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  • Phone: (616) 301-2904
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  • Address:
    800 Scribner NW | Grand Rapids MI 49504

Gathering Times

  • Sundays: 9 + 11 AM

Mission + Vision + Values

Mission:

Crossroads Bible Church is a Biblical Community where Jesus Christ transforms lives, renews the City, and impacts the World.

Vision:

That every person in the Crossroads community is resolved:
To Know: They have an authentic walk with Jesus. 
To Grow: They are in a transparent community through either a House Church or Discipleship Group.
To Go: They are actively involved in making disciples and reaching out to their street corner.

Values:

(1) Jesus: Jesus is our all in all.  His way is our way. Before all things and in all things we value Jesus as the image of the invisible God. We live to worship Him by imitating His life and ministry.  Our theology and ministry are relentlessly all about Christ. He is our model, mentor, hero, mediator, savior, judge, king and ruler of all. All of our values flow from what we understand about His character, His life, and His Gospel work.

(2) The Gospel: We value the Gospel, because it is the good news that through Christ the power of God's kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world.  On a personal level, the Gospel is the power of God to change people from the inside out.   His kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us a whole new identity that frees us from self-righteousness and self-condemnation.    We are set free from living for ourselves.  The Gospel breaks the bondage of things (even good things) that once were our motivation for life, and liberates us to love God wholeheartedly and to genuinely love people.

(3) Discipleship: Jesus made ”making disciples“ one of His top initiatives on earth.  A disciple is someone who so badly wants to become like Jesus.   As we seek to become like Him, we want to courageously and humbly call people to - ”imitate me as I imitate Christ“.  So it is our desire to become a community of disciples who are making disciples. We will pursue this with humility, dependency, personal inadequacy, transparency, and in community, with confidence in the Word of God and the Spirit of God to do its life-transforming work of making people into ”little Christs”.

 (4) Each other: The Gospel produces a whole new community, or a New City (as we like to say) where Jesus Christ is worshiped as Lord. We believe that God calls us into his mission together--never alone.  We value mission and ministry done in community.  We believe that God did not intend for us to be alone, and that isolation, fear of each other, and spiritual competition are cancers in the church. We believe that moral and theological failures, controlling leadership and many of our personal struggles stem from a lack of community.  We value leadership through teams and the sharing of life at every level—with trusted friends who are an extension of the grace and presence of God in our lives.

(5) The Church: Whenever (and wherever) believers gather in sincere worship of Christ and form genuine community around the Gospel, to accomplish a part of the mission of God, we believe they are the church. Therefore, our ecclesiology is simple - we do not “attend” church,  but wherever 2 or 3 are gathered together in Christ’s Name, we are the church.  We value both big and small gatherings, but believe the ”House Church“ is the most basic expression of the church.  We believe the larger church expression exists to serve the smaller and not the other way around.

(6) The Lost: We value lost people. We believe the good news of the kingdom is the most important commodity with which the church and the people of God have been entrusted, so we place great value on engaging the lost. We believe that the church should not expect lost people to come and find us but that we are called and sent to ”seek and save that which was lost”. Again, we emphasize the life and ministry of Jesus by prioritizing those who have not yet heard and believed the good news.  We feel tremendous urgency towards this task.

(7) The whole world: While we understand that our most transforming ministry will take place at our personal street-corner and in our own city, we value the mission of God to reach the whole world.  We believe that Jesus came as the savior, not of one people, but of the whole world. We value the world because we believe that God is a global God. We assume responsibility for the world, not because we believe we can reach it alone but because we accept the mandate of the great commission and the heart of God to love and sacrifice for the discipleship of the whole world. We accept this apostolic mandate to send and be sent into every part of the world and our place in partnership with the global church.

(8) Prayer: We value prayer because we believe that only God can accomplish what He calls us to do and that God should receive the glory. For this reason we believe the church should be committed to night and day prayer for the world, the coming of the kingdom, and a deeper manifestation of God. Without prayer and dependence on God for all things we are destined to either fail or become conceited in our success.  We value continual prayer because we desire to know God, to deepen our understanding of his love for us and the world. We value prayer because we believe we are all called to the ministry of intercession and that His kingdom will come when we pray – Thy Kingdom Come.

(9) Wholehearted:  With Jesus as our model, we believe that the life of a Christian should be characterized by passion.  In the most basic sense it means that we should be moved by our relationship with God to maintain a high level of ”wholeheartedness“ in all we do for him. In a deeper sense it means that we value suffering and sacrifice.  We see Jesus‘ willingness to suffer for the lost and the hopeless as our example and that we, likewise, are to take up our cross and to walk His way of suffering. We are convinced that the clearest expression of the gospel is love and that love is forever re-defined by Jesus in his death for us.  We value the kind of ”white-hot“ faith that expects every believer to be ready and willing to suffer and sacrifice for Jesus.

(10) Simple: We value ministry that simple, and unencumbered with layers of modern-day marketing and bureaucracy.   We also value a lifestyle free from clutter and the allure of materialism.   We do not believe that money or things are in themselves evil but are one of the greatest perils facing western Christianity in our time. We believe that individuals and communities of believers have a responsibility to be counter-culture in the accordance to the Sermon the Mount.  So we encourage a simple lifestyle, free of the idolatry of materialism.

(11) Humble: We value humility because it is central to Jesus and the message of the Gospel.  We value humility in leadership, in our community, in our relationships, in our theology, in the ”living out“ of our mission, in our prayer, and even in our assessment of ourselves and others.  We are convinced that humility is necessary for following Jesus.  So as a church, we always want to demonstrate humility in our partnerships, in the way we think and implement ministry strategies, and in our understanding and living out of God’s Word.