the apostle paul had traveled through amphipolis and apollonia when he came to thessalonica.  for three sabbaths he reasoned in the synagogue explaining that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ.  when several individuals began believing in Jesus a mob was formed and set the city in an uproar.  paul and his traveling companion, silas, had to flee from thessalonica by night.

when these two arrived in berea they once again began teaching in the synagogue.  these individuals in berea reacted differently than those in thessalonica
“now these were more noble-minded than those in thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see whether these things were so”  acts 17:1-15

this story shows the vital importance of being scripture-based.  at cornerstone we are open to new points-of-view, new teachings, new thoughts, but all of these must be weight against scripture.  scripture is the canon, the standard against which all things are measured.  being scripture-based is a core value at cornerstone!

spirit filled

when Jesus had risen from the dead He remained on the earth for forty days, preparing His disciples for their new ministry in a post-resurrection world. at evening on the first day of the week the disciples were hiding “for fear of the jews.” Jesus appeared in their midst and re-commissioned them for ministry, saying, “peace be with you; as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” after saying this “He breathed on them and said, ‘receive the Holy Spirit’ ” john 20:19-23 
in breathing on His disciples Jesus was looking back to His creation of adam. “then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” 

humankind is only truly alive when the spirit of God has been breathed upon it. at cornerstone we earnestly want all that we do to be filled with God’s spirit, the very presence of God himself.  being spirit-filled is a core value at cornerstone!

service minded

when Jesus assembled His disciples for the last passover meal before His crucifixion the disciples who had arranged the meal had failed to secure a servant who would wash their feet at the feast.  the disciples were glancing from one to another, unwilling to take this simple task upon themselves.  therefore Jesus, knowing that His time had come, rose from supper, laid aside His garments, girded Himself with a towel and took up a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet.  

when He had finished this simple service, Jesus reclined at the table and said,
“if I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. for I have given you an example that you also should do as I did to you” john 13:14, 15

at cornerstone we desire to be of service to one another and to our community.  washing feet is a powerful symbol of our willingness to perform any task to bring benefit and relief. being service-minded is a core value at cornerstone