Body Life Updates & God’s Design for the Church

This upcoming Lord's Day we will study the account of Peter's denial and repentance in Mark 14:66-72. I'm so grateful to God that he chose to give us this passage because it gives us a pattern for understanding our failure and our restoration as God's children.

A few items I want to share with you this week:

Church location change this Sunday

We are not meeting at Santiam Place this weekend! Our normal service will begin at 10:00 am at the Comfort Inn Suites in Albany. We will be meeting in the Linn Benton Room. 100 Opal Court, Albany, OR 97322.

Life in the church

Our church body at Cornerstone is young, and we want to equip you in understanding what it means to be part of the church so you can mature. When God saved you he put you in a spiritual family with great privileges and responsibilities. God gifted you for the sake of ministering to others and he is deeply concerned with your obedience to him in this area. Please take an hour this week to listen to a message by John MacArthur on God's design for the church. As you listen, honestly ask yourself: how am I loving my brothers and sisters? How committed am I to the fellowship of the saints? How am I using my spiritual gifts to edify others? We have lots of room for growth as a church in understanding and applying these truths. Note: Dr. MacArthur is preaching this message to the church he has shepherded for 50 years on the anniversary of his ministry there. Enjoy!

Jerry Wragg Visit

As I mentioned on Sunday, please make it a priority to be here for the weekend that Jerry is at CBC. We want to honor his willingness to make time for us, and I promise you will be blessed as he opens the Word with us. Please email me this week any topics or questions you would like to add for the discussion time (could be practical, theological, related to the church, evangelicalism at large, etc.).

  • Friday 3/1 - Approved Workman

  • Saturday 3/2 - 2 Sessions on the church at the Holiday Inn Express in Albany (9:00-12:00).

  • Sunday 3/3 - Sunday service at Santiam Place and Q&A afterward.

Church move date

We are extending our closing date (and move date) one month. The Shift Church was running behind on their timeline at their new building and it was an opportunity to serve them. We plan to close now the end of April and the move in as soon as we are able in May.

Truth for the week ahead

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know him. - 1 John 3:1

In Christ,


Pastor Jake

Body Life Updates & Expository Preaching

Hi CBCers,

Here are some body life updates for this week. It's a little longer than normal :)

truth for the week ahead

I know many of you are undergoing various trials. I pray that you will find comfort in the words of the Psalmist. He found sustenance and benefit in his trials as he was refined by God. And he even embraced God's providence as he saw that through his trials he came to know God in a deeper way.

Psalm 119:49-50; 65-68 - Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me. You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word. Teach me good discernment and knowledge for I believe in Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes.

Preview Sunday

Thank you to everyone who joined us two Sundays ago at the new building. It was an exciting time to gather as a church family and get a glimpse of the future ministry home for CBC. We had a joyful time playing instruments and singing together afterward.

Women's Bible Study Fellowship

The next meeting is 2/20. Julie Sundvall will be teaching a message from the Old Testament.

Jerry Wragg Visit

Please send me questions you might have for Jerry while he is ministering to us. I'm going to spend some time interviewing him on various pertinent topics while he's here with us. He will be teaching the following times:

  • Friday 3/1 - Approved Workman @ Allan Bros Albany.

  • Saturday 3/2 - 2 Sessions on the church at the Holiday Inn Express in Albany (9:00-12:00).

  • Sunday 3/3 - Sunday service at Santiam Place and Q&A afterward.

Expository Preaching

Have you ever had a hard time explaining expository preaching? Expository preaching is an often used term, but not always fully understood. Here's a session from Dr. Matt Waymeyer at the Courageous Churchmen conference, preaching on expository preaching. This message will increase your discernment and deepen your convictions about God's Word. It is also a great resource if you are trying to help someone understand how to identify biblically faithful preaching.

Courageous Churchmen

It was a refreshing trip to Florida last week. We were fed spiritually, and it was also a great time connecting with friends including an evening with Jay Pitts, one of the elders from GIBC. Early in the week we met with some people who want to get behind our building project financially. More details to come, but it was humbling as they pledged their love for the kingdom and specifically for our flock. You can watch recordings of the event here.


Here are links to a couple of songs we will be singing this upcoming Lord's Day that may be less familiar to some of you. Creation Sings the Father's SongShine Into Our Night

With the affection of Christ,


Pastor Jake

Body Life Updates & Biblical Shepherding

Hi friends,

I pray that you are enjoying God this week. It's a delight to know him and live life with him each day. Psalm 34:8 - O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Here are some body life updates for the week:

Preview Sunday

Bring a sack lunch to church this weekend. After the morning service we will have our annual meeting at Santiam Place. Then we will drive over to the new property at 12:30pm for a presentation and a tour: 35355 Eicher Road, Albany, OR. This is a very exciting weekend for our church body!

Sunday Location Change 2/24

Santiam Place has an annual bridal show on Sunday 2/24. This means we will be meeting at the Comfort Inn in Albany: 100 Opal Court, Albany, OR 97322. Service starts at 10:00.

Philosophy of Ministry

One of our distinctives at CBC is biblical shepherding. It is a key component that drives our ministry. This week I came across a post on the topic and it resonated with my heart and so I wanted to share it. It's written by Paul Shirley, a fellow graduate from Expositors Seminary who planted a church in Delaware a couple years ahead of us.

Greek Word Studies

I was recently asked a question by someone wanting to look up Greek words to increase their understanding of the Scriptures. I explained that it's a good desire to be a diligent Bible student, but you can be very confident in a good English translation. If you like to study Greek vocabulary here's a brief article that gives a few examples as to things to be aware of when drawing conclusions from Greek word studies (hint: the Gospel has nothing to do with dynamite even though the word for power in Romans 1:16 is dynamis).

See you Lord, willing this Sunday.

In Christ,


Pastor Jake