Discipleship (Page 27)

Discipleship (Page 27)

Karyn Tang: Once Upon a Time, I Was an Atheist

My name is Karyn Tang. I live in Westford with my husband Aaron and six children. Once upon a time, I was an atheist. I grew up in southern China. Like most people in that region, my parents practice Fengshui, and the worship of ancestors and idols. Under the influence of the communism, Christianity was unheard of and I grew up rejecting all religions, including my parents’. My family was poor. I learned early that a good education was our…

Rachel Goclawski: You Turned My Wailing Into Dancing

I’m Rachel Goclawski, I live in Maynard with my husband, Ted and little girls, Lily and Krista. I’ve been an IT Specialist with the US Army for 15 years, and grew up on Long Island. I lost my father to cancer when I was young and my mother turned to the Roman Catholic Church for comfort, but it didn’t seem to help. Growing up I learned to rely on myself to be there for my mom in her anger and…

2 Timothy 3:14-4:4 Small Group Study Guide

At Cornerstone we see Vision as what we want to become and accomplish. Our Mission is how we carry out our vision. Our Core Values are the primary characteristics and DNA of who we are. Our values also help us accomplish both our mission and vision as we focus on what matters most to us. This week we’re study our core value of “Bible – We study, preach, apply, and share God’s Word.” What do you know about the Bible?…

The Lord’s Supper

On November 7, 2015, we celebrated our first observance of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, at Cornerstone. We at Cornerstone consider this a significant event in the life of our church. What is The Lord’s Supper? As recorded in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Christ commands his followers to observe the Lord’s Supper, remembering Him and proclaiming His covenant work for us. “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and…

Acts 2:42-47 Small Group Study Guide

 Acts 2:42-47:  Small Group Study Guide, Nov 7th 2015 Community – We gather together to worship God and welcome new friends. Acts 2:42-47 Read Acts 2:42-47 together. Assign each participant to read one verse if they feel comfortable doing so. Take a moment to review last weekend’s sermon. Answer the following questions: How did God speak to you in the message? Was there anything you didn’t understand? Share a positive time you experienced community (e.g., sports team, family, church, etc.). What are…

Pat Courtemanche: Faith Enough to Go

I grew up in a French-speaking home in Auburn, Maine with a sweet Canadian-born mother and an alcoholic father. My parents were Roman Catholic, though they allowed me to go to the Vacation Bible School (VBS) every year at the little Baptist church near my house. My friend’s grandparents were true believers and after VBS would run a little Backyard Bible club. This is where I first met Christ as a 6 year old and accepted him as my Savior.…

Cornerstone Connect: October 30, 2015 Edition

This week in the Connect: This Saturday will be our 5th official service since launching the church on the 3rd of October. It is absolutely amazing to look back at what God has done over the last two years, and it is even more amazing in some ways to see what he has done in the last 4 weeks. God is clearly at work in Westford and in our new church!

Bruce Burchfield: Empty Repetition and Knowing God

I was brought up Catholic.  I went to church every Sunday.  I attended CCD.  I knew who the Lord was.  I knew who the Virgin Mary was.  I knew my prayers. I was baptized as an infant, celebrated my first holy communion, and was confirmed.   When I was in high school, I was doing the things all teenagers do.  I was dating and accompanying my girlfriends to their houses of worship and experiencing different ways of worshiping the Lord.…

Rebecca Lawrence: No, I’m Not Perfect

As a small child, this may come as a shock, but I was NOT the perfect child. In fact, when I did something wrong my parents would ask me why. “Why did you lie?” or “Why did you hit your brother?” I would answer “I dunno” and I meant it. I didn’t know why I did things I knew were wrong, but I had a sense that something was missing, I just didn’t know what. I found the answer at church. I grew up in a…

5 Ingredients for Spiritual Meal-Making

My mom is a great cook who would make three delicious meals a day for my brothers and me. I wish I could say I inherited my mom’s love for cooking, but I never did. She tried and tried to teach me how to cook, but I never wanted to learn. Now my wife is away for a few weeks and I’m counting down the days until the lasagna she made and so lovingly stored in the freezer is gone.…