What We believe
Statement of Faith
We believe in the personal existence of God, the Creator and Supreme Being, who is infinite and perfect and has chosen to reveal Himself in the Bible. By His sovereign power God continues to sustain His creation, and by His providence He orders the affairs of people and nations according to His own wisdom and eternal plan. The following are some of God's eternal characteristics: He is unchangeable, all-powerful, all-present, complete in holiness, righteousness, justice, love, mercy and grace.
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 139:7-19; Hebrews 1:8; Romans 11:33; Deuteronomy 6:4-9
About The Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God without error as originally written. We believe that it is completely true in all that it affirms and teaches, and that it serves as the final authority for our faith and life. Only through the Word of God can we come to know God's plan of salvation, and the standards by which we all will be judged.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:18-19
About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and, therefore, has all the characteristics attributed to God. Jesus Christ became fully human by the miraculous process of the virgin birth. Although He was tempted in all the ways common to ordinary human beings, He lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to His Father. He voluntarily suffered death on the cross, satisfying the demands of God's justice and making full payment (atonement) for the sins of those who trust in Him alone for salvation. He physically and literally rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He is now enthroned at the right hand of God as the mediator between God and humanity.
Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1; John 3:16-18; 1 John 2:1-2; Matthew 28:5-7; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
About The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God and, therefore, has all the characteristics attributed to God. The Holy Spirit applies the saving work of Jesus Christ to the lives of sinful human beings who repent of their sin, and He is active in convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit provides assurance of salvation, strength, guidance, comfort, and instruction for living. At the time of salvation, every believer is permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit and is equipped for godly living and service to God in the church.
John 16:8-15; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:2; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 4:30
About Human Beings & Sin
We believe that human beings were distinctly created in the image of God; and, that through the spiritual nature of human beings, we were designed to have a special relationship with God. As a result of rebelling against God, every member of the human race has been alienated from God and is therefore morally guilty before God. Human beings are subject to sin's power, inclined toward disobedience to God's moral law, deserving of sin's death penalty, and unable to please God apart from His saving grace. Supporting Bible Verses: Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-7; Jeremiah 17:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:44-45; Ephesians 2:1-5; Romans 3:10-11; Romans 3:10; Romans 6:23
We believe that through receiving Jesus Christ as personal Savior our relationship with God can be restored. Salvation is deliverance from alienation, guilt, bondage, and death, as well as restoration to fellowship, righteousness, freedom and life for all who trust in Jesus Christ. Salvation is provided for through the sovereign loving grace of God based on the saving work of Jesus Christ; it is received by faith alone, and results in a life of holiness, obedience, and love for God.
John 1:12; Romans 5:12; Romans 8; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 2:8-9
About The Church
We believe that the universal church is the body of Christ. As a universal community of believers, it is comprised of all those who have been united to Christ and to each other through the power of the Holy Spirit. As a local community of believers, we believe that we are called to worship God, grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other, seek to serve one another, and carry the good news of the Gospel to those who have not heard.
Acts 2:41-42; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 28:18-20
About Last Things
We believe that Jesus Christ will return at the close of this age to raise the dead, judge all people, and consummate His kingdom. Jesus will take with Him to heaven those who have trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord; and those who have died as believers in Christ will also be raised to eternal life. Those who have not believed in Christ, both the living and the dead, will also be judged and will be eternally separated from God and experience everlasting conscious torment in hell.
Matthew 7:13-14; John 5:22-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15
About Faith & Practice
We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are two ordinances commanded by Christ that should faithfully be observed by the church. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer. It demonstrates our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior and is symbolic of our death to sin and our resurrection to a new life in Him. The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's death for us and is a symbol that our spiritual growth and life is sustained by the work of Christ. Supporting Bible Verses: Matthew 3:5-6; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; Acts 16:32-34; Romans 6:4; Matthew 26:23-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
South Ridge and its ministry Crossroads Christian Academy also have statements of Belief related to several areas. The church and school leadership recognizes there are many complex issues related to daily life, and the day-to-day choices that we make impact our ability to lead others toward God’s grace and truth. Rather than being confining, it is the belief of South Ridge and Crossroads that alignment with God’s truth and grace allows our lives, relationships, and communities to flourish and reach maximum potential. As a result, the leadership of South Ridge and Crossroads has the following positions, which will be taught and form the basis for standards of behavior at Crossroads Christian Academy:
We believe that followers of Jesus have great freedom in making decisions and life choices (entertainment, activities, dress, etc). Rather than using personal freedom for self-actualization, we use our freedom to serve one another in love with the purpose of drawing others more deeply into their relationship with God. (Galatians 5:1, 13-18)
We believe that every human being is created in the image of God and therefore has intrinsic value. We affirm the inherent value of the unborn child, the child or person with disabilities, and the elderly incapacitated person. (Genesis 1:26 & 27)
We believe that we are to be filled with and under the influence of the Holy Spirit. While there is no biblical mandate that we not consume alcohol, Scripture teaches us to be fully under the control of God’s Spirit rather than alcohol. This principle also precludes the use of recreational drugs and the abuse of prescribed drugs. (Ephesians 5:15-20)
We believe that sexuality is a beautiful gift of God and is to be expressed between a man and woman within the marriage covenant. This enables the gift of sexuality and human life to flourish. We also believe that while the fallen state of all human beings has resulted in our personal sexual identities being broken and marred, God’s individual creation of us as male or female should be honored and valued. (Genesis 1:26 & 27, 2:20-25)
We believe that our speech and our interactions with one another are to be filled with beauty, love and honesty. Vulgar, dishonest and devaluing interactions violate the beauty and wonder of our person and our relationships. (Ephesians 5:15-20, 4:29-32)”