Cornerstone



A Gospel Centered Church

About


Cornerstone Church of Argos is an independent church of Baptist heritage located in Marshall County, Indiana.


Cornerstone Church desires to cultivate an environment for change and growth in Christ Jesus. We desire for Christ to be the head of our church and allow God's word to be our final authority.


Our mission is to win and disciple people to be committed and devoted followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matt. 22:37; 28:18 – 20; John 14:15


Our purpose is to promote the glory of God by means of preaching and teaching the Word of God, seeking to win the lost to Christ, edifying believers, maintaining a local ministry of worship and service, and extending a like ministry throughout the world. Matthew 28:19, 20; Hebrews 10:23 – 25

Cornerstone's Core Beliefs

 

Of the Scriptures

 

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter.  We believe the Bible to be the only authority in all matters of faith and practice.  (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21)

 

Of the True God

 

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--coeternal in being, coidentical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.  (Deuteronomy 6:4, II Corinthians 13:14)

 

Of the Person and Work of Christ

 

1.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, creator of all, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.  (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35; John 10:30-33; Col.1:15-17)

 

2.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious substitutionary sacrifice; without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  (Romans 3:24, 25, 5:1-2; I Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:22)

 

3.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34,  I John 2:1, 2)

 

4.  We believe in the pretribulational, premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial Kingdom.  (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-10; II Thessalonians 1:3-10, 2:3-12; Luke 17:20-37)

 

Of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

           

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same nature.  He was active in the creation.  He gave gifts to the early church, some temporary to establish it and others that are given today.  In His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, indwells, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.  Genesis 1:1-3; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; 24:49; Matthew 28:19; John 1:33; 3:5-6; 14:16-17,26; 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Romans 8:14, 16, 26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 9:14.

 

Of the Devil or Satan

 

We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the unholy god of this age; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he is destined to the judgment of and eternal justice in the lake of fire.  (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)

 

Of Man

 

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that, in Adam’s sin, the race of man fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.  (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12; John 6:44)

 

Of Salvation

 

1.  We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior.


2.  We believe by the shedding of Jesus’ blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree.


3.  We believe that having risen from the dead Jesus is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. (Jonah 2:9; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7, 8; Hebrews 2:14-17; Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24)


4.  We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith. (Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9-10, 13, 16-17; Acts 16:31; 17:31; 26:20)


5.  We believe that every believer receives the gift of eternal life and is made a child of God and, as such, a special divine providence watches over his welfare so that he is kept in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory. (John 1:12, 10:27-29; I John 5:10-13; I Peter 1:5; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 1:13-14)

 

Of the Local Church

 

1.  We believe a local church is an independent body of professing, baptized believers organized in one locality, which assembles for the purpose of glorifying God through the observation of the Biblical ordinances, worship, instruction and Gospel service.  Its Head is Jesus Christ with the Scriptures the only rule for faith and practice.  (Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 1:2; I Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 13:1-7)

 

2.  We believe that the local church is commanded to observe two ordinances.  They are baptism and the communion of the Lord’s Table. 

 

3.  We believe that scriptural baptism is the immersion of the believer in water; that it is a testimony of the believer’s identification by faith with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection as our substitute. (Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39; Matthew 28:19-20)

 

4.  We believe that the communion of the Lord’s Table is the partaking of the bread and the cup by believers in remembrance of the death of Christ in our behalf; that it is a time of self-examination and is to be observed regularly until He comes. (I Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 26:26-29)

 

The Eternal State

 

1.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal bliss and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment.  (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 11-13)

 

2.  We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord where, in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 

3.  We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection; when, with soul and spirit and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:11-15)

 

Of Separation       

           

We believe that all of the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy and its organizations and from all worldly and sinful practices is commanded of God.  (II Timothy 3:15; Romans 12:1-2, 14:13, 16:17-18; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1) 

 

Of Marriage and Morality within Relationships

 

1.We believe God created the human race, Man, as male and female. We believe God established marriage as a covenant commitment between a man and a woman for a lifetime. The purpose of this covenant relationship is companionship, love, completing each other, and the potential for children. The only proper use of the words “marriage,” “marry,” or “married” is in the context of this God sanctioned union between one man and one woman, as described in Scripture. (Genesis 1:27 – 28; 2:22 – 24; 5:1 – 2; Matthew 19:4 – 6, Ephesians 5:22 – 33; Romans 1:24 – 28)

 

2. We believe God intends for sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that only right and appropriate way for one person to be sexually intimate with another person, physically, emotionally, and mentally, is within a marriage relationship. (Exodus 20:14; Proverbs 6:32; Matthew 5: 27 – 28; Romans 1: 24 – 28; I Corinthians 6: 15 – 20; 1 Thessalonians 4: 3 – 8)

 

3. Furthermore, we believe that any form of immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, pornography, cohabitation (regardless of the age of the individuals involved), and any attempt to change one’s genetically defined gender through appearance, medical therapy, or surgical procedure is sinful and offensive to God. (Exodus 4:11; Psalm 139:13 – 16; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Romans 1:24 - 27)

 

 

Of Civil Government

 

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment and believers are to give honor to those to whom honor is due.  Believers are to pray for authorities, and obey them, except in things opposed to the will of Christ.  (Exodus 18:21-22; II Samuel 23:3; Daniel 3:17-18; Matthew 22:21; Acts5:20, 23:5, 4:19-20; Romans 13:1-7)

 

Evangelism and Missions

 

We believe that it is the duty of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Bible; to assist in giving the Gospel of Christ to all the world by praying, giving, and going in obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20)

 

Serving in the Church

 

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the local church as the Body of Christ, it is imperative that all people ministering and serving in any capacity, paid or volunteer, agree with the Church Covenant and Articles of Faith and conduct themselves accordingly.

Cornerstone has three main values:


1. Encourage those who seek and live in God's Kingdom.


2. Evangelize those seeking God's Kingdom.


3. Equip people who are walking in God's Kingdom.