My Beliefs

The following is taken from the website of my church and the "We" in question is the body of believers at Crossroads Bible.

The Scriptures We believe the Bible to be the verbally, plenarily inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.

(2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Is. 55:8-10; John 17:17; Mat. 5:17,18; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12; John 14:25,26; 16:12-15; Gal. 1:11,12; 2 Pet. 3:15,16)

The Godhead We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity.

(Mat. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; Heb. 9:14; 1 Pet. 1:2)

The Person and Work of Christ We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed by His literal physical resurrection from the dead.

(1 Cor. 15:1-9; John 1:1-3, 14-18; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-8; Mat. 11:27-30; John 5:16-29; John 8:54-58; John 10:27-30; Mat. 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:6-10).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where as High Priest He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people.

(Phil 2:9-11; Rom. 8:34; Heb.1:3; Heb 3:1; Heb 2:14-18; Heb 4:15; Heb 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit We believe that God the Holy Spirit is a Person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts on each one and fills those yielded to Him.

(John 16:7-11; John 3:8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 1 Cor. 12:4:13; John 14:16,17; Eph. 1:13,14; Eph 4:30; Eph 5:18)

All believers receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, but receive spiritual gifts that differ, according to the will of God, to be used for the common good.

(1 Cor. 12:4-18; 1 Cor. 14:21-23; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:2-4)

Angels, Fallen, and Unfallen We believe that angels are spiritual beings who were created as sinless personalities and that they occupied different orders and ranks. They presently exist in both fallen and unfallen states, the former including Satan and his angels.

(Heb. 1:13-14; 2 Pet. 2:4; Rev. 7:11,12)

We believe that Satan, by his own choice is the enemy of God and of the people of God, and is the originator of sin, that he led our first parents into sin and now rules as the god of this world. We believe that he was judged at the cross and that ultimately he will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

(Is. 14:12-14; Gen. 3:1-19; John 12:31; John 14:30; 2 Cor. 4:3,4; Heb. 2:14; Rev. 20:10)

Creation We believe all things in heaven and earth were created by God and exist by His power.

(Gen. 1:1 ; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 1:1,2; 2 Pet. 3:5)

Salvation We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works.

(John 3:16-18; John 5:24; Acts 13:38,39; Acts 16:29-31; Romans 3:21-24, Romans 3:28; Romans. 4:1-8; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:1; Ephesians. 2:8,9; Titus 3:4-7)

We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever.

(John 5:24; John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24; 1 John 5:11-13; Jude 1:24,25)

Sanctification We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive, and ultimate. Positionally it is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God.

(1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10).

Since he retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby the Christian grows in grace by the power of the Spirit.

(John 17:17; Rom. 6:19-22; 12:1; 1 Cor. 6:19,20; 1 Thes. 5:23; 2 Tim. 2:20-22; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 2:1,2; 2 Pet. 3:18)

Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart from sin in his practice as he is now in his position in Christ when he is taken to be with Christ and shall be like Him.

(Rom. 8:20-23; Rom. 29,30; 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 John 3:1,2)

The Church We believe that the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe that the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Church is distinct from Israel.

(Mat. 16:18; 1 Cor. 10:32; 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:11-22; 3:1-7)

We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, and to be equipped for Christian service.

(Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; Rom. 15:5-7, 14; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 10:24,25)

The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper.

We believe that by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with his Savior; that the mode should be a matter of the individual's choice. Since Jesus Christ issued the commission to "baptize" His disciples (Mat. 28:19), we believe that baptism is a duty for those who identify themselves as Christians, and a matter of obedience to His command. Because salvation comes through an individual's personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, we believe that baptism is to be reserved for those who can exercise that faith. Thus, infants of believing parents may be dedicated to the Lord but not baptized.

(Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; Eph. 4:4-6)

We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's death, the elements being symbols of His body and the blood, to be observed until Christ returns. We believe that communion is open to all believers in Jesus Christ, apart from membership at Crossroads or any other local congregation, and that participation should be preceded by solemn self-examination and reflection on the meaning of the ordinance.

(Mat. 26:26-29; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 11:23-34)

The Second Coming of Christ We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church and His subsequent return to earth in power and glory to set up His Messianic, millennial kingdom.

(John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 3:19-21; 15:14-18; I Cor. 15:50-54; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4-6; 22:20)

The Eternal State We believe that the souls of believers in Jesus do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery in Hades until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord.

(Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; John 5:25-29; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21-24; 1 Thes. 4:13-17; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15)