About us

Cornerstone Christian Church
608 North Bartlett Street
Medford, Oregon  97501
Church Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm
Phone:    541-773-8163
Fax:     541-773-8718

Ministry Statement
Practical expressions of Christian ministry and the ethical life of the individual believer are to be the natural extension of their theological understanding. Cornerstone subscribes to the Reformation documents known as the “Three Forms of Unity” as the theological underpinnings for our work and witness.

The New Testament makes it clear that Christian ministry is to be “incarnational” and “redemptive” in nature. We are to “flesh-out” the gospel through both our individual and our corporate behaviors. When this is done our witness becomes far more credible and compelling. And the reality of redemption becomes far more attractive and profound. Once these essential distinctives are understood and embraced, we are to make sure that they are actively present in every specific expression of ministry we engage in.

There are eight defining categories of church life. We are striving to build the community life of Cornerstone around the following distinctives: Gospel centeredness, worship, confession of faith, proclamation, edification, service, thought, and prayer. Each of these uniquely contributes to the strength and spiritual health of the church. We are endeavoring to weave each of these into the fabric of Cornerstone’s ministry in the following ways:

Cornerstone as a Gospel-centered community – what distinguishes the Christian Church is the Christian Gospel. The “good news” that we have been entrusted to announce is the historical story of Jesus Christ and the profound spiritual implications embodied in his life, death, and resurrection. By keeping the Gospel at the center of church life, we preserve our prophetic voice and basis of fellowship. We are a community of believers because our hearts and minds have been captured by Christ and the Gospel.

Cornerstone as a worshiping community – the church’s public gatherings for worship should be considered important and unique opportunities for us to come into the presence of God and present ourselves to Him. He invites us to gather together as His redeemed people, and He promises to be present to encourage, comfort and instruct us in His ways. Corporate worship at Cornerstone centers on the preaching of God’s word and the administration of the sacraments. It is considered a great privilege that should be approached with joy and expectation, and also with seriousness and care.

Cornerstone as a confessing community – if the radical and compelling nature of the Christian gospel is going to be fully understood, we must become biblically and theologically informed. We must understand ‘the faith’ as a body of truth passed-on through the church’s life from one generation to another. We are in agreement with the confessional standards embodied in the Reformation documents referred to as the ‘Three Forms of Unity’ – The Heidelberg Catechism , The Belgic Confession and The Canons of Dort .

Cornerstone as a proclaiming community – the Christian “good news” is presented with careful attention given to the content of the gospel, confident that the Holy Spirit uses the Truths and understandings of scripture to redeem and bring believers to maturity.

Cornerstone as an edifying community – we have been called to “make disciples” of all people by nurturing a church environment that is both encouraging and provocative. Our obligation is to build each other up in the faith and contribute to each other’s Christian development.

Cornerstone as a serving community – by definition ministry means service, and we are all called to serve each other in ways that contribute positively to one an others lives. In order to bring our people into the fullness of Christian experience we provide them with as many opportunities to serve as possible.

Cornerstone as a thinking community – understanding that Christian transformation is essentially a function of the believer’s mind being renewed, we challenge our people to think carefully and biblically. Attention is given to the life of the mind by way of biblical preaching, teaching and issue oriented lecture offerings.

Cornerstone as a praying community – developing an awareness of God’s active presence in every aspect of our daily lives forms the foundation of the believer’s prayerfulness. And prayerfulness is a frame of mind that quite naturally gives place to spontaneous expressions of praise and prayer as well as expression through more structured prayer gatherings. We encourage our people to develop an attitude of prayerfulness and embrace the disciplines of prayer and intercession.

Encouraging the formation of these eight defining features of church life form the core objectives at Cornerstone.

9 Responses to About us

  1. William Gates says:

    I would like to set up my computer to download and play your podcasts.
    Can you please explain how to do this?

    Thank you,
    W. Gates

    • admin says:

      Yes, we now have a link on our home page that explains the procedure.
      This tutorial is in the PDF format – just download the document to your computer and follow the steps.
      Thank you,
      Rod Smith

  2. Renee, Seve, Laura and Stephanie Lambert says:

    We were curious about you all. Our family used to attend there from 1995 util 2000. Wonderful to see that the pastors have not changed! We loved this church, amazing teaching and fellowship. Great place to raise kids 🙂 Unfortunately moved to Japan for 7 years and then to Silverdale, WA where we now live. We miss you, we love you and pray for you !!!

    • Laurel Jansen says:

      I am writing in response to Renee Lambert’s post. I also attended this church during the same period of time as she did. I moved to Idaho right after she moved to Japan. I’m not sure who I miss more, Cornerstone or Renee. I lost contact with both of you. Then I found you both within 5 minutes of each other. The Lord is really magical. I’m not sure if you would be willing to send her my email address but please know that I will pray that you do. I think of her and her beautiful family often and have searched for them through social media to no avail.

      I agree that finding you online has put a smile on my face. I accepted the Lord there at Cornerstone and have missed all you have to offer. God bless you all.

  3. Tom & Cindy Avery says:

    we were members in the early 80s when Guy Gray was pastor. He had an assistant, Jeff ? do you know what happened to Jeff and family?

  4. Yvonne says:

    I attended church here years ago. Guy Grey was the Pastor. Pastor Jeff was still here.
    I would love to see anyone who went here when I did, about 20 years ago… Most people remember my five daughters. They are 32 to 21 years old now. Wow, how time flies. God bless!

  5. Duane Allen says:

    do you folks have good friday service

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