We believe the Bible is God's word, 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. In it, God reveals Himself, renews our understanding of the world and ourselves, and directs us in all our relationships and activities.
~2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they carry out distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
~Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humans, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus.
~Luke 10:21, 22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3, Revelation 1:6
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death for our sins, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continuing intercession for His people and personal visible return.
~Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 20:28; Romans 9:5, 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8, 6:9-10; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and Son to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness for all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
~John 15:16-17, 26; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
The world belongs to God, who created it and sustains it by His providence. Creation is the theatre of God's glory, displaying His power and majesty. God calls us to discover creation's resources, to receive these gifts with thanksgiving and delight, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers who are responsible to God and to our neighbor. We are created by God in His image and now represent Him on earth.
~Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 10:12-14; Isaiah 40; Psalms 139; Romans 1:20; 2 Corinthians 5:20
The fall is about sin entering the world and disrupting the natural order of things (creation). All of creation has been adversely affected by it and is distorted, corrupted, or perverted in one way or another. When our first parents disobeyed God and sought happiness in the lie of Satan, they brought judgment upon themselves, their posterity, and creation. Brokenness, disease, hate, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation, and ultimately death are some of the fruits of sin in our world.
~Genesis 1:3-19; Romans 8:22; Romans 6:23, 5:12; Galatians 5:19-21
The redeemed life is about returning to our original state of being. It is a journey back home if you will. The supremacy of Jesus is our only hope in finding our way back home. He is our solution to the problem of sin. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus triumphed over sin and death. He promises to rescue, renew, and bring peace to all that have a living faith in Him.
~Colossians 1:12-20; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 57; Ephesians 1:7; Psalms 49:7
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Jesus is the head and all believers are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of believers who meet together regularly in small groups and corporately in worship celebration services. We believe the church is the hope of the world and that God has given the church the privilege of living the gospel of Jesus to all peoples.
~Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of others. That their conduct should be blameless before the word; that they should be faithful stewards of His possessions; and that they should seek in themselves and others a deepening of their vital union with Jesus to full maturity.
~1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10
We believe, following the example of Jesus, in the baptism of all believers. The sacrament of baptism reminds and assures us that “as surely as water washes away dirt from the body, so certainly [Christ’s] blood and his Spirit wash away . . . all [our] sins” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 69). And because “infants as well as adults are in God’s covenant and are his people,” they, “no less than adults, are promised the forgiveness of sin” and thus “by baptism . . . should be received into the Christian church. . . . This was done in the Old Testament by circumcision, which was replaced in the New Testament by baptism” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 74).
At Crosspoint baptism is performed by an ordained minister of the Word or a commissioned pastor. The usual method of baptism is by the sprinkling of water on the forehead of the person to be baptized, but other methods (such as immersion) may also be used. Crosspoint employs infant baptism (for children of believing parents) as well as adult baptism (for adults who join but have not previously been baptized in a Christian church); an adult who is baptized is also called upon to make a public profession of his or her faith in Christ.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper (holy communion) is for all believers in Christ. All who know they are broken and that only Jesus can heal them are welcome to partake.
We believe that, along with baptism, the Lord’s Supper (holy communion) is a sacrament. “All baptized members who come with age- and ability- appropriate faith in Jesus Christ are welcome to the Lord’s Supper” (Church Order, Article 59-a), to receive the nourishment and refreshment of the bread and cup of the Lord “as sure signs” in remembrance of Christ’s body and blood poured out for us in his once-for-all sacrifice on the cross (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 75-82).