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The Whole Counsel of God Part 2: Creation

The doctrine of creation is very misunderstood in our modern times, especially due to the Bible-science controversy taking centre stage, which often distracts from the main message of Genesis 1-3. What we learn there, however, is that God created it all and sustains everything in His hands, all the time. We can be encouraged that, when all is said and done, God is in perfect control.

This six part booklet is the second part of our Whole Counsel of God series. The course is periodically taught at our Equipping Courses (evenings or mornings).

RT Kendall & Michael Eaton (19 – 23 May)

It was amazing having RT Kendall and Michael Eaton, renowned Bible teachers, with us at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview for the week of 19 – 23 May 2014.

RT Kendall and Michael Eaton are excellent at making theology accessible and stimulating for everyone.

“R.T. Kendall… is a man of deep commitment to the Bible and wants others to know it, love it and understand it as he does.” – Billy Graham

On the right are the freely available recordings of all the sessions. RT Kendall spoke on the Sermon on the Mount while Michael Eaton expounded on 1 Peter.

The Whole Counsel of God

You can also download The Whole Counsel of God series by Dr Michael Eaton. This is an excellent 45 hours of preaching and teaching as Michael takes us through some of the following topics:

  • What is “the whole counsel of God” and what do we do with it?
  • The teaching about God
  • Creation
  • The teaching about man
  • The person of Jesus Christ
  • Salvation
  • Working out your salvation
  • The doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • The doctrine of scripture
  • The doctrine of the church
  • The doctrine of last things

The Whole Counsel of God: Part 1

This course outlines how we build good doctrine, how we can teach others to do the same, and provides foundational doctrines that are key in discovering how to use the Bible properly. The course is periodically taught at our Equipping Courses (evenings or mornings).

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



Jesus the Centre of Our Faith

TITLE: Jesus – the Centre of Our Faith
PREACHER: Jonno Warmington
DATE: 23 JUNE 2013 – Sunday PM

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Revelation: Interpretive Views

TITLE: Revelation: Interpretive Views
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 17 FEBRUARY 2013 – Sunday AM

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A Devotion to the Word

TITLE: A Devotion to the Word
PREACHER: Mark Meeske
DATE: 27 JANUARY 2013 – Sunday AM

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DEVOTE: Teaching

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
– 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV

In Acts 2:42 we see the Christian life as one of devotion to the Apostle’s Teaching (the Word of God), Fellowship, Communion and Prayer.

This booklet is about the Apostles’ Teaching. The goal of the booklet is to help us grow to love God’s Word in a deeper way. We want to be inspired again to read and devote ourselves to the Bible. Our desire is not to make intellectuals but people who are skilled at handling the Scriptures so they can know God better.

Each of the booklets in our DEVOTE series are specifically designed for Life Group discussion and teaching, but also work well for personal study.

Download the booklet in your preferred format below:

Download the other booklets in this series

DEVOTE: Prayer

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Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Prayer.

DEVOTE: Breaking Bread

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Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Breaking Bread.

DEVOTE: Fellowship

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Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Fellowship.

DEVOTE: Teaching

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Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of the Apostles' Teaching.

The Whole Counsel of God Part 2: Creation

The doctrine of creation is very misunderstood in our modern times, especially due to the Bible-science controversy taking centre stage, which often distracts from the main message of Genesis 1-3. What we learn there, however, is that God created it all and sustains everything in His hands, all the time. We can be encouraged that, when all is said and done, God is in perfect control.

This six part booklet is the second part of our Whole Counsel of God series. The course is periodically taught at our Equipping Courses (evenings or mornings).

RT Kendall & Michael Eaton (19 – 23 May)

It was amazing having RT Kendall and Michael Eaton, renowned Bible teachers, with us at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview for the week of 19 – 23 May 2014.

RT Kendall and Michael Eaton are excellent at making theology accessible and stimulating for everyone.

“R.T. Kendall… is a man of deep commitment to the Bible and wants others to know it, love it and understand it as he does.” – Billy Graham

On the right are the freely available recordings of all the sessions. RT Kendall spoke on the Sermon on the Mount while Michael Eaton expounded on 1 Peter.

The Whole Counsel of God

You can also download The Whole Counsel of God series by Dr Michael Eaton. This is an excellent 45 hours of preaching and teaching as Michael takes us through some of the following topics:

  • What is “the whole counsel of God” and what do we do with it?
  • The teaching about God
  • Creation
  • The teaching about man
  • The person of Jesus Christ
  • Salvation
  • Working out your salvation
  • The doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • The doctrine of scripture
  • The doctrine of the church
  • The doctrine of last things

The Whole Counsel of God: Part 1

This course outlines how we build good doctrine, how we can teach others to do the same, and provides foundational doctrines that are key in discovering how to use the Bible properly. The course is periodically taught at our Equipping Courses (evenings or mornings).

Download the course booklet in your preferred format below:



Jesus the Centre of Our Faith

TITLE: Jesus – the Centre of Our Faith
PREACHER: Jonno Warmington
DATE: 23 JUNE 2013 – Sunday PM

Download MP3 message audio
(Right Click the link and choose the ‘Save As’ Option)

Revelation: Interpretive Views

TITLE: Revelation: Interpretive Views
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 17 FEBRUARY 2013 – Sunday AM

Download MP3 message audio
(Right Click the link and choose the ‘Save As’ Option)

A Devotion to the Word

TITLE: A Devotion to the Word
PREACHER: Mark Meeske
DATE: 27 JANUARY 2013 – Sunday AM

Download MP3 message audio
(Right Click the link and choose the ‘Save As’ Option)

DEVOTE: Teaching

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
– 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV

In Acts 2:42 we see the Christian life as one of devotion to the Apostle’s Teaching (the Word of God), Fellowship, Communion and Prayer.

This booklet is about the Apostles’ Teaching. The goal of the booklet is to help us grow to love God’s Word in a deeper way. We want to be inspired again to read and devote ourselves to the Bible. Our desire is not to make intellectuals but people who are skilled at handling the Scriptures so they can know God better.

Each of the booklets in our DEVOTE series are specifically designed for Life Group discussion and teaching, but also work well for personal study.

Download the booklet in your preferred format below:

Download the other booklets in this series

DEVOTE: Prayer

/
Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Prayer.

DEVOTE: Breaking Bread

/
Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Breaking Bread.

DEVOTE: Fellowship

/
Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Fellowship.

DEVOTE: Teaching

/
Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of the Apostles' Teaching.

Acts 2

TITLE: Acts 2
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 1 July 2012 – Sunday AM

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Water Baptism: Why?

Water Baptism

As has been announced, this weekend we’ll be having water baptisms. If you haven’t been baptised before and you’d like to get baptised, please chat to one of the Cornerstone elders. You can call them at 011-616-4073 during office hours if you want to chat to them today.

But what is water baptism? Why do we do it? Is it some weird, religious ceremony that bears no meaning? What exactly is it about?

Here’s a brief little outline. The first thing to remember is that water baptism is a very simple matter – you don’t need to go through some hectic course before you can do it; you don’t need to learn Latin so you can chant some strange spiritual phrase; and, if you get baptised, you don’t have to wonder for the rest of your life what exactly it all meant.

If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, given Jesus your life, believed that He is the Son of God, put your faith in Jesus (these are just different phrases for the same thing, the act of believing in Jesus) then you can be baptised. And you should. Here’s why.

1) Water Baptism is a symbol, and an important one

Scripture says that when we begin to trust (have faith) in Jesus something real, but miraculous, happens to us. We are ‘born again’, ‘given life’ and ‘regenerated’. Romans 6: 1-14 specifically talks about being ‘dead to sin’ and ‘made alive to Christ’. Essentially, everything about our old way of life and our old desires are changed, made ‘dead’. Perhaps, before, you used to partake in some activity that you knew was wrong but you didn’t care. Now you find you care – and you care very much indeed. Maybe you used to do one or two shady deals at the office, now you find you just can’t do that anymore. Something inside you has changed.

This change has been done by God Himself, through the Holy Spirit. If that sounds spooky to you it’s not. But we can’t go into too much detail on that here as we’re talking about water baptism. The short of it is that God now fellowships and abides with you. He is nudging you in a life of true happiness and joy – a life of less and less sin.You have died to your old way of life – sin – and you are now alive to your new way of life – Jesus. It’s not just your acts that change but also your very nature.

And there’s no limit to what God does in terms of change. You could have been involved in some of the ugliest sinful stuff out there, but God still forgives and He both has and will deliver you from your sin. That’s the end of it.

Going under the water symbolises the reality of this event – you ‘die’ when you go under, you are ‘alive’ when you come back up. Metaphorically, of course. It’s done publicly so that everyone can see your personal commitment to living in Jesus Christ.

It’s also true that the act not only symbolises a past event (when you accepted Jesus) but also a future one – when you will physically die and be raised up to live forever, now with a glorified and sinless body. Just like Jesus who rose up on the third day. Except now God would have made a new heavens and earth (Rev 21:1) where we will live forever in His joyful presence. As can be seen, even all of creation – heaven and earth – will undergo a kind of death and resurrection. What baptism represents goes incredibly deep when you study it.

2) Jesus got baptised, so should we

As we follow Christ we do what Jesus did and even He got baptised. Read Mat 3: 13 – 17. Jesus also commanded that as we make disciples of all men, bringing them to Him, we also baptise them. Read Matt 28:19-20 for more on that.

In obedience to God’s command it’s good that we get baptised as quickly as possible after we make a commitment to Jesus. This is to help encourage us to go all the way, as it were, with our new commitment.

Baptism, as a physical act, also helps us to deal with doubt in the future. This is because it was an actual event, something that others saw as well, not an abstract or emotional choice that we might question later in life – wondering to ourselves if we really made a commitment to Jesus or not. (Unfortunately, a lot of teaching out there can put these sorts of doubts into our heads.) Now we can look back at a physical, not abstract, event and be sure of the reality of our commitment in our own minds.

In the Old Testament we see God regularly command the Israelites to remember certain days with festivals or altars and that sort of thing. He instructs them to do this so that they won’t forget what He did for them. Baptism is a moment in our lives we can always look back on when the going gets tough to remind us of what Jesus did – he made us dead to sin and alive to Christ. So we can live it!

3) The early church did it, so we do too

There are a number of places in Scripture where it shows the early church baptised. See Acts 2:37 – 41; Acts 8: 12 – 13; Acts 8: 36 – 38; Acts 9: 17; Acts 22: 16; Acts 10: 33 – 48; Acts 16: 13 – 15; Acts 16: 31 – 34. This isn’t holding to a tradition, this is holding to Scripture which commands we be baptised.

4) What about infant baptism; christening; sprinkling etc.

If you were christened; sprinkled; baptised as an infant you still need to get baptised as an adult (or, rather, at an appropriate age of understanding). This is because, as a baby, you can’t make a commitment to Jesus. You don’t even know you have hands and feet yet! Never mind deciding to turn away from your sins and making a commitment to Jesus. This is also why (amongst other reasons) at Cornerstone we don’t do infant baptisms.

5) Still not sure about this? No problem 🙂

You can chat to any of the elders, your Life Group leader, or get a copy of our Foundations manual for more. We’re also going to be starting a Foundations Bible Study soon (keep your eye open for details) that Andrew and Kirsten Marsterton (Deacons in Cornerstone) will be running. You can chat to them – if you don’t know what they look like, though, just call the church office at 011-616-4073 and ask to speak to an elder about baptism.

6) Want to get baptised? Awesome 🙂

Chat to any of the elders or your Life Group leader. If you’re not that integrated yet into Cornerstone, give any of the elders a call at 011-616-4073.

The Whole Counsel of God – Michael Eaton

The Whole Counsel of God - Michael Eaton

Dr. Michael Eaton visited Cornerstone Church in July 2008 and again in August 2009 to preach through The Whole Counsel of God series. This is an excellent systematic theology series rich in biblical exposition that serves as an overview of the beliefs that define our Christian faith.
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