The Crossing Church is a modern, non-denominational church rooted in a long line of evangelical churches that have looked to the Bible as their authority for almost 2000 years. As a result, we affirm the central tenets of historic Christianity that came out of the protestant reformation. We find common belief in Jesus with many followers of Jesus as expressed in one of the earliest and most universally accepted statements of faith, The Apostles’ Creed, circa AD 220. We also have found The Lausanne Covenant to be a helpful expression of faith.
Nonetheless we are passionate about the unity of the church. We recognize that there is significant diversity of beliefs with respect to secondary issues (methods of baptism, church structure, application of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc). We operate daily based on a shared understanding of these issues within the leadership of the church; however, they are not focal points and are considered open-handed beliefs. Instead, we preach Christ cruclified. We prioritize and emphasize those beliefs that are of eternal significance (rebellion of humanity, the sovereignty of God, Jesus is the Son of God, the Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit, the authority of the Bible, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, etc). These we consider closed-handed beliefs as they are necessary for salvation.
Here are some details of what we do believe:
Good News For All: The Good News, the Gospel, is for all people. It is Good because it gives us hope. It is News because it tells us of the remarkable story of Jesus who was born in our humanity, died for our humanity, and was resurrected to restore and save our humanity. The Good News is to be shared to all people because it is the only means of salvation and because it transforms our personal lives and relationships. At the very center of the Gospel message is the reminder that we are never the solution, God is. This is why we believe in Gospel-centered preaching and discipleship.
Triune God: We believe in One God who exists in three distinct persons. God the Father, the creator of heaven and earth, who sovereignly ordains all of existence. Jesus the Son, He who came to humanity to rescue humanity. The Holy Spirit, He who dwells inside of us, refining us and guiding us. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 1:1-2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; Ephesians 1:17)
Created For God's Glory: God is sovereign. We believe He is in control and will bring about his desires, plans, and promises. We believe that everything is made by God and for His Glory. We discover true, lasting joy in our own personal lives when we discover that this joy is found in God through His son Jesus. (Genesis 1:24-31; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Jeremiah 32:27; Psalm 104:1-35; Psalm 135:6; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 43:7; Romans 8:28, Romans 11:36; Revelation 4:11; Ephesians 1:11-12)
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the only inspired, infallible, inerrant source of truth provided by God for humanity. We believe that God preserved His Word in order to reveal who He is and what He wants for our lives. The over-arching story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is this: God wants to redeem broken and fallen humanity through the work of Jesus Christ, all for His glory. It is through the Bible that God teaches us and shows us what He has done and what our roles are in this incredible story of salvation. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 119:1-176; Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 5:18; Matthew 15:1-9; John 5:39-47; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Our Problem: All of us have a problem when we are born, we are born rebellious. Since Adam and Eve rebellion towards God has been a trademark of humanity. It this rebellion towards God that rightly earns us death. Because of this rebellion towards God, we commit sin. We fail to submit to God’s authority and commit treason against Him. We violate His law. We seek our interests above His. Even our good choices are motivated by our sinful desires. We are powerless to change our sinful condition if left to ourselves. We are in desperate need of something beyond us to fix our problem. (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 64:6; John 3:1-8; John 6:44; John 3:9-18; Romans 5:12-19; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-10)
Grace Alone: God’s grace is His favor upon us. It’s unmerited, meaning we do nothing to earn it and we don’t deserve His grace because of our rebellion toward Him. But God freely gives this grace to us, to rebellious sinners. He showers love upon us despite our violations of His law. His grace is remarkable, extravagant, and audaciously free in Jesus. As a result of His grace, His Holy Spirit comes into our lives to give us His desires and His affections. His grace also sustains us throughout our journey as a Christian. (John 3:1-9, Romans 1:16-17,; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:1-14; Titus 3:5-7; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; James 2:22)
Faith Alone: Salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone. We are not saved by works or religion, but by the free grace of God through Jesus. The Holy Spirit awakens us from spiritual death to spiritual life, igniting a faith in our hearts that places our trust completely in the accomplished work of Jesus. Through this faith in Jesus, we are now justified - it’s as if we’ve never sinned in the eyes of God. Instead of us in our rebellion and sin, God sees His perfect Son who died for our sins and gave us His righteousness. (Genesis 15:6, John 15:1-11; Romans 4:1-2; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:3-4; John 3:1-8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; James 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 5:1)
Secured Salvation: There is security in our salvation because God is the one Who saves us. He never makes a mistake in saving us. Those whom He has saved will endure until the end because it is His power that saves us. While the believer may have trials in their life and tough seasons, the believer will always come back to Him because He will never leave their side. Therefore, as followers of Jesus, we know that we are eternally saved from God’s wrath against our rebellion. All of our past, present, and future sins are forgiven. This gives us true assurance in knowing that our Father will never leave us despite our mistakes. (Matthew 24:13; John 6:35-44; John 10:27-28; Jonah 2:9; Romans 8:31-39; Psalm 32:1-2; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Hebrews 10:10-14, Hebrews 10:39; Ephesians 2:9)
The Church: The Church consists of anyone who professes Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and by faith strives to follow His example. The Leader and Head of the Church is Jesus. Under Jesus, a group of elders/pastors care for and lead a group of followers. Inside of this group, deacons/deaconesses (team captains) help and serve the local church in a variety of wonderful ways. (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Philippians 1:2, Titus 2:5-9; Acts 20:28; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 18:19; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
- The local church is like a hospital: it is made up of broken, sinful, hurting people, whom God is healing, sanctifying, and restoring in Jesus.
- The local church is like an outpost: it is a place to be replenished and refueled to continue on the mission God has given us -- to preach the Gospel everywhere.
- The local church is people: it is not a place or a building. It is a gathering of believers who are responding to God's grace in worship.
Living on Mission: Our faith in Jesus also causes us to live like Jesus. We are called to live a life of humble service. Through this life of service we are blessed and we are a blessing to others. This is not a place of power or position, but a humble calling on those who follow Jesus to make a difference in our families, our community, and our world. That difference lies in introducing and encouraging others to follow Jesus’ example. God’s grace and calling compels us to live out our faith with the hope that others will come to know Jesus through our words and actions. (John 13:1-3; John 15:12-17; Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12)
Known For What We Are For: We want to be known for what we are for, not what we are against. We are for Jesus. We are for our community, city, and the world. We are for those who are close to God and for those who are running from God. We do not exist to be a holy huddle or club for ourselves, but agents of God’s amazing grace, through Jesus, for all people.