Vision Statement

The Crossroads Vision

The people of Crossroads Fellowship are committed to promoting the glory of God, becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, and witnessing to Cadiz, Trigg County, and the world through ministry and service.

Our Purpose in Christ

We believe that a commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will grow a great church!

The Great Commandment:

“A lawyer, asked [Jesus] a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Matthew 22:35-40 ESV

The Great Commission:

“And Jesus came and said to [the disciples], ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

At Crossroads we recognize that there are five purposes defined in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission for the believers gathered in the local church:

  1. “Loving God with all your heart” is the act of a WORSHIPER.
  2. “Loving your neighbor as yourself” is demonstrating the life of a SERVANT.
  3. “Going,” and “making disciples” is WITNESSING and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ..
  4. “Baptizing…” is welcoming people into our church family and the FAMILY of God.
  5. “Teaching them… all things” is the act of DISCIPLESHIP.

These are the five purposes of Crossroads Fellowship. We use these to define and evaluate every single ministry of the church. Indeed, every ministry must seek to fulfill one of these purposes.

Our Lifestyle As A Church

Our Lifestyle Statement defines how we put our beliefs into action. God’s Word tells us that “Faith without works is dead.” What you believe does not matter unless you put those beliefs into practice. Therefore, we believe very strongly in the following seven practices:

Bible as Our Sole Authority: Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. – Colossians 2:8 (ESV)

Autonomy of Each Local Church: 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. In relating to our “daughter churches” that we sponsor, we encourage each congregation to determine its own strategy, structure, and style.

And he (Christ) is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. – Colossians 1:17-18 (ESV)

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. – Matthew 18:20 (ESV)

Priesthood of Every Believer: 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.

And made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father … Revelation 1:6 (ESV)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

Tithing: At Crossroads Fellowship, we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income, in faith, to the local church is the baseline Biblical standard of giving, and the Biblical definition of the tithe.  Some believers, acting out of obedience, can and do give cheerfully and generously above and beyond this 10% benchmark.  Others fall short of this mark because of a lack of understanding of biblical stewardship and struggles with debt.  At Crossroads we desire to teach the practice of sound stewardship and help our members conquer the oppression of debt so that they might become great stewards and generous givers to the work of the Lord.

Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. – Leviticus 27:30 (ESV)

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce. – Proverbs 3:9 (ESV)

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (ESV)

Immersion: We practice baptism by immersion under water.  This practice of baptism is the most vivid and accurate representation of dying to self and being buried with Christ, then being raised and emerging as a new creation in Jesus Christ.  We believe, from Scripture, that this is the mode by which Jesus was baptized, and as our perfect example in Jesus, the form of baptism that the Bible commands us to practice.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. – Mark 1:9-10 (ESV)

Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. – Colossians 2:12 (ESV)

Spirit-Led Living: We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. Therefore, we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

Be filled with the Spirit … – Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)

Telling Others About Christ: It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those with whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8 (ESV)

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20