The Threefold Vision of Cornerstone Chapel
Praise, Prayer and Worship all constitute the availing of ourselves to the presence and the power of God. During this time of upreach we give place to God, allowing Him to move in our midst by the Holy Spirit. As we focus our whole heart, soul, mind and strength on exalting Him, He inhabits (dwells among) the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).
Is there anything that God cannot do? By giving place to Him we make room for the divine, for the powerful; room for the miraculous. Upreach does not only contain our blessing but provides a means by which we can bless the Lord.
As we rejoice before Him for His goodness, expressing thankful hearts, He delights in His children rejoicing over them with singing (Zeph. 3:17). Upreach is people reaching to God. He supplies our daily bread. This is not only to be done corporately by the whole church but must be a continual, sustaining part of the believers’ daily devotional life.
Jesus gave His disciples a great commission in Matthew 28:19 saying, "Go...teach..." That same commission is extended to every follower of Jesus Christ. What God has freely given us, we must freely give to others. If we hold to the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way of Salvation and the hope of eternal life, then anyone apart from Him is doomed to an eternity of Hell without God. Think about that!
The Church is responsible to the world to sound the trumpet of warning. "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand." We are the light on the candlestick, the city on the hill. We are to carry His love in our hearts. The same love that led Him through Calvary is the love we need to share with a sinful, dying world.
The need of those around us is the call for the church to take action. The darker the world seems to become, the brighter the Church needs to shine its message of truth and life in Jesus Christ and share it freely.
Each member of the body of Christ has a responsibility not only to the world, but to other members of the Church as well. We are to encourage each other in the faith and build one another up in our Christian walk.
Every believer has made a commitment to Jesus Christ that must extend through and among each other. We are to love the brethren. Inreach also includes the personal development of the individual Christian. "Christian" actually means "Christ-like," as we must seek to be Christ-like in our thinking, behavior and actions.
We must mentally, emotionally and, in the area of our character, strive to take upon ourselves the likeness of Christ. Christian maturity expresses itself in every aspect of our daily lives and can be simply summarized in one thought: Obedience to Christ.