WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Cornerstone, a strong spirit-filled church for the whole family, passionately making disciples, serving as a cornerstone for Christ in our communities.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Our job is to create a culture of sowing and watering, the product of that obedience, is God bringing the increase. Through the many ministries at Cornerstone we are developing disciples that reach out to others with the same Grace and Mercy that was given to them.
We strive to create a real community that is not afraid to engage with the culture around us in order that we might see Christ revealed in them.
1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,…
2 Thessalonians 3:1
MEET OUR STAFF
Pastors Ed and Cristi Dittfurth
Since 1998, Pastor Ed and Cristi Dittfurth have passionately led the people of Cornerstone as Lead Pastors, giving over 25 years of service to this body. Ed Dittfurth grew up in Brazoria County, but has called Stephenville home since moving here to attend college at Tarleton State University. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology, Ed and Cristi were married on May 19, 1990, one week following graduation. Their ministry has grown into a healthy community of believers ranging from young and old alike. The Dittfurths are a blessed family of five, with one daughter and two sons.
Their ministry philosophy encompasses a belief in individuals allowing the anointing to come down and the Holy Spirit to flow out of them like rivers of living water. With this will come healing, refreshing, and a prophetic impulse to spur others on to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Ed believes in the mandate of making disciples (Matthew 28:19); that the best times of discipleship occur while doing something for the Kingdom of God together. Our view at Cornerstone is that being a part of a vibrant congregation is key to a strong testimony to others in work and life.
Pastor Ed currently serves on the Stephenville ISD School Board, the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Pecan Valley Behavioral Centers Board. He has coached local sport teams for 12 years, and continues to find ways to serve the community of Erath County.
Hobbies: Athletics, hunting, hiking, and being on the water
Favorite Beverage: Coffee
Choice of Meal: Beef or deer meat AKA protein
Favorite Quote: “Life moves pretty fast if you don’t stop & look around you could miss it” -Ferris Bueller.
Pastors JR and Jennifer Hall
J.R. and Jennifer are both graduates of Southwestern Assemblies of God University. J.R. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministry specializing in Youth Ministry and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership.
J.R. and Jennifer are high school sweethearts who married in 2003 and have been serving in full time youth ministry and education for the past nineteen years. They have two kids Hannah, born in 2006, and Tre, born in 2010.
The Hall Family loves online gaming as each family member has their own xbox and xbox live account. They also love going to the movies, camping, and spending time with the extended family!
Cody and Chelsea Hansen
Cody and Chelsea Hansen have served as Worship Pastors of Cornerstone since 2013. They are both graduates of Stephenville High School, and Tarleton State University alumni. As long-time Stephenville residents, the Hansens count it as an honor to serve within the community and the very church in which they were married. Cody and Chelsea humbly view themselves as lead worshippers, rather than just worship leaders. They were married in 2004, and along with their 2 children, and have spent most of that time passionately involved in their calling of music ministry.
Becky has had the pleasure of working as the head of administration at Cornerstone since 2002. She graduated from Stephenville High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Tarleton State University. Her role in the body is indispensable to the central operations of our team, as she actively oversees the behind-the-scenes matters of our ministry. Enjoying being a part of such an amazing team, her heart’s desire is three-fold: to serve the Lord, the church, and our community. Becky has 1 son and 2 daughters.
Chris & Michelle Neal
Chris and Michelle Neal have served as Children’s Ministers at Cornerstone since October 2019. They served in missions for almost 18 years along with their two boys. They are honored to serve on the team and count it a blessing to minister to the kids of Cornerstone.
INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP?
God sets His people in the local church to work in partnership with the vision of the pastors for the advancement of His Kingdom. Membership at Cornerstone Assembly is partnership with and commitment to this vision….
New Member 101 Class Information
Cornerstone Assembly endeavors to provide partners with a “church life” that is fulfilling spiritually and socially. Through diligent and consistent involvement in our awesome weekly services, excellent ministries, various special events and activities, you will make tremendous strides toward living and enjoying the abundant life that Jesus provides.
Church partners are encouraged to realize THERE’S MORE for themselves and others and help carry out the vision of Cornerstone Assembly by giving their time, abilities, faith, prayers, talents and finances. Active church partnership at Cornerstone Assembly will set you on a path for spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.
New Member 101 Class
This New Member class, or “101 Class” is designed to give those who are new to Cornerstone Assembly, the opportunity to become plugged in. Information about the Assemblies of God as a whole is shared and different aspects of Cornerstone Assembly are outlined during “101”. This class is made available to answer questions, share ideas, meet church leadership and help newcomers become involved.
It is a three week class, which meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm in Pastor Ed’s office. Each week of the first two classes is taught by Pastor Ed and the concluding class by Cristi Dittfurth, the Pastor’s wife. After attending all three weeks, each person is given the opportunity to apply for membership. The “101 Class” is held approximately every other month, so class start dates will be announced prior to the next class beginning.
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
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1. THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
- 2 Timothy 3:15-17
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13
- 2 Peter 1:21
2. THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Deuteronomy 6:4
- Isaiah 43:10,11
- Matthew 28:19
- Luke 3:22
THE ADORABLE GODHEAD
a. Terms Defined
The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural.
Matthew 28:19 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | John 14:16-17
b. Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead
Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained.
Luke 1:35 | 1 Corinthians 1:24 | Matthew 11:25-27 | Matthew 28:19 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | 1 John 1:3-4
c. Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten, and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one.
John 1:18 | John 15:26 | John 17:11 | John 17:21 | Zechariah 14:9
d. Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to Person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority. Hence, neither Person in the Godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others.
John 5:17-30 | John 5:32 | John 5:37 | John 8:17,18
e. The Title, Lord Jesus Christ
The appellation, “Lord Jesus Christ,” is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament, either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God.
Romans 1:1-3,7 | 2 John 3
f. The Lord Jesus Christ, God with Us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God and man is “Immanuel,” God with us.
Matthew 1:23 | 1 John 4:2 | 1 John 4:10 | 1 John 4:14 | Revelation 1:13 | Revelation 1:17
g. The Title, Son of God
Since the name “Immanuel” embraces both God and man in the one Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity, and the title, Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity, and the title, Son of Man, to the order of time.
Matthew 1:21-23 | 2 John 1:3 | 1 John 3:8 | Hebrews 7:3 | Hebrews 1:1-13
h. Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father, and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
2 John 9 | John 1:1 | John 1:2 | John 1:14 | John 1:18 | John 1:29 | John 1:49 | 1 John 2:22,23 | 1 John 4:1-5 | Hebrews 12:2
i. Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all.
Hebrews 1:3 | 1 Peter 3:22 | Acts 2:32-36 | Romans 14:11 | 1 Corinthians 15:24-28
j. Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead except those which express relationship (see Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead, Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , and Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father.
John 5:22,23 | 1 Peter 1:8 | Revelation 5:6-14 | Philippians 2:8,9 | Revelation 7:9-10 | Revelation 4:8-11
3. THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth: Matthew 1:23 | Luke 1:31 | Luke 1:35
His sinless life: Hebrews 7:26 | 1 Peter 2:22
His miracles: Acts 2:22 | Acts 10:38
His substitutionary work on the cross: 1 Corinthians 15:3 | 2 Corinthians 5:21
His bodily resurrection from the dead: Matthew 28:6 | Luke 24:39 | 1 Corinthians 15:4
His exaltation to the right hand of God: Acts 1:9 | Acts 1:11 | Acts 2:33 | Philippians 2:9-11 | Hebrews 1:3
4. THE FALL OF MAN
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
- Genesis 1:26,27
- Genesis 2:17
- Genesis 3:6
- Romans 5:12-19
5. THE SALVATION OF MAN
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.
- Luke 24:47
- John 3:3
- Romans 10:13-15
- Ephesians 2:8
- Titus 2:11
- Titus 3:5-7
The Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.
- Romans 8:16
The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
- Ephesians 4:24
- Titus 2:12
6. THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
BAPTISM IN WATER
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
- Matthew 28:19
- Mark 16:16
- Acts 10:47,48
- Romans 6:4
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements –bread and the fruit of the vine– is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”
7. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
- Luke 24:49
- Acts 1:4
- Acts 1:8
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
- Acts 8:12-17
- Acts 10:44-46
- Acts 11:14-16
- Acts 15:7-9
With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:
- an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8
- a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43, Hebrews 12:28
- an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42
- and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20
8. THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
- Acts 2:4
The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-10
- 1 Corinthians 12:28
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.
- Romans 12:1,2
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23
- Hebrews 13:12
The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”
- Hebrews 12:14
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”
- 1 Peter 1:15,16
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 6:1-11
- Romans 6:13
- Romans 8:1,2
- Romans 8:13
- Galatians 2:20
- Philippians 2:12,13
- 1 Peter 1:5
10. THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven.
- Ephesians 1:22,23
- Ephesians 2:22
- Hebrews 12:23
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:
1. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
- Acts 1:8
- Matthew 28:19,20
- Mark 16:15,16
2. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God.
- 1 Corinthians 12:13
3. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
- Ephesians 4:11-16
1 Corinthians 12:28
1 Corinthians 14:12
4. To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world.
- Psalms 112:9
- Galatians 2:10; 6:10
- James 1:27
The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience:
1. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs.
- Mark 16:15-20
- Acts 4:29-31
- Hebrews 2:3,4
2. Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God.
- 1 Corinthians 2:10-16
- 1 Corinthians 12
- 1 Corinthians 13
- 1 Corinthians 14
3. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ and care for the poor and needy of the world.
- Galatians 5:22-26
- Matthew 25:37-40
- Galatians 6:10
- 1 Corinthians 14:12
- Ephesians 4:11,12
- 1 Corinthians 12:28
- Colossians 1:29
11. THE MINISTRY
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in:
Evangelization of the world.
- Mark 16:15-20
Worship of God.
- John 4:23,24
Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
- Ephesians 4:11-16
Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion.
- Psalms 112:9
- Galatians 2:10; 6:10
- James 1:27
12. DIVINE HEALING
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
- Isaiah 53:4,5
- Matthew 8:16,17
- James 5:14-16
13. THE BLESSED HOPE
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17
- Romans 8:23
- Titus 2:13
- 1 Corinthians 15:51,52
14. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
- Zechariah 14:5
- Matthew 24:27
- Matthew 24:30
- Revelation 1:7
- Revelation 19:11-14
- Revelation 20:1-6
This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel,
- Ezekiel 37:21,22
- Zephaniah 3:19,20
- Romans 11:26,27
and the establishment of universal peace.
- Isaiah 11:6-9
- Psalms 72:3-8
- Micah 4:3,4
15. THE FINAL JUDGMENT
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
- Matthew 25:46
- Mark 9:43-48
- Revelation 19:20
- Revelation 20:11-15
- Revelation 21:8
16. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH
“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
- 2 Peter 3:13
- Revelation 21
- Revelation 22