CROSSROADS LUTHERAN CONGREGATION
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe, teach and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in Him.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgement and mercy in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to Himself.
The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source of and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.
We accept the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach and confess.
We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all congregations that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.
We believe, teach, and confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God’s mission in the world.
We Follow the Ten Commandments Exodus 20: 1-17, Deuteronomy 5:6-21, Matthew 5:21-45
Am the Lord thy God
Thou shalt have no gods before me. (Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven images.)
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his cattle, or anything that is thy neighbor’s.
We Respect Marriage & Family
Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2: 18-24, Mark 10:6-9, John 15:12-17
We believe and confess that the marriage of a man and a woman and the procreation thereof is a sacred institution created and blessed by God. We believe that procreation, the miracle of life is, in and of itself, sacred. We teach that marriage, procreation and family is of the Bible and the backbone of God’s plan for mankind.
We Desire Genuine Worship
John 4: 23-24, I Peter 2:9, Psalm 98:4-9, Psalm 105;1-4
Worship establishes and encourages a right relationship between God and His people – God is the audience. Worship is essential for the believer and central to the life of Crossroads. In it we cast our eyes to the cross, we come under the instruction of God’s Word, we are strengthened by the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and we are bound together as Christ’s body. Worship involves the whole person – body, mind, heart, and spirit.
We Are Called by God to be His Disciples
“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
1 Corinthians 12:12
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.” Also read Ephesians 4: 11-16.
We Are Free in Christ
John 8:31-36, Romans 8:1-2, Galatians 5:1
Because of what Jesus has done for us we are free. In this congregation it is OK to have fun, it is OK to make mistakes, and it is OK to say no. We are free to serve God as the Lord leads us and not out of guilt, obligation or duty. We serve God in response to what the Lord has already done for us. Jesus died on the cross for our salvation therefore we serve Him joyfully.
We Will “Go and Make Disciples”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Luke 19:10, Acts 1:8) We invite every person to consider a living and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, for He is the only way to salvation and eternal life.
We Consider that God is Changing Lives
John 8:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:15
We believe that God changes lives and that He alone has the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to create faith and help us live lives that are pleasing to Him. As believers, we accept that there is nothing in this world that ever stays the same except the Solid Rock of our salvation. We worship Jesus our Lord, not our tradition, not our history, and not ourselves.
We Assume Stewardship
Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 14:28, 1 Peter 4:10, Proverbs 16: 1-33
We as stewards of the Lutheran faith believe that all we have belongs to God and each of us strives to tithe. We value directive for how we support the mission of Crossroads. Stewardship is a responsibility to apply the Biblical standard as disciples of Jesus Christ to our lives in all that we do and then bring those standards to the mission of Crossroads. We seek to make our lives spiritually active in all that we do. It is our responsibility to use our God given talents and our tithes in our lives as well as in the life of Crossroads.
We Believe in Salvation
John 3:16, Romans 8: 38-39, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1Timothy 2:3-6
Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results. In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior, giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification. The Way of Salvation – Salvation is based on the grace of God apart from works. Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.
The Creed Article 3 “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to Him: but the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and preserved me in the true faith.”
The Provision of Salvation – Christ died for the sins of the whole world. Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons. Any sinner can be saved by this gracious provision.
We Believe in Unity of the Body of Christ
Matthew 7:1-2, James 2:1
We believe that all who participate and believe in the true message of the scriptures and strive to live by the Laws of God are accepted as members of Crossroads Lutheran Congregation. James 3: 17,” But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
John 10:10, 1 Peter: 5: 8
Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil, and he with his demons opposes all that is true and Godly by blinding the world to the Gospel, tempting saints to do evil, and warring against the Son of God.
We affirm the first amendment of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States.
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person
We believe that the term “marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in single exclusive covenant between each other before God as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2: 18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6: 18, 7:2-5; Hebrew 13: 4)’ We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of the marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, sexual exploitation of children, and the use of pornography is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15: 18-20; 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Crossroads Lutheran Congregation as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role model to the membership of Crossroads Lutheran Congregation and to the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Crossroads Lutheran Congregation in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender and Sexuality, (Matthew 5: 16; Romans 10: 9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person and acting in opposition to God’s will. All conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore, sin. (Genesis 1:27, Deuteronomy 22:5)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). We pray for all people everywhere that they will come to repentance and receive the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor doctrines of Crossroads Lutheran Congregation.