What We Believe
Our Purpose: “Crossway Christian Fellowship exists to KNOW, to LIVE, and to SHARE the Full Gospel of Jesus.” As a community of passionate believers, who know Jesus Christ and his Word, we are committed to boldly living out the Gospel in real ways and sharing the Gospel of Jesus with those around us in these last days.”
We believe the original writings of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, in their entirety, to be fully inspired by God and are trustworthy without error. We believe that God has faithfully preserved His Word throughout all generations and that it is fully authoritative and final as the absolute truth. We believe it is our ultimate source for all information about Almighty God, His character, the world He has created, and the events to come; It is our sole rule for our faith and practice. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
We believe there is only one true Almighty God, eternally existent in three distinct, co-equal, and co-eternal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the eternal deity of Jesus Christ, who was begotten, not made. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, and the sin-pardoning value of Christ’s shed blood and death on the cross. We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection, His ascension to Glory, and His imminent, personal, and visible return to the earth. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who indwells Christians, convicts them of sin, and enables them to live godly lives. (Gen. 1:1-2; Deut. 6:4; Isa 43:10-11; Mat. 3:16-17; Mat. 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 5:3-4; John 8:58; John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14)
We believe that all people are created in God’s image. Because Adam disobeyed God’s command, all people are born into sin, have a sinful nature, and are separated from God because of that sin, with no hope of communion with the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God, who is rich in mercy, has made one provision for the salvation of people: faith in the substitutionary sacrifice of Messiah Jesus Christ on the cross as the satisfactory payment for sin. The Gospel is the Good News that God will receive to Himself all persons who, with penitent hearts, confess their sins and confess Jesus Christ as their one and only Lord and Savior. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to the eternal blessedness of the saved and the unbeliever to the eternal suffering of the lost in hell. (Gen 1:26-27; Gen. 9:6; Isa. 59:2; Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 1:18-32; John 3:14-21; John 14:6; John 19:30; Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Tim 1:15; Tit. 3:4-7; Mat. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:20-26; Acts1:11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:4-15; Rev. 21:1-22:5)
We believe all persons who have received God's gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ constitute the Church. The Bible defines the Church as those who have been called out of the world to be God's special people; the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ. The mission of the Church is both external and internal and includes both word and deed. Externally, the Church is to proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ to sinful humanity and to impact its community for the glory of God as His representatives in the world. Internally, the Church is to teach believers the whole counsel of God, which is found in the Scriptures and includes encouragement and accountability to one another. We reject the 'kingdom now' and replace heresies about the role of the Church. (1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Cor. 12:12-27, Eph. 4:12; Rev. 21:19; Mat. 28:19-20; Rom 12:1-2; Eph. 1:4; Eph. 5:27; Mat. 18:15-20)
The Last Days
We uphold the literal interpretation of the Scriptures of end-times events. We eagerly and faithfully await the next prophetic event in God's prophetic word, which is the imminent Rapture of His Church for the eternal blessing and separation from the wicked. The world, currently under the rule of Satan, will be unbridled with the restraint of the Church lifted, which will usher in the Seven-Year Tribulation. This is a time of the Antichrist's rule, and God's judgment is poured out on an unbelieving world. At the end of the tribulation, the world will behold the personal, visible, and bodily return of Christ and His Church to begin the Millennium, followed by the Great White Throne Judgement of Jesus Christ. This will bring the New Heaven and Earth for those in Christ and eternal hell for Satan, his demons, and those who refuse to put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe the events of the world today and geopolitical alignments are preparing for the complete fulfillment of these imminent events. We uphold that the glorious Kingdom of God is yet to come and will not be seen until the victorious second coming of Christ.
We uphold Israel as God's sovereignly chosen nation, which will be fully restored along with the resurrection of the Old Testament Saints. Until then, God continues to fulfill all His covenants with His people, despite their unfaithfulness. We look to Israel as a vital part of God's prophetic plan and affirm her restoration as a nation in 1948 as part of God's prophetic plan.
(Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15, Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16, 5:9; II Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10, 7:13-14,Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15)