“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:28-30 ESV)… […]


“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)… The way we typically think about this verse is that Satan will not defeat the church, but Satan doesn’t run hell, God does; so even though […]


1 Peter 1:22-2:3 ESV 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is […]


In the movie A Christmas Story one of the main characters, Ralphy, get’s a pink bunny costume from one of his family members and his mom makes him go try it on immediately… He comes down the stairs utterly ashamed and his dad tells him he looks like a deranged Easter Bunny. Well, has that […]


In Luke 9:23-24 Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (ESV). I wonder, do you believe those words? Do you believe […]


In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (ESV). I wonder if you truly feel the weight […]


Often when I’m doing evangelism I ask people if they’re a Christian; 9 times out of 10 they say yes. So then I ask them why. At that point I get all kinds of answers: “Because I’m trying to be a good person… Because I believe in God… Because I go to church, sometimes… Because […]


The gospel is the good news about the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is good news, not good advice. The gospel is not something we do but a message about something that has been done for us. The gospel is the glorious message that tells us that God has made a way for […]


In John 20:21, Jesus tells us, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (ESV). This is the same call as the Great Commission in Matthew 28, where Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations… This may sound daunting, but if our hearts are gripped by the […]


We are all sinners, but Christians are repentant sinners. In his first thesis Martin Luther said, “the entire life of believers should be repentance.” So, are you still repenting? In his book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer wrote, “It needs to be said that faith is not a mere optimistic feeling, […]


In 1 Corinthians 15:14 Paul says, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (ESV)… And then he goes on in 1 Corinthians 15:32 to say, “If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’” (ESV). Paul tied the […]


This Wednesday marks 501 years since the beginning of what we know as the Protestant Reformation… A German Monk named Martin Luther, at the age of 34, nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg… The Catholic Church at the time had lost sight of the gospel, they were teaching […]


Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith” (ESV). This verse alone is reason enough for us to care about church history; but we should understand that church history is our family history, and therefore we […]


In Matthew 16:18 Jesus promises, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (ESV)… That promise always makes me think of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He is by far one of my favorite figures from recent church history (1899-1981). He was from Wales, once a great medical doctor, who in […]


What would cause someone to be willing to suffer the loss of all things for Christ? Well, what do we see in Scripture? In Philippians Paul says, “it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in […]


In John 19:14, Pilate presents Jesus to the Jews and he tells them, “Behold your King!” Of course they don’t see Him as their King at all; they miss who Jesus is completely… But, beholding Him is exactly what they needed to do… Beholding Jesus is what we all need to do… You see, their […]


When you think about what a Christian is, what comes to your mind?… Theologian J. I. Packer says, “The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father.”[1]That’s a beautiful answer, and it goes right along with Scripture. In Ephesians […]


God’s Word says, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 11:12 ESV). Oh how Peter needed to hear this… Peter had a tendency to be arrogant and self-confident. Once when Jesus was telling the disciples that He was going to the cross, Peter stepped forward and said, […]

Suffering Is Hard, But Christ Has Overcome The World…

In the last verse of John 16 Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” He tells His disciples this after telling them of His coming suffering on the cross and the suffering that will befall them as they live in this broken world as Christians. […]

2018 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference

  It has been a true joy to host the 2018 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference. The audio from the conference can be found by clicking on the links below… Session 1 – Minister Gregg Wren II Session 2 – Steven Ger Session 3 – Mike Black Session 4 – Dan Duncan Session 5 – Elder […]

Seeking To Be Amazed By Jesus In 2018

Happy New Year! As you know this is a time of resolutions and new beginnings, and so on that note I’ve been evaluating my life and planning for the new year. As I said in my last sermon, resolutions can be great things, as long as we are making them for the right reasons. If […]

A Call To Prayer And Faithfulness

Cornerstone Family, As I’m sure you all have heard by now, a heartbreaking tragedy befell one of our sister churches yesterday. While we were in the midst of worship, a man walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX and opened fire on the congregation, killing right at half of the congregation and […]

The 2017 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference

  It was true joy to host the 2017 Sovereign Grace Bible Conference. The audio from the conference is below… Sunday, 06/25/2017   Minister Gregg Wren II – True Worship Steven Ger – The Feast of Tabernacles Monday, 06/26/2017              Dan Duncan – Sola Scriptura Mike Black – Proverbs 10 Tuesday, 06/27/2017 Elder Keelan Atkinson – Race […]

True Disciples

A true disciple is one who abides in Jesus’ word, knows the truth, and has been set free. Abide and remain are the same word in the Greek. To abide in Jesus’ word is to remain in Jesus’ word—it’s to remain in God’s Word and the Word who is God (John 1:1-5). And like the […]

Christianity 101 and Our Need for Growth

Evangelism and discipling are key components of the basic Christian life; they are Christianity 101. Consider the Great Commission…  Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of […]

The Lord’s Supper: A Gracious Gift of God

Whether you call it the Lord’s Supper or Communion, if you’ve been a Christian for long I’m sure you’ve experienced this ordinance in some fashion. Some churches eat a cracker and drink juice, while other churches eat bread and drink wine. Some churches pass the elements out, while others go and get the elements from […]

12 Resources on Missions

    Today begins our month long focus on missions. With that in mind I (Nick) thought it might be helpful to recommend a few messages and books that have really helped me in my understanding of and passion for missions. Messages you need to hear on missions… Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain by […]

All Christians Have a Job

Are you a Christian? If you answered yes did you know you have a job? I don’t mean what you do for a living, I mean a job given to you by Jesus Himself. Whether you realize it or not, according to Jesus every Christian has a job to do inside the local church. When […]

America and the Kingdom of God

I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in a small room in downtown Denver doing what I had dreamt of doing since I was twelve years old. Me and a dozen or so other young men and women stood with our right hands raised swearing an oath of allegiance to the […]

Count It Not Strange-Trading Nationalism for a Missionary Identity

America America is a democratic republic. A republic by definition is a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. A democracy by definition is a government by the people; a form of government in which the […]

Whole-Life Worship

Worship can be defined as: giving God the glory He deserves. The English meaning of the word literally means, displaying the worth of something or someone. (Worth-ship) The Bible has multiple words for worship in Hebrew and Greek but they all address showing value. We (Christians) worship God because He is perfect and we are […]

Jesus Calling – A Word Of Caution

What is the definition of Scripture? Almost any Christian who has been born- again for any extended period of time will answer something like this: “Scripture is God’s specific written Word to His people.” If they have done their memory verse homework for Sunday school at any time in their lives they might even reference […]

As Intentional As Skateboarders

Skateboarders With A Mission I’ve always had a very addictive personality; I suppose this is due to my family background and genetic wiring, and of course God’s sovereignty. But, long before I was ever introduced to drugs or alcohol, I found myself becoming obsessed with the things that interested me. For the bulk of my […]