OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
Following is our Statement of Faith. Please read it. Think about it. If something doesn't make sense to you, seek God's clarification in prayer and through conversations with other believers. Lastly, please let us know if you'd like to discuss any of this with one of our pastors and we'll be happy to arrange it.
The Bible - The Bible is the actual and only Word of God. It is given and maintained by God, therefore it is trustworthy, and the sole basis of our beliefs and guide for living. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 1 Samuel 15:29, Isaiah 55:11)
God - There is only one God, existing forever in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is fully God but distinct in personality and purpose in relationship to mankind. (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Leviticus 19:2, Psalm 90:2)
Salvation - Human beings were created in the image of God, but fell into sin, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God. As a result, we are born with a sinful nature, and are lost and can only obtain salvation through regeneration by the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and took the punishment due us for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice in full satisfaction of God's justice. All those who receive Him by faith are justified on the basis of His shed blood and resurrection, and are born again by the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God and heirs of eternal life. Salvation is only by grace, through faith in Christ; it is not of our own doing, but it is the gift of God, and not a result of works. (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-24, John 1:12-13; 3:1-16; 14:6; 17:1-5, Romans 3:23-25; 5:8-20; 6:23; 10:8-10, Ephesians 2:1-10, Philippians 3:8-11, 1 Peter. 1:18-19, 1 Corinthians 5:17-18, 21, Heb. 11:6, Revelation 3:20, Titus 3:4-8, Acts 2:37-39)
Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is God and is, at the same time, the Son of God who entered into our world as a man through birth to a virgin. He is mysteriously both, “fully God”, and “fully man”. Jesus lived a perfect life, suffered a brutal death, and took the full penalty of judgment for our sins upon Himself. He rose bodily from the dead and returned to heaven. He will return one more time, personally and visibly, to complete the history of mankind and restore all things. (Hebrews 2:14-17, Colossians 1:15-20, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 1:22-23)
The Christian Life (The Holy Spirit) - Genuine faith in Christ - the kind that really rescues us - is always marked by a transformed life. We change from self-centered living to God-centered living. This life is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. His power and leadership are available to us according to our desire to be filled by Him, making it possible for us to do what is otherwise impossible, namely, to become more and more Christ-like in our character - bearing fruit that glorifies God and changes our world. (Ezekiel 36:25-27, John 16:7-11, Acts 1;8, Ephesians 5:18-19, Galatians 5:22-23)
Death and the After-life - Every human being lives eternally; the only question is what kind of eternal life you will have. When they die, those who have rejected, refused or ignored Christ - and therefore His payment of their debt - must now pay the penalty for their sin all alone by eternal separation from God in Hell. After physical death, true believers in Christ will be with God in perfect friendship and joy forever. (John 3:36, Philippians 1:23-24, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 21:2-4)
The Church - The Church is the body of Christ on earth. God tells us (through the Bible) that we should gather together in groups (churches with a small “c”) to experience Christian community and do what Jesus would do: love God and love our neighbors (i.e. people both inside and outside our church). (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 2 Peter 2:9-10, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Matthew 18:15-17, Matthew 28:16-20)
Baptism - Christ told his followers to (a) go out and by the work of the Holy Spirit claim those people who are willing to follow Him and (b) baptize them. We celebrate baptism (both immersion and sprinkling) as an act of obedience to the command of Christ. We baptize all ages: adults, children, and infants. (Romans 6:3-7, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 16:33. Ephesians 4:4-6)
The Lord's Supper - Jesus initiated the
sacrament, also called Communion, when He met with His disciples at the Last
Supper. All are welcome to participate with us if they are believers in Christ
as Lord, understand their sin condition and desire repentance, and recognize
the presence of Christ as we gather in His name and the grace we receive with
the Communion elements. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Luke 22:17-20, John 6:35-59)
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality - When God created Adam and Eve, he created male and female. We believe that His plan for creation is perfect, and that these two, distinct but complementary genders reflect the relational nature of the triune God. We believe that sexual intimacy, as created and designed by God, is holy and beautiful, but only within the bounds of marriage. We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the sacred union of one man and one woman into a single, exclusive covenant, as shown in the Scriptures. We believe that all sexual intimacy outside of marriage, and all sexual immorality mentioned in the Scriptures, are sinful and fall outside of the Will of God. We also believe that our desire, as God’s children, should be to become more Christ-like in how we live our daily lives and to align ourselves with God’s perfect Will. We believe we live in a fallen world and that we are all sinful, imperfect and broken beings. We believe God loves us, no matter our sins, and we are saved only by God’s grace through faith in Christ and His death and resurrection, and in Him, we can be new creations. Since God loves us while we are yet sinners, our call is to love all people, to not stand in judgment or condemnation, and to welcome all at Crossroads. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25, Hebrews 13:1-4, John 8:7-11, Romans 1:26-32; 3:23; 5:8; 13:8-10, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 17-20; 7:2-5, Leviticus 18:22; 20:13, Mark 10:6-9, Matthew 19:4-6; 5:28, Ephesians 5:1-3, 21-33)
Faith and Practice - Because the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice, we do not add rules and regulations the Bible does not teach. In issues God doesn’t address through command or principle, each believer needs to pray diligently for guidance from the Lord; we also encourage healthy, non-judgmental discussion among people of faith about these topics.
We believe this Statement of Faith is an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. Because of that, everyone who wants to become a member at Crossroads is asked to accept the theology and doctrine of this Statement and to uphold unity in our church in regard to these beliefs.