Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Oct 24
2013

Why We Pray

Prayer | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

PrayerPromo(620x130)_0113_noinfo One of things we have done as the church, from the beginning, is set aside one night every month for prayer  and song. We call it our monthly prayer night. While we emphasize prayer in our communities every week, throughout the week, during the last week of each month we cancel our normal community rhythms in order to pray together. Corporately, as God’s people, we spend time thanking, praising, considering, asking, and talking to our good, gracious, living Jesus. We want to see Him do what only He can do in and through us, not merely what we can do – so we pray. If you have yet to join us, I invite you to do so on the last Tuesday of each month at the Belltown Community Center (doors open @ 6:30pm).

This is far from a place-holder event for us. We do not pray because that’s what we’re supposed to do or have to do. We pray because we get to. Prayer is one of the unique privileges of every child of God, in Christ. In prayer we set aside self-reliance and cultivate God-reliance. In prayer we turn from self-sufficiency to God- sufficiency. In prayer we relinquish man-made agendas and submit to his agenda. We also pray because:

• We want to know, trust, treasure, and more fully comprehend the love of God. (Col 1:10, Eph 3:14,18)

• We want God’s name praised in this city. (Mt 6:9)

• We need wisdom. (James 1:5)

• We want to see friends, family and neighbors saved. (Rom10:1)

• We want to see the sick healed. (James 5:13-15)

• We want to be unified around Jesus and his mission. (Jn17:20-21)

• We need strength, endurance, patience and joy. (Col 1:11)

• We need protection from temptation and the enemy (Mt 6:13; 26:41)

• We need forgiveness. (Mt 6:12)

• We need God’s empowering grace to complete what he has begun in us. (2 Thess 1:11; 2 Cor 9:8)

• We want to faithfully endure to the end (Lk 22:32)

I’ve always appreciated how AC Dixon once put it:

“When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.”

We have seen God answer countless prayers. We have seen friends saved. We have seen people healed.

We have tasted a bit of the goodness of God, together. If you’ve had a bad experience in the past with something like this, by God’s grace, we’ll redeem that. If you don’t know a single person in the church, that will change quickly. If you don’t do well in large groups, Jesus will help you. We can, of course, pray in the quietness of our homes – and we do that – but something different happens when the church gathers to pray together. We hope you join us and get a firsthand taste of it yourself. Our next prayer night is Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 at the Belltown Community Center.

“I believe that prayer is the measure of the man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is, so that how we pray is as important a question as we can ever face.” – JI Packer

-Pastor Adam

Sep 12
2012

How You Can Be Praying for DCC this Fall

News | by Pastor Adam Sinnett


Summer extends through the end of September in Seattle so consider this a fall preview. As we approach this next season of life and ministry in the city, there are a number of key areas of the church for which you can be praying. If you’ve been running with us for any amount of time, you know that we believe our God is alive, active, and personally involved in the nitty gritty of our every day lives. We are his people. This is his work and, astonishingly, he has entrusted it to us. Us? Us. That includes you too. Amazing, isn’t it?

You’ve probably picked up on the fact that Jesus said some profound things during his earthly ministry. For example, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Mat 9:37-38) and “I will build my church.” (Mat 16:18) Relatedly, the Apostle Paul tells us that “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes…” (Rom 1:16) Did you catch that? The gospel is the power of God.

What do all of these verses have in common? Today, Jesus is still carrying out his work of salvation through the gospel, which is the power of God, through his people – us. He’s still doing that today, in Seattle. We got a taste of that at our last baptisms, didn’t we? What could he want to do in and through us this fall, in our city? What could he do in and through you this fall, in your neighborhood or workplace?

Let’s step into this new season together with fresh faith in the soul-satisfying, sin-forgiving, guilt-cleansing, shame-removing, life-empowering gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s not only be a people who know that God loves us, in Christ, but be among those who have actually experienced the beauty of that news.

In light of that, here are a handful of ways you can be praying for your church – Downtown Cornerstone – this fall:

#1 Leaders.

We need leaders. Leaders of teams. Leaders of communities. Leaders of ministries. Specifically, we need leaders who are disciple-making-disciples. A church can only grow up to the spiritual maturity and numerical capacity of its leadership. For us to grow, in both those ways, we need more reliable leaders – leaders who love Jesus, love Jesus’ people and want to live their lives in light of him. As you pray, be sure to thank the Father for your current leaders – and thank them too when you see them next.

#2 Spreaders.

We need spreaders. A spreader is someone who (surprise) spreads something – in our case, the gospel. Our Father has placed us in this city to serve as a movement of missionaries. We’re all spreading something. What are you spreading? Let’s ask the Father to sink the gospel into us and make us gracious, attractive, compelling spreaders of the great good news of Jesus. Some of you are really good at this – show the rest of us how you do it.

#3 Gatherers.

Gatherers are similar to spreaders, but they specialize in drawing people together. We need gatherers. Some of you are gatherers. We need more of you. Our city is in need of life in Jesus and the sad truth is that it doesn’t know it (yet). We need to draw them in to show them the rich, profound realities of who Jesus is and who/what God has created them to be. The need is so great I was shocked there were actually empty seats in our theater last Sunday – or any Sunday. Aren’t you? I think we might be one of the best kept secrets in Seattle.

#4 Cultivators.

We need cultivators. You know who you are. Cultivators are community-builders. Cultivators love people and know how to draw them out, make them feel welcomed, loved, needed – like family. We need you. God created you like that to be a community cultivator. Once the spreaders and gatherers have done their work, those who are new to our church community need a hand in getting started. Let’s pray for more cultivators.

#5 Givers.

Many of you have been responding faithfully. Our giving as a community is slowly improving and that is really encouraging – particularly because our giving is so closely connected to our discipleship of Jesus. Thank you to those who are giving reguarly, sacrificially and cheerfully. We are so close to being fully self-supporting as a church. It is such a gift to be able to give. As you know we just brought David Parker on staff full-time. It was a faith step for us as a young church to do that, but our advisory board urged us to do just that. That means that we, as a church, will be called on to continue to respond in faith together, in giving. I can’t wait until we’re self-supporting and can free up our external support to be directed to other church plants.

#6 Members.

We just wrapped up our membership series, so please be praying that the Father would move 70-80 people to covenant as members of Downtown Cornerstone Church. I hope that includes you too. I beleve we’re right around 20 as of right now. Please wrap up The City process and catch up on any missed series messages by the end of September. That way we can get your interview in by October 15 – our first members meeting. We’re really close to securing a super cool, super secret location for that celebration. Stay tuned!

#7 Movers.

We need folks to move downtown (and closer to the city). I always hesitate in writing or saying that as I know it is bound to create some tension in those who currently live outside of the city or love their current neighborhood. As I’ve always said, there will be no stink-eye for those that don’t live close to the city – ever – or for those that move out of the city. City Christians are not varsity Christians. There are no varsity Christians. We’ll have none of that. But, the tendency is to leave the city so we have to counteract that by calling people to the city. So, please pray for many to feel led to move into or near the core – or adopt a tribe that they love and build their ministry there. Be intentional wherever God would have you.

Praying expectantly with you all.

May 22
2012

Prayer Night Update

News

Last week we were informed that the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is moving its monthly graduation to the last Thursday of each month starting this month (May 31st). This, unfortunately, conflicts with our monthly prayer nights. So, given our strong relationship with UGM and many men walking through their discipleship program we’re going to change our monthly prayer night to the last Tuesday of every month, starting this month (May 29th).

These changes will allow us to continue our important monthly prayer gathering rhythm, while still allowing us to celebrate and participate in the monthly UGM graduations.

To learn more about our Monthly Prayer Night, go here or email info@downtowncornerstone.org.

Mar 15
2012

We’re Moving on April 1st!

News | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

By the great grace of God, after much prayer and diligent searching, we have located a new center city gathering space for our next season of life together, following Jesus.

Starting Sunday, April 1st at 10am, we will relocate our Sunday gatherings to the AMC Theatres in Pacific Place on 6th and Pine.

This is a significant answer to countless prayers over the last five months. Please take some time to thank our gracious and kind Father for providing so abundantly.

Here are some of the details:
  • Space: AMC has various theater sizes up to 600 seats. Our initial theater will seat 225.
  • Kids: The kids will have a cool, unique, safe, corner set aside, with floor-to-ceiling windows, in which to learn about and grow in Jesus (and easy bathroom access!).
  • Time: We will keep our 10AM, Sunday morning, gathering time.
  • Storage: AMC has agreed to allow us to store our gear on-site, saving us countless dollars and hours.
  • Baptism: AMC has also agreed to allow us to hold baptisms. That’s no small deal, as that involves them allowing us to bring 400 gallons of water into one of their theaters.
  • Post-Service: There are countless options for places to eat, connect and shop following our gathering.
  • Parking: Though many will be able to walk, there is ample street parking within a two block radius that is free on Sundays.
  • Transit: Pacific Place is close to all transit lines, including the LightRail and SLU trolley.
  • Location: Pacific Place is also a well-known landmark, therefore very strategic, right in the heart of the city. We’ll also be closer to major downtown population centers.
  • Price: All of our research indicated we would be paying 2-4x’s what we’re paying now if we were to move. Yet, at AMC we’ll be paying only $100/Sunday more than we’re paying right now. Amazing.
  • That said, we now get to celebrate our first birthday on April 1st as a newly forming church at a new location. This is a huge providential win for us.

    What do we do from here?

    First, as I mentioned above, please take some time to thank our great God for providing so abundantly, in His perfect timing.
    Second, please spread the word regarding our move! The best way to make this move known is via word-of-mouth.
    Third, please continue to ask Jesus to go before us as there are many details to work out. This is no small move, particularly amidst an already busy season.

    “I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name for it is good, in the presence of the godly.” Psalm 52:8-9

    Jul 20
    2010

    July Prayer Update

    News | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

    Only two months ago, Tuesday May 25th, we held our first gathering in a 33rd floor conference room to cast vision for a new gospel work in the heart of downtown Seattle. Two months. Much has happened since and we want to keep you up-to-date. For everyone who has been praying for us and this new work – thank you! With the many social networking options available (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, email services, etc) it can be challenging to select “the one” that will reach the most people. We want as many people as possible praying for this new work, so I will be communicating regular prayer requests and updates through this blog. You can read the first prayer update HERE. You can also receive email updates of new blog content by entering your email in the “Subscribe to Updates via Email” box in the right column.

    Here are some snapshots of the past month:

    Acts 29 Lead Pastor’s Retreat (June 21-24)
    At the end of June, Jen and I were blessed to participate in an all-expenses-paid trip to Vail, Colorado to meet with 200+ Acts 29 church planters and their wives for several days of rest, community, worship and teaching. It was a great gift given by the Acts 29 Network. We came back refreshed, encouraged and challenged. We’re already looking forward to next year!

    Last Wedding (June 26)
    Well, not exactly my last. Immediately upon returning from Vail I had the privilege of performing my last wedding as a part of Mars Hill Church for two dears friends. (It was bitter sweet as I’ve learned, matured, and participated with Mars Hill for over a decade. I’m forever grateful.) Congrats Clodfelters!

    We Moved!
    Feeling called to plant a church in downtown Seattle means, of course, that we must move downtown. That’s no small feat with a family, a home in West Seattle, and a city full of occupied high-priced apartments – all while raising financial support. God would need to show up. He did. In short order, we found long-term renters for our home in West Seattle (unfortunately, we must rent until the market turns), a great apartment opened up in the heart of the city, and many offered to financially support us. As of last weekend, we now live downtown albeit out of boxes.

    New Sunday Gathering Place.
    In June we began to meet together in the Westin Building. This month we made a shift to the Cobb building. This makes our gatherings more centrally located, easier to find, and more comfortable. You can read more HERE.

    First Thursday, 4th of July party, Hope Place and Happy Hour.Since we first started meeting we’ve had a two-fold strategy that consists of gathering on Sundays (for vision, prayer and worship) and connecting during the week (for community, mission, and service). It’s been an eventful month from participating in First Thursday in Pioneer Square to throwing a roof-top Fourth of July party to hanging out at Cal Anderson via Molly Moons to serving at Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place. These times have helped shape us as a newly forming community, while providing many opportunities to invite people in. Follow us here at the blog to find out what’s happening this week.

    Gospel Centered Life.
    After spending the month of June walking through the vision, values and mission of Downtown Cornerstone we moved to studying The Gospel Centered Life together. We’re starting with the Gospel because it is the good news of the Gospel, applied by the Holy Spirit, that changes everything. We want this to be central to who we are as gospel people in the city. We’re just three weeks in, but its already bearing fruit. I recommend it for personal or community-oriented study.

    Networking and Connecting.
    I am devoting much of my time to meeting with business, community and church leaders in the city to ask a simple question, “What kind of church does Seattle need?” The responses have been fascinating. Be expecting a future blog post. As we begin this new work, our posture is one of humility. We want to learn from the city. We are not in the city to stand above the city (in judgment) or under the city (in fear) or to mirror the city (in surrender), but for the city (in love).

    Family Health.
    As though all of this is not enough, our baby girl (Macy) recently had a seizure. We’ve since learned that 50% of children who have a seizure never have another. Nonetheless, we’ve taken proper precautions (EEG, MRI) and are still awaiting results. Would you pray for Macy? I too managed to injure my knee, for which I am receiving physical therapy. This church planting gig is taking more of a physical toll than I anticipated.

    Thank you for your prayers and support.

    For August, please pray that:

    • We would be a church marked by a deep love for Jesus.
    • Jesus would continue to build his church by bringing more people to join his mission in the city.
    • Many souls will be saved and lives transformed through this new gospel work.
    • We’d have open doors and favor in Seattle.
    • All of our financial needs will be provided for.
    • Jesus-loving, talented musicians and artists will join this work.
    • A central, strategic, well-known, yet inexpensive, gathering location for us would open up.
    • Seattle would be loved, served, challenged and changed through the gospel.
    • Many Gospel-centered Jesus-loving churches would be planted.

    The story continues…

    Desperately dependent but confident in Him,
    Pastor Adam