At 3Crosses, everything we do is about LIFE TRANSFORMATION THROUGH FOLLOWING CHRIST. This transformation happens as Jesus draws lost people to himself, saves them through His Gospel, and grows them into his image. Thus, life transformation is an ongoing experience that lasts our entire lives, as God uses His Spirit, His Word, our community and our experiences to transform us.
So as a church, we find creative ways to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. We provide exciting programs for children and students. We build relationships with our friends, family, and neighbors and share our transformation story. We preach and study God's Word. We utilize the arts to tell the story of the Gospel. We share meals, friendship, and prayers with the homeless in our community. We partner with organizations in our community and around the world that are introducing lost people to Jesus. We do all these things and more to introduce people to the One who transforms.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
The essential components of the gospel (good news) message are found in 1 Cor. 15:1-4: 1) Christ died for our sins, 2) He was buried, and 3) He arose from the dead.
1) Christ died for our sins. The gospel begins with the understanding of God’s love for the lost. Believers in the gospel message acknowledge that the central characteristic of God’s nature is holiness, while the central characteristic of man’s nature is sin. God bridges the gap between His holiness and our sin by sending His perfect Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be our substitutionary sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins. (See John 3:13-16; Romans 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21)
3) Christ arose from the grave. On the third day following His placement in the tomb, Jesus arose from the dead in order to demonstrate His victory over and to guarantee the power to live a new life and a bodily resurrection for every person who would embrace the gospel message through faith in Him. (John 11:25; Acts 4:2,33; 1 Cor. 15:21)
THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
Salvation is the work of God (Eph. 2:5). Because humans are sinners from birth (Rom. 3:10-23), all are in need of a Savior. That Savior, according to the Bible, is Jesus Christ (Mt. 1:21). Only through Jesus Christ can a person be saved from sin and made alive to God (Acts 4:12). We receive Christ by faith (Eph. 2:8,9; Romans 5:1; 1 Cor. 15:1). The Bible teaches that when a person admits to God he is a sinner and turns from sin in repentance, submitting completely to Jesus Christ, God will fulfill his promise of granting eternal life (John 3:3; 2 Peter 3:9). On the merit of Christ’s work at the cross alone, and our belief in God’s gracious invitation through Jesus Christ, we may become new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). This is the work of God in regeneration (Eph. 2:1-4). Because salvation depends on the work of God and not our works, we believe that when God saves someone, that person’s salvation is secure forever (Rom. 8:30).
THE DOCTRINE OF GOD (TRINITY)
There is only one true God (Deut. 6:4). He is creator of the universe (Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:18-23), sovereign over all (Rev. 6:10) and is an eternal being having no beginning or end (Psalm 90:1-2). God manifests Himself in three persons, eternal in nature and coequal in substance and essence. The three persons (or tri-unity) of the Godhead are; Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19) The first person of the Godhead is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 15:6; 2 Cor. 1:3; Eph. 1:3,17). The second person is the Eternal Son, preexistent with the Father, who was sent to earth by the will of His Father to redeem mankind from sin (Isa. 9:6; Galatians 4:4; John 1:1-2). The third person is the Holy Spirit whose central purpose is to reveal the Son to whomever the Father wills (John 14:26). He (the Holy Spirit) is coequal to the Father and the Son, and is the abiding presence of God through every believer in the world today (Acts 1:8).
THE DOCTRINE OF THE FATHER
The first person of the trinity (Godhead) is designated as the “Father.” He is the Father of the Eternal Son (1 Peter 1:3), as well as Father over all creation (Psalm 90:1-2). As Father, He rules over the entire universe and bestows upon it His love, truth and justice in all things. As Father, He initiates His love to all humankind (Rom. 5:1-10). His love was ultimately demonstrated in sending His own Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world–the redeemer of humankind. (John 3:16ff; Mt. 1:21)
THE DOCTRINE OF JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son, the second person of the trinity, is the Father’s redeemer of humankind (Isa. 44:6). At the appointed time, God sent forth His Son, born of a virgin to be the Savior of the world (Gal. 4:4). In His coming to Earth, the Eternal Son took on a human body, becoming the God-man who displayed divinity and humanity in one person. Conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:20), the corruptible seed of sin was by-passed giving our Savior a complete human body, yet without a sin nature. The writer of Hebrews declares, “[Jesus Christ]...was able to be tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15) While on Earth, Jesus Christ performed many attesting miracles to His divine nature (John 20:30-31). He taught kingdom principles which included the message of hope and forgiveness for all who would come and surrender their lives to follow Him. Jesus claimed to be the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one could come to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6). Jesus, in His incarnation was fully God and fully human. At approximately the age of thirty-three, Jesus Christ was crucified, giving His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). After His death, He was buried and three days later, arose from the dead in bodily form presenting Himself to many (1 Cor. 15:1-6), offering irrefutable proof that He was indeed the Son of God. Forty days later, Jesus ascended to heaven returning to His Heavenly Father, and in like manner will one day come again to this earth and set up an earthly kingdom wherein He will rule in Righteousness and Justice (Acts 1:11; 17:31). Until that day, He reigns over His spiritual kingdom (the body of Christ) and is Lord of all (Acts 10:36; Rom. 10:12).
THE DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus, the sixty-six books of the Bible constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (1 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is an objective, propositional revelation, verbally inspired in every word, absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible and God-breathed (1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16). It is the authoritative rule book for faith and practice for every believer and stands in authority over humanity; never humanity standing in judgment over it (Mt. 5:18; 24:35; Heb. 4:12). We teach the literal, grammatical historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms that God created the heavens and the earth ex nihilo (out of nothing) as stated in Colossians 1:16.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
The Church is the visible representation of Christ in the world today (Eph. 4:4-6). It is comprised of every true believer in Christ the world over (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12). It is not a building, but a living organism, representing Jesus Christ to the world. Christ is the head of the body, the church (Col. 1:18), having purchased her with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus Christ leads her to triumph over all spiritual enemies (Rom. 8:37-39; 1 Cor. 15:57; Matt. 12:20). One day Christ will return in order to take the church to be with Him forever (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-17). She will rule and reign with Him in His glorious kingdom on earth (Rev. 5:10), and spend eternity praising His awesome name! The Church’s members have been endowed with spiritual gifts whereby they are built up into a household of faith (Gal. 6:10), edification (1 Cor. 14:12) and evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20). Believers are commanded to build up, unify and serve the Body of Jesus Christ. The Church is both universal and local. Universally, it encompasses all believers in the world. Locally, it is comprised of a definable number of believers serving under the shepherding of a plurality of spiritual leaders known as elders (Acts 20:28). The two sacred ordinances that true believers celebrate within the local church are communion (1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:17-34) and water baptism (Acts 2:38-41). At 3Crosses, communion is celebrated corporately once a month and water baptisms are held approximately four times per year. We believe the predominant NT mode of baptism is full immersion (Mt. 3:16; Mk. 1:10; Acts 8:39; 10:47). At 3Crosses, believer’s baptism is a requirement for membership. The church works, watches and waits for the soon return of her only Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:28).
THE DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION
True believers are predestined be made into the likeness of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29). This begins at the moment of one’s salvation (2 Cor. 5:21) and is a continuing work of God in every believer throughout his/her lifetime (2 Thess. 2:13). The believer is commanded in Scripture to be trained in practical righteousness (Rom. 6:13, 18) so as to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ. Out of our deep gratitude for the undeserved grace we have received from God, we seek to live in such a manner that would not bring reproach to the one who saved us (Rom. 6:1). We therefore confess and repent of any sin mentioned in Scripture (1 John 1:9) and pursue a lifestyle of holiness that is characterized by obedience to all of God’s commands (Heb. 12:14). Our sanctification is pursued with delight rather than out of duty.
THE DOCTRINE OF SATAN
The Bible teaches that there was once a high ranking angelic being named Lucifer who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven along with a third of the angelic host (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-15; Rev. 12:4). Satan is the chief of all fallen spirits and is a foe of God and His beloved children. The following descriptive titles are given to Satan in Scripture: “Accuser” (Rev. 12:10); “Adversary,” (I Peter 5:8); “the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev. 12:9); “the evil one” (Matt. 13:19,38; 1 John 2:13; 5:19); “the prince of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30); “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2); and “the tempter” (Matthew 4:5; 1 Thess. 3:5) among many others. The believer wrestles against the spiritual forces of darkness (demonic influence and oppression) with the armor of God made available to every believer in the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 6:10-18). By wearing the armor of God, every believer has victory over the enemy through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 8:37). One day, Satan will be judged, along with all fallen spirits and cast into the eternal lake of fire where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
THE DOCTRINE OF JUDGEMENT
A day is coming when God will judge the living and the dead (2 Tim. 4:1). He will do this through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 17:31). Those who belong to Christ Jesus will spend eternity in Heaven (1 John 5:12). Those who do not belong to Jesus Christ will be judged by their works and cast into a place of everlasting torment (Rev. 20:11-15). The Bible calls this place of torment, “Hell.” There is no way to pass from one place to the other after death (Hebrews 9:27).
THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST’S RETURN
The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ will bodily return to earth (Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:11ff). His return is future and will bring about the end of the age wherein there shall be a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1-9). The Father alone knows when this will happen. No man knows the timing of Jesus Christ’s return (Mark 13:33). All date setting concerning the Lord’s return is mere speculation and has no support in Scripture.