Our Beliefs Shape Us
What we believe shapes not only how we see the world, but every action we take. That's why understanding what we believe is so important to us! Our church holds to the full doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message (2000). While we understand there is room for differing interpretations in what might be considered the “non-essentials,” we consider the 7 beliefs below to be essential foundations of our faith. Therefore, we place great importance on each of them at Cross City Church.
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17).
We believe there is one God, that the Father and the Son and the Spirit are each God, and that the Father and the Son and the Spirit are each a distinct person. We frequently state, “One God in Three Persons.” They are together,
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became
We believe that Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, the creator and sustainer of heaven and earth, and the Head of the church. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He serves as our Advocate and intercedes for us (Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Holy Spirit
We believe God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin,
We believe God created all things in heaven and earth and that they exist by His power (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17). We believe
We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually and biologically different, but with equal personal dignity. It is inconsistent with God’s design for a follower of Christ in any way practically to live or physically seek to change, alter, or disagree with their obvious biological sex that has been assigned by God (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message (2000), we believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman) (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11), and that marriage is a union ordained by God and intended as a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33).
We believe salvation is a sovereign gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe man is justified by grace through faith apart from works (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5 & 2:8-10). We believe that Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation and that no one is saved apart from a conscious and personal decision to trust in Christ as his or her one and only Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10). We believe all true believers elect of God, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30).
The Second Coming
We believe in the future, visible, and bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth, commonly called the Second Coming, to rule the nations and establish His kingdom on earth (Philippians 3:20; Matthew 24:15-31; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-21).
Cross City Church believes that marriage has been instituted and ordained by God and is defined as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). Our church holds to the full doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).