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Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is a church that is dedicated to worshiping and serving Jesus Christ and to sharing His love for every person in Kona and across the world. Discover what God is doing in and through Cornerstone.
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Who We Are

Our Beliefs

Core aspects of our faith focus on the Scriptures, Jesus, His work on the cross, and how God has brought us together as a local body of believers.

Any time a group of Christians join together, you can expect differences in belief and practice. It is also vital that every local body of believers has a set of core beliefs that guide its conduct and convictions, both individually and corporately.

Therefore, our guiding principle of fellowship is, "In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love."

“We are one in Christ,” Paul said in Galatians 3:28

God's Word

The Word of God is God's perfect love letter for the church, bringing the church into a deeper understanding of His love and ways. All 66 books of the Bible are the inspired, inerrant Word of God. It is the final authority for Christian faith and living.
Psalm 1:1-3
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Philippians 3:10
Hebrews 4:12
John 4:23-24

God's Identity

Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son, fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and was buried as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. He rose from the dead and returned to heaven. God exists eternally in three equal though distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He has revealed Himself as perfect in love and the Creator of all.
John 1:1-5
John 8:58
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
Philippians 2:5-11
1 John 5:7

God's Forgiveness

There is no sin or act that is so grievous that God, by His grace and love, is not able to forgive and bring the person into relationship with Himself.
Romans 5:8
Ephesians 2:8-10
1 Corinthians 6:9-12
John 4

God's People

The love of God in Christ is available to every person, to know and experience by faith.
John 3:16-17
1 Timothy 2:4
2 Peter 3:9

God's Church

People who have been radically changed by the grace and forgiveness of God, and who now live in a love relationship with Him and each other are what is called the Body of Christ, the church. Hebrews 10:24-25; John 13:34-35; Acts 4:23-24

God's Equipping

The local church is to disciple (grow each person to maturity) and equip (prepare and train) its members for the ministries to which God has called all church members to serve. Colossians 1:28-29; Ephesians 4:11-12; John 21:15-19

God's Ordinances

We believe the two ordinances of the Church are baptism by immersion by the authority of the local church, and the Lord's Supper. Matthew 3:13-17; 22:26-30; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12
While we are not in any way controlled by our affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention, we wholeheartedly agree with the most recent doctrinal position adopted by the Convention as outlined in the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

Our Mission

Our beliefs drive our purpose, the "why" of our existence. Our mission answers the "what" of our church. The essentials of our mission are tied up in our short motto, "serving, seeking, sharing".
The mission of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is captured in our short motto…serving, seeking, sharing. In fact, each of these three key words has three aspects: God directed, church oriented, and community focused.

Serving

Serving God is the ultimate reason that we exist, both as individuals and as a local body of believers. Our service is based on our love for God. We love Him because He loved us enough to freely sacrifice His Son Jesus on the cross to forgive us of our sins. Our service to God is less about specific actions and more about our attitude. We see God as the foundation and motivation for our lives, and we will invest our entire time on this planet learning how to surrender our will to His.
We can't love God and not love our fellow believers. And in the same way, our service to each other is an extension of our service to God. Serving in the church means using the gifts and talents given to us by God to support one another and to help each other grow in our Christian faith.
Scripture makes it clear that believers are to look out for each other, but Jesus' model of service to all is the template for our lives. In the Bible we have the greatest instruction manual the world has ever seen, and we can use this to transform our communities and the world. We can be used of God as individuals and through the local church to work with local, national, and international agencies to improve people's lives.

Seeking

The true follower of Christ is a lifelong seeker. We seek for God's wisdom and direction every day through reading and studying His Word, the Bible. We seek for His will through effective, daily prayer, which is best directed through an ever growing understanding of God's Word. As we come to more fully grasp God's wisdom, His direction, and His will, we become more aligned with His plan for us individually and for this world.
Seeking, as it pertains to the church, has to do with helping each member of the church become all that the Lord intends for their lives. Scripture tells every believer to consider other believers in order to stir each other to good works (Hebrews 10:24). This requires us to move past superficial relationships in the church and work to foster genuine, trusting, and accountable bonds. As new people enter our fellowship, it's not up to them to try to fit in. Instead, we will engage them and make them feel at home.
When it comes to the community, or the world for that matter, we must be in line with Jesus' mission, which was to seek and save the lost. We refer to this as evangelism, telling others the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Evangelism is more than just a program run by the church. It should be a lifestyle for every believer. Each of us has been given a unique mission field, in the form of our work, school, neighborhood, and friendships, and God expects us to be active in seeking those who don't yet have a relationship with Jesus.

Sharing

God made everything, so you may wonder, what could we possibly share with God? In a word, everything. To be very accurate, God in fact shares his goodness with us. It really all belongs to Him anyway. But instead of forcing us to give Him what's due Him, God graciously waits for us to figure it out. The two big areas God wants us to share are our time and our money. We really can't serve Him, our church, or our community if we're stingy with either.
The Christian life is meant to be shared with other believers. We do serve together, and we should be seeking to build strong relationships with each other. But we also must be willing to share our lives. This takes us past having dinner together or helping out in church activities. It means helping to carry each others' burdens, whether they're physical, emotional, financial, or especially spiritual. And it means hanging in there with a fellow believer when everyone is ready to abandon them.
To be followers of Jesus is to care for the needs of others in the same way that He did. True Christian faith is reaching out to others and helping them to overcome whatever challenges they may be facing. The church that desires to fulfill the role of service Jesus requires must move out beyond its front door. We want to help impact the lives of our neighbors by sharing with them from all that the Lord has given us.
We serve our God, our church, and our world. We seek to know God, to engage our fellow believers, and to reach the island and the world with the truth of the gospel message. We fellowship with our Lord through giving Him our lives, we share both the victories and burdens of our church members, and we give freely of our resources to those in need.

Our Leaders

God has blessed us with dedicated and gifted leaders. Each of these men and woman are responsible for guiding the church in completing its mission.

More content coming soon...

Resources

Here you will find information to help you when you're planning to visit the church, during your week as you grow in your faith, and as you serve the Lord here in Hawaii or anywhere in the world.

What to Expect

Visiting a new church can be pretty stressful. We've provided you with some FAQs that should set you at ease and make your time with us more enjoyable.

Where are you located?

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is located at: 74-4972 Kealakaa Street just three blocks north of Kealakehe Elementary School.

What time is church?

Our primary Sunday morning service, which we call our Celebration Service starts at 10:30 AM. You can find other service times here.

What should I wear?

You might imagine that a church in Hawaii that worships in an open pavilion would love for you to be comfortable. Shorts and slippers (sandals, flip-flops) are just fine because we're more interested in getting to know you, not your clothes.

Do you allow people with tats and piercings?

Sure. Why wouldn't we?

What's the music like?

Our music has an upbeat, contemporary feel. Our musicians have varied backgrounds that bring a different flavor from week to week. On any given Sunday you might hear music that is contemporary, soulful, traditional, or even jazz.

As a guest, will I have to stand up in front of everyone?

We don't want to make you feel uncomfortable in any way. No one is singled out.

What kind of children's programs are offered?

We have a safe and entertaining environment for our nursery aged kids. As well, we have Keiki Church. Keiki Church is a small group environment for elementary-aged children (K-5th grade) where they learn how to study the Bible and build quality friendships. The children meet with leaders who engage them in meaningful discussions and activities. We invite them to join us for a time of worship at the beginning of our service and then dismiss them for Keiki Church.

How long is your service?

Singing praises lasts for fifteen to twenty minutes. Typically the sermons last about 30-35 minutes. We're not trying to teach you everything in one sitting. Instead, our hope is you'll take something home each week that will help you live a better life. We finish up with the offering and a few announcements. Usually we're done by about 11:30 or so.

Do I have to put money in the offering plate?

No. In fact, we encourage our first time guests not to give. The offering is for our regular attenders who support the work of the church. If you end up hanging around, you'll want to do that too. But don't feel like you need to kick in a ten or twenty to please us.

Can I lift my hands and clap during the singing and praise time?

Absolutely. We consider our Sunday morning service to be a celebration, and if you celebrate best by lifting your hands or clapping, then do it! By the same token, if you aren't into hand raising and clapping, don't feel any pressure. Do what works for you.

Is it OK to hang around after the service?

We hope you will! In fact, we have a full on lunch every Sunday after the morning Celebration Service. You're invited to stay, eat your fill, and talk story with us.

Sermons

These past sermons are available for review, to pass on to others, and to enrich your life spiritually.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChrQ7gbhHgGTn4cPtFSLD5Q

The Word on the Word

This is a series of devotaries (devotional commentaries) recorded by Pastor Bruce in 2012 to assist you in completing the New Testament.

Pastor's Blog

Entitled "Working It Out", this is a weekly blog discussing some aspect of Scripture, the Christian faith, or our connection with today's culture.

Useful Links

We've gathered links to a number of different websites which we believe wll be beneficial to you as you grow in Christ.

Bible Study and Apologetics

Blue Letter Bible www.blueletterbible.org

This website provides a wealth of powerful tools for your personal or church Bible study. Read the Bible in any number of translations, drill down to find commentaries, language helps, and many other useful features.

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry www.carm.org

As the name implies, you'll find all sorts of information at CARM to assist you in defending the faith. The site also has an extensive library of articles on other beliefs.

Christian Bookstores

Christian-Book-DistributorsChristian Book Distributors www.cbd.com

An excellent source for Bibles, commentaries, study books, Christian fiction, and supplies of all kinds.

Coming soon, link to curated amazon book selection
LifeWay Christian Resources www.lifeway.com

Materials for personal and church growth, from music to Sunday School curricula.

Devotionals

ourdailybreadOur Daily Bread www.odb.org

Daily devotional readings from RBC Ministries.

The Word on the Word www.cornerstonekona.org/wotw

A daily "devotary" (devotional commentary) from Cornerstone's own Pastor Bruce.

Kona Agencies and Ministries

The Pregnancy Center of Kona www.tpckona.com

Their vision: To educate, encourage, and equip people to understand the sacredness of human life, the soundness of sexual purity, and the value of the family.

Partners in Ministry

Big Island Baptist Association www.bibahawaii.org Information on the churches, planting activities, and history of the Southern Baptists on the island of Hawaii. HPBC Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention www.hpbaptist.net A wide array of helpful material about the Baptist churches in Hawaii, Guam, and the islands of the South Pacific. IMB LogoInternational Mission Board www.imb.org Sending and supporting almost 5,000 missionaries across the world. NAMBNorth American Mission Board www.namb.net Coordinating the work of church planters and missionaries in North America. Southern-Baptist-ConventionSouthern Baptist Convention www.sbc.net The nation's largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.

Bookstore

Coming soon: Amazon Link

Ministries

These links provide information on various ministries within the church. We value ministry in the community, but we also are directed by the conviction that the Lord expects us to minister to those who call Cornerstone their church home.

Children's Ministry

Children are a gift from God, and it is our divine directive to raise them to honor God and to lead them to faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that parents have the primary responsibility to do this, but the church stands with the parents, reinforcing and enhancing their leadership in the home. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14 During our Sunday celebration service the children, through grade 5, have their own time of teaching and fellowship. Our children's classes are: The Mustard Seed Class, for ages 3 months to 23 months The Little Lamb Class, for ages 2 through 4 (Pre-K) The King's Kids Class, for age 5 through 5th grade During their weekly sessions, the children have a Bible story time, they pray together, there's snack time, they do crafts and have other activities. Each class has at least two adults leading, and parents are always welcome to sit in. If you're planning to attend Cornerstone and would like to have your child be a part of the children's ministry, feel free to download our registration form. We also have activities during the year to teach our children and to reach other children and their families with the message of God's love through Jesus Christ.

Men's Ministry

A church will only be as strong as the men in that church. Today many Christian men have given up the leadership in their homes and the church. We see the men's ministry as a way to develop encouraging and accountable relationships among our men, pointing them to their biblical identity. If you ask most men, they can list a number of close friends they had in high school and early adulthood. But as the demands for their time increase and they invest themselves in family and work, many guys are left with no meaningful adult male relationships. For the average Christian man, this means that he is lacking those in his life who are there to encourage him and to spur him on to a deeper walk with Christ. The men's ministry at Cornerstone exists to develop those encouraging and accountable relationships. We realize these won't happen by accident, and they certainly won't grow just seeing each other on Sundays for a couple of hours. Our goal is to schedule regular social events which guys enjoy to foster our lives together. During these events we'll have a time of Scriptural reflection and chalenge. On top of these, we seek to have a couple of getaways during the year where we can leave the pressure of our lives behind for a day or two and recharge physically, mentally, and especially spiritually.

Women's Ministry

Our women want to know God's word better. They find that gathering together regularly helps them to stay grounded in the Scriptures as they share in each others' lives. The centerpiece of our women's ministry is the Saturday morning small group. All ladies are welcome to this weekly time of deep biblical investigation and Christian fellowship. ------------------

Activities

Any given week we have a number of regular activities going on at the church. We also have special events and ministry opportunities around the area.

Calendar

This is our master activities calendar, with dates, times, and locations for just about everything we're doing.

Upcoming Events

These are activities which are not part of our normal weekly schedule. In many cases these are events being sponsored by Cornerstone, but we also participate with other churches and organizations.

Picture Galleries

A look back at holiday services, retreats, special events, and other milestones from our church and community life. ----------------

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you! Whether you have a comment, know of a need in the community, would like more information, or just want to say "aloha", feel free to send us an email. Use the drop-down menu at the top of the form below to direct your email to the appropriate church leader.

If you need to send us something via the U.S. Postal Service, our mailing address is:

P. O. Box 4870

Kailua-Kona, HI 96745