Cornerstone Jesus is the Rock EPK
About the song
This song is inspired by scriptures found in the Bible. When a building is constructed one of the most important elements is the cornerstone. This is the first piece that is placed down. It is important because it become the primary reference for the entire building. If the cornerstone is placed incorrectly it will affect the integrity of the the building.
The cornerstone is this song refers to Jesus. Jesus is the chief cornerstone upon which the church is built. Unfortunately, for unbelievers the cornerstone becomes a rock or offence or a stumbling block. During the time when Jesus was on earth the religious leaders eyes where blinded and were unable to see Jesus for who he was. Jesus brought salvation to the world. But for the religious leader Jesus was offensive and a stumbling block and the adamantly rejected Him. This resulted in the the most heinous earthly punishment of crucifixion.
This song is about in individuals today and their relation and belief in Jesus. For the believer there is great comfort, for the non believer it is a warning.
True to the Word this stone refused, By the builders, was the Rock of Israel. So, don’t pass by and ignore this rock Or you will stumble trip and fall. Cornerstone, Cornerstone Jesus is the Rock Cornerstone, Cornerstone Upon this Rock I'll stand. Be not ashamed, never run away, In your belief in the Rock of Israel. So, don’t pass by and ignore this Rock Or you will stumble, trip and fall. Cornerstone, Cornerstone Jesus is the Rock Cornerstone, Cornerstone Upon this Rock I'll stand. Build on this Rock Be firm in your faith and You will know the Lord. Cornerstone, Cornerstone Jesus is the Rock Cornerstone, Cornerstone Upon this Rock I'll stand. Copyright © 2016 John Pape Words and Music by John Earl Pape All Rights Reserved Publisher: The Mediatunes Project ASCAP CCLI# 3076868
John Pape Bio
John Pape is a independent, self managed Christian songwriter who creates worship and praise music for seekers and believers in the church.
John states his mission “My music ministry is to create songs that will encourage a closer relationship to Jesus. The songs are crafted to help Christians though their daily walk. The songs provide a positive soundtrack for people’s lives.”
John’s songwriting drive is to honor God though words and music. His experience has grown over several years of honing the art of songwriting.
Born and raised in California his musical journey began as a young boy. His first instrument was the violin and her participated in the school glee club. As a teenager he got his first guitar. After a few lessons, he basically self-taught himself with a veracious appetite to learn the guitar.
John was going through a spiritual journey which eventually led him to a small store front church where he heard the gospel and by faith believed in the saving grace of Jesus.
At the time of conversion life had to change. It no longer seemed appropriate to live the rock n roll lifestyle. So, for a season the guitar was set down. After a period of time while reading the bible, he read the parable of the talents. Convicted, that he was not using his God given talent of music he prayed. Then leaving his home to take a meditative walk he passed by a piece of paper on the sidewalk. I voice spoke and said to pick up the paper. Turning around he picked it up and it was a song sheet. Not just any song sheet but a Christian song. Realizing that was confirmation he reached out that week to find a Christian band to join. Within a week he was in a Christian Rock band that wrote original music. This band lasted a few years, but the passion to write songs continued. Some early solo releases included “Tunes for Him” and “Almighty Reigns”
Some of John’s musical influences that help shape his songwriting include Chris Tomlin, Benton Brown, Matt Redman. In addition to these influences, John’s sound is shaped by Maranatha Music, Passion.
John is also author of the book “Building a House of Worship”. The book was written as a guide to Christian church worship leaders to better minister to the people they serve as they use their gift of music.
Currently John is working on a project to release several new Praise and Worship songs that were written to build and encourage Christians in their daily walk.
See, I lay in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, firmly placedIsaiah 28:16
The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.Psalm 118:22-23
“…by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:10-12
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.Ephesians 2:19–20
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious,”.1 Peter 2:4–6
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