I. THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31; John 20:31; Acts 20:32.
We believe that the scriptures are comprised of sixty-six books of the bible, written by God and that it is His revelation is objective and true for humans to fully rely on. We also believe that God is the author of Scripture but worked through human authors; personalities, styles of writing. God guided, superintended the process.
Since we believe these things, it is important to see that applications of passages will certainly be different and there may be different interpretations of scripture. We believe in interpreting scripture through the grammatical-historical method, which is based on the context of scripture or the author’s intended meaning in that context.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three people; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalms 45:6-7, Psalms 110:1, Isaiah 6:8; 45:5-7, Hosea 1:7, John 1:1; John 1:3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19; Ephesians 4:5.
III. GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He is first Person of the Trinity. He is Creator of all things. He orders all things and disposes all things according to His purposes. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. He then becomes in relation as a Father to His own. Genesis 1:1-3; Luke 10:21; Matthew 23:9; John 1:12; 3:16; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 8:15, Ephesians 1:11; Philippians 2:13 I Timothy 1:1; I Timothy 2:5; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6 .
IV. GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He is second Person of Trinity, possesses all divine excellencies. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe Jesus represents the fusion of humanity and deity into one indivisible oneness. We also believe He has accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross and that He died voluntary. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. We believe that Jesus is the mediator between God and man, is the Head of the Church, and final judge. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 10:17-18, John 20:28; Romans 9:5; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; 22; 5:23, Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Colossians 2:5-9, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 2:5; 3:16, Revelation 19:11-16, 20:4-6.
V. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He is the third Person of the Trinity, possessing all the divine attributes. He is creator, active in the incarnation, written revelation, and the work of salvation. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding leader, teacher and guide. He gives gifts to the believer and works to perfect believers as they pursue Christ.??? Genesis 1:2, Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:35, John 14:16; John 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 12:11-12, 14:12, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22-26, 2 Peter 1:20-21
VI. THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ associated for worship, ministry, discipleship, evangelism and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
VII. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. God alone judges what is right and wrong for a person. A Christian should live life in accordance to the Word of God as the supreme authority in their lives. I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10
VIII. CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
We believe that a Christian marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God for the well-being of mankind and the propagation of humanity. This union can be seen as a spiritual & physical union between one man and one woman according to the Scriptures. This union unites one man and one woman in a lifelong union marked by fidelity and mutuality. Marriages should reflect Christ love for the Church and vice versa. Gen 1:27-28. Hebrews 13:4, Revelation 19:7, Eph 5:25, Col 3:18-21
IX. THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper for commemoration of His death, burial and resurrection. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
X. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe that government is established by God and will pray for those that God has placed in positions of authority per the scriptures. In addition to this, one will remain in submission to the authorities in matters determined by leadership. Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. While we promote the separation of Church and State, we do not believe in the separation of God and State. I Timothy 2:1-5; Romans 13:1; 14:7-9, 12; 1 Peter 2:13-17
XI. CHURCH COOPERATION
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4,10-11
XII. THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15: II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15
We believe that the way of salvation is entirely by God’s Grace. He provided a Savior, His son Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, die a perfect death, be buried, and rise from the dead. In doing so, Jesus has satisfied the just penalty for sin, providing a way for humanity to be brought back into relationship with God upon placing trust in His work. Humanity is not capable of earning a relationship with God based on their own works. Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9, 1 Peter 1:18-19; Titus 3:5.
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. We see regeneration by repentance, faith, and righteous living. Good works are a proper evidence of biblical fruit. Important that believers submit to the Holy Spirit in life as they obey God’s word. Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:3-7:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12;10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7;Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16;John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; Ephesians 5:18-19; 2:10; Titus 3:5; 8. 2 Peter 1:3-8.
We believe that God justifies the person who repents and places their faith in Jesus Christ. He declares us justified and is based on Christ work not ours, involves the imputation of our sins to Christ and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us. This is how God is “just, and justified of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:20, 26; 8:33; Galatians 2:16; Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
We believe that every person who express’s faith in Jesus Christ is set apart to God. We are now holy and called saints. God sees His Son when He sees us. We believe that as we are sanctified upon conversion there is a progressive sanctification. This is where as believers we are to be conformed to the Image of Christ. We believe that believers will progressively look more like Christ. Acts 20:32, 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:112 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 1 Peter 1:2.
Since we are both sanctified at conversion and in the process of being sanctified, there is conflict in our lives. Our new creation is set against the flesh. Any suggestions about not having sin in this life are not satisfied by scripture. While we struggle there is victory and overcoming of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 John 3:5-9.
Since Salvation is a work of God, we believe and teach all those who are redeemed through Jesus Christ are kept by God’s power and secure in Him forever. We enjoy this relationship and remain confident in spending eternity with Him in heaven. This does not mean that we cannot sin or use our freedom to do wrong, this is not encouraged in scripture. John 5:24; Romans 5:9-10; 6:15-22, 8:1, 31-39, 12:13-14, 1 Corinthians 1:8, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 4:30, Hebrews 7:25; 13:5, 1 Peter 1:5, Jude 24, Titus 2:11-15.
Below is a chart that shows a variety of beliefs and practices that Crosswalk members need to be aware of as the church functions in its beliefs. These different Tiers help every individual to see where issues range of importance, beginning with the top as non-negotiables down to the bottom tier of Gospel freedom issues which we can still have fellowship but have differing opinions.
What We Teach
1. The Bible is inspired by God, inerrant, and infallible. 2 Timothy 3:16
2. The Bible is the guide in all that is done at Crosswalk and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God is thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
3. Important to remember that where scripture is clear on an issue, we do not deviate from the Lord’s teachings. However, since God is Spirit and sometimes the bible is silent on an issue, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 14:1-4
4. We believe in Jesus Christ as being fully human and fully God. John 1:1; Matthew 1:18
5. Everyone has been eternally separated by God, salvation is by faith in the work of Jesus Christ not based on anything we do. Luke 19:10; Ephesians 2:8-9
6. Jesus Christ is the head of the church and has full authority. Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18
7. Each person who has turned from their sin, placed their faith in Jesus Christ, has been baptized by the Holy Spirit into one Body. 1 Cor 12:12-13. Local churches have been established as is taught in the book of Acts 14:21-23; 27; Philippians 1:1, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:1.
8. We teach that as God has provided elders for the local church that the congregation is to submit to their leadership. Hebrews 13:7; 17.
9. God gives each person who has repented, turned to Christ, a gift to be used in His body to minister to God and others. 1 Cor 12:4-7; 11; 14:26.
10. We teach that those in Christ, saints, are to do the work of the ministry. Ephesians 4:7-12.
11. God is Sovereign, He works through the prayers and lives of His chosen people. James 5:16, 1 Corinthians 10:31
12. We teach that supernatural healing is a work of God and may be accompanied by prayer of the believer. God will heal in accordance to His own perfect will 1 John 5:14-15 for sick, suffering, and afflicted. Luke 18:1-6; John 5:5-9; 2 Corinthians 12:6-10, James 5:13-16.
13. We teach that we live & make it our Aim to Glorify God & Edify Others. 2 Corinthians 5:8-9, Ephesians 3:21.