What We Know for Sure:
There are a handful of beliefs that Crosstowne holds as distinctive. They shape the way we will preach, teach, counsel and minister. Our desire is to be as upfront and honest with these theological convictions and to teach those in Covenant Partnership what these views are and why we hold them as part of our Biblical doctrine.
The Bible is the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. It is God's revelation of Himself to man. It has salvation for its end, and truth without error for its matter. It reveals God's principles and is the supreme standard by which He will judge human conduct.
There is one God, eternally existent as Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. He is infinite in love, holiness, and perfection; and to Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. We hold this to be an implied wondrous mystery taught in Scripture.
The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious (taking our place) and atoning (receiving our punishment) death, in His bodily resurrection, in His personal ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory for His church.
The only means of salvation is to surrender our lives completely to the Lordship of Jesus. We turn to God with true humility and brokenness, by faith receiving Jesus as our Lord, and relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
Spiritual regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation. It is the result of God's free grace based upon faith in Jesus Christ and evidenced by a life that is being conformed to the image of Christ.
The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human mind, spirit, and body in answer to believing prayer.
The baptism and repeated filling of the Holy Spirit is vital, necessary and promised for those seeking and pursuing a Christ-like life.
Jesus will come back again for His church. We do not claim, nor will we ever, to know the exact timing or sequence of His return and we will not divide the church on end times speculation.
How do I get Baptized?
We believe that baptism is not only a command of Christ, but also an amazing privilege. We have baptisms scheduled throughout the year during Sunday morning services. Take a moment to listen to Pastor Paul's message, "Understanding Baptism," below and email us if you are interested in learning more about baptism.
What should I wear?
We have those who dress to the nines, and those who come dressed ready to head to the beach after service. We believe your heart is more important than what you wear. So, come as you are!
What about my kids?
We strive to provide a clean, safe, and fun environment for your kids. All of our workers have been properly trained, and have clean background checks. We utilize a secure check-in/out system on Sunday mornings, which gives parents a unique number that can only be used by them to pick up their children, and can be used to notify them during the service if needed. For a full listing of our children's and student ministries, please visit our Ministries page.
Note to Parents: Our Sunday services are geared towards adults and often tackle tough subjects and content. We request that you utilize our children's ministries for all kids under 14.
Do you serve coffee?
Absolutely! We offer coffee and sweet treats before and after both services. The donations from our cafe sales go towards the children we sponsor through World Vision, as well as various outreach opportunities throughout the year.
What kind of music do you play?
Our music is passionate, culturally relevant, and rooted in Scripture. It's more than just a performance, it's an expression of our worship, surrender, and adoration to our amazing God, and it inclines our hearts and minds to hear and respond to God's Word.
What's the pastor's teaching style?
Our Lead Teaching Pastor, Paul Rienzo, desires the Word of God to come alive to the God-doubter, God-seeker, and God-lover, and to do that, he often uses examples from media, art, pop culture, history, and science. Paul's style is honest, relevant, creative, at times gritty, and profoundly practical.
Note to Parents: Because of the use of various creative media and the authentic nature of our services, we ask that you utilize our children's ministries for all children under 14.
What happens after the message?
After the message, we give an opportunity for all to respond and engage to the promptings of God. We call this, Expressions of Worship. We offer communion for the believer, a cross to pin prayers and declarations to God, and individual prayer with our pastoral team.
How do I become a member at Crosstowne?
We call church membership, Covenant Partnership. This is our way of expressing relationship and commitment to the community of believers at Crosstowne, and in our relationship with Christ. Our Growth Track 101:Discovering Church class will give you the information you need to make Crosstowne your church. For details about Growth Track, visit our Growth Track page.
Do you have small groups?
Yes! We believe that community is vital to our faith journey. We offer a variety of Journey Small Groups for people to engage in, and grow deeper in their relationship with God and with others. Visit our Connect page for a full listing of our current small groups, and find out how you can get plugged in.
Can I get counseling at Crosstowne?
Our pastors do offer limited counseling for those within our church leadership and volunteers. For all others, we confidently refer those in need of counseling to Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center.
If you have any additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org