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. All scripture (both Old
and New Testament) is inspired by God, and is inerrant and infallible in the
original writings. It is the revelation from God to man and is the sole,
ultimate and authoritative basis of
faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2
Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 55:11; 1 Samuel 15:29; Proverbs 30:5-6)
God - There is only one God, perfectly sovereign and holy; our Creator, Sustainer and Giver-of-Life. He exists forever in three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Trinity). Each is fully God, but distinct in personality and purpose in relationship to humankind. God is transcendent, and yet immanent, i.e. He is personable and knowable. (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Leviticus 19:2, Psalm 90:2, John 5:26, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 3:14-15)
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 - Jesus is the eternally begotten (not made or created) Son of God and promised Messiah. He is both fully God and fully man, the image of the invisible God and Lord over all creation. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. After living a sinless life, He was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead, appearing bodily to the disciples, and He then ascended to the right hand of the Father. Faith in him and belief in his death and resurrection are the only way to salvation. He will return to issue final judgment and bring to fulfillment His eternal kingdom. (Hebrews 2:14-17, Colossians 1:15-20, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Revelations 19:11-16, John 1:1-14, John 14:6, John 3:16, John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10)
The Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is fully God and is God’s presence with us and over the whole earth. He is not a force, or a conscience, or a power of the universe, but is a distinct person. He dwells within and guides those who follow Jesus and is a Counselor, Comforter, and Teacher who bears witness to Jesus. The Holy Spirit prays and intercedes for us, knowing the depths and thoughts of God. He convicts us of our sin and regenerates us from death to life and makes it possible for us to do what is otherwise impossible: transforming our lives to become more Christ-like in our character. He empowers us to bear fruit that glorifies God and advances His Kingdom. (John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7, Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:11, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Genesis 1:2, Galatians 5:22-25, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, Ephesians 4:4-6)
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.