Connection Pointe: Session 2
CrossPointe Leadership Structure
CrossPointe is a staff-led church with a lay-led board of directors (also called the Church Board). This group of pastoral staff and elected board members are somewhat equivalent to the group that was biblically referred to as “elders”.
The staff is responsible for setting the vision and direction of CrossPointe Church as well as overseeing its day-to-day operations. The Church Board is responsible for reviewing and overseeing the business affairs of CrossPointe and serving as a sounding board for the pastoral staff as it relates to ministry. The pastoral staff and Church Board are mutually responsible to one another.
The Church Board and pastoral staff handle the majority of the business decisions. Therefore, the congregation typically will vote only on the following items:
- Church budget
- To borrow money
- Changes to the church constitution
- Calling of the pastoral staff
The Church Board is comprised of 20 men and women reflecting every generation, who are members of boards, church officers, pastors, and ministry directors. They represent the congregation in matters of business and ministry.
CrossPointe's Statements of Belief
Essential Christian Doctrines
1. Biblical Integrity
The Bible: The Bible is God's unique revelation to humankind. It is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God, and the supreme and final authority for doctrine and practice. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
The Trinity: There is only one living and true God, creator of heaven and earth, who existeternally as three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.
The Nature of God the Father: God the Father is described as a substance, an essence, not a mere idea. God is spirit, invisible, a self-conscious being with personality. He is self-existent (self-sustaining), immense (without size), eternal (with no beginning and no ending), all powerful, all-knowing, all-present in all creation, all-wise, and immutable (unchanging). He is holy, righteous, just, and good. His grace and mercy are without limit.
Person of Christ: Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, is God manifest in the flesh; in His divine nature truly God, in His human nature truly man. He existed before time and He is eternal. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
Person of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.
3. Freedom of the Will
Nature of Man: All people are created in God's image, meaning we have autonomy, free choice, rational affection, intellectual skills, and a moral nature; and He loves them deeply. Because of God’s love for people, he invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.
4. Atonement of Christ
Atonement: Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on their behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
5. Faith Not Works: Salvation by Grace
Nature of Salvation: Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort (Eph. 2:8,9). It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ which sustains us (Phil.1:6).
6. Second Coming of Christ
The Return of Christ: At an unknown hour, Jesus will return to earth as he promised in the Scriptures.
7. Physical Resurrection
Resurrection of the Dead: The bodies of the dead will be physically raised at Christ’s return.
8. Final Judgment and Reward
Man’s Accountability: Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God's loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
Body of Christ: All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.
The Church: The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission — reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
10. Social Issues
Creation: We believe that God created the universe. We reject any form of evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.
Civil Government. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)
11. Human Sexuality: We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
12. Marriage: We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
13. Family Relationships: We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18)
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; I Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; I Pet. 3:1-7)
14. Divorce and Remarriage: We believe that God intends for a man and a woman to be married for a lifetime and that he hates divorce. However, He does provide grounds for divorce in the case of adultery or if a believer is abandon by an unbelieving spouse. In both circumstances, however, we believe that every effort should be exhausted to reconcile the relationship. Only if adultery continues or the unbelieving spouse does not return may one divorce. In these two cases it is permissible for a believer to remarry. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)
15. Abortion: We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a person with legal rights. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. We do reject the idea of abortion being used as a form of birth control. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
16. Abstinence: We believe that one should abstain from alcohol, illegal drugs, gambling, the abuse of prescription drugs, pornography and other addictive behaviors. As God’s holy people we are to set apart our bodies from the world for his purposes.
17. Love: We believe in the Great Commandment in which Jesus teaches that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to hate sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)
18. Lawsuits Between Believers: We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)
19. Missions: We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)
20. Giving: We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted tohim, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
Principles of Stewardship
God owns everything.
Proverbs 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”
Exodus 19:5 “The whole earth is mine.”
God gives everything.
James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, from the Father of lights with whom is no variableness or shadow of turning.”
Giving makes us like God.
A Giving Father—John 3:16
A Giving Christ—Matthew 20:28
A Giving Spirit—1 Corinthians 12:7
Tithing is commanded.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.”
Matthew 23:23 “You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
The tithe is holy.
Leviticus 27:30 “A tithe (10%) of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord. It is holy to the Lord.”
God promises future blessing to those who tithe.
2 Corinthians 9:6 “Remember this: Whosoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whosoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
2 Corinthians 9:10 “Now he who supplies seed to the sower [God gives everything] and bread for food [harvest from giving] will also supply and increase your store of seed [what you give] and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
Malachi 3:10 “Test me in this, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven.”
Tithes truly make Jesus Lord.
Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”