MembershipWritten by Jol on Jan 27, 2014
LEADERSHIP AT CROSS POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH STARTS WITH…JESUS
It’s his church, and he’s our senior pastor, he is our shepherd. At Cross Point, our formal leadership structure involves elders, deacons, and church members.
Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.
The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are Christ-like, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.
Jesus calls qualified men and women to lead his church as deacons, a word that is literally translated as “servants.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities.
Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3 and include integrity, generosity, soberness, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation both in the church and outside the church.
We rely on members to support our ministry and to carry out much of the work required to help accomplish our mission to have as many people meet Jesus as possible. It’s a high calling that takes hard work—but it’s also the most rewarding work.
The leadership of Cross Point strives to love and care for its members well. In turn, we rely on our members to accomplish our collective work as the church. As an organization, we operate with minimal staff, budget, and programming because we trust the Holy Spirit to move through the transformed hearts of our members, mobilizing the collective body of Christ in humble ways to love wamego, love our family, and glorify God on his terms.
If you’re desiring to make a deeper commitment to Cross Point, we encourage you to become a member. Follow the steps listed here to get the process started.
- Attend on Sundays
- Join a community group/small group.
- Get involved
Cross Point members are required to be professing Christians who believe and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior. If you have questions about this please contact us.
Cross Point offers a Membership Class to help you understand fully who we are as a church, what we believe, and how we operate. It’s also a great chance to meet others and get to know your leaders. We believe it’s important to know these things so that you can make an informed decision about membership. We will offer this class two times a year. Check the website for the next available class.
Cross Point members share in their commitment to the church by agreeing to our membership covenant and joyfully living in community, serving the church, and giving faithfully.
“…Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” –Romans 12: 1-2
As Christians, we are members of God’s household (Eph. 2:19) called to function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ. We have been saved for a purpose. A healthy body requires that each member do its part well. A healthy church requires the same: members who are sacrificially committed and well-equipped to do the works of service that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10; 4:12). Cross Point holds its members in high regard; we expect them to lead as missionaries of the gospel to the culture. God, in his sovereignty, placed us in Wamego, among these people, in this century, for a reason (Acts 17:26-27).
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” –Romans 12: 3-8
Being a member of Cross Point is really about being part of a family. All members are disciples of Jesus, unified by their identity in Christ. This unity is expressed in the way they collaborate in loving God, loving fellow Christians, and loving non-Christians. Members who enter into a covenant with their local church are called to a higher degree of responsibility and service. At the same time, the elders and deacons are covenanted to assist members first and foremost, to love and lead, provide counsel and aid, and pray for, teach, and guide them.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” –1 Peter 4: 8-10
THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED, INERRANT, AND INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD AND IS THE BASIS FOR ANY STATEMENT OF FAITH. WE AS A BODY OF BAPTIZED BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST, ARE COMMITTED TO THE STUDY AND TEACHING OF THE BIBLE, BELIEVING THAT IT IS PROFITABLE FOR TEACHING, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION AND FOR TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT BELIEVERS MAY BE EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.
TO, BY THE WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, WALK TOGETHER IN CHRISTIAN LOVE
TO STRIVE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE CHURCH IN KNOWLEDGE AND HOLINESS
TO CONTRIBUTE, AS LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, TO THE MINISTRY BY GIVING OF MY TIME, TALENTS AND TREASURES. TO ESTABLISH KINGDOM BUILDING CHURCHES, TO HELP THE POOR AND TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
TO SUSTAIN THE CHURCHES WORSHIP, DISCIPLINE, DOCTRINE AND ORDINANCES WHICH ARE BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
TO SEEK WAYS TO MAINTAIN A DEVOTIONAL LIFE BOTH PERSONAL AND IN OUR FAMILIES, EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN IN THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE AND TO SEEK OUT OTHERS THAT WE CAN REACH IN OUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE FOR THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
TO WALK UPRIGHTLY IN THE WORLD, BE JUST IN OUR DEALINGS IN THE WORLD, AND BE ZEALOUS IN OUR EFFORTS TO FURTHER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
TO WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER IN BROTHERLY LOVE, REMEMBER ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER, AID ONE ANOTHER IN SICKNESS AND DISTRESS, BE WATCHING OF OUR ATTITUDES AND SPEECH TO ONE ANOTHER, SLOW TO TAKE OFFENSE OF ONE ANOTHER, ALWAYS READY TO RECONCILE WITH ONE ANOTHER.
HAVING RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR, BY THE WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
HAVING PROFESSED OUR FAITH IN GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE MOST SOLEMNLY AND JOYFULLY ENTER INTO A COVENANT WITH ONE ANOTHER, AS ONE BODY OF CHRIST.
WHAT IS A COVENANT?
A covenant is a promise by which we obligate ourselves to one another in such a way that the obligation of one party is not dependent on the faithfulness of the other (Ezek. 20:44; 36:22; Ps. 76:11; Hos. 2:19-20; 3:1; 2 Tim. 2:13). The Cross Point covenant includes a statement of faith, a statement of biblical doctrine, the obligations of Cross Point to its members, and the obligations of members to Cross Point. Though the covenant does define the relationship between members and the church, it is first and foremost a promise made to God as a commitment to his glory and his bride, the church (Eph. 5:25).
MEMBER’S STATEMENT OF FAITH
- I am a Christian saved from the eternal wrath of God by faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, through his death and resurrection, by which I am assured of eternal life (John 3:16-18; Rom. 3:23-26).
- I believe Jesus Christ is exactly who he claimed to be (Isa. 53:6; Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:70; John 4:25-26; 6:29; 8:58; 11:25-27; 14:6-7; 15:5).
- I have repented of my sins and have been made a new creation in Christ (1 John 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17).
- In obedience to Scripture, I have been baptized to personally identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and to publicly demonstrate my commitment as a disciple of Jesus (Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21).
STATEMENT OF BIBLICAL DOCTRINE
- I agree with the core beliefs of Cross Point Community Church, which are founded upon historic creeds.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*When the creed states, “I believe in the holy catholic church,” it refers to the universal church rather than a specific branch of Christianity. The word catholic comes from the Greek word katholikos which means “universal” or “general.”
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism* for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
*When the creed states, “We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,” it refers to believers baptism. That we are called to obedience to be baptized after God has saved us. This act does not save us, but is the outward showing of what has already happened to us.
- I understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace; I will adhere to Cross Point’s position on primary theological issues, and I will not be divisive over secondary issues (Eph. 4:1-3; Heb. 13:7, 17).
- I agree that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the ultimate doctrinal authority on all matters (Is. 55:11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; Heb. 4:12).
- I understand that Cross Point doctrine is also communicated and specified through various channels, such as sermons, published materials, and other writings distributed by Cross Point.
OBLIGATION OF CROSS POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH TO ITS MEMBERS
- We covenant that your elders and deacons will meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
- We covenant to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures and follow the Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5).
- We covenant to care for you and seek your growth as a disciple of Christ, in part by equipping you for service (Eph. 4:11-13) and praying for you regularly, particularly when you are sick (James 5:14).
- We covenant to provide teaching and counsel from the whole of Scripture (Acts 20:27-28; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17-18).
- We covenant to be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28-31).
- We covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5; Gal. 6:1).
- We covenant to set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of church members (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:12).
MY OBLIGATION TO CROSS POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH AS A MEMBER
- I have read and understood the Cross Point doctrinal statement and will not be divisive to its teaching. I also understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace (Eph. 4:1-3; Heb. 13:7, 17).
- I covenant to submit to the authority of Scripture as the final arbiter on all issues (Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- I will maintain a close relationship with the Lord Jesus through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, and practice of spiritual disciplines. My relationship will be evident through my participation in weekly worship services, communion, Cross Point community, service, and a life that glorifies Jesus (Ps. 105:1-2; Ps. 119:97; Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3).
- I will steward the resources God has given me, including my time, talents, and treasure (Prov. 3:9-10; Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-26; Eph. 4:1-16; 5:15-18). This includes financial giving, service, and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful, and voluntary (Rom. 12:1-8; 2 Cor. 8-9; 12:7-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
- I will not function in leadership or as a member in another church family (Heb. 13:17).
- I covenant to submit to discipline by God through his Holy Spirit, to follow biblical procedures for church discipline in my relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ, to submit to righteous discipline when approached biblically by brothers and sisters in Christ, and to submit to discipline by church leadership if the need should ever arise (Ps. 141:5; Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; 2 Cor. 2:5-8; Gal. 6:1-5 8; 1 Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:9; 3:10-11; Heb. 12:5-11; Rev. 2:5-7, 14-25).
- I agree, by God’s grace, to walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus Christ, who has saved me from my sin that I could live a new life (2 Cor. 5:17); I will practice complete chastity before marriage and complete fidelity in heterosexual marriage by abstaining from practices such as cohabitation, pornography, and fornication (Job 31:1; Prov. 5; Rom. 13:12-14; 1 Cor. 6:9-7:16; Heb. 13:4); I will refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, and other sinful behavior as the Bible, my pastors, and my conscience dictate (1 Cor. 8:7; Gal. 5:19-21). Should I sin in such a manner, I agree to confess my sins to Christian brothers or sisters and seek help to put my sin to death (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5; 1 John 1:6-10).
MY COMMITMENT TO THE MISSION OF CROSS POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH
The mission of Cross Point Community Church is first and foremost to glorify God. To know Him and make Him known. To make disciples that make disciples that result in a transformation of our lives, our families and our community.
I have read the mission statement of Cross Point Community Church and commit to participate in this mission as a diligent, faithful disciple of Jesus, that my identity would be in Him, my worship would be for Him, my fellowship would be through Him, and my interaction with the culture would be for His glory.
I understand that this covenant obligates me to the members of Cross Point and is an acknowledgment of my submission to the elders of the church. I accept the responsibility to notify Cross Point leadership if at any time I can no longer commit to this covenant, or if I have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Cross Point Community Church.
As the final step in membership, you’ll meet with a pastor for a final membership interview. This is an opportunity to confirm your commitment and ask any questions before being installed as a member.
The interview will take less than an hour. Here is an example of the questions we will ask:
•What is the good news of Jesus Christ?
•When and how did you come into a relationship with Christ?
•Do you have any questions about the church?
•Do you have any questions about membership?
•Have you been baptized?
•Do you have any concerns about how the church is set-up?
•Any other concerns that you have?
Other questions may arise during the process. This is not something to fear, we just want to know you and to answer any questions you might have.
We encourage non-members to get involved and to see how the church works. We encourage you as non-members to help and serve. The areas to get involved in include: set-up, tear down, audio ministry, video ministry and visual ministry. Come and talk to us about how you would like to get involved.
If you want to become a member please set up an appointment to converse or if you have more questions please contact us through these avenues:
Facebook: Either Cross Point Community Church page
or Jol Klein’s personal page