Follow | Week: 4

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Please explore the following resources that our Resource Team curated. We think they will help you as you dive deeper into the topics discussed in our sermon series Follow.

Recommended Books:

Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life by Sam Storms

“In Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the word and centered in the gospel.”

Recommended Articles:

Desiring God - One Body, Many Causes: The Vital Diversity of the Church’s Priorities

“The church is “one body.” What does that mean? A body is a singular unit created by God to do certain things. The individual members on their own cannot fulfill all the purposes for which the body was created. Those members of the church must function together as a collective whole in order for the body to do all it was created to do.”

The Gospel Coalition - How the Doctrine of Glorification Helps Us Cultivate a Culture of Honor

“Why not give ourselves permission to see the other Christians right around us with gospel eyes? Let’s marvel at them—what they are in Christ and what they will be in glory. We don’t have to pretend. All we must do is believe the gospel and let its hope-inspiring promise set the tone of our relationships.”

Ligonier Ministries - The Sober Judgment of the Members

“Just as the individual parts of the human body need one another in order for the whole body to be healthy and function properly, the church requires all of its parts to do their job in order to be healthy as a corporate whole (Rom. 12:4–5).”

Ligonier Ministries - Loving Affection and Honor

“We are to be eager to recognize and applaud the achievements and service of others. When we show deference to others and praise them genuinely and quickly, we are showing forth the kind of humility that does not regard ourselves more highly than we ought, and therefore does not fail in its desire to see others properly commended for what they have done”

Recommended Podcasts:

Warehouse Podcast

Welcome to The Warehouse! Has a Sunday sermon ever left you running to Google with new theological questions? Have you ever wished that you could peer behind the curtain to see how the message comes together? That’s where we come in! Here at Cornerstone Church, we spend hours every week talking about the Bible. This is the place to learn about Scripture, dive into its context, and study the Bible’s cultural background. Come to the Warehouse–where we’ll extend the stuff you learn from the stage. 

Knowing Faith - #142 Romans 12: 3-8

Jen Wilkin, JT English, and Kyle Worley continue their discussion on Romans.  

The Remnant Radio - What is Biblical Unity? Interview with Francis Chan

“Francis dives into the themes of his new book, Until Unity. In this provocative, hope-filled book, Francis challenges us to see what keeps us from being unified as Christians across denominations and cultural differences—and why it needs to change. Brace yourself for a challenging and eye-opening show that will inspire you to examine your own heart and play a vital role in the pursuit of true unity among believers.”

Let's Talk - Spiritual Gifts
“Melissa Kruger, Jasmine Holmes, and Jackie Hill Perry all come from different church backgrounds with different views of spiritual gifts. Yet when they talk about this sometimes-contentious subject, they find a lot to agree about. Scripture teaches that unless we exercise spiritual gifts in love, they are worthless. And when we truly understand God’s design for the body of Christ, we won’t be threatened by others’ giftedness.”

Recommended Videos:

Paul Washer - Ascertaining your Spiritual Gift

In this episode, Jonny Ardavanis sits down with Paul Washer, the founder of the HeartCry Missionary Society, and asks him, "How do you ascertain your spiritual gift?"

Recommended Sermons:

John Piper - We, Though Many, Are One Body in Christ

“The first point is that the unity of the body of Christ is created in Jesus Christ. Second, individuality is valued in Christ. Third, God’s grace sustains all ministry in Christ. And the two applications are these: First, intentional commitment to racial harmony and ethnic diversity in the body of Christ is implied here; and second, participation in a small shepherd group helps us fulfill God’s vision for us as a mutually ministering body with varied gifts.”

Village Church - Unique in Design, United in Purpose

“The central theme of the passage we're going to be focusing on today is how crucial it is for the body of Christ to be filled with members who know who they are, who God created them to be, and are doing what God created them to do.”

JD Greear - Gifted (Romans 12: 3-8)
“Pride keeps you from acknowledging the help you need. A sign of humility is deep involvement in the church, because you know that you are dependent on the grace of God to keep working in your life, and that is experienced through the spiritual gifts.” 

JD Greear - Love Indubitably (Romans 12:9-13)

“To show honor means to recognize and acknowledge the value someone has. Our culture believes in this --but they only show honor to certain kinds of people. People of great accomplishment. The gospel teaches us to think differently about people.”

R.C. Sproul - Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
“Paul discusses our self-estimation and then ties that to certain gifts. Dr. Sproul then discusses the relationship of these various gifts to the church and whether the supernatural gifts listed continue. He then considers the apostolic gifts and defines prophecy and how it is used today.”

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