Faith

Faith moves God. You were created to please Him. And without faith it’s impossible to please God. Every devoted follower of Jesus has immediate access to heaven and the ability to manifest the power of His ministry. Everything the Lord Jesus practiced in His life and ministry is available to you. And we want your faith to move God.  Here is a brief statement of our faith.  

God

The Bible declares the one, perfect and holy God is eternally existent in three Persons as the Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.  The Bible says God is a consuming fire, sovereign and continues to oversee and rule the world for His purpose and pleasure. God did not create sin, but continues to govern the world in such a way as to allow all things to work together for those who obey and follow Him.

[See Genesis 1:1, 1:6-27, 3:1-7; Exodus 20:4-5; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ezekiel 18:30; Psalm 47:2; Isaiah 9:6, 45:5 Matthew 3:16, 17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 14:26; Romans 1:23; 8:28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:7-11; Hebrews 3:7-11; 1 Peter 3:20-22; 1 John 5:7; Jude 1:25; Revelation 4:11]

Jesus Christ

The Bible declares Jesus Christ as God, the Son of God and the only Lord and Savior and Master of the world.  The Bible also declares the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death on the Cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His return in power and glory to judge the world.

 [See Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Micah 5:1-2; Matthew 1, 3:11-17, 27:45-54; Mark 8:27-30, 16:61b-62; Luke 1:27-35, 3:23-38, 10:21-24; John 1:1-14, 3:16, 6:41, 6:69, 8:58, 10:11-18, 10:30, 11:17-27, 14:6, 14:15-17, 15:1-8, 20:28; Acts 17:2-3; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Philippians 2:5-6, 2:10-11; Colossians 1, 1 Timothy 2:5-7, 3:16; Revelation 5:5, 7:3-8]

Holy Spirit

The Bible declares the Holy Spirit and His work exists within the world.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins, leads us to a life of repentance, sanctifies and strengthens our relationship with Jesus Christ and comforts us in times of trials.  The Holy Spirit also guides us to teach others the truth about Jesus Christ, helps us to intercede and pray, to lead a life of holiness and purity, to minister to others through His gifts and speak in tongues.

[Genesis 1:2; 1 Samuel 10:10; Nehemiah 9:30-31; Psalm 139:7-8; Joel 2:28-30; Zechariah 4:6; Matthew 3:11-16, 4:1,; Luke 1:35, John 3:5, 6:63, 20:22; Acts 2:4; Romans 8:29, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11, 6:19, 12:1-1; 2 Corinthian 3:3-6, Galatians 5:22-25, 6:8, Ephesians 4:4, 5:18, Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21; Jude 1:20]

The Bible

We believe the Bible (66 Books of the Old and New Testament) is the only authoritative, inspired, infallible, inerrant, and holy Word of God.  We believe the Bible (the Holy Scriptures) is the complete revelation of God’s will for humanity and the absolute authority to govern our lives.

[See Psalm 12:6, 18:30, 119:89, 119:140; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18, 24:35; Mark 14:48-49; John 5:39, 7:42, 10:35; Acts 17:11-12; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 4:13; Hebrews 4:12-13]

Repentance

The Bible says repentance is the commitment to confess and turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to obey Jesus Christ. The Bible says through repentance we receive forgiveness from God, His redemption in Jesus Christ and made righteous by the Holy Spirit.

[See Jeremiah 15:19; Ezekiel 18:30-32;  Matthew 3:2, 10:32; Mark 1:4; Luke 13:1-5, 15:7, 17:3, 17:30, 24:45-47; Acts 2:21, 2:38, 3:19-20, 4:12, 17:30; Romans 3:23, 5:1-2, 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; 2 Peter 3:9]

Salvation

The Bible declares everyone is born with a sinful nature and that the work of the Cross was to redeem us from the power of sin.  The Bible also says salvation is a gift from God and this gift is available to everyone only through Jesus Christ.  Salvation is not a result of any human effort.  Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  In addition, the Bible affirms Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and humanity and there is no other name by which we may receive eternal life.

[See Genesis 3; 2 Samuel 22:3-4; Psalm 27:1, 51:12, 62:1-2, 67:2, 69:29, 79:9, 85:9, 118:14; Isaiah 46:13, 56:1; Jonah 2:9; Matthew 7:21-23; Romans 3:10-12, 5:1-8, 10:9-10;  Acts 4:12, 16:31; Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 2:16, 3:8, 5:19-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:15, 9:22, 12:2]

Authority

The Bible says that God is the ultimate authority and Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. The Church is subject to His authority and the Word God. The Bible declares that all authority in heaven and earth is given to Jesus Christ and He delegated His authority to every believer. Therefore, every follower of Jesus Christ has authority over all the power of the enemy and participates in the divine nature and resurrected power of Jesus Christ. The Bible declares that every believer is commanded to cast our demons, heal the sick and raise the dead.  We believe God places elders and pastors to lead us and hold us accountable; thus, we are called to submit ourselves to their authority and all those who God has placed in authority over us.  The Bible calls gossip sin as it undermines the authority, integrity and leadership of the Church. Gossip has no place within the body of Christ.

[See Nehemiah 10:34-38, 13:10-13; Psalms 39:1, 66:18; Proverbs 4:24, 6:12-15, 20:19, 21:23; Matthew 7:29, 9:6-8, 10:8, 12:36-37, 28:18; John 10:18, 14:12; Mark 16:17-18; Romans 13:1-7; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Ephesians 5:11, 5:22-6:9; Colossians 1:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 3:11, 5:17; Titus 3:1-2; Hebrews 13:17; James 3:2; 1 Peter 3:22] 

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The Bible reveals there are two baptisms: the Baptism of repentance and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential to every follower of Jesus Christ and a special work of the Holy Spirit beyond salvation.  The Bible declares that the fruit of salvation is forgiveness and the fruit of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is power.

[Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16, 11:13, John 1:33, 16:7-15; Acts 1:5, 2:1-6, Acts 2:38, 4:31, 8:14-19, 9:17-19, 10:44-46, 11:16, 19:1-6; Ephesians 5:18, Titus 3:5; Hebrews 6:2]

Speaking in Tongues

The Bible reveals four types of tongues: two are for public ministry and two are for every follower of Jesus Christ. The two types of tongues for public ministry are specific gifts given to certain believers by the Holy Spirit for a sign to unbelievers and interpretation to believers. The two types of tongues given by the Holy Spirit for every believer are a prayer language to God and intercession. Every follower of Jesus Christ has the ability through the power of the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues. The Bible says not to forbid the speaking of tongues and it must be done in order and decency.

[Mark 16:17; John 4:24, 20:22; Acts 2:1-13, 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-48; 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 10-13, 22-25; 27-33, 39; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 1:16]

Evangelism

The Bible says evangelism is the privilege, command and obligation for every follower of Jesus Christ to go out and make (develop) disciples throughout the world.   We believe that everyone is first responsible to evangelism in his or her own family as the Holy Spirit leads them and gives them the ability.

[See Matthew 9:37-38, 28:18-20; Mark 14:9, 16:15; Luke 1:19, 2:10, 3:18, 4:18, 7:22, 8:1, 9:6, 9:23, 16:16, 20:1; John 20:21; Acts 1:8, 10:42, 24:46, 26:17-18; 2 Corinthians 4:3; 2 Timothy 4:2]

Priesthood of All Believers

The Bible tells us that every follower of Christ has a unique relationship with the Lord and given the status of royal priesthood. All believers are called as disciples of Jesus Christ to serve and minister to the world through the discernment and power of the Holy Spirit. As His people, every believer has immediate access to God through Jesus Christ and the ability to manifest the power of the Holy Spirit through repentance, prayer, laying of hands and ministry.

[See Genesis 12:1-4, 37:1-11; Exodus 19:6; Judges 4:4; Jeremiah 1:1; Amos 1:1; Zephaniah 1:1; Matthew 10:1, 10:6-7; 28:18-19; Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-22; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 14, 27; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 1:4-14, 6:10-18; Hebrews 4:14-5:10; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1] 

Prayer & Worship

The Bible commands every follower of Jesus Christ to lead a life of intercession and prayer.  The Bible calls us to pray in all circumstances and occasions. Every follower of Christ has the authority to ask freely of the Lord for his or her needs.  Similarly, the Bible also tells us that worship is a life of obedience to Jesus Christ and expressed (but not limited to) through music, singing, clapping, meditating, journal, arts and the lifting of our hands.

[Exodus 15:2; Deuteronomy 4:7, 32:3; 2 Kings 6:17; 1 Chronicles 16:25; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 6:9,18:49, 32:6, 33:1, 34:1, 63:4, 69:30, 122:6, 139:14; Proverbs 15:8, 15:29; Daniel 6:10; Jonah 2:1; Matthew 5: 44, 6:5, 14:23, 19:13, 21:22, 26:36, 26:39; Mark 1:35, 9:29; Luke 18:1, 22:40; John 17:1; Acts 2:42, 10:4;  Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 7:5; Ephesians 3:16, 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; 1 Timothy 2:8, 4:5; James 3:9; 5:13-15; 1 Peter 3:7, 3:12, 4:7; Jude 1:20; Revelation 5:8]

A Life of Holiness

While the Bible captures the grace and love of Jesus Christ, it is equally clear about human behavior. Every follower of Christ is expected to live by a standard of behavior, and this standard is subject to the absolute authority of the Bible and Jesus Christ. The Bible declares two types of holiness: inward and outward.  Inward holiness is being made into a new creation through Jesus Christ.  Outward holiness is external behavior. Every follower of Jesus Christ to live out holiness in all areas of life.

[See Exodus 31:13; Leviticus 20:24; Deuteronomy 23:14, 32:51; Joshua 24:19; Isaiah 35:8; Ezekiel 38:23; Matthew 5:48; Romans 6:19, 12:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 3:5; Colossians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Timothy 2:2-8; 2 Timothy 1:9, 3:15; Titus 1:8; Hebrews 10:14, 12:2-10; 1 Peter 1:1622, 2:5; 2 Peter 3:11]

Marriage

The Bible defines marriage as a holy covenant between a biological male and a biological female and God. Marriage and its boundaries were created, established and instituted by God alone. The Bible declares any other form of marriage (or civil union) is sin and violates the Word of God.

[See Genesis 2:20b-24; Deuteronomy 23:17-18; Proverbs 5:18-20; Matthew 8:14,19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:1-11; Ephesians 5:22-33- 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 31-13]

Sexuality

The Bible defines human sexuality as a gift created and established by God within the boundaries of marriage.  The Bible is abundantly clear that any sexual act outside the boundaries of marriage is sin and sexual immorality.   The bible mandates all believers to live every day without even a hint of sexual immorality.  In addition, the Bible declares homosexuality as sin and contrary to the Word of God and the nature of God.

[See Genesis 1:24; Leviticus 18; Deuteronomy 22:5, 22:13-30; Proverbs 5:15, 7:25-27; Matthew 5:27-28; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Galatians 5:19-26; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-12; Revelation 2:20]

Sanctity of Life

The Bible also declares life is a gift from God and it must be honored, treasured and protected. The Bible declares that everyone is created by God, made in the image of God and a sinner in need of Jesus Christ.  Life is created and sustained by God through the work of the Cross and the by the power of the Holy Spirit. Abortion and the funding of it is sin and violates the Word of God.

[See Genesis 1:26-28, 9:5-6, 16:11, 19:23-25, 25:22-28, 38; Exodus 20:13, 21:22-25; Numbers 35:33-34; Deuteronomy 5:17, 7:12-14, 24:16; Judges 13:2-5; Psalm 22:9-10, 106:37-38, 113:7-9; 127:3, 139:1-18; Proverbs 6:16-17, 8:36b, 24:11-12; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Isaiah 44:24, 46:3-4, 49:1; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Ezekiel 16:20-22; Hosea 4:6; Amos 1:13; Matthew 7:12, 18:1-14; 19:13-15;  Luke 1:15-17; John 3:16-17, 8:44, 10:10; Romans 8:15, 9:4-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 1:15, 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:5; James 1:27; 1 Peter 2:16; Revelation 12:1-17]

Israel

The Bible declares that every follower of Jesus Christ has a biblical mandate to stand with the State of Israel and the Jewish people.  The Bible promises in Genesis 12:2-3 that all those who obey and follow Jesus Christ are called to support and honor the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.  We believe this is an eternal covenant between God and Abraham and this covenant still applies today.  The modern State of Israel, its land and the Jewish people are still under covenant today and they have the right to exist and live in their ancient land of Israel.

[See Genesis 12:2-3, 13:14-18, 15:1-21, 17:4-8, 22:15-18, 26:115; Psalm 89:28-37, 122:6; Matthew 8:5-13, 25:40; Luke 7:1-10, 23:38; John 4:22; Acts 10; Romans 15:27; 1 John 3:18]

Tithing

The Bible defines tithing is connected to the principle of seedtime and harvest and it is the measure of obedience to the Scriptural principles of stewardship.  The Bible tells us that givers gain and “a tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the tress, belongs to the Lord.”  Therefore, every follower of Jesus Christ is called and commanded to “bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.”  In the New Testament, Jesus did not abolish the Jewish Law but fulfilled it. In turn, Jesus honored and upheld the Old Testament principles of tithing.

(See Genesis 8:18; 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 12:4-7, 14:22-28, 26:12; 2 Chronicles 31:5-6; Nehemiah 10:35-38, 12:43-47, 13:11-13; Malachi 3:10-11; Matthew 5:17, 23:23; Luke 11:42]

Financial Debt

The Bible defines financial debt as bondage and not God’s intention for His people.  While the Bible does not prohibit financial debt and borrowing, God prefers His people free from such bondage.

[See Genesis 41:35-36; Deuteronomy 15:6; Psalms 37:21, 109:11; Proverbs 6:1-5, 11:15, 13:1, 17:18, 21:5, 21:20, 22:7, 22:26-27, 24:27, 27:23, 28:20, 37:21; Matthew 6:24; Luke 8:14, 14:28-30; Romans 13:8; Philippians 4:12-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; 1 Timothy 5:8]

 Baptism & Lord’s Supper

The Sacraments of the Baptism of repentance and the Lord’s Supper are reminders of the beginning and the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry with His disciples.  These Sacraments are the declaration and sign of our ongoing communion and covenant with God through Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and the promises found in God’s Word. In addition, the Sacraments of Baptism of repentance and Lord’s Supper point to a life of repentance and obedience, forgiveness of sins, the work of the Cross and the second coming of Jesus Christ as the exclusive Lord and Savior of the world.

[See Genesis 1:1-3, 6-9; Exodus 12:18; Psalms 104:15; Matthew 3:6-17, 26:10-13, 26:26-29, 2818-20; Mark 1:9-11, 14:12-16; Luke 3:11, 3:21-22, 13:1-5, 22:14-20, 24:30-49; John 3, 21; Acts 1:4-5, 2:38-46, 8:36, 11:16, 16:15, 16:31-33, 20:7; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10:14-17, 11:17-34, 12:13, 15:29; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 6:2, 9; 1 Peter 3:20-22]

The Church

The Bible defines the Church as the eternal and universal Body of Christ consisting of all those who have accepted and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and His atonement on the Cross.  Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church for the purpose to rule, teach and use as He chooses. The Church is called to proclaim the Resurrection and Lordship of Jesus Christ, to make disciples and proclaim absolute truth. In addition, the Bible declares that the mission of the church is to lead everyone to repentance and a life of prayer, worship and obedience to the Word of God.

[See Exodus 15; Leviticus 8:3; Deuteronomy 3:12-28; Judges 20:1-2, 21:5-16; Esther 4:16; Proverbs 5:14; Ecclesiastes 1:1-12; 7:27; Joel 2:16; Matthew 10:1-16, 16:18; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6; Acts 7:37-38, 20:28; Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 5:12, 14:4, 14:12, 14:26, 15:9; 2 Corinthians 1:1, 1:13; Galatians 1:2; Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2, 1:18-24; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4 John 17:11,20-23; Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22, 4:1-16; Hebrews 10:25, 12:23]

Heaven & Hell

The Bible acknowledges that both Heaven and Hell exist. The Bible tells us Heaven is the eternal place where all followers of Jesus Christ will live in the presence of God. On the other hand, Hell is the eternal dwelling place where the rest will be judged by God and tormented with the devil and the fallen angels.

[See Genesis 1:1; Psalm 19:1, 139:8; Isaiah 55:9, 66:1; Matthew 3:2, 3:16, 5:3,5:12, 5:22, 5:29-20, 6:9, 6:20, 10:28, 18:9, 19:21, 23:23, 25:41-49; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 10:18-20, 12:5, 15:7, 16:23, 18:22, 24:51; John 3:13, 6:38;  Acts 7:49; Hebrews 8:5, 9:27; James 3:6; 2 Peter 2:4, 3:5; Revelation 5:13, 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8]

 Registered Statement of Faith; Crossroad Community, Inc., Copyright @ 2008, 2011, 2016. U.S. Copyright Office, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20559-6000.
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