Biblical Distinctives

Crossway Chapel is committed to orthodox Christianity as reflected in the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds. In addition to our foundational statement of belief, the churches of the Crossway Chapel movement are committed to the following biblical positions:

Authority of Word – God’s word is our authority. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. It speaks to every issue of life for God’s people (1 Timothy 3:16-17).

God’s Authority in Salvation – Because of the sinful condition of man’s heart, God has to initiate, accomplish and sustain the salvation of individuals (Ephesians 2:1-10, John 6:44). We are reformed in our view of God’s sovereignty in salvation.

The Fruit of Salvation – Because God saves us apart from any works (Titus 3:5), and because of the promises in scripture regarding God’s character, we believe that once a person is truly born again, he is eternally secure (John 10:26-30, Romans 8:29-39). The reality of a person’s salvation will be shown through the progressive transformation of their lives into greater likeness to Jesus (Galatians 5:16-25, 1 John 2:3-4).

Design of the Local Church – We believe that the local church is God’s design for the maturity of the believer (the biblical context for the Great Commission of Matthew 28). The vehicle for reaching the world with the gospel as shown in scripture is through the multiplication of local churches (Acts 14:23). We recognize the work of God taking place through many “para-church” ministries and seek to partner with them in a God-honoring, healthy, and biblical manner in seeking to bring the gospel to the world, and allowing the church to thrive in its disciple-making mission.

The Holy Spirit and the Believer – We believe that every believer is indwelt (Romans 8:9), regenerated by (Titus 3:5), and sealed (Ephesians 1:13-14) with the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. There is no “second baptism” of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells within them (1 Corinthians 3:16). We are called to yield our lives moment by moment to the Spirit’s power and guiding (Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:25).

Spiritual Gifts – Every believer is bestowed with unique gifts by the Holy Spirit. These gifts are given to glorify God and to build up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). While we do not believe that the supernatural gifts have ceased, we do believe their prominence in the New Testament was due to the unique role they played in authenticating the gospel message being handed down by the apostles (2 Corinthians 12:12, Hebrews 2:3-4). We believe that much of the focus and confusion around “sign” oriented gifts (such as speaking in tongues) is based upon a wrong view that spiritual gifts are for performance, when in reality they exist for service (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Complementary but Differing Roles for Men and Women – God created men and women equal (Genesis 1:27) but with different roles (Genesis 2:18). His design is beautiful and is to be celebrated. Because of the sinfulness of mankind, God’s design has been perverted throughout history. The church should be a place where the wonder of His design is put on display. God’s design is articulated in the second chapter of Genesis, before the fall. This passage is used to support all other references to the roles of men and women in the family and in the church, indicating that these roles were not cultural.

Church Discipline and Restoration – In scripture, God has given a process for lovingly dealing with individuals who are stuck in unrepentant sin (Matthew 18:15-18). This process is for the health and restoration of the individual as well as for the protection of the church family (1 Corinthians 5:6).

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