WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant. This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.
(See Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26;
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and coeternal.
(See Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6;
Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; 1 John 5:7-8).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s Womb. Therefore, He is the Son of God. He is unique in all creation in that He is fully human and fully God.
(See Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25;
The blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.
(See John 1:29; Colossians 1:20;
Romans 5:9; 3:10-12, 23; 1 John 1:7;
Revelation 1:5; 5:9).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected -- they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.
(See Luke 24:16, 36, 39;
John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15;
1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21).
40 days after His physical resurrection, He ascended back to Heaven where He was glorified and seated at the right hand of God, His Father. He is now King of Kings and Lord of Lords reigning over this universe and representing those who follow Him as their High Priest and Intercessor.
(See Acts 1:1-9; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51;
Ephesians 4:8-10; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 9:24;
1 Peter 2:22).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His
kingdom on this planet. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures
(See Matthew 24:30; 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11;
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17;
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).
Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity’s only
hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(See Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow
Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.
(See Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ His death, burial and resurrection.
Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort.
(See Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16; 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22).
Heaven is the dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(See Matthew 5:3, 12, 20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34;
John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16;
1 Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they
will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels.
(See Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
(See John 6:44, 65).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to
complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the
Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(See Romans 8:29; 12:1-2;
2 Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-18; Hebrews 2:11;
1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).
Jesus Christ Indwells
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by
His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the
Lord of their lives as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them
when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead.
(See John 1:12; 14:17, 23; 15:4;
Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
Baptism in the
Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. He was sent by
Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole
(See Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:16-17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 17, 38-39; 8:14-17; 10:37-38, 44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6).
The Gifts of the
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts including speaking in other
tongues, to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the Resurrection and
confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily
exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to
earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in
harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters.
(See Romans 1:11; 12:4-8; Hebrews 2:4;
1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; 1 Timothy 4:14;
2 Timothy 1:5-14; 1 Peter 4:10).
Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in Jesus’
commission to His disciples. It is a gift of the Spirit given as a sign that is to follow believers. It
is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross.
(See Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17;
Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; Romans 11:29;
1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; James 5:14-16).
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine
appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is
an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of
all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(See John 17:6-11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22;
Hebrews 10:25; 12:23).
The Ordinances of
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of
God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
(See Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 8:36-38).
The Ordinances of
The Lord's Supper
A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and
grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
(See Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12;
1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26).
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of
inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or
mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death.
We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
(See Psalm 139).
Marriage, Gender & Sexuality
We believe that 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.
(See Genesis 1:26-27).
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one
woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends
sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We
believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a
marriage between a man and a woman.
(See Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6;
Romans 7:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5;
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual
behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to
God. Sexual immorality is also destructive to the human body.
(See Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Crossroads Church as the local
Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role model to Crossroad Church members and the
community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Crossroads Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and
(See Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16;
1 Thessalonians 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin,
seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
(See Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10;
1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and
dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be
repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Crossroads Church.
(See Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).