STATEMENTS OF FAITH
About the Trinity
We believe that there is only one true God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in every divine attribute, executing distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption. God is by nature a relational God who enjoys loving fellowship within the Godhead, and who extends a loving relationship to us through faith in Jesus Christ and in unity with the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-3; Isaiah 45:5; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
About God the Father
We believe in God the Father, who is infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, immutable and perfect in holiness, wisdom, justice and love. We believe that He is a personal God and sovereignly in the affairs of humanity and that, in His grace and mercy, He saves men and women from sin and death.
(Psalm 139; Isaiah 40:28-31; Acts 17:24-31)
About Jesus Christ the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who became a man without ceasing to be God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. His life was sinless, and His death provided substitutionary atonement for the sins of humanity. We believe in His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and priestly intercession for all believers.
(Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 7:22-28)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who illuminates, indwells, sanctifies and empowers all believers until the day of redemption, providing each with various gifts for service and who is an abiding helper, teacher, guide and comforter. We believe He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment.
(John 14:16-17, 14:26, 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 1:13-14)
About the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, wholly truthful and trustworthy, pointing to life in God through Jesus Christ. God’s Word is our supreme authority and sufficient for understanding all matters of faith, doctrine and conduct. Our only resource for critical discernment in this world is the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit as He helps us understand the Bible, our source of truth. Therefore, we view Scripture as foundational for all we do. It is a resource God has graciously provided us, containing the message to humanity that He Himself put forth. It is inerrant in the original documents as God inspired men to write its contents, and infallible in the sense that it contains nothing that would lead to error, falsehood, or untruth when soundly interpreted through the Holy Spirit.
(Psalm 19:7-11; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44; John 5:39; Colossians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; 2 Peter 1:4-5, 1:20-21)
About Angels and Satan
We believe in angels of God as well as fallen angels (demons) including Satan, who fell from favor with God to become the enemy of both God and humanity. We believe Satan exists and that he is the temporary ruler of this world. Satan is wholly evil and is a tempter and deceiver of humanity, blinding the unregenerate with spiritual darkness. We believe that believers have power through Christ over Satan and his host of demons who will eventually be judged and punished forever.
(Isaiah 14:12-20; Luke 10:18-19; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Ephesians 6:10-18; Revelation 12:10-12, 20:10)
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all of its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through earthly death. We are therefore called to defend, protect and value all human life, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, married or single, young or old. We believe that all humanity, male and female alike, is created in the image of God, but, due to disobedience against God’s good and just authority, has incurred a sinful nature. Since the fall of man through Adam, humanity has been sinful by nature and by choice, as well as subject to the power of Satan. We believe humanity has no power to change its fallen state, but can only be redeemed by the power of God, through Jesus Christ. Finally, we believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior and attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Crossroads.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 51:5, 139; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; John 15:4-5; Romans 3:10-18, 3:23)
We believe both the image and roles of men and women flow from the essence of God’s Trinitarian identity. There is mutual submission within the Trinity even though there are differing roles within the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all equally and fully God, but each with different roles. Jesus submits to the Father and the Holy Spirit submits to both the Father and Jesus. We believe both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image being equal before God as persons and that the role distinctions within biblical manhood and womanhood were ordained by God as part of His creation before the fall, and were not a result of sin.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25, 3:1-24; 1 Timothy 2:12-15)
We believe Adam and Eve were created uniquely male and female. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as biologically male or female when He knits them together in their mother’s womb. These two distinct and complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We also believe that every man and woman is first and foremost defined by his or her natural birth.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 6:7-14, 26:39; John 5:19-29, 14:1-14, 14: 28, 17:20-21; Acts 1:6-8, 7:54-56; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Ephesians 5:21-33; Revelation 4-5)
We believe both the Old Testament and the New Testament reveal the equally high value and dignity created by God in the distinct roles of men and women within marriage and the church.
(Genesis 2:18-24; Proverbs 5:15-19, 31:10-31; Mark 10:2-12; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 11:1-13, 14:26-39; 1 Timothy 2:12-15, 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)
About Marriage and Morality
We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to one another. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 6:18, 7:2-5; Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and the use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
(Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Crossroads Church as a local body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Crossroads’ members and community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Crossroads in any capacity, or who serve in Church leadership, agree to and abide by our Statements on Gender, Marriage and Morality.
(Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)
About Salvation, Sanctification and Manifestation
We believe that salvation is the work of spiritual regeneration obtained only by the sovereign grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He offers forgiveness and eternal life to those who repent from their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Furthermore, there is no meritorious effort of any kind that anyone can do to receive God’s gift of salvation. We believe that the Holy Spirit illuminates the heart of an unbeliever to seek God, and at the time of conversion, He indwells and seals the believer, guaranteeing the believer’s eternal inheritance as a child of God. We believe that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to sanctify and fill/empower the believer as the believer learns to live in/by the Holy Spirit for lifelong spiritual growth. We believe that even though a believer experiences the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit at conversion, they do not necessarily experience the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit or the filling/empowering work of the Holy Spirit at conversion. The sanctifying and filling/empowering work of the Holy Spirit is experienced as one pursues the fullness of life in the Holy Spirit. We believe that the initial filling of the Holy Spirit and the ongoing pursuit of more filling should manifest itself through the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the church today as they were for the early church. Finally, we believe that all people should seek to maintain a life-style free of those things that the Scriptures define as destructive to our life, realizing that the process of sanctification is just that, a process, and we should strive to grow in any areas that we are struggling.
(John 1:28-29, 3:3-21, 11:25-26, 14:6; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 3:21-26, 10:9-13; Ephesians 1:1-14, 2:8-10; Acts 2:1-4, 2:37-39, 4:29-31; 1 Corinthians 12-14)
We are a non-denominational Christian Church. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians and churches, we believe that the local Church should be governed by Elders who have been chosen from among the members. We have concluded that the Biblical model for church leadership is that Christ is the head of the Church, and local Elders are responsible to carry out His will in the local assembly of believers. At Crossroads the Elders are called the Directional Team.
(1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 5:17; Ephesians 5:23-25; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that the church, called the body of Christ, is made up of all true believers worldwide. We believe in the local assembly of believers for the purpose of community, commission and compassion. We believe that each member of the body is responsible to submit to Christ’s headship, as well as to one another, striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, loving one another and seeking to be used of God in service, employing their spiritual gifts to further the cause of Christ.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:1-8; Ephesians 4:1-16; Colossians 3:12-17)
God intends for every believer to play a role in the ministry of His Church. Though certain roles of leadership may require special qualifications, ministry is not reserved for the “clergy.” Every member is a minister. Ministry is not reserved only for those who are paid or have specialized training, but instead is the obligation of every believer. God’s mission is accomplished best when every member of the Church spends time and effort in ministry. In keeping with Paul’s words to the Ephesian Church, CHURCH endeavors to equip its members to do ministry, and not be fans sitting in the stands.
(Ephesians 4:11-13; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-30; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
We believe we are to give generously to support the church, the body of Christ, as God’s Word commands. We believe that our whole lives are a response to God’s grace and love for us. And so, we consider it our privilege and our challenge to live lives of extravagant generosity. We view our entire lives as an offering to the Lord, and so we live our lives in such a way that we are no longer asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to give?” but rather, “God, how much are you asking me to keep?” In living this way, we seek to honor God through ultimate sacrifice of our time, gifts, and resources for the purposes of His Kingdom.
We encourage everyone to live obediently as it pertains to his or her finances, which includes tithing. If tithing has not been a part of a one of our member’s life practices we encourage them to explore what God says about finances and step out on a faith journey. We believe that our church members can begin by committing to trust Him in this area and take a step of obedience to give faithfully. As we courageously walk with God in this area, we believe God will bring peace to our members’ lives as they grow in this worshipful response to God. Being a part of Crossroads Church means being committed to following God as He grows and changes us into persons of generosity.
We believe that any giving beyond the tithe is an “offering of gratitude” for the great things God does for us every day. This offering of gratitude is a privilege to give and is in addition to the tithe. We believe that the local church is the storehouse and that our church members and attenders should give their tithe there. Meanwhile, the offering of gratitude may be given at an attendee’s discretion to any worthwhile ministry, church or organization. We also recognize that we must be good stewards of our time and our talents—everything we have, as the Lord has blessed us with these things as well. Like any other form of obedience, tithing is a matter of the heart.
(Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:7-12; Acts 4:32-5:11; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15; Mark 12:43; 2 Samuel 24:24; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)
We believe Jesus Christ instituted two celebrations that all believers are to observe: water baptism and communion, which flow from a healthy community committed to prayer and to worship of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe church is to be a house of prayer and worship going after God’s heart and presence so the church can be empowered to accomplish the mission God has given it.
(Mark 11:17; Acts 1:12-14, 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 14)
We believe water baptism symbolizes and identifies believers with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, bearing public testimony of their belief in Him. We believe in baptism by immersion after conversion.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:33, 10:43, 10:47-48; Romans 6:3-11; Colossians 3:12-17)
We believe communion is a celebration of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross where the bread symbolizes His sacrificed body and the cup symbolizes the new covenant in His blood. As we partake in communion we celebrate His active presence while longing for His future return.
(Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:7-38; 1 Corinthians 11:17-30)
About Last Things, the Church and Israel
We believe in the personal, imminent, earthly return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom forever. We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of all humanity: believers to eternal life in the presence of God, and unbelievers to everlasting punishment and separation from God.
(John 5:27-29, 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that the gracious free gift of salvation that comes through Jesus is equally offered to all Gentiles and Jews, and that all who belong to Christ are Abraham’s children and heirs to God’s promises.
(2 Corinthians 1:20-22; Galatians 3:28-29; Ephesians 2:11-18)
We believe that the Church is neither separate from Israel nor does it replace Israel. We believe that the Church is made up of the remnant of Christ followers who are Jews and Gentiles.
We believe in a future hope for the nation of Israel. We believe that the Church should show mercy to Jews and Israel, while not necessarily supporting all political positions of the nation Israel.
(Isaiah 11:16; Ezekiel 36:1-15,37:1-28; Luke 21:10-24; Acts 1:6-7; Revelation 7:1-8)