WHAT WE BELIEVE

VISION: Crossroads church exists to make passionate followers of Christ that have an impact on our world that even they could never imagine.  

The Trinity

We believe God has always existed in a relationship with Himself and has revealed Himself to us in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. While the Word Trinity is not in the Bible, the Bible makes it clear that all three persons are God; therefore making them co-equal, co-eternal, totally unified and having the same nature and attributes making each worthy of our worship, confidence and obedience to.

 Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:22; John 5:21-23; 14:9,10, 16; John 17:3; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19

The Father

God is not only always loving, compassionate and helpful all the time, He is all-powerful, all- knowing, ever present, unchanging, and not only good all the time, but great all the time and therefore completely worthy of our trust---He is above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist.

God wants us to relate and know Him in a similar way that we knew our earthly fathers that were good, caring and loving to us. Those who connect to Father God receive identity, purpose and a supremely loving embrace as seen in the prodigal son story. Father God is faithful to His people and His promises.

Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4

The Son

Jesus is God. Jesus has no beginning and no end. He was there when the universe was created and will be there when it ends. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and came into this world through a virgin named Mary and lived a sinless life, though He was tempted in all the same ways we are.

Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He is the only one who can atone us for our sins. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can obtain eternal life by His offering.

Those who communicate with Jesus can receive companionship.

Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 43:10, Matthew 1:23, John 1:14, Acts 1:9-11, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Philippians 2:13, Colossians 1:1-2, Hebrews 7:26, Hebrews 9:18

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ and guarantees our destiny in heaven through “a seal of deposit”. He guides believers into all truth, exalts Christ and both comforts us and convicts people of their sin, reveals God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He gives us spiritual gifts, helps transform us to become more like Christ and grows our faith as much as we will allow Him to until we die.

Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be entirely inspired by God, written by human authors of God’s choosing at different time periods by divine transmission of the Holy Spirit. Because it was supernaturally inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives and able to empower them as it has been to readers across all eras and cultures.

 Eternity & Salvation

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

We believe that every person was created in the image of God and therefore every person matters deeply to Him. Central to the Gospel message is that despite every person deserving a sentence of death and an eternity separated from God in Hell because we are all sinners, God has also shown His love for us through sending His only Son Jesus to come and take our punishment upon Himself on a cross and now offers us salvation as a free gift!

There is nothing we can do to earn this gift. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort, but anyone can be saved through humble repentance (confessing their sins) and believing in Jesus’ finished work of His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection three days later.

John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15; Isaiah 53:1-10, Luke 8:6, John 3:16, John 10:10, Acts 4:12, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 1 Tim. 2:4; I John 1:9

The Church

The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified as the family of God through faith in Christ where every member is a minister (utilizing their spiritual gifts to help others), where Gospel-Centered living is encouraged; where every member embraces God’s mandate to be “Disciple-Makers” by taking the Gospel to their spheres of influence (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, workplace) which is the mission of God to which gives Him great glory.

We believe the local church is a place where people can find refuge and encouragement in the midst of a world that brings ongoing heartbreak, brokenness, and discouragement. As Christ's followers devote themselves to have encounters with God through regular spirit-filled praying, transformational discipleship, dynamic worship and anointed teaching and preaching, we believe the miraculous will be inevitable---that the community and culture surrounding the church will be changed as each of its individual members are radically changed and transformed.

We are commanded by Christ to reach our community and world with the redemptive plan of God’s Gospel—His plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3

The Sacraments

  • (Sacrament: A church practice of an outward sign of the inner work of God in a person's life.)
  • We believe in two sacraments given to the church by Jesus Christ that demonstrate the unique and visible work of God's grace and power in a person's life.

Baptism

We believe that baptism by water is a sacred event modeled by Jesus Christ. He instructed the church to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is a symbol of our desire to follow Christ, our identity with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, the complete washing of all our sins and our adoption into the family of God. Since the Greek word Baptizo means to dip or immerse we practice the full immersion of one’s body as the mode of baptism.

The Lord's Supper

In His last meal before His death, Jesus commanded us to remember His sacrifice by joining in a regular observance of “The Lord’s Supper.” We fulfill this command by receiving the bread and the cup of communion, which represent Christ’s body and His blood, which He gave up for us.

All Christians should share in communion as a time of reflection on the great love our Lord displayed. Communion also celebrates our oneness in Christ and offers us the opportunity to experience His presence as we also deepen our closeness with one another.

Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 26:26-29, Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 11:20-34

Healing

We are born into a very broken world with imperfect parents. As a result all of us have inherited sinful generational patterning to some degree, picked up lies that the enemy has infiltrated or attached to past woundedness and have strongholds of sin that we need to be delivered and healed from. Many of us have physical infirmities that God should never be ruled out as to the possibility of experiencing healing from as well.

God’s desire is for all of us to be completely whole, in spirit, soul, and body. In Jesus death on the cross, God defeated sin and death and made at a minimum an inner healing from past wounds available to all believers. We offer courses, resources and pastoral counseling to any case that doesn’t reach the bounds of needing referred out.

Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, Acts 10:38, I Peter 2:24

Giving
In His benevolence God gives each of us both finances and certain natural talents and spiritual abilities. In the Bible God commands us to give Him the first and best of all we have. The tithe, or the first 10% of our income is the Biblical way for the believer to give and to provide for God’s local church financially to support His leaders, mission and ministries. In addition to giving financially, we are also called to use our strengths and our talents to support the work of God in the church.

Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:10-11, Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42, Romans 12:4-8, Colossians 3:23-24, I Corinthians 10:11, I Corinthians 14:12

We are a cooperating Southern Baptist Church:  Link to Southern Baptist Convention  http://www.sbc.net/

Our doctrinal beliefs are in keeping with the Southern Baptist Convention following the Baptist Faith and Message:  Link to Baptist Faith and Message  http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp