We have never been afraid to try new things at Cornerstone and this week was no different. This week was a first because we did the sermon on video. I was a little nervous about showing a video. I didn’t mention it the week before because I didn’t want everyone bailing out and skipping this week. But when we decided to join the One Prayer Series, I knew this would be a great opportunity to expose our people to some great teaching and preaching from other churches. This comes at such a great time for me as well, since I am really working on some structure and administrative details for the church. I don’t think I have to worry about how video teaching works after this past Sunday.
This week we showed a message from Perry Noble, the pastor of Newspring Church in Anderson, South Carolina. He had everyone on the edge of their seat, laughing, crying, and listening to every word. I started reading Perry’s blog over a year ago and really connected with his vision for an evangelistic church. After hearing about the Unleash conference that Newspring hosted through several blogs, Jenni and I decided to go last year and loved it. We went back this year and took about 10 people from Cornerstone with us. Whenever you visit Newspring, you immediately notice the passion and vision that they have for reaching the lost and transforming their community. Perry’s sermons and blog have had a great influence on my leadership.
Perry’s message for the One Prayer series was “Lord, Make Us Dangerous” You can listen to the message on the Cornerstone podcast online, or in itunes. He had a powerful message from Luke 7 about being dangerous by walking with Jesus, listening to Jesus, and believing in Jesus. He ended up the sermon by sharing that God isn’t done with us yet. That there is more to come. Our young adult band played this week and closed the service with “God of this City” I put together a movie background for the song with pictures from our city and it was a powerful moment. The whole service was great.
I had many requests for cd’s and dvd’s of the message. We will have more available next week at Cornerstone. You can also see a video of Perry’s extended message at NewSpring by going to Newspring’s website here. It’s about 20 minutes longer than what we viewed in church and you also get to see their worship band open the service with a cover of the song Dangerous by our hometown friends in Decemberadio. Greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in our city! Let’s continue pressing on because God is definitely not done with Cornerstone!