Cornerstone Baptist Church was started in January 1997. Pastor Rodger Wright and his family along with a few friends started meeting in a garage in Port St Lucie. Cornerstone was and still is affiliated with the Bible Baptist Fellowship International and supports many missionaries of the BBFI. Two Years later through prayer and obedience, God blessed Cornerstone with a building of its own. It was located on a residential street known as West Virginia. There Cornerstone has created a ministry to reach Port St Lucie with the Gospel. Just a few years ago the city of Port St Lucie finished the expansion of West Virginia which now is known as Crosstown expressway. This gave Cornerstone the blessing of being on a major road in the city. As time passed God lead Pastor Wright and his family to a new ministry in the northeastern part of the United States where God has continued to bless their ministry. Cornerstone Baptist church has continued to share the gospel and the love of Christ in the community to this Day.
Currently our church is lead by Pastor Carl Carnes a former student of Pastor Wright. Pastor Carl served as Youth Pastor of Cornerstone from 2000 till 2004. He and his family were called to further his education and was a student of Baptist Bible College and Graduate School in Springfield Missouri. After 9yrs of schooling the Pastor and his family moved from Missouri back home to Port St Lucie and took on the responsibility as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone. He has a passion to see Christ shared in our world and we continue to allow God to guided us in that direction. Everything we do has this one idea in mind. Therefore, our motto is REACH, MOTIVATE, AND CHANGE. It is with a great passion for the City of Port St Lucie that we continue to grow both physical as a church and (most importantly) spiritually.
The vision God has directed Pastor Carl towards is both bold and exciting. As we grow it is our desire that God would allow us to plant new churches all over the Treasure Coast. Through this endeavor we can see the Gospel impact our community and our world. The other part of Pastor Carl's vision is to see Cornerstone grow into a church center. There was once a time where the church was the center of the community, a place where people would meet, learn, and connect. These days it seems like the church has been replaced by community centers and concert halls. Pastor sees Cornerstone as a place where church and the community meet and as such the opportunity for the Gospel becomes even more available. Instead of the church only being filled on Sundays, Wednesdays and Holidays let God's house be a place that is active and full all the time where joy and hope and God's truth is shared every day. Planting new churches and building a church center will be a monumental task but we serve a monumental God who can do the impossible. This is our heart and our prayer for the future.
What We Believe
What We Believe
The title Baptist simply means that we embrace some foundational truths that we refer to as the "Baptist Distinctives." These distinctives can be defined through the following acrostic.
The Bible shall be our sole authority for both faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; II Pt. 1:20-21)
Autonomy of the local church
The local church is an independent body accountable directly to Christ. We are not a part of a denomination or hierarchy of human authority. (Col 1:18; II Cor. 8:1)
Priesthood of the believer
Every believer has direct access and a direct relationship with God Himself through Christ. (I Pt. 2:5-9; Rev. 5:9-10)
The Local church has two specific rites recognizing the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ:
1. Baptism (Mt. 28:19-20)
2. The Lord’s Table (I Cor. 11:23-32)
Individual soul liberty
Every individual has the personal responsibility of direct accountability to God for his beliefs and practices (Rom 14:5, 12; II Cor 4:2; Titus 1:9)
Saved Baptized Church Membership
Conversion and Baptism are prerequisites to church membership (Acts 2:41-42)
The Bible mandates two officers for the local church: 1) The Pastor and 2) The Deacons (I Tim 3).
Biblical separation is three-fold:
1. Personal Separation--The separation of individual believers from worldliness from the world. The life of the believer should be distinct in its identity from that of unbelievers (Rom 12:1-2).
2. Ecclesiastical Separation--the separation of the church from false doctrine (II Jn 1:10-11).
3. Separation of Church and State--We believe that God founded three institutions: family, government, and the church. Each institution has a specific, God-ordained purpose and those purposes should not be infringed upon by one another (Rom 13).
Statement of Faith
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally and plenarily inspired by God and inerrant, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
II TIMOTHY 3:16, II PETER 1:19-21, I THESSALONIANS 2:13
We believe in the one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being; co-equal in power and glory; and having the same attributes and perfections but executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption
THE PERSON AND THE WORK OF GOD THE FATHER:
God the Father is an infinite Spirit, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Eternal. He is the Creator and maintains in existence all things He has made. He is sovereign ruler of Heaven and earth and is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, mercy and loving-kindness.
COLOSSSIANS 1:15, I TIMOTHY 1:17; JOHN 4:21; EXODUS 20:2-3; 1 CORINTHIANS 8:6; REVELATION 4:11
THE PERSON AND THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; He was active in the creation; in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. The Holy Spirit is the Agent in the new birth, and the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit seals, endues, fills, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
JOHN 14:16-17; 26: 16-11; I CORINTIANS 12:12-14; EPHESIANS 5:18, JOHN 3:5-6; ROMANS 8:9,14,16
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
JOHN 1:2,14; LUKE 1:35
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
I CORINTHIANS 15:3,4; I PETER 2:24; EPHESIANS 1:7; ROMANS 4:25
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ bodily ascended into Heaven, where He is now exalted at the right hand of God, and ministers as our High Priest and Intercessor.
ACTS 1:9,10; HEBREWS 4:14, 7:25; I JOHN 2:1
We believe in “A Blessed Hope”: the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to the earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18; 1:10; ZECHARIAH 14:4-11; REVELATION 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6
THE FALL OF MAN:
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and become sinners in thought, word and deed.
GENESIS 1:26-27; ROMANS 3:23; 5:12; EPHESIANS 2:1-3
We believe that eternal salvation is the gift of God, and that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone are born again, indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and hereby become children of God. We believe that repentance and faith are the two inseparable conditions for salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirt that results in the confession of sin and turning to God.
JOHN 3:3-5; TITUS 3:5; EPHESIANS 2:8-10; JOHN 3:16
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God, accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second a continuing process in the saints as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return. The appointed means of sanctification are the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
I THESSALONIANS 5:23; 4:3-4; HEBREWS 10:10-14; 3:1; JOHN 17:17; II CORINTHIANS 1:30; EPHESIANS 5:25-27; I JOHN 3:2; JUDE 24:25; REVELATION 22:11
We believe that all true believers are saved with an eternal salvation, are kept by God’s power, and are thus secure in Christ forever.
JOHN 6:37-39; 10:28; ROMANS 8:38-39; I CORINTIANS 1:4-8; PHILIPPIANS 1:6
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of His gifts for the work of the ministry.
I CORINTHIANS 13; ROMANS 12; I CORINTHIANS 12
We believe and teach the fundamentals of the faith. We do not believe the charismatic or the neo-evangelical movements are fundamental. Therefore, we will separate ourselves from these teachings.
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.
JOHN 15:7; I JOHN 5:14-15; JAMES 5:13-16
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and that separation from all worldly and sinful pleasures and practices is commanded by God. We further believe that the Scriptures plainly teaches that Christians should not marry or have other entangling alliances with unbelievers.
ROMANS 12:1-2; 14:13; I JOHN 2:15-17; II CORINTHIANS 6:14;
II TIMOTHY 3:1-5
We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges vested in them by His Word; and that it has officers, consisting of pastors and deacons, and elected positions whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.
We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only Superintendent is Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
I CORINTHIANS 11:2; ACTS 2:41-42; 20:17-28; I TIMOTHY 3:1-13
We believe in the unity of all New Testament believers in the Church which is the Body of Christ.
I CORINTHIANS 12:12-13; EPHESIANS 1:22-23 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23; COLOSSIANS 1:18; ACTS 15:13-18
ORDINANCES-BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER:
We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried, risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism first and the Lord’s Supper, and that the participants in the Lord’s Supper should be immersed believers.
ACTS 2:41-42; 8:36, 38, & 39; JOHN 3:23; ROMANS 6:3-5 MATTHEW 3:16; 28:18-20; COLOSSIANS 2:12; I CORINTHIANS 11:23-28
We believe in that “Blessed Hope”: the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
REVELATION 20:4-6, I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18; ACTS 1:11; I THESSALONIANS 1:10, 5:9; REVELATION 3:10
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
JOHN 5:28-29; MATTHEW 25:46; REVELATION 20:11-15; II CORINTHIANS 5:8; PHILIPPIANS 1:23
Mankind is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of kings.
ROMANS 13:1-7; II SAMUEL 23:3; EXODUS 18:21, 22; ACTS 4:19, 20; 5:29; 23:5; MATTHEW 22:21; DANIEL 3:17, 18.