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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.

We have a GIFT for you. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center to pick it up after service. It’s our way of saying “Thank you!” for checking out Cornerstone Church.

OUR PASTORAL STAFF
Lead Pastor – Erik Scottberg
Associate Pastor – Kermit Barker
Youth Pastor – Jake Wesemann
Discipleship Pastor – Phil Schneider

OUR MISSION
One day, a man came to Jesus and asked Him, “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus responded that the greatest is to love the Lord with all your heart and soul and mind. The second greatest, He continued, is to love your neighbor as yourself. At Cornerstone Church, our mission is to simply do this: LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS. We want every person in Bethalto and the surrounding communities to hear about the love of Jesus and experience that love through us (His) people.

OUR PROCESS
At Cornerstone, we have a 4-step process for fulfilling our mission:
We meet weekly to CELEBRATE God’s work in our lives.
We CONNECT with other believers frequently.
We GROW closer to God in intimacy and likeness.
We SERVE God and others selflessly.

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NEXT STEPS
We believe there’s a next step for every follower of Jesus, no matter if you’re a new believer or if you’ve been doing this for years. Either way, we’re thrilled you’re here!

I PRAYED TO FOLLOW JESUS

I’M READY TO GET WATER BAPTIZED

I WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF CORNERSTONE

TODAY'S MESSAGE

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Introduction:

The beatitudes show us that sometimes upside down is right side up.

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit…
  • Blessed are those who mourn…
  • Blessed are the meek…
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst…
  • Blessed are the merciful…
  • Blessed are the pure in heart…
  • Blessed are the peacemakers…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12

Persecution is simply the clash between two irreconcilable value-systems. – John Stott

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“because of righteousness”

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. – Matthew 5:11

Righteousness is more than living right. Righteousness is living in right relationship with Jesus.

 

“for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:12

When you follow Jesus, the reward is worth it.

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

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Conclusion:

What are you willing to be persecuted for?

When you decide what’s worth dying for you’ll discover what’s worth living for.

 

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Click here to watch and listen to past sermons at bethaltochurch.com.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Easter (Egg Hunt between services) – Sunday, April 21 at 8:30am & 10:30am
  • Kids Camp Registration and Form Due – Sunday, April 28
  • Small Groups
 – Sunday, April 28
  • Silent Auction & Trivia Night
 – Friday May 3 at 6pm ($100/table / $15 person)
  • Water Baptism – May 19
GROUPS

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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