Transformed to Transform

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:13-16 NET. 
In this passage, Jesus points out that the Church will have an impact on the world around us. That impact, however, only becomes possible when the people that constitute the Church experience transformation. The life of Jesus flows into us, transforming us, and then out through us transforming the world around us. 
In November, the leadership of Cornerstone considered our congregation’s strengths, weaknesses, history, and potential and planned a strategy for the next three years. That strategy can be broken down into two parts, to elevate the maturity of the members of our congregation and to elevate the compassion of Jesus in our community. These two prongs of our strategy make me think of the twofold call of Jesus to be salt and light so that we bring his Kingdom more fully into the world around us.
As Cornerstone as a whole focuses on these two goals, we will also look at how they play out specifically in our student ministry and in our families. I think we have a lot of potential right now to bring God’s transforming power to bear on our community and I am excited about what the next few years hold. 
Larry Hunt
Student Minister