Info Meeting – May 19 (Immediately after service in the Auditorium)
  • Softball Game – May 23 – 7:30pm @ Gordon Moore Park
  • Kids Come to Big Church – May 26 (Auditorium)
  • Royal Family Kids Camp Craft Preparation Day – June 1 (Church Lobby)
  • Monthly Prayer Meeting – June 2 (Auditorium)
  • Bethalto’s 150th Anniversary – June 29 (Signup to help sell ice cream and run games)

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Cornerstone University

On Wednesday nights at 7pm we meet together to grow our faith and to learn more about who God is and what He does.

Current classes are:

  • Romans (Auditorium)
  • Future Family (Ferguson Room)
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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 relationship with Jesus Christ.

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