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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
Children’s Director – Bethany Scottberg

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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!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

 

Introduction:

St. Nicholas is revered for being a generous giver of gifts and a defender of orthodox belief.

 

Taken UP and torn DOWN (Matthew 8:14-15a)

Matthew 8:14-15a When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her…

The Leper was forced to live outside of the city. Jesus cleansed him, restoring him socially and spiritually.

 

Jesus praised the faith of the Centurion and welcomed him in to the great feast of God’s people.

 

Jesus reached out and touched a woman without prompting revealing her dignity and worth.

 

Jesus took UP and tore DOWN so those were OUT could be IN.

 

Just like there’s a progression from the barriers outside the Temple to inside the Temple, there’s also a progression of how these people encountered Jesus.
– The leper went directly to Jesus and expressed faith.
– The servant was healed indirectly through the faith of the Centurion.
– And here, Jesus just heals…because he wants to! This is unmerited grace.

 

Receiving Inside and Serving Out (Matthew 8:15)

Matthew 8:15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

It was not her service that released Jesus’ grace; it was his grace released her service. — Dale Bruner

We don’t serve to receive. We’ve received so we serve.

Who are the outsiders of our time?

 

Conclusion: Power in Weakness (Matthew 8:16-17)

Matthew 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

This is KINGDOM POWER on display!

Matthew 8:17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

Matthew 27:50-51 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Jesus took UP our sin on the cross and tore DOWN death by conquering it.

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Response:

Receive grace to release grace.

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