What We Believe
Cross & Crown is a Reformed evangelical church and we subscribe to the FIEC Statement of Beliefs
About God
There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit—one God in three persons.

About humanity
Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God. Men and women together have dominion over the created order. Marriage is a gift of God and is modelled on the union of Christ and his church. It is the union of one man and one woman voluntarily entered into for life. Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the Fall and all are guilty before God. This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God. We are unable, without the prior regenerative work of God's Spirit, to turn ourselves to God.

About the Bible
There is no other way to know God except that he reveals himself to us. The Bible is God's revelation to us. The words of the Bible are divinely inspired and infallible, as originally given, and have supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience. The Bible is sufficient for knowing God. It is not only central to the wellbeing of the church but is able to thoroughly equip the Christian community for life and godliness.

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully God and truly human. He entered fully into human experience. He endured temptation and he suffered and died. He was perfectly obedient to God his Father. Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin. He died and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead bodily. He ascended to the right hand of God the Father and is now exalted as ruler over all. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
About salvation
There is only one name under heaven by which people can be brought into relationship with God: the name 'Jesus Christ'. It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, that the guilt, penalty and power of sin can be removed. In that death, God demonstrates his love to us most perfectly and establishes his victory over Satan and all his foes. The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to make the death of Jesus effective in an individual's life. This work is only applied to those 'appointed to eternal life' by the Father; an appointment that occurred before the creation of the world and not based on foreseen virtue, merit, or faith in those appointed. The Spirit irresistibly enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, and persevere in that faith, so that salvation is entirely of God's grace and not of human merit or works. We enjoy now the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, while we await the final consummation of our hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies and life with him eternally. God has destined that there be only one people of God (Jew and Gentile) united by faith in Jesus for all time.

About the Spirit in the believer's life
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and indwells all true believers. His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things. The Spirit works to illuminate believers' minds to grasp the truth of the Bible, producing in them his fruit, granting them his gifts and empowering them for service. He grants his gifts for the purpose of service, not self-indulgence. Their use is determined—not by personal desire for fulfilment, or satisfaction—but by the principle of building the church. Not every gift of the Spirit is given to the church at every moment of its life, only those necessary for building Christ's body.

About church
The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ in his word. The people of God who gather are intended by God to bear witness to him and actively seek the extension of his rule. Within the church community both men and women are to seek proper expression of their gifts as they work to build the church in love. In church, as in marriage, the roles of men and women are not interchangeable. The differences between men and women are to be expressed within relationships of mutual dependence and service. Only biblically qualified men are to take on the role of elder or to preach in the regular public assembly.

There is a Father who loves you

God created you, me and all people in His image. He created us in love so that we might live in a loving relationship with Him and each other.

As the jewel in the crown of God's creation – the apple of His eye – we are His beloved children and He is our loving father.

When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place, what is a human being that you remember Him, a son of man that you look after him?

Psalm 8:3-4
You've disowned God as your Father

Just like any loving father, God expects the best from us and for us – but unlike our earthly fathers, God's expectations are perfectly good.

But in our sin, we've failed to live up to His perfectly good expectations of us. Worse still, we've actually disowned God as our father

In doing so, we've placed ourselves outside God's family and apart from His love. We've estranged ourselves from our heavenly Father – we've made ourselves dead to the God of life.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

Jesus is the perfectly obedient Son in your place

Instead of abandoning us, God lovingly gives us Jesus as our older brother.

Jesus is the perfectly obedient Son. He lived up to God's every expectation in our place. And even though he didn't deserve it, he was cast out of the family – he died – on account of our disobedience.

He lived the life we could never live and died the death we should have died.

But Jesus didn't stay dead. He rose from the grave to free us from death once and for all. Because he lives, we don't have to fear dying or being forsaken by God.

When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Galatians 4:4-5
Because of Jesus, God adopts you back into His family

On account of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, God approves of, accepts and adopts us back into His family.

He gives us himself as our Father, Jesus as our brother, and the church as our family.

We're now free to live for God not in order to gain His approval but out of thanksgiving and love.

…you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God's children, and if children, also heirs – heirs of God and coheirs with Christ

Romans 8:15-17