At the formation of CrossLife in March 2012, we affirmed our understanding of God’s vision for CrossLife, a word picture of the future of the church as:
CrossLife is one church of an expanding web of small Christian communities trained and equipped to touch their localities with the Lord Jesus Christ in regional partnerships with others, sharing the benefit of being one church.
We sum this statement up in four key landmarks:
We embrace our faith in God by desiring him above everything else. Seeking God in this way satisfies our needs and fulfils our desires. It is how we glorify God, which is why we believe we exist.
We love Jesus Christ. In Him our lives have meaning and hope for the future. We want to declare the truth and life of Jesus to everyone because it is worth pursuing Him above anything else!
As a church and as individuals, we want to share the good news of Jesus in our lives and to invest our heart, time and money in seeing our communities, their people and families, develop their potential in God.
We affirm that God is one, who exists eternally in perfect interrelationship as three equally divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We affirm that God, who created all things, loves His creation and in particular humanity, has acted to reveal Himself to humanity generally through His creation, and especially through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in His Word, the Bible.
We affirm that the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, was divinely inspired and without error in its original form.
We affirm that the Bible has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We affirm that God the Father is Sovereign Ruler over all creation.
We affirm that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to redeem humanity and creation.
We affirm that He has a fatherly relationship with all who trust in His gracious provision made available through the Lord Jesus Christ.
We affirm that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary.
We affirm that Jesus Christ became and remained a perfect man yet remained fully divine, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people, by dying on a cross.
We affirm the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ that He later ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as Lord of all.
We affirm the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring the present age to its conclusion, with the judgment of both the living and the dead.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer uniting them as one universal body, which is called the Church.
We affirm it is the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ effective in the individual sinner, enabling repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to believers according to his own sovereign choice.
We affirm that Satan, a personal devil, is a created and fallen angel, and is actively working against God’s rule in creation and the church, although his defeat is assured, and his judgment will be made visible and complete at the Lord Jesus Christ’s return.
We affirm that through his death and resurrection the Lord Jesus Christ has made available to all believers victory and peace in the midst of that battle until that time.
We affirm that sin and guilt are universal in the human race since the Fall, and that sin renders all people subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
We affirm that the dead will be raised and that all people will be judged by God.
We affirm that no one is capable of receiving or earning eternal life in and of themselves.
We affirm that only those who turn from their self-ruled life and embrace Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord by faith are accepted by God.
We affirm that redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, is only achieved through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ as our representative and substitute.
We affirm that when faith is exercised in Christ, a person passes immediately out of spiritual death into the new life that comes by God the Holy Spirit indwelling that person forever.
We affirm that such salvation is the free gift of God received by grace through faith not by works.
We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ is alone the head of the church, both universal and local.
We affirm that membership of the local church should consist only of regenerate believers and that the church members together are able to discern the Lord Jesus Christ’s direction for the local church.
We affirm that believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper are two practices required of the local church, and that they are a means of testifying to the gospel.
We affirm that both believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper are necessary steps of Christian growth in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We affirm that people are created to live forever, and that the eternal destiny of every person will be determined by their response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We affirm that those who have not received the Lord Jesus Christ will be separated from God forever in hell.
We affirm that those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour will be united with Him and live with Him forever in heaven.