Cross Road Baptist Church exists because of Jesus Christ and for His glory; to love God completely, to love others sincerely, and to make disciples continually.
Core Values We Worship because God is to be glorified, not only in our praise, but also in our practice. We Fellowship because God desires us to encourage and unite with fellow believers. We Disciple because studying God's perfect Word together brings our lives in line with God's will. We Minister because Christ set the example for us to love and serve our neighbor. We Evangelize because Christ commanded us to share His message of salvation with the world.
GOD – We believe in one true, holy, and living God who created all things. He is infinite, eternal, perfect, ever present, all-knowing, all-powerful, and unchangeable. God is love. He is one God yet three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Father, He is sovereign and providential. As Son, He existed before time, yet in time took on flesh to be born of a virgin. He lived a life without sin, and in obedience to the Father and out of His love for us took our sin upon Himself and died on a cross. On the third day He rose, defeating death and offering eternal life to all who would believe in Him. Now He sits at the right hand of God the Father interceding on our behalf. As Spirit, He inspired the Word of God, He enables people to understand its truths, He convicts the sinner, and He comforts the repentant. The Spirit calls us to faith, gives us the ability to grow in righteousness, and enables us to walk in obedience to His commands.
HUMANITY – God created humans, male and female, in His image. As the crowning achievement of His creation, we were made to be in perfect relationship with Him. Adam and Eve, the first created humans, chose to disobey Him by rejecting God’s will. This is called sin. Sin separated humanity from God and forever broke creation as it was intended; but God, in His deep abiding love for man, made a way to redemption.
SALVATION - In submission to the Father and out of His great love for us, Jesus Christ temporarily set aside His glory to live as a man, fully human yet fully God. Being without sin, Christ took the sin of humanity upon Himself, was crucified and died to appease God’s wrath. On the third day He rose from the dead! Anyone who believes in His death and resurrection and calls on Him as Lord and Savior, repenting of their sin, is forgiven and restored in relationship to God. The believer walks in submission to Christ, growing in grace, until we receive the reward of eternal life with Jesus.
THE BIBLE – We are committed to the Bible as the only inspired Word of God, given to humanity as a revelation of His character and will. As such, it is timeless, authoritative, and relevant. It conveys the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to bring salvation to all who hear it. The Bible, in its original rendering, is completely accurate and trustworthy. We order our lives in submission to its doctrine, instruction, correction, and transforming power.
THE CHURCH – The Church is the global community of God’s people joined by their submission to Christ in repentance and salvation. It is the physical representation of Christ on earth, the mechanism by which He works in the world. The Church is the bride of Christ being purified and prepared for His return. The local church, of which we are one, is the gathering in a particular location of God’s people in God’s presence, hearing and responding to God’s Word and observing together the ordinances of baptism and communion. All members of God’s Church are equally valuable and share equal responsibility to fulfill His calling and serve one another in love.