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ABOUT US

Our Mission is to Glorify God the Father through the exaltation of Jesus Christ, His Son, by believing His promises and obeying His commands through the power of the Holy Spirit

 

Who we are

Cornerstone Baptist Church, located in Wylie, Texas, has committed itself to building an intimate, mature, doctrinally sound church that glorifies God through Christ-centered worship, self-sacrificial service, warm fellowship, expository preaching, and compassionate evangelism. If you share our concern for these issues and have been looking for a church with these priorities, we encourage you to consider Cornerstone.

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Our priority focuses on the glory of God through the proclamation of the gospel and the careful discipling of those who profess Christ as Lord and Savior. Not only do we seek to create a reverent and joyful worship experience, but our church provides a full graded Sunday School that makes a valuable contribution to the overall mission of Cornerstone. Furthermore, we seek to provide a strong support system for Christian families who presently face many difficulties that threaten marriages and parent/child relationships. We believe Christian families thrive in an environment where the church makes the preaching and teaching of the Bible our priority.

Cornerstone Baptist Church has its feet firmly planted in the history and heritage of those Southern Baptists who believe the old gospel truths commonly called the doctrines of grace. We use our hands to serve the present needs of persons who share a devotion to quality Christian living and to proclaim the gospel to those who do not know the grace of God. In addition, as a new and growing fellowship we have our eyes set on the future and desire to build a church that will stand the test of time, thus blessing our children and grandchildren after us.

What we're about

A living, healthy church is first of all marked by what it believes. The members of Cornerstone Baptist Church have united in their affirmation of the historic teachings of Christianity: the infallibility of Scripture; the Trinity; the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ; Christ’s death on the cross for our sins and his resurrection from death; the salvation of men and women by grace through faith in Christ; the promised Holy Spirit working through the church; the return of Christ at the end of the ages. In addition to these things we share with all Christians, we hold to the following convictions as well:

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We are Reformed.
We believe that the Protestant Reformers recovered many essential truths, particularly the sovereignty of God in salvation. By nature we are dead in sins, unable to help ourselves; therefore salvation is God’s work from start to finish.
We take Baptism seriously.
We believe that all who profess Christ should follow his clear command to be baptized. New Testament baptism is of believers only, by immersion in water. This baptism does not produce salvation; rather, it serves as a public testimony of the inward, life-giving work of God.
We take Communion seriously.
The Lord’s Supper at Cornerstone is not restricted only to church members, but as it is a public fellowship in the truth, we urge that guests and visitors partake after meeting us and being introduced. We believe that Communion is a blessed memorial of the Lord’s redemptive work for sinners, and that in observing this ordinance we proclaim Christ’s saving work until he returns.
We take Membership seriously.
We believe that the local church should be a reflection of the above convictions, and therefore should include as members only those who make a public confession of faith in Christ and agree to walk in his teachings. Cornerstone Baptist Church also reluctantly practices church discipline when this public confession is brought into disrepute.

Statement of Faith

The Abstract of Principles 

Basil Manly Jr. penned this brief confession of faith as the statement of faith for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. On April 30, 1858 the seminary wrote the Abstract into its charter, and it remains the official doctrinal confession for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to this day. Jesse C. Fletcher, chancellor of Hardin-Simmons University, recently referred to “The Abstract of Principles” as “…a masterful document that survived decades of Southern Baptist controversy.” William Wright Barnes, former church history professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said, “They set forth the great fundamental teachings that have been held by Southern Baptists…” These fundamental truths transcend time and culture. If these things were true in 1858, they are true today.

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I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

II. God
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

III. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

IV. Providence
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

V. Election
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life- not because of foreseen merit in them, but of his mere mercy in Christ- in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.

VI. The Fall of Man
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.

VII. The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.

VIII. Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.

IX. Repentance
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.

X. Faith
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.

XI. Justification
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account to the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.

XII. Sanctification
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.

XIII. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XIV. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all his true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to his commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches he hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which he hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are bishops or elders, and deacons.

XV. Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is a prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.

XVI. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by his churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with him, and of their church fellowship.

XVII. The Lord’s Day
The Lord’s day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only excepted.

XVIII. Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left us free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

XIX. The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God-the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

XX. The Judgment
God hath appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds: the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.

Church Covenant

It is clear from Scripture that God intends His People to be united together into visible church fellowships. The following two points illustrate this concept.

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  1. The church is the body and Jesus Christ is the head of the body (Eph. 1:22-23). A true commitment to Christ as the Head is inseparable from a commitment to the other members of the body as well. The relationship of the body to the Head and to other body members is like the covenant relationship of a man and his wife (Eph. 5:28-30).
  2. The apostles implemented the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) by gathering baptized believers into local churches. It was in these local churches that baptized disciples were taught all that Christ commanded (Acts 2:38-42; 1 Cor. 4:17). In the New Testament, the believing men and women were members of local churches.

Believing that we belong to one another as members of one body, as brothers and sisters in one household, as the sheep in one flock, we desire to establish a vital local church and do now covenant with one another to become members of this one body. As members of this united local body, we pledge ourselves to the following:

A. To provide the opportunity for the teaching of God’s Word, fellowship, and communion by reverently worshipping with the body at its stated times unless providentially hindered.

B. To pray for the body and all of its members in a manner concerning thanksgiving, adoration, confession, and intercession and to provide a ministry of support and encouragement to one another.

C. To be responsible for faithful support to the body of Christ by loving one another and preferring one another over oneself, and by encouraging the growth of each individual believer toward maturity in the faith and Christ-likeness.

D. To seek the good of the body as a whole and to ensure that all have the opportunity to serve Christ.

E. To share the gospel both in the local community and abroad through a concerted evangelism effort.

This covenant is only a basic framework, but is intended to formally bind ourselves together from this time until a scheduled time when the necessity of a covenant shall be evaluated. The scheduled time is the first Sunday in October, 1996. (The intent is that as the body grows and matures, the offices of elder(s) and deacon(s) will be established according to the requirements of Titus and 1 Timothy, and a statement of faith adopted).

RESOLVED, our signatures below indicate that we adopt the above covenant in its entirety and without qualification and dedicate ourselves to support this local church body.