CrossWords Church

Welcome

As CrossWords Church, we hold the Bible as the inspired Word of God and final authority for life, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the power of God for the salvation of souls. We endeavour to share with all who will hear, that Christ is the One Saviour of the world, that salvation is a free gift, that we are saved by faith in Christ alone, and that it is all from God, the creator of life.

After every 10am service we have a time of fellowship over a tea or coffee and we would love to have your company, so that we can get to know each other.


Welcome

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Statement of Faith

We believe and are committed to the biblical doctrines that formed the basis of the Great Reformation of the 16th Century. These doctrines have been formulated in the classical Reformed Creeds such as the Westminster Confession of Faith. Other Creeds include the Belgic Confession, Westminster and the Heidelberg Catechisms and the Canons of Dort. Though we hold firmly to the biblical truths expressed in these Creeds, we do not bind each other to all the details but leave freedom of conscience in non-essentials.


Our Fundamental Beliefs...


God

There is only one God, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Spirit, in perfect unity. He is the almighty and loving Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.


The Bible

The Bible, as originally given, is the God-breathed and infallible word of God. This precious, life-giving word is sufficient for our knowledge of God and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.


Humanity

All people, men and women, are created in God's image and are called to love God with all their being. However, since the fall, all people are guilty of rebellion against God and human nature is thoroughly corrupted by sin. This makes everyone subject to God's righteous anger and condemnation.


Jesus Christ

God demonstrated his love toward us by sending his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ., who is both fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He died on the cross, was buried, rose from the dead, and in his resurrected body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as ruler over all.

Salvation

Salvation is entirely the gracious gift of God and cannot be earned or deserved. It is accomplished through the atoning death, once and for all time, of our representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and sinners. By Christ's death God's anger is turned aside, we are redeemed from sin and death, and we are declared to be righteous in God's sight. This salvation is offered in the gospel and received by turning to God from sin and trusting in Jesus Christ.


The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven by the Father and the Son. He enables people to turn to God, the Father, and to trust in Jesus Christ, the Lord. He makes the death of Christ effective to individual sinners, imparting spiritual life. God's Spirit dwells in all those he has regenerated, producing in them likeness to Christ in attitudes, actions and speech.


The People of God

The Lord Jesus Christ builds the church, his people, through the proclamation and teaching of his Word. All who have been saved through the work of Christ are members of his church and united with one another. God has equipped his people with gifts to be used for mutual edification in the church and for the proclamation of the gospel to the world.


The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return from heaven. He will welcome his people into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God, and he will execute God's condemnation on all who have not received him. On that day all sin, suffering and death will be completely destroyed, and God will be glorified forever.


Manner of Life

God has redeemed his people from sin in order to live for him. There should not be in the life of a

believer significant unrepentant failures in living according to biblical principles, including drunkenness, sexual immorality homosexual practices, idolatry, dishonesty, greed, or violence.

 

The Vision of
CrossWords Church



Our vision for the church is shaped by Jesus' two great commandments:


"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. “  This is the  first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbour as yourself.”(Matt 22:37-39)


And by his great commission:

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matt 28:18-20)

It is our hope that CrossWords will be seen by visitors to be a community of people who love God with everything that they are and have, and a community in which everyone is loved, nurtured and encouraged in their walk with the Lord.

And it is our prayer that the people of God who gather at CrossWords each week will partner with us to proclaim the good news of Jesus, and that as we do that people will believe and will come to know the transforming power of the gospel.

CrossWords Leadership

For the good of the church and our life together it's necessary to have some structure and to do things in an orderly way. We've tried to model the structure of the church on the model given in the Bible. The Bible speaks of the offices of pastor, elder and deacon in the church. It also speaks about Paul's many co-workers in gospel ministry. At CrossWords, these biblical principles are worked out in the following way:


Pastors and Elders

The pastors and the elders, which are called Teaching elders and Ruling elders in our book of church order, are to lead the church and shepherd the flock under Jesus. They provide for the spiritual health and well-being of those under their care by teaching the gospel, correcting error and promoting the truth of God both inside and outside the church. They pray for the church and aim to bring everyone to maturity in Christ Jesus.

The pastors and elders together make up the church leadership or what has historically been sometimes called the "Session". We rely together on the wisdom of God revealed in the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in choosing new elders.


Pastor

He is responsible for overseeing the ministry areas of magnification (worship services), maturity (preaching and growth groups), and mission (local and overseas).


Director of Ministries

He is responsible for overseeing the ministry areas of membership (building a church where people belong and care for each other) and ministry (training people to serve as Jesus served).


Deacons

Deacons are called to express and promote Christ's love through the ministry of mercy. They are the "go-to" people for assisting church members and others with practical and financial needs. Deacons also encourage us to take an active part in the ministry of mercy and to support that ministry with generous giving and with prayer. They encourage us to use faithfully what God has loaned to us, urge us to show hospitality, and develop programs of assistance where necessary.