Crossway exists to make faithful followers of Christ by spreading the knowledge of God’s grace for the sake of his name.
Crossway's vision is to be a healthy community of faith. What exactly does this look like? Surveys of churches have consistently identified “vital signs” that healthy churches have in common. More important, these survey results echo the ingredients of the church founded by the apostles in the book Acts. A healthy church has these characteristics:
The gospel is properly referring to those truths that are necessary for a sinner to know and embrace in order to be redeemed and forgiven by God. (1 Cor 15:1-12) To be gospel centered focuses our church on communication of God’s divine truth. It could be similarly said that we are committed to being Christ-centered. The difference is our focus on spreading Christ’s message in order to exalt him.
Our mission is like a compass; it guides us as we seek to "do church." It gives us limits and helps us evaluate our various ministries, programs, services, music, etc. It’s easy for programs to gain a life of their own and begin to control the life of the church. But when the mission drives everything, everything fulfills a specific biblical purpose.
When people hear the word worship, many think of singing. Worship may include singing, but it’s much more than that. Worship happens when a believer demonstrates the inestimable value of God. Therefore, we seek to be people who passionately demonstrate the supreme value of God in every aspect of life. As a congregation, we worship through singing, giving, listening to the Word, fellowshipping, and prayer.
Relevant is certainly a buzzword in the Christian world today. What we mean is this: in the preaching moment, we seek to clearly explain God’s Word and help the listener connect truth to life so that he is strengthened and challenged to conform to Jesus.
God’s leaders were called to be his greatest servants and to put others before themselves. Thus, our leaders should exemplify the heart of Christ to serve rather than be served.
The term dynamic indicates that we desire to be a church full of people who have been transformed by the gospel. Static Christians who neither grow nor seem to fail is impossible.
We are committed to cultivating a serious and fervent environment of faith-filled prayer in our church. We want to speak to God and see him work in mighty ways. Therefore, we resolve to pray, both as individuals and as a body.
Our values are the unseen motivation for all that we resolve to do at Crossway. The values of our ministry are truth, community, and service.
Truth: Crossway Is Committed to Learning about God
There is a crisis of truth in our culture. Many have embraced a view that denies the existence of universal, abiding principles to guide life. The results for our homes, communities, and churches are devastating. In the Bible, God has given us absolute truth to govern life and ministry.
Not only is truth considered relative to every individual, but also it is considered to be arrogant for anyone to firmly proclaim truth. While the truth is never to be given in an unkind, arrogant, or belligerent way, it is necessary that the Bible be taught without apology. We are committed to learning and teaching in a manner that reflects the forthright meaning of the Bible. It is essential that we communicate that our grasp of truth is dependent upon God’s revelation rather than our own genius.
Community: Crossway Is Committed to Loving God and Others
Ours is a very lonely culture. Many of the technological advances we enjoy have had the unintended effect of separating us from each other. Yet God made us to be social creatures, to live our lives in relationship with others. Even God is social, he eternally relates to himself in as the Three-In-One (Tri-une) God.The church is a redeemed society, God’s community. We should reflect our God’s character through healthy relationships that demonstrate his nature. Likewise, one of the most often used metaphors for the church in Scripture is that of a family. We are brothers and sisters united in Christ under the leadership of the Father. The glue which holds this unity together is Love. (Eph. 4:3) It ought to be joy for every believer to be committed to faithfully attending and participating in the life of his Christian community.
Service: Crossway Is Committed to Living for God
Christians learn service from the Master Himself who modeled selflessness and said, “I came not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45) Service, like community, is increasingly foreign to our culture, but is natural for the church. After all, it is a great privilege to be used by God in His work. Serving God is done primarily through giving up your time, energy, ability, and work to help serve the good of others.
Crossway Baptist Church bears the name Baptist out of conviction rather than convenience. Distinctive labels are becoming increasingly rare. We have embraced the Baptist title even though we are not part of a Baptist denomination. This is because we believe that, historically, the name Baptist has been identified with a set of distinctive biblical principles—principles that we embrace. The following list identifies the principles that we hold; they are what make us baptistic.
The Word of God is our exclusive source for our faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16).
Autonomy of the Local Church
The local church is responsible for its own government, doctrine, and direction (1 Timothy 2:5).
Priesthood of the Believer
Each believer has access to God and needs no mediator or priest other than Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
Two Offices: Pastor and Deacon
The pastor (elder and overseer are used interchangeably in the Bible with pastor) and deacon are the only biblical offices in a church (1 Timothy 3:1–13).
Faith is a private matter and can neither be bestowed nor coerced—you must have a genuine, personal and individual faith (Galatians 2:3–5).
Saved (Regenerate) Church Membership
Only true believers qualify for church membership (Acts 2:47).
Two Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are our only ordinances (Matthew 28:19, 20: 1 Corinthians 11:23–24).
The Bible teaches 1) separation of church and state, 2) a personal separation from worldliness, and 3) separation from religious apostasy and rebellion (Matthew 22:21; Romans 12:1, 2; Romans 16:17–18).
While it is true that many of these principles have been taught by those who are not Baptists, historically, only Baptists have embraced all of these principles.
All things being equal, healthy churches should grow. If God is pleased to bless our obedience and love for him, he will add to our church as he desires. Should this happen, it is our desire to perpetuate the disciple-making process by planting new churches in our community and abroad. This requires that we train leaders now so that they will be prepared and equipped to serve in new church planting efforts.