What to Expect at Cross Church

The only thing we’ll ask of you is simple; relax. You’re with friends. Whether you’ve been here hundreds of times or just today, whether you’re a seasoned church veteran or you’ve never been in church before, you can anticipate an encouraging and enlightening experience.

Casual Dress

We encourage you to dress comfortably. We care more about what you get out of the service than what you wear in it!

Practical Teaching

Tim teaches from the Bible and helps you make practical life applications.

Uplifting Music

The music is Christian Rock/Contemporary, it is our desire to usher you into God’s presence through songs of praise and worship.

A Place For Your Children

Your kids will love our Cross Kidz Children's Ministry! We offer biblical teaching, games, interactive skits/plays, crafts, music, and much more.

Café Agape

Complimentary coffee, cappuccino, orange juice, and snacks.


What We Believe

                  People who attend Cross Church often come from varied church backgrounds, or no church background at all.  We realize that not everyone is starting from the same system of beliefs so we would like to take some time and details some of our beliefs that we consider foundational to who we are. 

                  In essential beliefs – we have unityEph. 4:4-6

                  In non-essential beliefs – we have libertyRomans 14:1,4,12,22

                  In all of our beliefs – we show charity1 Cor. 13:2

 

1.      God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22;  Psalms 90:2;  Matthew 28:19;  1 Peter 1:2;  2 Cor. 13:14

2.      Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the son of God.  He is the co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23;  Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:15-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4

Romans 1:3-4;  Acts 1:9-11; 1Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

3.     Holy Spirit

 

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

 

2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25;

4.     The Bible

The Bible is God’s word to us.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.  The bible is our sole authority for faith (believing), and practice (doing).

2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:2; Proverbs 30:5

5.     Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59: 1-2

6.     Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.

Romans 5:1, 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus3:5; Galatians 3:26

7.     Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

8.     Eternity

People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin in Hell or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation in Heaven.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15;  Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46

9.     The Church

We believe the local church is the only hope of the world.  Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization.  While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.  We choose to cooperate with other Southern Baptist causes and churches in the Macoupin Baptist Association, Illinois Baptist State Association, and Southern Baptist Convention as it relates to our overall purpose as a church.

 

10.  Priesthood of the Believers

The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation.  We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry.  Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.

 
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