Laying the corner stone: let this ceremony become our devotional and symbol of our faithfulness
Do you know what is the latest update of our new church development plan?
As the new shed has completely built, we are now stepping to the next stage of the Church development. On June 7 ,2017, a simple yet memorable cornerstone ceremony was held at Bleasby house of Blessings, led by our beloved Pastor Hanny Yasaputra along with fellow Pastor Timotius Arifin who flew over from Bali, Indonesia. The ceremony was very simple and yet memorable, it was opened with the prayer and the stone was set as formal symbol of our faith for the new upcoming church building.
Do you know why corner stone is important and the term of cornerstone has been used frequently in biblical story?
In the ancient building practices, the cornerstone was the first stone set to represent the starting point as a fundamental of the edifice, while other stones will be constructed in reference to this stone.
Since bible times, the term of laying a cornerstone has brought significant mark in many building construction which church also included. As Christians, we frequently heard that Jesus describes himself as the cornerstone. Notable reference appears in Old testament and New testament. In old testament, the book of Isaiah has many reference about the coming messiah. According to Isaiah 28:16-17, God is speaking to the rulers in Jerusalem who boasted and secure in themselves. God says that their security was false and he would lay a stone in Zion. The corner stone refers to His precious son who provides the firm foundation for those who put trust in Him.
In the new testament, The cornerstone metaphor continually explained. Paul used the concept of corner stone in his preach to Ephesian Christians so that they understand Christ better. In Ephesians 2:19-21, clearly Paul explains that Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone, the apostles and prophets are foundation stones, and the whole building (the church) is a holy temple in the Lord.
Hence, the point is that the very foundation of the church is Jesus Christ. By laying the corner stone, it represents a manifestation of our faith and our hope in God who is the center of everything. Although, the development of the our new building still remains unsure, this simple ceremony becomes a form of action to take a leap of faith. As written on Matthew 17:20, He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”