Cornerstone Church of Escondidio was born when two congregations merged to form one house of worship in 1992. The first service of CCE was held on April 1st of that year. The name Cornerstone was chosen based on the words of Apostle Peter found in 1 Peter 2:4-6 (NASB)
And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: ‘Behold I lay in Zion a Choice Stone, a precious Corner Stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.’
Because Cornerstone was brought about by the merging of two congregations, the church leaders envisioned a place where a diversity of individual believers in Jesus (living stones) would be built up into one unified spiritual house with Christ Jesus as the chosen and precious Cornerstone.
Those who currently worship at Cornerstone have inherited this marvelous legacy of unity and diversity as we gather weekly to offer our spiritual sacrifices of praise to God through Christ. We welcome you to join us as we seek to love God, each other, and our community here in Escondido!
Statement of Faith
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of Cornerstone Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Elders are Cornerstone Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for the Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:9-11 and John 4:24)
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on a cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14, John 1:1, John 10:30, Luke 2:52, Philippians 2:5-8 and Hebrews 4:14-16)
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 16:8-15, Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:6, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12)
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus, become children of God. (John 1:12, John 3:3-17, Romans 6:23)
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the ordinances to be observed by the church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41-42)
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:22-32)
We believe that only those who are members of the true church will be eligible for membership in the local church. (Corinthians 6:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs. (1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1)
We believe in the personal, pre-millennial, and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Revelation 20:1-15)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Revelation 20: 10-15 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)