Church Covenant

Section 1.  Covenant

The church is the vehicle by which God is accomplishing His purposes in the world.  The church exists to display the glory of God because all things exist for His glory.  Followers of Jesus have been invited graciously into God’s redemptive purposes for the world through the church.  In light of this reality the opportunity to join a local church is much more than a commitment to consistent attendance or active involvement in community.  It is also a sacred call to be involved in the redemptive work of our sovereign God and to be a microcosm of the universal household of God.  Therefore, we will covenant together to fulfill these purposes and hold one another accountable to this high calling.

  1. CrossPointe Elders’ Obligation to the Church:

    As overseers of a local Church, elders are those entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping and caring for the corporate Church body and her individual members.  The following is an overview of the requirements for elders as defined within the Scriptures.

    The Elders Covenant to:

  1. Along with the aid of members, appoint elders and deacons according to the criteria assigned to them in Scripture (1 Timothy 3: 1-13; Titus 1: 5-9; 1 Peter 5: 1-4).

  2. Prayerfully seek God’s will for our Church community and steward her resources to the best of our ability based on our study of the Scriptures and following the Spirit (Acts 20: 28; 1 Peter 5: 1-4).

  3. Oversee the growth of members as disciples of Christ and give an account for their growth in grace, truth, and love (Matthew 28: 16-20; Acts 20: 28; Ephesians 4: 15-16; James 5: 14; Hebrews 13: 17; 1 Peter 5: 1-4).

  4. Provide teaching and counsel from the whole Scripture (Acts 20: 27-28; 1Timothy 4: 16; 2 Timothy 4: 1-5; Titus 2: 11).

  5. Equip the members of the Church for the work of ministry, including future Elders and Church Planters (Ephesians 4: 11-16; 2 Timothy 2: 2).

  6. Be on guard against false teachers and teachings (Matthew 7: 15; John 10: 12-13; Acts 20: 28-31; 1 Timothy 1: 3-7, 1 John 4: 1).

  7. Lovingly oversee the exercise of discipline when necessary, for the glory of God, the good of the one disciplined, and the health of the Church as a whole (Matthew 18: 15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6: 1; James 5: 19-20.

  8. Set an example and join members in fulfilling the obligations of church membership stated in the church covenant (Acts 20: 28; Philippians 3: 17; 1 Timothy 4: 12; Titus 2: 7-8; 1 Peter 5: 3).

 

  1. CrossPointe Members Covenant Obligations:

    One of Cross Pointe’s convictions is that church membership should be meaningful.  Therefore, we believe it is important to covenant together as a Church family.  As members of CrossPointe, we affirm this covenant with one another, by God’s grace, for our growth, and ultimate for the glory of God.

  1. Baptized Regenerate Community that Makes Disciples

    Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 6: 44; Acts 3: 19; 16: 31; 17:30; 20: 21; Romans 10: 9-10; Ephesians 2: 8-10) and to surrender our lives to Him (Luke 14: 25-33), and having been baptized by immersion as born again believers in Jesus Christ (John 3: 3; Acts 8: 38; 10: 44-48) in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19; Romans 6: 1-4), we covenant with one another as one body in Christ to glorify God (Isaiah 43: 7; 1 Corinthians 10: 31), by making disciples of Jesus among all nations (Matthew 28: 18-20; 2 Timothy 2: 2; Psalm 67: 1-2; Revelation 7: 9-10).

  2. Worship Together Regularly under the Scriptures and partaking of the Lord’s Supper

    Together, we will draw near to God in worship (Acts 2; 42; Hebrews 10; 22), We will delight in the presence of God (Psalm 16: 11, 37: 4; 63: 1-11), depend on the presence of God (Matthew 28: 20; John 15; 5; 16: 7; 1 Peter 3: 17-18), and grow in the knowledge of God (Philippians 3: 10; Colossians 1: 9-12; 2 Peter 3: 17-18) by submitting to the Word of God in all matters of life, as the all-sufficient authority in our lives and in His Church (Psalm 19: 7-11; 119: 105-112; 2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 5).  Together, we will hold fast to the hope we profess (Hebrews 10: 23).  We will participate regularly in the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22: 7-23; Acts 2: 42; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-32) as we reverently and joyfully remember the past work of Christ’s atoning sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5: 21), celebrate the present help of Christ our mediator who ever lives to intercede for us at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8: 34; Hebrews 4: 14-16; 7: 25; 9: 24; 1 Timothy 2: 5), and anticipate the future return  of Christ as the King of Kings (Titus 2: 13; Revelation 19: 16).

  3. Disciple and Care for One Another

    The Gospel creates community and we are committed to living life together and challenging one another to grow as disciples of Christ.  We are committed to living out the Gospel and its implications for everyday life (1 Peter 3: 15; Galatians 2: 14).  Together, we will spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10: 24).  We will meet with one another consistently and actively participate in the corporate gatherings of this local Church, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10: 25).  We will also pray for one another regularly (Ephesians 6: 18-20) and serve one another selflessly (Romans 12: 9-13).

  4. Submit to the Leadership of the Church

    We will cooperate with, submit to, and prayerfully support the leadership of the pastors and elders who have been entrusted by God to serve and care for this body by teaching the Word of God to us and modeling the character of Jesus Christ before us (Hebrews 13: 7; Acts 6: 1-7).  We will seek the guidance of our pastors, elders and small groups in major life decisions.

  5. Good Stewards

    We covenant that we will give cheerfully, regularly, and generously to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel both in our community and through all nations (2 Corinthians 8-9)  We affirm that we will also give our spiritual gifts, time, resources, and money in a sacrificial manner consistent with the Gospel and for its progress.

  6. Display God’s Glory through Unity and Discipline

    Unity:  Together, we will seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4: 3).  We affirm that we are God’s Church and not our own therefore our preferences, needs, and desires are secondary to the mission and vision of the church.  Part of maintaining unity and peace means we will adhere to CrossPointe’s “Core Beliefs” and will not be divisive over CrossPointe’s theological distinctives as laid out in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

    Restorative Discipline:  We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another in accordance with a New Testament understanding of church discipline and restoration (Matthew 18: 15-20; 1 Corinthians 5: 1-13; Galatians 6: 1).  We will submit to and prayerfully support the leadership of our pastors and elders as they seek to oversee discipline among our Church.

  7. Christian Growth

    We affirm our responsibility to grow in Christ and his Gospel through the consistent practice of spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, fasting, Scripture reading, worship, and others.  We affirm, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to exercise our Christian liberty with responsibility, remembering that because of the Gospel, we have a special obligation to lead a new and holy life.

  8. Gospel Centered Families

    We will endeavor to build Gospel centered homes.  Husbands will seek to lead their wives and children sacrificially as Christ leads the Church, meaning husbands are ready to lay down their lives for their families (Ephesians 5).  Wives will seek to submit to their husbands, as the Church does to Christ.  As parents, we will raise the children under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.  Amen

Our 9 Core Values

  1. THERE IS ONE TRIUNE GOD:  There is only one true and living God who is the Creator of the universe.  He exists eternally in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

  2. THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD:  The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  It is entirely true, totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.

  3. PEOPLE ARE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE:  Humans are created by God to bear His image.  They are the crowning work of His creation and are worthy of love, dignity, and respect regardless of matters of age, race, gender, or class.

  4. PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF REDEMPTION:   Because of the fall of mankind, the image of God in humans is distorted but not lost.  All people have disobeyed God willfully through sin; thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for redemption.  All humans are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin.  Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.

  5. JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST:  Jesus is both fully God and fully human.  He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a substitute for mankind, and arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return.

  6.  JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION: Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. No other religion, belief, or person can reconcile God and man. He alone can provide forgiveness and eternal salvation.  

  7. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE:  Salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person  repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal life.  Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.  This salvation is wholly of God by Grace on the basis of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, not on the basis of human works.  All  the redeemed are secured in Christ forever.

  8. THE CHURCH IS CHRIST’S BODY:  The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head.

  9.  JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN:  God will bring the world as we  currently know it  to its appropriate end in His own time in His own way.  The next event on God’s prophetic timeline is the  rapture of the Church, Jesus will appear and those who are dead in Christ will rise up to meet Him in the clouds and those that are alive 

Ministry Links

This is a list of ministry partners we have for the sake of working together for the spread of the gospel around the world.

ADDRESS

 Tel: 980-429-5633
 

3474 Crouse School Rd 

Crouse, NC 28033
 

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