What to Expect at Crossroads
Sunday School (9:30 am)
We gather every Sunday from 9:30–10:15 am for Sunday School. Our Sunday School classes provide Bible teaching for all ages. We have classes for children, youth, and adults. The adult Sunday School class meets in the main auditorium for a more informal time of Bible and theological study. Questions are welcome!
Corporate Worship (10:30 am)
Corporate worship at Crossroads Church is governed by the authority of Scripture. We believe that the Bible is our only infallible rule of faith and practice. When we gather, we worship our Triune God by reading the Bible, praying, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, preaching the Bible, and participating in the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Our corporate worship time is filled with prayer. We typically begin with a prayer of invocation and call to worship. The prayer of invocation turns our attention to God as we pray for Him to meet with us through his Word. The call to worship is a reading from the Bible that summons God’s people to worship the one, true and living God. Corporate worship is not primarily about us; it is about God and giving him the honor and the worship that he alone deserves. We will also pray prayers of confession, adoration, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise. We believe that corporate worship should be saturated with prayer as we humbly turn our minds and our hearts to God to praise him and ask him for what he alone can provide.
Our corporate worship time is also filled with singing. Christians are a singing people. At Crossroads Church our philosophy of music is not rooted in any particular tradition. Instead, we aim to fulfill the New Testament command to teach and admonish one another by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Col 3:16). The object of our worship is the Triune God. But we also recognize that singing is meant to edify the whole church. We are to sing to one another to encourage, edify, teach, admonish, and disciple one another in the glorious truths of the gospel (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16). We put the emphasis on congregational singing, not on the skill of a praise band. We believe that every member of the church is an active participant in the music ministry since we are called to sing to one another. We want the primary instrument on Sunday morning to be the voices of the people. We strive to select songs (new and old) that capture rich biblical and theological truths. We also try to sing at least one psalm every week. Singing the psalms not only allows us to sing the actual words of Scripture, it also gives us a broad range of biblical language about God’s redemption that is often missing from contemporary Christian music. We do not believe it is arrogant for the people of God to sing loudly. We encourage everyone to sing with gusto because Jesus is risen, our sins are forgiven, God is our Father, the Holy Spirit indwells us, and Christ is coming again.
We also set aside time for reading the Bible publicly, and for affirming gospel truths together. We believe that the Word of God is central to the church’s worship. We read the Bible in our services because the Bible is God’s Word and our ultimate authority. We confess together true doctrine by reading an orthodox creed or by reading a paragraph from a historic confession of faith or catechism. We believe it is important for the whole church to confess the essential truth of Christianity together regularly. Doing so reminds us that we all have a part to play in guarding the gospel, and it reminds us that Jesus’ church has never lost the true gospel.
The pinnacle of our corporate worship time is the preaching of God’s Word. Crossroads Church is committed to expository preaching. This means we preach verse by verse through books of the Bible to declare what God has revealed in his Word. Expository preaching keeps us centered on God’s Word and what God has spoken. The Bible sets the agenda, and gives us the content of what we need to hear. We believe that all true preaching will be shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do not preach therapeutic moralism, but Christ and Him crucified.
We also celebrate the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper during some of our corporate gatherings. Baptism is administered to people who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for eternal salvation. The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance given to the church to remind us of the sacrifice of Christ for our sins, and to proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Cor. 11:23–26).
Our service ends with the singing of a doxology and a benediction. A doxology is an expression of worship to God for the glory that he alone is due. One of the pastors reads a scriptural text as the benediction to conclude our time together. The benediction is a pronouncement of God’s blessing on God’s people as we go back out into the world. We know that we engage our daily tasks under God’s divine favor and in the victory of our risen Lord.
What about my children?
During corporate worship time at 10:30 am, a nursery is available for children 0–2 years old. Children that are 3 years old through kindergarten participate in corporate worship with their parents until the sermon begins when they are dismissed to their classes. Once children are in 1st, grade we encourage them to remain with their parents for the entire duration of the service. We believe that God is glorified when families worship together, and children are more profoundly impacted and shaped by worshipping with their parents than any other alternative. The effect of children together with their parents every Lord’s Day during their formative years is incalculable. Don’t worry if you have squirmy children. We love having children together with us in our service.