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Corporate Worship: From the earliest days of the church Christians have gathered together on the morning of the first day of the week to celebrate the resurrection of their Lord. It is a special time when the body that Christ has bought through death and will one day raise together to be united with Him gathers to worship Him as one. We continue that tradition at Cornerstone when we gather together on Sunday morning to sing, to pray, and to hear the Word of the Lord through the reading of Scripture and through the preaching of the Word. Our Sunday morning assembly runs from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM.

Sunday School: When Jesus delivers His “Great Commission” He not only tells His followers to go and make disciples by “baptizing them in the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” but by “teaching them to observe all that l have commanded you,” (Matt. 28:19-20) as well. Recognizing that discipleship includes ministering to believers at various stages of maturity and growth, we have implemented a Sunday school class that is designed to intentionally and systematically teach each of Cornerstone’s members “to observe all that [Jesus has] commanded [them].” In its current form, our Sunday school is split into two groups: small children (K-3) and adults. The children move systematically through Lifeway’s “Explore the Bible” series while the adults are engaged in three-year discipleship program designed by the elders entitled, “Sojourners.” Sunday school meets from 9:30-10:15 AM every Sunday morning.

Sunday Evening Discussion: In Ephesians 4:11:16, Paul states that one of the ways the church grows is through the ministry of every member of the body as each part takes the teaching it receives from "the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers" and then ministers it to one another in love. One of the ways that we try to encourage this process is with our Sunday evening discussion. On Sunday evening the church gathers to grow in the application of God’s Word through a corporate discussion of the morning's message. Discussion questions are listed in the morning bulletin. The pastor begins by reviewing the morning message and asking the congregation if there are any questions left unanswered from the sermon. We then work through questions from the bulletin together so that we might "grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ" (Eph. 4:15). This discussion runs from 6:00-7:15 PM.

Men’s Breakfast: Paul urged his disciple Timothy: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). God has given men unique roles of spiritual leadership in their homes and in the church (Eph. 5:22-32; 1 Cor. 14:33-35). Therefore, in an effort to intentionally lead men to grow in the roles that God has given them, the elders at Cornerstone have organized a monthly men’s breakfast. During this time Cornerstone’s pastors teach on issues relevant to the spiritual growth of the men in the church before opening up the topic at hand with questions for discussion. The men’s breakfast meets at the church on the second Saturday of every month from 8:00-9:30 AM.

Women's Study: In his letter to Titus, Paul tells him, to see to it that his church live in a manner characterized by “sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). He points out that one of the ways this is done is for older women to teach younger women “what is good” so that the word of God may not be reviled (Titus 2:3, 5). In an effort to be more intentional about passing on to other women practical principles that are grounded in the Word of God, Cornerstone has implemented a monthly Women’s Study. The study meets at the church on the second Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Future Events: We are a relatively new church plant, meaning that we are still designing the ministry programs that we hope to implement in the future. Our leaders are currently discussing the implementation of regular events aimed at serving specifically the children of our church. In other words, we hope to add other events to the life of church aimed at the edification of the body. If you have any questions about the future direction of our church or the ministries we hope to incorporate into this body, feel free to contact us at: info@cornerstoncarthage.com