Honor God by making new and passionate followers of Christ from ALL walks of life, in cities around the world.
R5Church stands for RESCUE, REFUGE, REDEMPTION, RECONCILIATION, RESTORATION Church.
We believe that every human being born has a distinct and unique purpose, which is discovered through a growing faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. We aspire to be a faith community of diverse individuals with various backgrounds and stories who have made the same foundational decision; to follow Jesus Christ as Lord.
R5Church operates under 6 main core values that help us carry out our vision:
Community… We value God’s love for every man, woman & child ever born and the fact that a meaningful, purposeful life is discovered when that individual makes Jesus Lord of their life. Therefore, no matter who you are, how you are or where you’re from God has broken down the walls of hostility
and comparison (Eph. 2:13-16) by purchasing us through the cross of Jesus and given us the ministry of reconciliation. The transforming power of the Holy Spirit enables us to live transparent lives with one another under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and this is evident not only in words but in the diversity we exhibit as we gather as a church.
Creativity… We value that our God is the supreme Creator and owns everything created. (Psalm 50:1—12). This empowers us to not just mimic or copy others but to look to Him to help us be intentionally creative in ministering and reaching out to others.
Missional Living… We value Christ’s calls for His followers to engage and penetrate the spiritual darkness that invades our societies. We do this primarily outside the walls of the church building and we walk out our calling to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, here and abroad, through personal
Prayer… We value prayer understanding that it is the link that connects us with God. It is also the engine that drives R5Church and we intentionally prioritize it every time we meet.
God’s Word… We value God’s Word (Holy Bible) as the only one special revelation from God that man possesses today. We also value God’s word by teaching others how to DIGEST, DEFEND and DECLARE His word in their homes, communities and marketplaces.
Worship… We value the freedom to worship our Lord and King corporately. Our worship encompasses exuberant, eclectic, and celebrative styles.
I“n the essentials unity, in the non-essentials diversity, in all things charity.”
– Rupert Meldenzie
R5Church is a non-denominational church. We affirm Christian Scriptures as the inspired Word of God that gives authority to our belief and practice. We affirm the essential orthodox Christian beliefs as expressed in the Nicene Creed.
THE NICENE CREED (325 AD)
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. On the third day, He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son, He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy [universal] and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
OUR THEOLOGICAL CONVICTIONS
THE TRIUNE GOD
(Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Isaiah 40:26; Matthew 10:29-30; Colossians 1:16-17; Job 37:6-13; Psalm 147:15-18; Mark 4:39-41; Psalm 33:10-11; Amos 3:6; Lamentations 3:37-38; Proverbs 21:1; Proverbs 16:33) There is one, eternal God, Creator and Lord of the universe who, in the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, both governs all things according to God’s will and is accomplishing God’s purpose in the world and in the church.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
(3 Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119; Matthew 24:35; Matthew 22:29; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21) The Holy Scripture in its entirety is inspired by God’s Spirit through human authors and constitutes the revelation of God’s truth to humanity. It is wholly true and trustworthy in all that it affirms. Whatever the Bible, rightly interpreted, is found to teach, we are bound to believe and obey. It is our supreme authority in every matter of belief and conduct.
HUMANITY & SIN
(Genesis 1-3; Ephesians 5:15-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Ephesians 4:25-32; Colossians 3:18-4:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; Romans 5:1-19; Romans 1:18-3:20; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:21; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7-8; Romans 8:20) All human beings are created in God’s own likeness and therefore have inherent value and equality before God. Human sin and guilt since the fall have rendered us subject to God’s wrath and condemnation and have resulted in our alienation from God’s life, suppression of God’s truth and hostility to God’s law. God’s love desires all to come to repentance and to be reconciled rather than condemned.
(Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:3-14; Isaiah 46:9-10; Romans 9:11-18; John 10:25-29; John 3:16) Salvation from the guilt, penalty and all other consequences of sin has been achieved solely through the work of Jesus Christ – his perfect obedience, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and exaltation as Lord. Jesus alone is truly God and truly human, the only mediator between God and humanity. There is salvation through no other person, creed, process or power. Each sinner is justified before God and reconciled to God only by divine grace appropriated by faith alone.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Galatians 3:5; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 5:18-21; Ephesians 1:11-14 1 Corinthians12-14; John 16:4- 15; Romans 12; Joel 2:28-32; Numbers 11:29) The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity. The Holy Spirit empowers and indwells the church, enabling its constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, ministry, power and mission.
(Isaiah 56:1-8; Isaiah 54:1-3; Galatians 3-4; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:11-22; Ephesians 4:1-16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Peter 2:4-12; 1 John 3:11-24) There is one, holy, universal and apostolic church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong. The church’s calling is to worship God forever and to serve God in the world.
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
(Matthew 28:18–20; John 20:21; Acts 2:42–46)
As the Father sent the Son into the world, so the Lord Jesus Christ sends his church to participate in God’s mission by words and works. The church is called: to make Christ known; to proclaim God’s truth and the gospel of God’s grace; to make disciples among all nations; to exhibit God’s character through compassionate care for the needy; to demonstrate the reality of God’s kingdom through creative and sacrificial living, the community of love, the quest for righteousness, justice and peace, and the care of God’s creation.
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
(Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:21-22; Colossians 2:11-15; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14- 23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27)
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal.
Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things. Crossroads Christian Church practices and teaches water baptism by immersion for believers in Jesus as a symbol of one’s union with Christ through faith in his death and resurrection.
CHRIST’S RETURN & THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
(Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 66:18-24; Revelation 21; Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 10:28; 2 Peter 2:4-22; Hebrews 10:26-31) As the Lord Jesus ascended to his Father, so he will return personally, visibly and in glory. He will raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to final completion. God will then fully establish his Kingdom and finish the new creation – a new heaven and a new earth from which all evil and evildoers, all suffering and death, will be excluded and in which God will be glorified forever.