We believe sound doctrine is important because it leads us into a proper relationship with God and others. This statement briefly addresses what we believe are the essential core values of Crosswind Church. A more complete discussion of these and other doctrines can be found in the Baptist Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention here.
“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.”
--Augustine of Hippo
God is all that He says He is.
There is one living and true God. He exists eternally with His various attributes in three Persons as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is the Sovereign Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of the Universe.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus is the Son of God.
He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate HIs power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5. 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit empowers believers for godly living.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Spirit reveals Christ, convicts of sin, and leads to repentance and faith. He indwells every disciple of Christ from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is true in everything it says.
The Bible, a book with many human authors, is the divinely inspired and preserved Word of God. It is totally true and supremely authoritative in the life of the individual and of the church.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
Mankind is broken because of sin.
Human beings, both male and female, are created in the image of God, and thus are of infinite value. God designed man to have fellowship with Him, but man became alienated from God through disobedience. We are all born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. We are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is available through Christ alone.
Salvation is the unearned gift of God flowing out of God’s love and grace. Human beings receive this gift through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, provides the basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation is available to mankind by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone
Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Roman 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22; Acts 2:21, 3:19, 1 John 1:9