At Holy Cross we believe that Jesus not only came to save us, but to teach us how to live. We therefore value the life Christ calls us to live, trusting the Holy Spirit to equip us in living out these marks of discipleship as followers of Jesus.
At Holy Cross we believe that prayer is powerful and effective. Jesus Himself taught us how to pray. In fact, even Jesus prayed; which is why we want to make prayer a part of everything we do. And so, we encourage God’s people to pray for themselves and for one another. We pray that God would help us grow together in Christ’s love. We pray for those who we know don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. Just as we pray for God to help us see ways to reach into our community and to the ends of the world as we share the love of Jesus.
LIVE TO WORSHIP.
At Holy Cross we believe that life is not about us, but Jesus – the One who gave His life for us as He suffered and died and rose again. Because of what Christ has done for us, we join together each week around His Word and Sacraments (Baptism and Lord’s Supper) to worship as a community of believers, giving praise to our one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A part of our worship is making regular confession of our sin when we fail to follow God’s will for our lives, and then receiving His forgiveness through His means of grace. But beyond corporate worship, we also believe that worship is meant to be part of our everyday life. And so making the most of the opportunities God gives us each day to love Him and others, we also desire to live a lifestyle of worship among our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
READ THE BIBLE FAITHFULLY.
At Holy Cross we believe that life is a process of becoming, and through His Word, God is at work transforming us to be more like Jesus. It’s why we encourage everyone to make personal study of God’s Word a part of their everyday lives, in addition to setting aside time to study God’s Word with others as part of a Bible Study and Life Group. For it’s when we study God’s Word that we learn to love Him along with the people He has placed in our lives. And so, making God’s Word the center of our lives, we seek the Father’s will in all things as we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.
SERVE AT AND BEYOND HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH.
At Holy Cross we believe that we are gifted by God and we are to use those gifts for the common good of others, whether it’s those living in our neighborhoods and communities, or in another country, and especially in our own family of faith. And so, we encourage God’s people to discover their God-given gifts and abilities in order that they might serve God and others where He has placed us. For just as Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, we too look for ways to put the needs of others before our own as we put our faith into action. That means, then, that instead of waiting for people who don’t know Jesus to come to us, we need to first go to them; reaching out as His disciples. And when we do, we know that by God’s grace, lives are changed.
BE IN RELATIONSHIP TO ENCOURAGE SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN MYSELF AND OTHERS.
At Holy Cross we embrace growing together in Christ’s love. It’s why we encourage God’s people to look for opportunities to fellowship together, to eat together, to pray together, to play together, and to spend time in God’s Word together. As we do so, we give witness to Jesus as we speak His truth in love. For it’s in experiencing life together that we take time to walk alongside one another, listening to each other’s life stories, and then holding each other accountable to the truth of God’s Word. Then as brothers and sisters in Christ, we together invite into our church family our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who do not have a church home in order that they might live a life of faith and love with us.
GIVE OF MY TIME, TALENTS, AND RESOURCES (TITHE) AS A MEMBER OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.
At Holy Cross we believe that all we have is a gift from God. By living a life of first-fruits giving, we give the best of our time, resources, and talents to the direct service and mission of God. This allows us to not only support the current ministry of God’s church, but to also look for ways to reproduce and expand God’s Kingdom.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10