While we as a fellowship will value many wonderful focuses together outside of these 3 core values, helping our membership and visitors to know and understand these 3 specifically help us with more focus and centrality, gather around these working goals and convictions as a church.
Rooted in Scripture: God reveals Himself and His gospel through His word, the Bible. Therefore, our focus in preaching is rooted in and flowing from the text of scripture (regardless if we teach a topical series or a expositional series). The early church had a deep love and passion for the word of God, and they devoted themselves to the knowing, teaching and proclaiming of it. It was the wholehearted foundation for all they did. Therefore, it must become ours as well. One cannot truly understand how to honor Christ apart from His Word. Non-theological preaching, psychological self-help sermons, and entertainment laden speeches sprinkled here and there with "out of context" verses to make the sermon fit into the pastor’s desired meaning is no substitute for the exegetical (rooted in and out from the text) preaching of God’s word. At Crossroad we partake in Topical series from time to time, however, our primary structure for preaching is expositional in nature.
Why we prioritize expositional preaching
Growth in Community: Not only has God given us His word and His Spirit for our personal growth in holiness, He has also given us each other. Therefore, we have a deep love for the community of the redeemed in Christ. As we live together in community, we also celebrate together the common salvation that we all have received in Christ. Such loving and honest relationships ought to spurn us on to greater love and good deeds. We cannot profess to love Christ if we do not love His bride, the church. Anyone who claims to desire growth in Christ, yet forsakes the gathering of His people deceives themselves. The desire we have at Crossroad is that we would be a community that is known by mutual connectedness in the Gospel and God's Word. We desire to be a people representing varied backgrounds, gender, race, social class and age who share a common bond in the Gospel and God's Word together. This is the counter cultural witness that can only be explained by a supernatural God. Together for the Gospel is our prayer and aim. (Heb. 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 1 Cor 12:25-27, 1 Peter 4:8-11)
Gospel Centered Preaching and Outreach: Salvation requires a
physical hearing of the gospel accompanied by the supernatural
work of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 10:17, John 3:1-8, 6:44,
Ephesians 2:5) Non-theological preaching, services based upon
entertainment rather than on obedience to scripture, and
man-centered methodologies are no substitute for the biblical
exposition of the gospel. Inviting a man to raise a hand, walk down
an aisle, sign a card, and pray a prayer is not a valid substitute for
the biblical call for repentance, faith, personal discipleship in
community and a continual desire for God's glory. Therefore, biblical
assurance of salvation is rooted in the examination of those enduring
the lifestyle in the light of scripture and in light of the glory of God.
As Christians we are called, commissioned, and commanded to lay
down our lives so that the gospel might be preached to every creature under heaven. Second only to loving Christ, this should be what has been labeled our magnificent obsession. This is not the work of the minister, pastor, or missionary alone. It is the task of all believers and confessors of Christ as Lord. (Matt. 10:27-28, 32-33, 28:19-20, Psalm 96:1-3, Romans 10: 14-17, 2 Cor. 4:1-2, Ephesians 6:19-20, 2 Thess. 2:13-15)
Shaping a Gospel-Centered Church
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Become a people who are growing in their knowledge, love, and witness for Christ, being disciples who seek to make disciples for God's glory and man's ultimate good.
"Exalt the Lord, Equip the Saints, Proclaim Good News."
We are a relationship- driven church, caring more for the overall spiritual growth, health and witness of each individual who comes in contact with our fellowship, far more than the fame of our church name alone.