Introduction:

We, Cornerstone Fellowship of Mill Run, are “members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2: 19-22).

 

Affirmations:

1) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only sure foundation, the only basis for meaningful and eteral life. “No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11) We believe Jesus Christ is the only way to personal salvation, and the sole architect and builder of the church.

 

2) Our salvation is a gift from God, accomplished by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. When God poured out the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the crowd asked how they should be saved, Peter’s reply in Acts 2:38 was to, “Repent..be baptized..and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This corresponds to the spirit’s work of convicting, cleansing, and empowering. Likewise, we affirm repentance, believer’s baptism, and the reception of the Holy Spirit as fundamental to Christian discipleship.

 

3) We freely submit to the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, as our authority for faith and practice. We welcome the ministry of God’s Word among us, knowing that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

4) We recognize that God’s plan is for us to walk out our Christian faith in community rather than in isolation. We affirm both intimate personal communion with the Lord and Spirit-led corporate discernment as God’s way for his people. We honor the spiritual family God has called us to and we respect the spiritual authority of its leadership. We also affirm our belonging to the Body of Christ in general and the Allegheny Conference of the Mennonite Church USA in particular.

 

5) We affirm the need to keep our covenant with Christ and His church current, and therefore, agree to the ongoing process of self and corporate accountability. Our membership is based upon a public profession of faith and agreement with this covenant statement.

 

 

COMMITMENTS

Each member of the church family of Cornerstone Fellowship individually affirms the following: 

I acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ as my Sovereign Lord and Head of the church. With gratitude for adopting me into god’s family, I make this covenant together with my Christian brothers and sisters in Cornerstone Fellowship of Mill Run. With God’s help, I commit myself to:

C aring deeply and practically for my brothers and sisters in the fellowship.

 

O ffering back to the Lord’s service the time, talents, possessions, and money god has entrusted to me as He directs.

 

R esponding openly to the Holy Spirit’s ministry of cultivating His fruit in me and expressing His gifts through me..

 

N urturing my spiritual life through personal and corporate disciplines such as worship, prayer, and study of the Word.

 

E ndeavoring to participate as able in the activities of the church.

 

R efusing to be enslaved to anything (attitudes, habits, possessions, relationships, expectations, etc) other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

S triving to live at peace with everyone and not take revenge when violated.

 

T rusting and submitting to the leadership God has raised up for our fellowship.

 

O beying the commands of Jesus, including the “Great Commission” to go and make disciples.

 

N eeding to maintain a teachable spirit that is willing to give and receive counsel and that resists a critical spirit and strife.

 

E ncouraging families to establish Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as their head and cooperating with the Holy Spirit to preserve traditional Christian values and the institution of the family.

 

To be built soley upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone, by laying foundations of worship, prayer, evangelism, discipleship and every member ministry.

 

WORSHIP: Offering our whole self up to Christ as a living sacrifice

 

PRAYER: listening and obeying at the foot of the cross

 

EVANGELISM: Reaching out to seek and save the lost

 

DISCIPLESHIP: Growing in faith and grace as a member of the body of Christ

 

EVERY MEMBER MINISTRY: The whole church body using their gifts and talents to further God’s Kingdom