Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Sep 24
2015

2015 BBQ & Baptism | Recap and Photos

Baptism, Event

On August 27th, we gathered as a people at Myrtle Edwards Park for our fifth annual BBQ and Baptisms! Seven people shared their testimonies of God’s radical grace in their lives and were baptized. What a stunning celebration highlighting the stories of people changed and changing by the good news of the gospel!

“I was rescued from a living death. I know today that there is nothing I can do to make God love me any more or any less. In Jesus, my sins are washed away” – Jessica

“God saved me, I didn’t save myself… God says that by faith in Jesus I’m saved and I can finally rest.” – Betsy

“I deserve God’s punishment for my sins, but Jesus saved me. He died on the cross for me – He is my Savior and He has authority over my life” – Diogo

“It’s amazing that the God of the universe who created everything would come down for me…” – Aaron

“I deserve God’s wrath for my sin, but Jesus bore that wrath for me and died for me on the cross” – Colin

“When we trust Christ, we are not defined by our relationships, we are defined by Jesus” – Nick

“God called me from death into abundant life with him…” – Celiz

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You can find more photos from this year’s BBQ and Baptisms on our Flickr page here.

Special thanks to all the communities and volunteers who provided food, came early to set up, and stayed late!

Aug 26
2015

A Pastoral Invite to our 2015 Summer BBQ & Baptism at Myrtle Edwards

Baptism, Event

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An invitation

I’m writing to invite you to join us tomorrow, August 27th, at Myrtle Edwards for our annual summer barbecue and baptism. The grills will be hot and food will be served at 6pm. There is no need to bring anything other than your friends and your appetite (Unless you’re part of a Cornerstone Community that is bringing food to share). At some point between 7:00-7:30pm I will share a brief gospel word which will be immediately followed by testimonies and baptisms. It is going to be a great night and a beautiful evening. I hope you’ll be there to join in the celebration. Every year I post something to remind us of what baptism means to whet our gospel appetites.

Origin of baptism

Baptism is a deeply meaningful event in the life of a Christian. In fact, it is a practice given to us by Jesus himself in Mt 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…” and reiterated by the Apostles, such as Peter in Act 2:38, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” In other words, baptism is Jesus’ idea and something he wants every follower of his to undergo. Have you been baptized as a follower of Jesus?

Meaning of baptism

But, what does it mean? Baptism is a dramatic portrayal of what happened spiritually when we first placed our trust in Jesus (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12). It points to the believer’s spiritual union with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and life with God, and God’s people, now and forever. Baptism does not create this union, but it shows, or demonstrates, the reality of that union that is now ours by faith in Jesus.

Beauty of baptism

So, no matter how long you have followed Jesus, do not lose sight of the significance, beauty and dramatic truth portrayed in baptism. It is a picture of passing through the waters of judgment to safety, through Jesus. It is a picture of leaving behind our old self, our old ways of life and eternity without God, through Jesus. It is a picture of rising to new life, a new family, and a new future with God, through Jesus. It is a picture of having all of our sin, guilt and shame washed away, through Jesus. This makes baptism a big deal and a call to celebration – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Purpose of baptism

There are a number of reasons that Jesus calls his followers to be baptized. Let’s look at five, in no particular order. First, he wants us to experience the joy that comes with publicly professing our faith in Him. Second, he wants to strengthen our faith by having us symbolically participate in the death of our old life (going under the water), rising to new life (being brought out of the water) and having all of our sins washed away (full immersion). Third, he wants to encourage the faith of his people who are witnessing the testimonies and baptisms. Fourth, he wants to call others, who do not yet follow him, to turn from living for themselves and turn to him for forgiveness and relationship with the living God of the universe. Fifth, he wants us to experience his favor, blessing and peace that follows whenever we humble ourselves and walk in obedience.

See you there!

That’s probably more than you wanted to know about baptism, but it is spectacular isn’t it? Will you join me in praying for those sharing their testimonies and getting baptized later this week? Join us Thursday, not only to support those getting baptized, but for the good of your own soul – and those you invite. Event details and a map highlighting where we’ll be gathering is HERE.

Christ is all!
Pastor Adam

P.S. If you have never been to one of our summer baptisms, check these montages from years past.

Sep 9
2014

2014 BBQ and Baptisms Recap & Photos

Baptism, City Life, Event

On August 26th, we gathered as a people at South Lake Union Park for our fourth annual BBQ and Beach Baptisms! Thanks to all the communities and volunteers who provided food, came early to set up, and stayed late. What a great celebration highlighting the stories of people changed and changing by the good news of the gospel! Below are some snapshots and quotes from the evening.

“I still sin, but I’m secure in His salvation because He died and took the penalty that I deserved” – Kristin

“I am forgiven, redeemed, adopted, and have a perfect, loving father, who delights in me” – Chaline

“I know completely that I cannot do life without Jesus: without Christ living in me”  – Philippe

“I deserve God’s righteous wrath but I have a perfect mediator in Jesus who bore God’s wrath for me” – Kim

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You can find more photos from this year’s BBQ and Beach Baptism on our Flickr page here!

Aug 21
2014

A Pastoral Invite to our BBQ & Baptisms

Baptism, City Life, Event | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

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I’m writing to invite you to join us next Tuesday, August 26th, at Lake Union Park for our annual summer barbecue and baptisms (more details here). The grills will be hot and food will be served at 6pm. There is no need to bring anything other than your friends and your appetite. At (roughly) 6:45pm I will share a brief gospel word which will be immediately followed by testimonies and baptisms. It is going to be a great night and I hope you’ll be there to join in the celebration. 

Origin of baptism

Baptism is a deeply meaningful event in the life of a Christian. In fact, it is a practice given to us by Jesus himself in Mt 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them …”  and reiterated by the Apostles, such as Peter in Act 2:38, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” In other words, baptism is Jesus’ idea and something he wants every follower of his to undergo. Have you been baptized as a follower of Jesus? 

Meaning of baptism

But, what does it mean? Baptism is a dramatic portrayal of what happened spiritually when we first placed our trust in Jesus (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12). It points to the believer’s spiritual union with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and life with God, and God’s people, now and forever. Baptism does not create this union, but it shows, or demonstrates, the reality of that union that is now ours by faith in Jesus.

Beauty of baptism

So, no matter how long you have followed Jesus, do not lose sight of the significance, beauty and dramatic truth portrayed in baptism. It is a picture of passing through the waters of judgment to safety, through Jesus. It is a picture of leaving behind our old self, our old ways of life and eternity without God, through Jesus. It is a picture of rising to new life, a new family, and a new future with God, through Jesus. It is a picture of having all of our sin, guilt and shame washed away, through Jesus. This makes baptism a big deal and a call to celebration – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Purpose of baptism

There are a number of reasons that Jesus calls his followers to be baptized. Let’s look at five, in no particular order. First, he wants us to experience the joy that comes with publicly professing our faith in Him. Second, he wants to strengthen our faith by having us symbolically participate in the death of our old life (going under the water), rising to new life (being brought out of the water) and having all of our sins washed away (full immersion). Third, he wants to encourage the faith of his people who are witnessing the testimonies and baptisms. Fourth, he wants to call others, who do not yet follow him, to turn from living for themselves and turn to him for forgiveness and relationship with the living God of the universe. Fifth, he wants us to experience his favor, blessing and peace that follows whenever we humble ourselves and walk in obedience.

See you there

That’s probably more than you wanted to know about baptism, but it is spectacular isn’t it? Will you join me in praying for those sharing their testimonies and getting baptized next week? If you’re interested, its not too late but contact us soon. If you’re on the fence, don’t put it off. Join us next Tuesday, not only to support those getting baptized, but for the good of your own soul – and those you invite. 

Christ is all! 

Pastor Adam

Jul 10
2014

Have You Been Baptized as a Believer?

Baptism | by Pastor David Parker

Baptisms-(620x130)One of our regular rhythms as a church is to celebrate through baptism the grace of Jesus extended to those who have come to trust and treasure Him. We are tentatively planning to have our next baptism celebration on August 26th!

In the waters of baptism, we identify with Jesus in his death (being immersed under water) and his resurrection to new life (being brought out of the water) for the forgiveness of sin (Rom 6:1-10; Col 2:12). Baptism doesn’t save us, but it’s an outward symbolic act that demonstrates the inward reality of what God has accomplished on the cross through His Son. In being baptized, we identify ourselves with Jesus (Acts 10:48; Rom 6:3; Gal 3:27), the universal church (1 Cor 12:13), and the local church (Acts 2:41).

If you have recently professed faith in Christ and/or have not yet been baptized as a believer in Jesus, we would encourage and invite you to consider God’s command.

Personally, I love watching Jesus work in our church, and among friends, neighbors, and co-workers He’s placed around us. I’m praying each of us would get to be a part of leading someone to faith in Christ this summer, as we faithfully and lovingly pursue others, and that we’d get to see many more folks enter into the waters of baptism this next year!

How do I begin the process toward Baptism? 

  • First, If you would like to be baptized, fill out a baptism request on our Baptism page, or send me an email at david@downtowncornerstone.org with any additional questions you might have.
  • Second, for those interested in being baptized, we’ll be holding a baptism class in the beginning of August following one of our Sunday gatherings. More details to come, but register using the link above to start that process.

For the Gospel in Seattle,

Pastor David

Apr 9
2014

Good Friday & Easter Services

Baptism, Easter, Event, Good Friday

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Friday, April 18th @ 6:30PM
AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

On Good Friday we’ll gather to reflect on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, unlawfully tried, crucified and buried, in our place, for the forgiveness of sin. Cornerstone Kids and parking validation will be provided.

Easter Morning

Sunday, ApRIL 20th @ 10:00AM
AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Then, on Easter Sunday, we’ll celebrate Jesus’ defeat of Satan, sin and death through vibrant worship, baptism, and practical teaching in the heart of the city! Cornerstone Kids will be provided. If you are interested in being baptized Easter morning click here.

Parking
We will offer validated parking on Good Friday. For those that are able, please try to secure street parking first. Parking is free after 6pm east of 6th Ave. and north of Stewart St. – just a few blocks from our meeting space. On Easter Sunday downtown parking is free. Please allow time to secure street parking. We’ll offer 3 hour validation to the Pacific Place Parking garage for visitors, families, and folks with special needs. (Please try to secure street parking first.)

Children
Cornerstone Kids is provided for kids 6 months to 8 years old.

For more information on our Sunday Gatherings please email info@downtowncornerstone.org.

Dec 12
2013

Beach Baptism Video & Advent Baptisms!

Baptism, City Life

2013 Summer Beach Baptisms from Downtown Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

On September 10th, 2013, we had the privilege and honor of holding our third annual summer baptisms at South Lake Union Park in the heart of downtown Seattle. There were testimonies of God’s grace, great food and 11 baptisms. What a night!

We will be having our next round of baptisms during our gathering this coming Sunday, December 15th! If you’d like to learn more or sign up to be baptized, you can do that here. God has not called us to merely build a great church – but to build a great city, from the avenues to the alley ways. That happens as individual lives are changed by Jesus and sent into the city armed with His message and mercy. Baptism marks that change and for that we rejoice!

 

Oct 11
2013

2013 BBQ & Baptism | Photos and Recap

Baptism, Event

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On September 10, 2013, we celebrated as 11 individuals obediently followed Jesus Christ’s commandment to be baptized (Matthew 28: 19). We heard 11 stories of redemption, 11 stories of changed lives, 11 stories of individuals being saved from death to life and 11 stories of people trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation. The religious church-goer and the rebellious pot smoker, the overlooked and the overachiever all shared the same story: “I’m a terrible sinner in need of Jesus Christ.” The evening was filled with chatter, children, and plenty of cheers! Praise Jesus for all the work He’s done and continues to do in the city of Seattle.

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For more photos from the BBQ and Baptism, click here. Video coming soon!

 

Sep 5
2013

Baptism & BBQ | Details

Baptism, Event

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Join us on Tuesday, September10th @ 6:00pm for our annual Summer BBQ & Baptisms! Invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy our city, eat good food, and hear stories of God’s redemptive work.

We encourage you to bring lawn chairs, blankets, frisbees and fun lawn games. Our hope is to enjoy time as a church family and provide natural avenues to invite people into community.

WHERE. Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N. We’ll gather on the west side of Lake Union Park north of the pier.

BBQ-MAPWHEN. Tuesday, September 10th, 6pm-9pm

PARKING. There is ample street parking on either side of the park that is free after 6 pm. The Lake Union Trolley leaves from 5th & Olive and runs right in front of the park.

FOOD. Bring your own meat to grill. Side dishes, beverages and desserts to be provided by Cornerstone Communities. Condiments and paper products will also be provided.

We’re looking forward to what our gracious God will do!

Aug 23
2013

Have You Been Baptized as a Follower of Jesus?

Baptism

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On Tuesday, Sept 10th, we are holding our third annual BBQ & Beach Baptism at Lake Union Park to close out the summer and celebrate what Jesus is doing among us. This party is always one of the highlights of the year. You can view a snapshot of last year’s BBQ and baptisms here. 

I am writing this post to encourage any of you who have yet to be baptized as a follower of Jesus Christ to consider doing so in September.  When we turn from living lives without God and trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we should be baptized (Mat 28:18-20Acts 2:38). In baptism we identity with Jesus in his death (being immersed under water) and his resurrection to new life (being brought out of the water) for the forgiveness of sin (Rom 6:1-10Col 2:12). It is an outward symbolic act that demonstrates the inward reality of what God has accomplished on the cross through His Son. In so doing, we identify ourselves with Jesus (Acts 10:48Rom 6:3Gal 3:27), the universal church (1 Cor 12:13), and the local church (Acts 2:41).

»Go here to learn more about baptism and/or to sign up to get baptized at Lake Union.

Some additional frequently asked questions: 

Q: “Should I be baptized if I was already baptized as an infant?” 

That’s a good question. Having grown up within the Catholic church, I too was baptized as an infant. The simple answer is: Yes. The biblical model for baptism is: first, belief, then baptism as evidence of your belief. In other words, baptism is an outward symbolic reality of a new inner spiritual reality. It expresses your new union with Jesus and your participation in all of the benefits that come with that (forgiveness, redemption, cleansing, adoption, etc). As infants, we are unable to express or demonstrate faith like this. Technically speaking, you’re not getting baptized “again” as the first time wasn’t a baptism, in the true sense of the term.

Q: “I thought I was a Christian when I got baptized, but now I realize I wasn’t. Now I understand the gospel and truly follow Jesus. Should I get baptized?”

The exact answer will depend on your particular story. But, if it is clear that you were not a Christian then, but have since started following Jesus, you should get baptized.

Q: “What sort of preparation is required prior to baptism?

We will pull all of the baptizees together following our church gathering this Sunday, August 25th, following the service to walk through the process and offer some suggestions on how to prepare, practically and spiritually.

Please let us know if you’d like to take the step of faith in getting baptized. Talk to me, your community leader, respond to this post on the City or email us directly at info@downtowncornerstone.org. You won’t regret it. It’s going to be a great night on the lake in our great city.

For Jesus’ Fame,
Pastor Adam