OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
Following is a condensed version of our Statement of Faith (you can download the full version here). 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.
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.
Salvation - Every human being is corrupted by rebellion against God that we call “sin.” In this condition we are unacceptable to God and condemned to eternity apart from Him and His love. Only God can solve our “sin problem”. Because God loves us, He’s provided the solution, freely available to everyone through genuine faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality - God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. The term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. Further, God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between one man and one woman, as created by God, who are married to each other. Finally, God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography, etc...) is sinful and offensive to God.
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.