Who We Are
Our Values & Distinctives
OUR VALUES (What’s important to us)
Values shape our ministry environment, creating the atmosphere that promotes spiritual growth and vitality. They are not theological statements per se but flow out of our understanding of Scripture.
We want to be guided by the Word of God in our worldview, beliefs and all our actions. God’s Word stands above our traditions, comforts, and human wisdom. We seek to discern and apply the timeless truths and principles in our lives but most of all to encounter the living Christ through the living Word. We believe that to be truly biblical our lives of faith should look like it did for people in the Bible. (Heb. 4:12; Jn. 5:39; Isaiah 55:8-11)
We see prayer as the privilege of coming into the presence of God as we seek his face. Prayer also unleashes the power of God and is vital in accomplishing His purposes. We desire to cover all that we do in prayer understanding our absolute need for God and our
dependence on Him for all good things. (1 Thes. 5:17; Col. 4:2; Ps. 27:4, 8; 2 Chron. 7:14)
We want to embrace, include, and love people as much as possible believing that the journey toward faith is preceded by grace. This means we want people to feel they belong even before they believe. This includes inviting people into our homes and opening doors
for people to serve even before they fully embrace Christ. As we include people we want to continue to invite them into a saving relationship with Jesus. (Luke 19:1-9; 1 Pet. 3:15)
We want to foster a spirit of generosity believing that we are blessed to be a blessing to others. A spirit of generosity encompasses using our finances, time, experience, skills, and possessions for God’s purposes. (2 Cor. 9:6-15; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Prov. 22:9)
We believe it will take many different kinds of churches to reach the vast number of people in our world. Therefore we want to partner with other churches and ministries and plant new churches so that God’s Kingdom continues to extend throughout the world. This means we are willing to partner with others who share the same beliefs on major points of theology yet may hold different beliefs on minor points. (Mark 9:38-40; 1 Cor. 3:5-9)
In everything we do we want to have a willing spirit and cheerful heart understanding that it is the Lord Jesus Christ we are serving. This includes above all else having a humble spirit where our goal is that people will see and praise God for what He does in our lives and through our lives. (Eph. 6:7-8; Col. 3:23-24; 1 Pet.4:10-11; Phil. 2:5-7)
OUR DISTINCTIVES (What makes us unique)
Although we belong to the universal church that includes all Christian churches we acknowledge that each church has certain distinctive characteristics, traditions, beliefs, and practices, the combination of which distinguish it from other Christian churches. We feel it would be helpful to articulate a few of Cornerstone’s distinctive qualities. These are not the most important things we hold to but rather we recognize that these often are important factors for people when they are making the decision to join a church.
We hold that the church is to be led by a plurality of male Elders who are responsible for leading, feeding, caring for, and protecting the flock (1 Timothy 2:12-15; 5:17, Acts 20:27-31, James 5:14-15, 1 Peter 5:1-4). Male eldership affirms God’s design of male headship in both the church and in the family (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-21; Titus 2:1-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7). Christ-like leadership is best characterized by servant leadership that is willing to sacrifice for the good of others (John 10:11; Matthew 23:11)
We hold that all of the spiritual gifts mentioned in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and 1 Peter 4, are present today and should be exercised for the building up of the church and in a spirit of love (1 Corinthians 13). The Holy Spirit determines which gifts an individual receives and we should have mutual appreciation for each person’s contribution to the church (1 Corinthians 12:14-27). The absence or presence of a particular spiritual gift is not an indication of salvation or spiritual maturity (1 Corinthians 12:30). We believe that spiritual gifts should be practiced in such a way as to maintain orderliness (1 Corinthians 14:29-33, 40) and those who practice them must be submissive to the elders of the church (Hebrews 13:17).
We hold that all those who can understand and respond to the gospel are eligible to be baptized (Acts 2:38-41; 8:12; 16:33-34; 18:8) as a symbol of their saving faith in Christ. (Therefore, we do not practice infant baptism but offer parents the opportunity to
dedicate themselves to raising their children in the instruction of the Lord. Deuteronomy 6:6-8; Proverbs 22:6)
Extensively But Not Exclusively English-Speaking Asian
We feel uniquely positioned to reach people who are English-speaking Asians living in the greater Seattle area. However, our overriding calling as Christians is to love all people, including and inviting them to faith in Christ and to become a part of our church family. (Galatians 2:7-8)