Dear CCK family, We want to invite you to participate in a day of prayer and fasting for Doug Sexton, his family, and others in our church experiencing difficulties. We are setting aside this coming Wednesday, July 6th for this purpose. We are going to have two prayer meetings at lunchtime (12-1) one at the church in the White Oak Room and one at the VFC House (2100 Hig...Keep Reading
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Summer is around the corner, and Knoxville is launching into Phase 2 of reopening. Slowly, but surely, things seem to heading back to normal. I pray that it continues to feel that way, and that the virus continues to wane throughout our nation and our world. ...
I've been having devotions for over 20 years. For the most part, these have been an exercise in faith and sowing. In other words, I don't have "eureka" moments very often, and the fruit of the time invested in the word and prayer isn't discernable immediately, or even over the course of a few months. However, as I look back over the years there is no question that God has slowly worked through those seemingly insignificant moments. ...
Cornerstone Church of Knoxville seeks to humbly submit ourselves to Scripture in all areas of life, including politics. We seek to be a Gospel-Centered community with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and thoughts, yet always united together by God's grace. We believe the Bible sufficiently informs us how to be involved in the political process. ...
In the constant mundaneness of life, it can be easy to forget the amazing truths of the Gospel. This week's devotional seeks to point us to be amazed by God's love for us. Take some time this week to read this devotional and meditate on the glory of God in all that he is. Let us never forget that "we can know him truly, but we can’t know Him fully." We hope you enjoy this article....
Our Children's Ministry lesson for this week is about Jacob and Esau and an opportunity to learn more about God's sovereign right to choose to lavish His mercy where He chooses. For older kids, our series on prayer focuses on how we should pray according to God's Word. We also link some helpful videos and even a worship night for kids this Thursday night. ...
What if I told you that you could be completely forgiven of all your sins? I mean really forgiven of all your sins? Well, that is the glory of the type of forgiveness we have in Christ Jesus. This type of forgiveness, this type of grace is transformative. It changes us. ...
In Psalm 18, David faced frightening enemies, committed to his destruction. He did many things to evade capture and to preserve the lives of those with him. He took action. However, to what or to whom does he attribute his deliverance? What brought about his rescue? Answer: God delivered David in response to prayer. David’s prayers got a lot done. Prayer was practical. There were results....
This week's lesson is all about trusting God. God is in control of every detail of our lives. He planned for Rebekah to be Isaac's wife even before the servant prayed. He planned for Rebekah to be in Jesus' family tree long before Jesus was born. He plans our lives, what will happen to us, and where we will live. For older kids, we are in part 2 of a 4-week series on prayer walking through the New City Catechism. ...
What on earth is “stir crazy”? In children, it typically expresses itself in incessant requests to do things they have been told aren’t allowed, lovingly coated with whiny-ness, and topped off with a flood of tears. In adults, it’s the frantic pacing through the house, the mind clouded with fuzzy notions of what you should be doing. Kevin asks, "How do we distinguish between a 'godly angst', a 'noble stir craziness', and the sinful, self-centered variety? We look at the fruit."...
For younger kids, we are in the story of Abraham and Isaac, highlighting how Abraham’s faith in God moved him to obedience. What he was asked to do was incredibly difficult, but he believed in God’s goodness and power. For older kids, we are beginning a 4-week series on prayer walking through the New City Catechism....
In these two devotions from Jeff Hodgson, he encourages us on Maundy Thursday to "love others like Jesus has loved us. It’s like wearing an ID badge that says, “I belong to Christ”. On Good Friday, he encourages us with the words Jesus uttered from the cross "It is finished". "And so it is most astounding to consider that He uttered those words before His suffering was over. “It is finished” is the guarantee from Jesus Himself that our salvation has been secured, and that our ultimate good has been completely won."...
In this week’s video, Bill continues his encouragement for us to pray. As many people ask if this season is a pre-cursor to revival, Bill gives us a guide to pray in light of the fact that God is sovereign over salvation. These scriptures will help you pray for your neighbors, co-workers, family members, and children...
As we celebrate Easter, our Children's Ministry lesson takes us to Doubting Thomas. We learn that Jesus didn’t rebuke Thomas for his unbelief, but graciously came and showed Himself to him, allowing Thomas to touch and see the scars on Jesus’ hands and side. With activities, crafts, and even a hymnsing you can watch with your kids, these resources will help you celebrate Christ in your homes this week....
In this week’s video, Bill encourages us from Psalm 25 to persevere in the midst of loneliness and discouragement. These are difficult times and God's word helps us call out to him and trust him. It's like God sits down on the couch with us, puts his arm around us, and helps us....
Trials bring out the best and worst in humanity. We see examples of love, wisdom, generosity, self-sacrifice, and unity. We also see hatred, foolishness, selfishness, finger-pointing, and discord. What is our duty as Christians in this trial? Kevin reminds us we keep calm and carry on loving like we have been loved....
Tedd Tripp says, "Covid-19 has given us a lot of time together as families. Have you noticed a shocking amount of conflict in your home? We have to train ourselves not to look at the conflicts with dread or as unnecessary problems, but as opportunities to help our children understand themselves and others." These weekly lessons are designed to help your family spend time in God's word, rehearse the gospel, and apply scripture together....
How do we square the knowledge of God’s sovereignty and goodness with challenging circumstances? In this week’s devotion, Kevin Shipp helps us from Isaiah 45 and reminds us that God "bends everything around for a saving purpose….It’s what we love about God. Not even evil can frustrate him. And his surprising strategies are our assurance." ...
Some of the highlights from this week's Sunday school lesson at CCK Children's Ministry. Whether your child is participating in our Gospel Story curriculum that goes from preschool up through 3rd grade, or whether they are a part of our New City Catechism curriculum that is being taught to 4th and 5th grade, here are this week's lessons, to help you feel connected to the larger church body as you worship the Lord at home with your family this week....
We had a great time at Frozen Head State Park for our annual Father + Son Campout. We caught crawdads together and created a little arena to watch them battle each other. We played Mountain Ball and learned that dads are much more competitive than their sons.Samuel Barbee laughed hysterically as he covered himself in glow in the dark liquid. (It's actually a very wise way ...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, during our time of singing, Zach lead us through a corporate confession from the Heidelberg Catechism. Here is what we recited together: QA 86: Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am not my own, but belongbody and soul, in life and in deathto my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious...Keep Reading
Here are some photos from our most recent Family Night. Delete Members Family Night (May 2016) ...Keep Reading
Bill preached this past Sunday from 1 Timothy 3:14-16. You can listen to the message here. Here are the quotes Bill used: I love Thy kingdom, Lord,The place of Thine abode,The church our blest Redeemer savedWith His own precious blood.I love Thy church, O God;Her walls before Thee stand,Dear as the apple of Thine eye,And graven on Thy hand. For her my tears shall fall;...Keep Reading
Cindy: Chris and I have both believed in God for most of our lives. We even both made verbal commitments to Christ during our teenage years. However, as the years progressed, it became evident by our lifestyles that true conversions had not taken place. Thankfully, God sovereignly placed mentors in both of our lives who shared the gospel with us. We each eventually exper...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, before our baptisms, Ashley Williams shared about God's saving grace in her life. Here is what she shared: My sister, Katelyn, loves to ask questions. Why? How? What? As her little sister for 18 years, I have had great practice trying to answer these questions. Growing up though, neither of us were asked many questions about our faith. We went to church ...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, Walt preached from 1 Timothy 3:8-13 on the gift that deacons are to the church. You can listen to that message here. Here are the quotes that Walt used: "[Deacons] release the elders to devote themselves to spiritual leadership by serving in physical and financial matters in a way that brings unity among the church under the authority of the elders (A...Keep Reading
Here is what we are planning for this Sunday. Worship: Come Praise and Glorify How Rich a Treasure We Possess Not in Me Grace Alone Baptisms -- we have the privilege of baptizing three individuals Jesus I My Cross Have Taken Announcements: Dogs on the Lawn Today Baptism Class -- next Sunday at 9 AM. Building Fund week 1 Message: 1 Timothy 3:8-13 ...Keep Reading
As you came in this morning, you had a card on your chair for Inasmuch United Knoxville. Inasmuch United Knoxville is a day of compassion ministry.As a church, we set aside one day every spring, along with dozens of other churches across Knoxville, and we go and serve those in need and ministries that care for those in need.On this Saturday morning, we will go to proclaim...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, Abigail shares about her experience at Sarah Moore Green elementary school. On Saturday April 16th, we are going to be serving at Sarah Moore Green along with several others locations as part of Inasmuch United Knoxville. Here is what Abigail shared: Most people are introduced to a church by a friend, a sign, the building, a social event, a special clas...Keep Reading
Here are the announcements from this past Sunday: Exploring Cornerstone Church Class This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about what we believe, what we value, how we care for one another, or if you want to explore membership. It's a one-day class with all 4 sessions. Saturday, April 9. 9 AM - 2 PM. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Childcare is provided...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, Janice shared about the care and comfort she received from God, through many friends who surrounded her during a tough season. Here is what she shared: When I reflect on my time thus far, here at Cornerstone, the phrase found in Esther 4:14 comes quickly to mind----"For such a time as this." I have had two distinct moments in my life where the Lord clear...Keep Reading
This coming Sunday is Daylight Savings, so please remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night. We'll have chicken biscuits before church on Sunday for everyone who gets here before 10. Here is the plan for our service: Worship: How Great is Your Faithfulness Look and See New Again Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:7-9 Be Thou My Vision Jesus I ...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, for our pastoral prayer, we spent some time praying for our compassion team and different ministries we partner with around Knoxville. Please continue to pray for these individuals and ministries. If you would like to serve with our compassion team, please check out this page. "You are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in ...Keep Reading
Here are some photos from our Candy Store we did after church this past Sunday. This is one of the many things we do after church throughout the year to encourage community, fellowship, and relationships. Delete Candy Store 2016 ...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, as we entered 1 Timothy chapter 2, we are going to hit the topics of biblical manhood/womanhood over the next couple of Sundays. So, along with the preaching, we wanted to highlight a couple of recources for furthur study. Here are the resources we recommended this week: Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood,edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. A...Keep Reading
Here are the quotes Bill used in his message on Sunday. "For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds." --2 Corinthians 10:3 "The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made." --Psalm 145:9 "God places upon His ...Keep Reading
About a month from now, the college students will head to Laguna beach Florida for VFC's annual spring break trip, Vision Quest. It's a major highlight of the year, and the closer it draws the more excited they get. One of the most important priorities for VFC is to be tightly connected to this church, and the church connected to the college students. One of the ways w...Keep Reading
Here are the quotes Bill used in his message on 1 Timothy 1:18-20. "We ought to take the supernatural seriously and realize that we are in a warfare that cannot and should not be domesticated by reinterpreting everything in the biblical worldview so that it fits nicely with secular, naturalistic ways of thinking about the world." -- John Piper "The Christian has n...Keep Reading
Here's what we are planning for this coming Sunday. Songs: My Hope is Built Come Ye Sinners Blessed Assurance Cling to Christ Grace and Peace Pastoral Prayer: we'll be praying for Redeeming Grace Church. They are preparing to move to Sunday mornings for their meetings and we want to pray for increased outreach opportunites, for their evangelism, and for their se...Keep Reading
Here are the quotes Walt used in his message on Sunday: "But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and...Keep Reading
Here is what we are planning for this Sunday. Songs: Creation Hymn Come Praise and Glorify New Again Not in Me Blessed Assurance Announcements: Guest Lunch Today in White Oak Room FX is this Thursday night for all young adults Heritage Lake Co-op t-shirts will be on sale in the lobby Cornerstone U on marriage is coming up on Feb. 21st. 6 pm. Message is ...Keep Reading
This week, for our Cornerstone U, we are kicking-off the Crown Moneylife course. This is a 5-week course looking into what the scriptures have to say about money and possessions. During this course, we will dive into: A biblical view of finances Reducing debt Giving generously How much to save vs. how much to give How we should view our "stuff" With each of these...Keep Reading
"Before we are in Christ, all we will see in the law is our condemnation. But, as Paul is at pains to stress, the law is good, and just, and holy. And we need to understand, sense, feel, and then delight in the grace of law. For unless we are persuaded that God has shown his grace in his law as well as in his Son, all we will hear and see at Sinai is thunder and lightning....Keep Reading
What a joy it was to welcome these 26 new members this past Sunday morning. ...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, we had the joy of baptizing five individuals. Baptism is a celebration of the gospel of Christ. Romans 6:4 says, "We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." As we watched these baptisms, we were reminded of the death, bur...Keep Reading
Here are the quotes Bill used in his message on Sunday. "The pastor by definition is a shepherd, the under-shepherd of the flock of God. His primary task is to feed the flock by leading them to green pastures. He also has to care for them when they are sick or hurt, and seek them when they go astray. The importance of the pastor depends on the value of the sheep." Will...Keep Reading
Here is a preview of what we are planning for this Sunday. First of all, our Cornerstone U on the doctrine of God continues. It's meeting in the White Oak Room at 8:45 am. Here are the songs we are planning to sing together: All Creatures of our God and King How Rich a Treasure We Possess Our Only Hope is You Hallelujah to My King He Will Hold Me Fast For our ...Keep Reading
Here are some recent photos of our recent leaders retreat to Doe River Gorge. We thank God for these men, their investment in this church, and how the Lord met us on this retreat. Delete 2016 Leaders Retreat ...Keep Reading
This was our pastoral prayer from Sunday morning: Father, All glory be to you! Thank you for making us your people through the work of Jesus Christ! You have fulfilled the promises of your word through Him. As we look forward to that day when we will see you face to face, we pray that we would experience you in fresh and new ways this year. We ask you to increase our hun...Keep Reading
If you are ambitious to read more of the Bible in this coming year, there are more tools than ever before to keep you on track. Whatever your goal, here are some tools to help: 1) Read through the New Testament To read through the New Testament in a year, read a chapter each weekday and take off the weekends. There are 260 chapters, so 52 weeks of reading 5 chapters wi...Keep Reading
Here are the quotes from Sunday's messagefrom Colossians 3:16. Matthew Henry "It must dwell in us, or keep house, not as a servant but as a master." Ephesians 5:18b-20 "Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the ...Keep Reading
On Sunday, we prayed for Jason Graf who will be deployed this coming week. Afer praying for him, here are the announcements Jeff highlighted for us: It is the kindness of the Lord that Jason's deployment happens after, and not before, the family got to celebrate Christmastime together. So glad you've been here with us, buddy, and are here today. While you are over there, ...Keep Reading
Here are the things we highlighted during our church life section on Sunday. Christmas Eve Service -- this Thursday at 5 pm. Join us for our annual one-hour Christmas Eve Service where we will sing some traditional christmas carols and be encouraged from God's Word. We'll also have a brief storytime section for the kids. It's become an annual tradition for many familie...Keep Reading
This Sunday, we are continuing our Advent seriesIndestuctible Hope. We'll have the kids with us for singing and we'll have a break before the message so that you can check your children into childrens ministry. We'll also have a connect lunch after the service for those 50+. Here is a look at what we are planning. Singing: Angels We Have Heard on High Joy to the Worl...Keep Reading
This past Sunday, we continued our Indestructible Hope series by looking at the promise God made to Abraham that we see fulfilled thru Christ. Here are the quotes and scriptures Bill used in that message: Genesis 17:17 -- Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, "Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years...Keep Reading
Here is a preview of what is coming up for our second week of Advent. We also have a guest lunch afterwards, so be sure to invite a friend! Worship: This Sunday is our lessons and carols service. We'll mix together some traditional carols and scripture readings that walk thru our anticipation for the Messiah. Lessons and Carols order: O Come All Ye Faithful Lesson 1:...Keep Reading
Here are the quotes from this Sunday's Advent message. "We should not think that the serpent's temptation is nothing more than an invitation to break a rule, arbitrary or otherwise. That is what a lot of people think that "sin" is: just breaking a rule. What is at stake here is something deeper, bigger, sadder, uglier, more heinous. It is a revolution. It makes me god ...Keep Reading
"Christ is innocent so far as His own Person is concerned; and therefore He should not have been hanged from the tree. But because, according to the Law, every thief should have been hanged, therefore, according to the Law of Moses, Christ Himself should have been hanged; for he bore the person of a sinner and thief and not of one but of all sinners and thieves. For we ...Keep Reading
Though you may have begun listening to Christmas music in September, the Advent season is now upon us. Advent simply means coming or arrival. Advent is a season in which the church anticipates and celebrates the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Is there any better season of the year? Over the next 4 Sundays, our Advent series will focus on the indestructible hope found in J...Keep Reading
This past Sunday at Cornerstone U, Kevin Shipp walked thru the tough topic of how the church and the state relate together. How does a Christian respond to issues in our culture, to politics, and to elections? What is our responsibility? What is our role? How does the gospel define our worldview? Questions like this and more are highlighted in Kevin's message. Along with ...Keep Reading
Just as a reminder we still have our Cornerstone U classes meeting in the mornings. We will be finishing our Tough Topics Class next week with the topic of Racism. Racism is not an issue of the past but one that is affecting our nation, our churches and our brothers and sisters in Christ. So, we do not want to simply turn a blind eye or turn to CNN, Fox, or Facebook to lea...Keep Reading