Crosscurrent Church exists to raise people to new life in Christ and empower them to make disciples from the neighborhood to the nations! 

Partnership in The Gospel

When Paul uses the phrase “partnership in the gospel” in his letter to the church in Philippi (Philippians 1:3-11), he is describing:

  • The impact the Gospel has had, is having and will have on their lives.
  • How the Gospel brings people together as a community (the church).
  • The common purpose (mission) the Gospel then gives to the community.

 

The Gospel is both the means by which a person enters God’s kingdom as well as the way we live in the kingdom.  The Gospel is necessary for justification (being declared forgiven and righteous by God through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross), it is the means for our sanctification (the process of becoming more like Jesus) and it is the means for our glorification (at the return of Christ).

 

(A more thorough description of the gospel can be found on our belief’s page)

 

The Church is not an event although it might have events. The church is not a building although the church might use a building.  The church is not a program or a system or even an organization, although the church might use all of these things to carry out its God intended purpose. The Church rather is a Community of people that have been joined together by the Gospel, in local expressions down through history, for the sake of the spread of the Gospel across the nations.

 

God’s purpose for His Church is to live on Mission for His glory, by making disciples of all nations through the proclamation of the Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Paul reminds us that those who have received the ministry of reconciliation have been sent back out as ambassadors for Christ to proclaim the message of reconciliation: God is literally “making his appeal through us” (v20).

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Glorify God

When Paul uses the phrase “partnership in the gospel” in his letter to the church in Philippi (Philippians 1:3-11), he is describing:

  • The impact the Gospel has had, is having and will have on their lives.
  • How the Gospel brings people together as a community (the church).
  • The common purpose (mission) the Gospel then gives to the community.

 

The Gospel is both the means by which a person enters God’s kingdom as well as the way we live in the kingdom.  The Gospel is necessary for justification (being declared forgiven and righteous by God through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross), it is the means for our sanctification (the process of becoming more like Jesus) and it is the means for our glorification (at the return of Christ).

 

(A more thorough description of the gospel can be found on our belief’s page)

 

The Church is not an event although it might have events. The church is not a building although the church might use a building.  The church is not a program or a system or even an organization, although the church might use all of these things to carry out its God intended purpose. The Church rather is a Community of people that have been joined together by the Gospel, in local expressions down through history, for the sake of the spread of the Gospel across the nations.

 

God’s purpose for His Church is to live on Mission for His glory, by making disciples of all nations through the proclamation of the Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Paul reminds us that those who have received the ministry of reconciliation have been sent back out as ambassadors for Christ to proclaim the message of reconciliation: God is literally “making his appeal through us” (v20).

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Planting Churches

We believe Jesus promise, to build His church (Matthew 16:18), and His command to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), are best accomplished in and through planting churches. When we plant a church we are planting a Gospel Centered Missional Community that is able to make disciples and bring God glory. Our hope is that as this new church lives in and among the people proclaiming the Gospel and living in a manner worthy of it, that men, women and children will hear the Gospel message, receive it by faith and will be taken from death to life.

 

Crosscurrent is privileged to belong to the Acts 29 Network, a network of like-minded churches who are dedicated to planting local, missional, Christ-centered communities to carry the Gospel to the world. Acts 29 gets its name from the model of church planting found in Acts and a belief that God continues to use church planting as a redemptive method for reaching the world. Acts 29 currently has over 500 churches worldwide. Crosscurrent joins in the vision of planting churches by designating 10 percent of its general offering to help fund church plants.

 

In the past twelve years we’ve been able to support new church plants locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We’ve partnered to help plant churches in Chesapeake, Charlottesville, Arlington, Roanoke, the OBX, Asheville, Raleigh, Augusta, Nicaragua, Leeds, UK, and Belfast, Ireland. In 2012 by God’s grace we were able to plant our first church locally (out of Crosscurrent) and our hope is to continue to help plant more churches from the neighborhoods to the nations

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Making Disciples

In the great commission, Jesus gives us two characteristics of a disciple to consider:

First, a disciple is baptized, a sign of conversion and identity with Christ in his life, death and resurrection. One aspect of our disciple making commitment is to proclaim the gospel clearly to the people of our city so that they’d hear it, respond it by repentance and faith and then seek to live in line with it in everyday life.

 

Second, a disciple is obedient to all he commands. In Colossians 1:9-10 we see that Paul’s prayer for the church is that they’d “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” He is saying that a disciple is one who has had the Gospel sink into the head (knowledge, instruction, understanding), then seep into the heart (belief, motivation, idolatry crushing, desire for God & his purposes) and then flows outward into actions so that they “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”

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From the Neighborhood to the Nations

In Matthew 16:13-19 we see that God sends His church back into the world both locally and globally to do this. A lot of times we think of mission as something that God sends people far away “to do” but the reality is most of our mission work will be done right where we live. Yet at the same time it is clear from passages like Matthew 28:19-20 & Acts 1:8 that the scope of God’s mission extends from our local neighborhoods, where we live, work and play, to the nations

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