We are Evangelical. We believe that the Bible is God's word and is therefore our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine, and we believe people need to be saved by responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are Essentially Reformed in our theology. This means that we embrace the general tenets of Reformed theology, a view of the teaching of Scripture that places emphasis on the activity of God and the glory of God in saving sinners.
We exist to to love Jesus, grow in Jesus and share Jesus.
We love others as God has loved us, devoting ourselves to corporate worship in word and prayer, never ceasing in prayer for one another.
We grow by equipping the saints to do the work of ministry in word and deed, teaching obedience to all that Jesus has commanded. We grow to be more like Jesus by the transforming power of God through his word.
We share the Gospel to make disciples of Jesus in our community, across our country, and around the world by welcoming, sending, going, and mobilizing.
Because we believe that the Holy Bible is the Inspired, Infallible, and Inerrant Word of God, it alone is and will be the basis and authority of answering any and all questions regarding the purpose, structure, and function of Crosswalk. The following beliefs are non-negotiable and are the foundation on which these By-Laws are based. We believe in:
High View of God
The Lord God is God over all creation, the object of our worship, the focus of our service, the author and perfecter of our faith. Everything we do will be judged by and is intended to magnify the glory of Almighty God.
Isaiah 42:8; Isaiah 46:9-10; Psalm 115:3; Revelation 4:11
High View of Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures contain the authoritative, sufficient, infallible, inerrant revelations of God to man. They are the final authority over our ministries, representing the will and instructions of God. They are the fullness of the message of hope that unites and defines our ministry.
Hebrews 4:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21
Teaching of Sound Doctrine
Since God’s revelation to man has been given in the form of a literary text, we have an obligation to understand and teach His word according to sound doctrine. We teach it out of obedience to our Lord rather than to please man.
Titus 2:1; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4
Having been laid hold of by Christ in salvation, Christians are called to a life of holiness as to reflect the character of Christ in the world. We have become new creations of God created unto good works which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Now, as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to stir one another up to follow Christ in holiness. We are accountable to God and one another for how we live, for we have been bought and are not our own.
Ephesians 5:3-12; Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Matthew 18:15-20
God has clearly defined the structure of authority for Crosswalk. Christ is the head of Crosswalk, and He mediates His rule through the shepherding of godly elders (pastors). The elders (pastors), having a high view of God and scripture, being devoted to the preaching, teaching, and practicing of sound doctrine, and being examples of personal holiness before the congregation, are responsible to lead Crosswalk. The congregation is to obey and submit to the elders (pastors) and the elders are accountable to God. Therefore, decision-making authority is vested in the elders (pastors), who shepherd Crosswalk.
Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:17
The greatest evidence of Christ in the life of any Christian is found in love for other believers. As Christians, we must pursue and maintain godly relationships, loving and encouraging one another so that Christ will be evident among us. This is seen in Godly families as well.
John 13:34-35; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Ephesians 5:22-6:1
Necessity and Value of Prayer
The church is by definition a “house of prayer.” Prayer is a large part of every Christian’s life. Private and Public prayer must not be neglected.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18; Matthew 21:13
Throughout God’s Word, we see the resounding refrain: PRAISE THE LORD! We, as God’s people, join the chorus, by the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration in our hearts; we exalt the name of Jesus Christ all to God’s glory! Praise involves us focusing our minds’ attention and hearts’ affection on the worth of who God is and what He does.
Psalm 118:1; Psalm 150:2-6; 1 Peter 1:3-4
Call to Serve Others
We are called to follow Christ’s example in serving others out of love! This service takes on many different forms and involves us putting others before ourselves in our resources of money, talents, and time.
Matthew 20:28; 1 Peter 4:10; Philippians 2:3-4; Galatians 5:13; Mark 10:45
We are called to preach the gospel to all nations, all peoples! We will maintain a focus that remembers the Lord’s desire and plan to save people of all nations!
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 10:14-15