3 Fundamentals | 4 Characteristics

Our 3 Fundamentals

SCRIPTURE is our foundation.

We believe the Bible is the Word of God and that through God’s Word we are given everything we need to understand His will for our individual lives and for the church. Everything we do is guided by the truth and authority of the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 

RECONCILIATION to God is our Mission 

We believe Jesus Christ established the church to make disciples through bold proclamation of the gospel. Every Christian is called to be an ambassador pleading with others to be reconciled to God. We want every member of Cross Family to fearlessly proclaim that Jesus died for sinners and rose from the dead so all men might be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20–21 

UNITY in Christ is our goal 

We believe that Jesus draws believers together in a local church for the purpose of sharing in His mission, learning God’s Word, and encouraging one another to pursue holiness. This takes place in a community where everyone is known, no one is forgotten, and we all see the will of God and needs of others as more important than our own desires. Ephesians 2:13–22 

Our Four Characteristics

We express our three fundamentals through four characteristics that define the identity of Cross Family: preaching verse by verse, engaging in missions, discipling with intention, and caring for our members. 

PREACHING verse by verse 

Verse by verse preaching through books of the Bible builds our foundation on Scripture and helps us understand how to rightly apply doctrine to our lives. Our preaching ministry answers three questions in each sermon:
  • What does the Bible say?
  • Why does this matter for me today?
  • What must I do now?

ENGAGING in missions 

Missions and church planting are the right expression of Jesus’s command to make disciples all over the world (Mt. 28:18-20). The goal of missions is the proclamation of the gospel so that people can respond and be reconciled to God. We fulfill this command of Jesus through:
  • Sharing the gospel in our neighborhoods and work place
  • Participating in missions at home and overseas
  • Planting new churches or revitalizing existing churches

DISCIPLING with intention 

Followers of Jesus are called to a life of holiness and intimacy with Him. We have to learn holiness and how to apply it to our lives. This will not happen in isolation. It requires community and a purposeful plan to facilitate spiritual growth. This growth takes place when we are united in our pursuit of holiness and efforts to:
  •  Regularly attend corporate worship
  • Join a small group
  • Serve in at least one ministry to the church
  • Participate in evangelism, missions, church planting

CARING for our members. 

Unity in Christ demands we share the good and bad times of our lives. A community of believers is a place where everyone should experience the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus in every season of life. Through our small groups, we make sure everyone is known and no one is forgotten. These intimate communities offer prayer, encouragement, accountability, and support as we walk through life together. When this environment is combined with counsel from pastors our members receive the guidance and care needed for spiritual growth.