A church's beliefs and values are important
When you walk into a church, you probably find it nice to know what that church preaches and teaches. Here are some basic guidelines that will help you know where Crossroad Church stands, so that you can decide whether our core beliefs align with yours.
What we believe
- God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has existed eternally.
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross and being raised into heaven.
- The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.
- The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by sin.
- We can never make up for our sin by our good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty.
What we value
- We value the belief that every person needs Jesus as their Savior and His Biblical moral compass to guide them through life.
- We value the Biblical truth that every believer has unique gifts to be discovered, developed, and used to strengthen the work of the church.
- We value the non-negotiable necessity that every believer has the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
- We value children and youth and believe they have a special place in the heart of God.
- We value ministry decisions made by those closest to the front line of a ministry area guided by the purpose and value statements of Crossroads Church.
Baptism – an expression of faith
In ancient days, God's people circumcised their infant boys. This was an outward sign of an inward faith and covenant ... they would be God's people, and He would be their God.
Centuries later, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. This was a new outward expression, as well as a new covenant: Believe in Jesus as Lord, and you will not perish but have eternal life.
Baptism is an outward expression of the inward faith that Jesus is Lord. For infants, we promise to raise the child in faith. For adults, baptized individuals acknowledge this faith for themselves.
Communion – Christ's gift
to the church
On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples. "This is my body that is for you," he said. "Do this in remembrance of me." He also took a cup of wine and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me."
Following Jesus' example and instruction, when the church celebrates the Lord's Supper we receive gifts of bread and juice; we give thanks to God; we break the bread and pour the wine; we share the food and drink with each other. The Lord's Supper is a means by which Christ continually nourishes, strengthens and comforts us.
What happens during communion?
Through our prayers and the sharing of bread and wine, we are joined to Christ and through Christ to each other. During Communion we remember what God has done for us. The past event of our Lord's death, resurrection and ascension comes into the present so that its power once again touches us, changes us, and heals us. We gather at the table with joy, eating and drinking to celebrate our risen Lord.
If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are welcome to join us.
Questions? Please contact us ... we're happy to help
Give us a call at (515) 287-8580, or click "Ask a Question" below
and submit your question directly to Pastor Glen.