Doctrinal Questions

Is your church Calvinist or Arminian?

Actually, we are neither and both at the same time. We believe in both the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. God, in His goodness and grace, allows mankind to make their own choices in life, yet God is so powerful and sovereign that His plan is never hindered by mankind.

We do not adhere to the belief that God has chosen or elected certain people for Salvation and by omission has chosen others for eternal damnation. The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (A paraphrase of 2 Peter 3:9) Christ died for the sins of all mankind, and He loves mankind enough that He will not force them to choose or reject Him.

On the other hand, we also do not believe that Salvation is a fluid thing that can slip away if we sin. Once we accept Christ, our eternity has been sealed in Him. The Bible says that no man (including ourselves) is able to pluck us from His hand.

If you would like a more in-depth description of our stance on this topic, please contact us.

What is the church's stance on Dispensationalism?

In short, we agree with it. The explanation of why is a longer answer.

The word "dispensation" literally means: stewardship; management over another's property. There have been several different dispensations (most will agree on 6 to 8) described in Scripture covering time periods from the past, present and looking forward to the future.

We believe that God gives His followers the responsibility over His creation to glorify Him in whatever manner He dictates during the given age. For example, once Moses introduced the Law of Leviticus, it was God's will and man's responsibility to adhere to that Law until God said otherwise. When Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, he fulfilled the Law and thereby issued in a new responsibility for mankind.  This is commonly referred to as the "Age of Grace."

The Greek word for dispensation is the same root of our English word "economy" which means: careful management of a particular resource. God has chosen to deal with mankind in different ways during different ages. For example, in the garden of Eden (what is commonly referred to as the "Age of Innocence"), God came down to earth and walked and talked with Adam on a regular basis. Once sin entered into the equation, God distanced Himself from mankind to the point where conversations were had on a long-distance format through sacrifices and prayer.

Understandably, people become lost in all of this. Simply put, from God's view, a dispensation is an economy, and from man's view, a dispensation is a responsibility.

If you would like a more in-depth description of our stance on this topic, please contact us.

How does the church's leadership function?

The Pastor.

The pastor is to be a spiritual example and counselor. Our pastor believes it is inappropriate to dictate or control the personal decisions of the congregants. While some churches believe that the pastor should make financial, relational and all other sorts of decisions for those within the church, our church is not one of those. Our pastor will preach the Scripture and will counsel people to follow what the Scripture says, but he will not abuse his authority to control the lives of those in the church.

In regards to the church as a body, the pastor is the leader when it comes to the spiritual atmosphere, the future vision and the outreach programs of the assembly along with anything related to those categories. Any major financial or permanent decisions are voted on by the congregation. We are a congregation-run, pastor-led, Holy Spirit-following church.

The Deacons.

The deacons of the church are, according to the Bible, the handlers of administration. Whether that be church fellowships or building maintenance or visitations to the sick and elderly, the deacons are called to serve in that leadership capacity. At CrossView, we all work together to make sure things operate smoothly and effectively. 

If you would like a more in-depth description of our stance on this topic, please contact us.

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