The Bible (as comprised in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament) was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. The Bible is the inerrant and authoritative Word of God, revealing all things necessary to salvation, and is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Psalm 119:97-105, Psalm 119:160, Matthew 5:18, John 5:46-47, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
There is only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, John 17:3, John 1:1-4
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, Psalm 19:1-3, 1 Corinthians 8:6
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
John 1:1-4, 14, 18, John 14:6-9, 1 Timothy 3:16
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee
that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
John 16:13-15, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Romans 5:5, Ephesians 1:13
We believe in the Biblical account of creation. God created the physical universe and everything in it in six literal days. Man was created by God, not from previously existing forms of life.
Genesis 1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Human beings were created in the image of God, but in the garden fell into sin and were alienated from God.Through the temptation of Satan, humanity disobeyed the command of God and fell from their original innocence. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become sinners and are under condemnation. Only God’s grace can bring redemption for sinful man. God created humanity in His own image, and Jesus Christ died to redeem sinful humanity; every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 3:1-10, 23, Romans 1:18, Romans 6:23
Salvation is the redemption of the whole person, and it is freely offered to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is by the grace of God, through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ who died a substitutionary sacrifice once for all the sins of man. Only through repentance, faith in Christ, and regeneration of the Spirit can an individual experience salvation. Those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit and become part of the family of God (the Church). We believe the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:35-39, Philippians 1:6
The Ordinances of the Church- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the believer’s public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. The believer is immersed in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.
The Lord’s Supper (also referred to as communion) was instituted by Jesus Christ. Believers in Christ partake of the bread and the cup to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We practice “open communion,” meaning all Christ- followers (members of Cross Road or not) are invited to participate in this ordinance.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.
Heaven, Hell, and The Second Coming
We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. Those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will spend an eternity in Heaven. Those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will spend an eternity in Hell, separated from God. Jesus Christ is coming again! We believe in the personal bodily return of Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords and King of Kings over all creation. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the living and the dead; believers will be raised to everlasting joy with their Lord, and unbelievers unto judgment and eternal punishment.
Matthew 25:34, John 14:2, 2 Corinthians 5:1, Revelation 2:7, Matthew 8:12, 10:28,
13:49-50, Mark 9:47-48, Luke 12:5, Revelation 21:8.
Marriage and Family
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Marriage was established by God and is covenant between the husband and the wife with God as the witness. Cross Road Church will recognize only marriages between one biological and physically born man and one biological and physically born woman. The pastors and
staff of Cross Road may participate only in weddings and marriage celebrations between one man and one woman. The facilities and property of the church may host only those weddings and marriage celebrations that are between one man and one woman. God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-6
We believe any form of sexual immorality (defined as any sexual activity outside of biblical marriage) is sinful and offensive to God. Despite our rapidly changing culture, the Biblical sexual ethic remains our standard.
Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:14-16, 1
Thessalonians 5:22, Romans 10:9-10.
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.
In order to preserve the integrity of Cross Road Church and provide a biblical role model to our church and community, all persons employed by Cross Road Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement of Faith.
2 Timothy 2:15