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CORNERSTONE

CORNERSTONE

ChrIST AlonE, CornErSTonE JESUS - ThE FoUnDATIon oF YoUr lIFEPSAlm 118, ISAIAh 28Since ancient times, a cornerstone has been vitally important in the construction of a building. This stone is laid first and it determines the positioning and layout of the rest of the structure. Keystones on the other hand are near the top and hold the other pieces in place. In either case they are an important piece in the overall integrity and foundation of the building. Talking about Jesus, Psalm 118:22 tells us that the stone that was rejected has become the cornerstone. In Isaiah 28:16 it tells us that this precious cornerstone, again talking about Jesus, is a sure foundation and there is no need to panic for those who rely on it. Imagine living in a tall building. If the cornerstone was made of a material that was weaker than the rest of the structure or not placed correctly, the whole building would be compromised! How comfortable would you be to set up your life inside that building and trust your life to be safe when something places pressure on that foundation? We can sometimes find ourselves leaning on different foundations at different points in our life. Some cornerstones look very attractive and stable and without even realising it, we have moved into a new building with a different cornerstone. Ultimately, these foundations will lead to disappointment and disillusionment. Jesus is the only way to salvation and fellowship with God. We were totally unable to save ourselves; our sin separating us from God. Through His work on the cross, Jesus used Himself as the cornerstone, the sure foundation upon which our relationship and connection back to our Creator could be made. Only Jesus, being the Son of God, had the power to do this for us. He is the foundation upon which we can build a life with a solid assurance and a confidence for the future. We can live a life free of fear and worry and with a comfort that comes from the unsurpassed love of God. Christ alone is the cornerstone for every part of our life.

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ConnECTIon AnD ACTIonQ: Weve all seen buildings being built. What lessons about foundations for life can we learn from buildings? Q: My hope is built on nothing less - Discuss some of the cornerstones that people rely on other than Jesus. What is the danger of these foundations? Q: What are some of the cornerstones youve built your life on in the past? Q: What benefits have you experienced from having Christ as your cornerstone? Q: How would you explain to someone who wasnt a follower of Jesus why they needed to make Him their cornerstone? Q: Share a time when you moved your reliance from some false cornerstones to Jesus. How did that happen? What result did it have in your life?

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bIblE AnD bElIEFRead Matthew 7:24-28In this passage, Jesus describes people who build their lives on his teachings as wise. Q: What things does Jesus say we need to do to be able to build on this foundation? Q: Why are hearing and applying important and inseparable when founding our lives on Jesus teaching? Q: What is it about Jesus teaching that makes it a sure foundation for our lives? Why does it protect from the storms of life? Q: Illustrate this with an example of how one of Jesus teachings from the Sermon on the Mount has shaped the foundations of your life.

Read 1 Corinthians 3:5-8, 3:9-15In this passage, Paul talks about building the kingdom upon the foundation which is Jesus. Q: In what ways is Jesus Himself the foundation for our lives? For the kingdom? Q: What does it mean to build our lives on that foundation? Q: What different ways are there to build our lives on this foundation that is Jesus? What about building the kingdom? Q: Paul identified good and poor ways of building on that foundation. What are good ways? What are poor ways? Give examples.

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GrowInG lEADErShIPQ: In your experience as a leader what things have you seen people build their lives on other than the foundation of Jesus? What were the results? Q: How can we help others to build their lives on Jesus foundation? (Leaders Tip: help them to cultivate their relationship with Jesus, help them identify parts of their life that are not founded on Jesus, or where they dont trust Him or relinquish control to Him). Q: What does it mean for Jesus to be the foundation of our leadership? How can we promote that in our own leadership? Q: How can we make Jesus the centre of our leadership in the workplace or some other non-church setting where we have influence?

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wEAk mADE STronG In ThE SAvIoUrS lovE- hIS STrEnGTh mADE PErFECT In oUr wEAknESS2 CorInThIAnS 12:9, mATThEw 11:28Perhaps one of the greatest feelings of security known to a child is when, overwhelmed by childhood fears and dangers, a powerful parent effortlessly sweeps them up out of harms way. We can all imagine various forms of guardianship both big and small, and yet, the result is the same. The strength of the parent is highlighted by the comparative weakness of the child. A child has no need to compete with the parents strength or leadership. They can happily focus on whatever they need to and when strength is needed, it is drawn from the parent and not from themselves, because the childs strength is insufficient for the task. The parent delights in lending their strength, for it comes out of their overflowing love for the child and the child does not think less of themselves for needing the parent. Through the parents strength the child is strong, far stronger than if the child was on their own. Jesus love and grace strengthens us in a similar way. In 2 Cor 12:9 it tells us that Jesus grace is wholly and completely sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. In Matt 11:28, Jesus is calling us to Himself, anyone who is tired or burdened. He wants to give us rest! Not only is Christs strength revealed through our weakness, we become strengthened because its not our own strength but Gods. When its no longer about our strength but Gods strength, it opens a door for Christ to work through us and makes it possible for His power to be seen by all, and in the process becomes a testimony to Him. Though we are weak, through Christ and His love for us, we are made strong.

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ConnECTIon AnD ACTIonQ: What are some things or people that you rely in your day-to-day life? (Leaders Tip: You can make this a light-hearted discussion). Q: I dare not trust the sweetest frame - What are some things that can be attractive but dangerous to rely on for strength instead of Jesus? Q: Have you ever been strengthened by someone else? Describe the experience. Q: Describe an area in your life that used to be weak but has now become strong. How did that happen? Q: But wholly trust in Jesus name - What are some barriers youve experienced to trusting God? Q: What have you learned about consistently choosing Jesus when youre tired, stressed or weak?

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bIblE AnD bElIEFRead 1 Corinthians 3:5-6, 15:9-10 & 2 Corinthians 3:4-6.Q: What does Paul mean when he says we watered but God caused the growth? Q: What does Paul mean when he says our competency comes from God? Q: What perspective on grace and work is Paul providing in 1 Cor 15:10? Q: What can we learn from these scriptures about the way in which Gods strength and our efforts work together?

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10Q: What human tendency do you think Jesus statement My grace is sufficient for you is intended to counter? Q: What do you think Jesus meant when he told Paul my power is made perfect in weakness? How do you think it works? Q: Do you think v9 can be applied to all forms of human weakness? If so, how? If not, why not? Q: In v10, Paul says he delights in weakness. Does that mean all weakness? Are there some weaknesses were meant to have overcome? Q: Which of your weaknesses are you glad Jesus grace is sufficient for?

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GrowInG lEADErShIPQ: What have you learned about carrying the pressures and responsibilities of leadership in the grace and strength of God? Q: What have you learned about continuing to lead strongly when there are challenges and difficulties in your personal life? Give an example. Q: What indicators tell us whether our ministry team members are strong or stressed? Q: How can we help those we lead develop resilience in life and ministry? Q: Give an example of a time God broke through in the life of your connect group or team.

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ThroUGh ThE STorm, hE IS lorD- TrUST AnD hoPE In ThE mIDST oF DIFFICUlTY.1 CorInThIAnS 10:13 hEbrEwS 4:16, 12:1-3 JAmES 1:2-4 mATThEw 8:23-27

Like the disciples, we have all experienced difficult or challenging times in our lives and maybe you are in the midst of a storm right now. Problems can overwhelm us, swallowing us completely and fear can easily take a hold of us. The thing we must never forget, though, is that Jesus is with us in that storm. We are not alone. Not only are we not alone, the person we are with is our Lord, Jesus Christ! The only possible outcome is victory through Jesus. What a confidence that brings as we move through times of challenge. Jesus is no stranger to storms. He personally experienced a storm through his crucifixion and conquered it, rising from the dead on the third day. This awesome power is with you in your storm! He is a storm specialist. When facing a storm, we need not be afraid. Heb 4:16 tells us that God will help us in our time of need; all we need to do is approach Him confiden