God In Three Persons
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal 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; 2 Corinthians 13:13,14
God: The Father
God as Father is the Giver and Sustainer of life, the seen and unseen. He is all-loving, all-just, all-wise and all-powerful. He is the true God and the One who judges righteously and tests the heart and mind. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ; however, He is fatherly toward all men.
— Genesis 18:25; Galatians 4:6,7
God: The Son
God as Son is the perfect representation for the Father in human form. He is fully human and fully divine. He is equal with God the Father but humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant and became obedient to a death on a cross. He knew that only through the shedding of His blood would the sinless Lamb of God be able to secure forgiveness and remission of sins. He arose on the third day following his death as He declared and now lives and reigns with the Father in glory awaiting His final triumphant return. He lives in all believers as the living, ever-present Lord.
— 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Philippians 2:5-11
God: The Holy Spirit
God as Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness, works in the life of each believer to produce godly character qualities and demonstrates Himself, in the life of the church, through special abilities given to each believer to carry out the work of the church. He is Comforter, Teacher, Wisdom and Counselor.
— John 16:7-13; Galatians 5:22-25
The Bible is the historical record of God’s activity written by men but inspired by God’s Spirit. It is truth provided for the believer as a tool to know the heart of God. It reveals the plan, purposes and will of God for all time.
— Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16
Man was created by a special work of God, in His image and is the finest of all creation – God said, “It is very good!” Man was created innocent but with a free choice he sinned against God and fell from his original state. Because Christ died for all, every person is worthy of respect and Christian love.
— Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23
Salvation is the gift of God for all humanity and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. It was obtained by the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. He shed His own blood for our sin that we might be reconciled to God.
— Romans 5:8,9; Romans 6:23
Grace is the unmerited favor of God and shows us His goodness. All who have accepted Christ are set apart, and receive eternal life.
— Ephesians 2:8,9; Ephesians 4:30
The church is a group of believers brought together by the Spirit of God to experience God’s love and share that love with other people. Christ is the head of the local church and the church world-wide.
— Matthew 22:37-40; Ephesians 5:23-27
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has occurred in the life of the believer. It is an identification with Christ by picturing his death, burial and resurrection. It is the first commandment a new Christian is given from the Lord Jesus.
— Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4
The Lord’s Supper is an opportunity for personal examination and reflection as we observe the “Lord’s death until He comes.” The bread and cup are symbols of His body and blood which were broken and spilled out for our salvation and is done in “remembrance” of Him until He comes again.
— Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
We view worship from two sides: adoration and service. Worship could be defined as pure adoration, the redeemed person contemplating and praising God in His holy perfection. Reverential adoration and committed service are both prominent expressions of the biblical concept of worship. True worship involves a willingness to serve and genuine service to God must be accompanied by a sense of reverence and adoration.
— Psalm 95:6,7; Ephesians 2:10
While we do not address each type of sin in our belief statements, in our current cultural climate sexual purity is a relevant topic of conversation and we want to address it directly.
God created man and woman as a model of a healthy, biblical relationship. But, since the beginning, mankind has always strayed and gone their own way.
God’s standards have always been clear and rooted in what is best for mankind, including sexual purity and lifestyle choices.
At Crosspoint we challenge all people to live out the sexual ethics taught in scripture, which encourages full sexual expression between a man and a woman only in the context of marriage and prescribes sexual abstinence and purity for everyone else.
As a church, and as leadership, we do not affirm the homosexual lifestyle as it’s not God’s best for mankind. We challenge all of our people to these biblical standards, we do so with grace and the understanding that God isn’t through with us yet and we are all works in progress as we follow Christ.
— 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Hebrews 13:4