THE PURPOSE OF PREACHING IS INVITATION
In Mark 16:15, Jesus instructs believers, to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
The word “preach” comes from the Greek word kerusso, which means to proclaim, to declare, to announce, or to herald a message. As believers of Jesus, we are very literally called to be messengers. We have been given the mandate to proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ has made a way for all of us to be in a relationship with the Father. We firmly believe that this proclamation takes on the form of an invitation. All discipleship starts with an invitation. All of us are invited into a life we could never qualify for in our own ability. It’s an invitation sent in grace and received in faith.
In Matthew 4:19 Jesus says this to His disciples: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus extends an invitation connected to a promise. He is telling us that if we will simply place our trust in Him, He will transform our lives forever. We will never be the same again.
We believe that our job is as simple as giving the world a wide-open invitation to receiving redemption and life.
Here at theCross we believe it is our mission to extend an invitation to all those that are lost and we have turned this invitation into a celebration of all the goodness of God.
Our Sunday morning services are an “open house” to the Kingdom of God. We strive to create an environment that gives people a glimpse of the Kingdom life, and then we invite them to join us in the pursuit of that life. Whether it is through our community outreaches, online platforms, or Sunday morning worship services, we strive to celebrate the good news of the Gospel by inviting lost people to join us on the journey.
THE TARGET OF TEACHING IS PREPARATION
In Matthew 5:1-2 it says: Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them.
The heart behind the Teaching Ministry at theCross is to encourage and allow people to engage with the Bible, which is God’s inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word.
Quite simply, the goal of this ministry is discipleship; we want people to follow Jesus well. Discipleship takes place as people participate in Bible Studies and Small Groups to learn to read and study the Bible, understand what it means, discover what it means for them personally, and then apply it to their lives. Disciples then apply God’s Word in their lives by serving others and serving their church. We refer to anyone who serves at theCross as the Dream Team.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we read: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We are passionate about helping people discover the truth, grace, and power contained in Scripture.
Bottom line: We need God’s inspired Word because it is full of life-giving and life-transforming power, and the amazing thing is that His Word is available to all of us.
THE HOPE OF HEALING IS RESTORATION
The hope of the Healing Ministry at theCross is to create a safe and sacred space where people can come, be known, and heal together in the context of Christ-centered community. We live in a broken world and we are all in need of healing and restoration. Jesus is the Healer and the only One capable of restoring us.