The cornerstone is the first and most important stone laid in the foundation of a building. In the Bible, the cornerstone is a reference to Jesus; He refers to Himself as the cornerstone when He quotes from Psalms 118: 22-23,
"The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes."
This account is recorded in three of the four gospels of the New Testament in Matthew 21:42, Mark 12: 10, and Luke 20:17. But Jesus is not just an important cornerstone; He is the cornerstone of a figurative building described in the Bible, the church. As found in Ephesians 2: 19-22,
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit."
Jesus along with the prophets and apostles are the foundation of the church. Jesus is both the cornerstone of the foundation and the church. Through the centuries since the church was established, Christians, like stones, have been added to this building. The Apostle Peter adds to the beauty of this symbolism when he refers to Christians as "living stones" in 1 Peter 3: 3-5:
"And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
In choosing cornerstone, we, as a family of believers, acknowledge Jesus as the cornerstone of the church, and a sure foundation upon which to build.
Today, when it comes to the church, labels are a necessary evil. Every time we use a label to differentiate among churches, we show how far away we have drifted from the earnest prayer of Jesus for unity among believers in the garden to Gethsemane prior to his arrest and crucifixion. As recorded in John 17: 20-23, Jesus prays:
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me."
In choosing Christian, we identify with the Churches of Christ and Christian Churches that hail from the Stone-Campbell Movement, also known as the Restoration Movement. In a collection of essays in the book, Historical Documents Advocating Christian Union, by C. A. Young, College Press Publishing Company, Inc., Joplin, Missouri, 1985, are found two landmark essays, "The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery," written by Barton W. Stone in 1804, and "Declaration and Address," written by Thomas Campbell in 1809, which advocate unity among Christians and churches by abolishing all human creeds and a return to simple Christianity as found in the New Testament. Perhaps the most well-known slogan of the Stone-Campbell movement is, "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity." Even today, after 200 years, this slogan remains elusive as Christians continue to seek for unity among believers.
At Cornerstone Christian Church, we, as a family of believers, continually study the Bible. We seek to understand truth of the scriptures, and apply the truth to the church and our everyday lives. Our goal is to be pleasing to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in all that we say and do.
By using the term, church, we acknowledge up front that we are a local chapter of the Church; we are not an association or club or any other type of para-church organization. From the study of the Bible, the Church was established on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in the book of Acts. From that day in 33 A.D. until now, the Church has marched onward through the ages. By capitalizing Church, I refer to the Church that belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our logo was designed by local artist, Riki Inzano, following discussions with us about what we hold to be true, and our vision for the future. The cornerstone rises from the open Bible. Through the scriptures, we come to know Jesus and understand His will for our lives. The cross represents His death, burial and resurrection as the means of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life for those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The plumeria flower lei is a symbol of our aloha or love to our Lord Jesus Christ. The taro plant is a symbol of our island home, Maui, where we live and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
Cornerstone Christian Church Timeline.
• Incorporated as Domestic Non-Profit corporation in the State of Hawaii on March 10, 2016.
• First worship service held at Kamali'i Elementary School in Kihei, Hawaii, on June 5, 2016.
• Designated by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization on August 10, 2016.
• Hired our first part-time pastor on September 1, 2016.
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1305 North Holopono Street, Suite 5, Kihei, HI
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