Pastor Rick Schwartz: Senior Pastor
Rick and his wife Jamie moved to Lima in the summer of 2011 to start a new
church under the leadership of Grace Community Church. Under God's leading,
CrossPoint Community Church started in February of 2012 on the north side
of Lima with the vision to reach all kinds of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
They believe that the local church, under the leadership of Jesus Christ, is the
hope of the world! Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministries
and Biblical Studies from Taylor University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Rick loves the Lord Jesus Christ, his family,
basketball, and coffee (in that order!)
Katie Mears: Admin/Children's Ministry Coordinator
Katie and her husband Brian are Lima natives, blessed with two children.
They have been attending CrossPoint since its initial planting. Katie loves
Jesus, she enjoys serving in the church, and has a heart for children. She
has taken Business classes at Rhodes State College. She has helped lead
and coordinate a local Lima MOPS program for four years and served as a
facilitator for community parenting support group.
CrossPoint's elders help spiritually lead, shepherd, and care for the community
of CrossPoint. We seek to follow the biblical guidelines for elders
(see I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, I Peter 5:1-4, Acts 20:28). We currently have four elders at CrossPoint Community Church.
Here at CrossPoint, we use this language: "Our mission is to point all kinds of people to the cross of Jesus Christ for the glory of God." As Christians, we never get over nor move beyond the cross of Jesus Christ. It is how we are saved, how we grow, and how we reach others. We get this mission from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gave us the mission himself in Matthew 28:18-20. He told us to go and make disciples of all nations.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH:
CrossPoint Community Church is part of the denomination known as the Evangelical Free Church of America and supports the following doctrinal statement:
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel's promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the "good news" that, though we are sinners, God has acted to restore us to Himself through the perfect life of Jesus Christ, his substitutionary death on the cross, and His resurrection if we trust in Him alone for our salvation and repent from our sins. One day God will restore all things to himself, including creation, and we, through the Gospel, will be a part of God's new creation. God gets the glory in all this!
The Gospel how we grow as disciples, and how we go, sharing the Gospel. It is the POWER OF GOD! (Romans 1:16). Therefore, as a church, we seek to emphasize the Gospel in all our ministries and life together. As one scholar says, "The Gospel is not just the ABC's, but the A to Z of the Christian life." In addition, we believe the church is charged with the fundamental task of preaching the Word of God. God saves his people through the preaching of the cross (1 Cor. 1:18-31), and his church is charged to preach and teach the Word (2 Tim. 4:1-2). We preach and teach in a way that views all of Scripture through the lens of Jesus Christ and the Gospel. All of this enables us to know God more and enjoy Him.
2. Embracing Awkwardness: As a church family, we are called to "love one another" (John 13:34-35) and live out the various "one another" passages of Scripture in community. This can be extremely awkward as the church is filled with people from different backgrounds and life circumstances, but when Christians love one another, the watching world knows that we love and follow Jesus. We also believe that we are called on a mission TOGETHER! As we do this, we are called to be awkward again, crossing barriers to reach new people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let's embrace the awkwardness TOGETHER!
3. Diversity ("A Beautiful Mess!"): we do not seek diversity merely for its own sake, but we believe God has a passion for the nations to know Him. We also know there will be a great multitude in heaven from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Revelation 7:9-12). Not only are we reconciled to God vertically because of the cross of Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:1-10), but we are also reconciled to each other horizontally (Eph. 2:11-22). And the barriers that normally divide us: racial, ethnic, gender, age, economics, and life circumstances, no longer divide us because we are centered on Jesus Christ as king. When our church displays that diversity, the world takes notice and God is glorified. At CrossPoint, we like to say we are a "beautiful mess."
4. Multiplying Jesus Lovers: As we as disciples enjoy Jesus and love Him more, we will strongly desire others to know and enjoy Jesus more. Jesus told us to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe a mature disciple will make disciples who make disciples. We also believe mature churches will invest in training new leaders and planting new churches. We, therefore, seek to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches for the sake of the kingdom.
5. Pain and Suffering: our people in the Lima area experience tremendous amounts of pain, suffering, and trials. We do not wish pain on anyone, nor do we seek pain for its own sake. However, we do recognize that Jesus said we are blessed when we are persecuted (Matthew 5:10-12), and James said to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds (James 1:2-4). Jesus also said we also must take up our cross daily and follow him (Luke 9:23). Bearing one's cross is an image of us dying to ourselves for Jesus, so we embrace the pain when it happens because we believe that God can use suffering and pain in our lives for his glory and our good (Romans 8:28).
A MATURE DISCIPLE:
At CrossPoint, we use the acronymn "GRACED" to help us remember what a mature adult disciple looks like. While more could be said, we want to keep it simple and memorable.
G - Gospel Identity; our identity is not our past or accomplishments or what others say about us, but what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. God's grace permeates everything about who we are and what we do. (Gal. 2:20)(Phil. 3:7-11)(1 Cor. 1:18-31)
R - Relationship with Christ daily through study of Scripture and Prayer (Ps. 19; Phil 4:4-7). A mature Christian regularly engages in a relationship with Jesus.
A - All - the willingness to surrender everything in one's life to Christ daily (Luke 9:23-24) and give all the glory to God (1 Cor. 10:31)
C - Community of Christ - a mature disciple lives out the "one another" passages of Scripture with other Christians. (John 13:34-35)
E - Evangelism in all spheres of life (Matthew 5:13-16; Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Cor. 10:31)
D -Disciple maker--a mature disciple makes disciples of others who makes disciples (Matthew 28:18-20)
STRATEGY TO MAKE DISCIPLES:
1. Weekly Worship Gatherings: we gather every Sunday morning at 10:30 am as the Body of Christ to sing praises to God, hear God's Word taught and preached, and connect with one another. Our primary preaching strategy is to preach through books of the Bible from beginning to end. While our services are mainly designed for Christians, we seek to conduct our worship gatherings in a way that unbelievers will understand. For more info about Sunday mornings, see our ministries page.
2. Discipleship Groups (D Groups): our D groups are groups of 3 - 20 people who meet regularly to live out the "one another" passages of Scripture. Each group studies God's Word together, prays together, serves together, and some even eat together. Each D group meets 2x per month. They are safe places to ask hard questions and share sensitive, personal information. Each group also develops and executes an outreach project to serve Lima and our neighbors (i.e. raking leaves, serving meals). While we cannot require anyone to be a part of a D group, we highly recommend that everyone be a part of a D group. For more info on D groups, see our ministries page.
3. Community Engagement: everyone who attends is encouraged to be a vibrant part of the local community (such as coaching little league, serving at the homeless shelter, serving your neighbors). We intentionally try not to overschedule people with church activities so they can build relationships and serve their family, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
4. Prayer: our church has a weekly prayer gathering (every Tuesday at 7 am and 6pm), and every worship service and D group contains prayer. Through prayer, we are reminded that God is the king of the universe, and that we can humbly depend on Him. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing.
5. A Commitment to keep a simple church calendar: life is busy, and churches can add to the hectic pace of life! Therefore, we seek to provide a simple church calendar and schedule. We hope this frees up people to enjoy Jesus more, spend more time in relationships, and be active in the community for the sake of the Gospel.
Pointing people to the cross of Jesus Christ