Pointing people to the cross of Jesus Christ
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. A Beautiful Mess of People: 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 get to know 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).