What does it mean to welcome Christ as Cornerstone?
This morning’s theme was Jesus as the ‘cornerstone’, the ‘living stone’. (1 Peter 2:4-6) I guess what we need to think through is what it means for us as individuals and as a church to have Christ as our cornerstone, the living stone. What it means in practical, every day terms.
Christ as Keystone is one if the themes of Steve Aisthorpe’s new book, Rewilding the Church, which I strongly recommend.
Here are two relevant quotes from Steve’s book, which will help us as we reflect on the moment-by-moment implications of saying ‘Yes!’ to the Jesus who gives our lives shape, and foundation and purpose, and fills them with love and grace
‘Without a constantly refreshed consciousness of [Jesus’] presence, childlike curiosity and uncomplicated trust become overgrown by religious piety or a creeping sense of being in control.’ (p56-7)
‘For individual disciples and groups of any form or size within his Church, focussing on Jesus is the most imperative, transformative, life-giving, terrifying, hopeful, empowering enterprise possible. For the follower of Christ, the pathway to refresh or recover or restore vision, faith and vitality always begins here. The single essential essence of being disciples is that we seek, repeatedly and frequently, to recentre our lives on him.’ (p57)