We are a community centered on the Cross of Jesus Christ. It is a symbol of shame to some and foolishness to others. But to us it is the centerpiece of our identity as followers of Jesus. Through the Cross God reconciled a broken world to himself. And because of the Cross, we have a ministry of reconciliation, building a community that crosses socio-economic, racial, and cultural barriers. This means we will seek to cross the street as well as cross the globe to faithfully proclaim the cross of Christ. (1Co 15:3 Delivering that which is of first importance: that Christ died for sin according to Scripture and was raised on the third day.)
Raising up followers of Jesus and creating a diverse community pursuing Kingdom righteousness and peace.
We believe there is a need as well as the desire for wholeness, authentic living, and personal connection. In the search for meaning and truth, we believe God has called Cross Community Church to help build a culturally diverse, gospel-driven community in Rockville, Maryland.
We seek to build a church, a community created by the gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to proclaim the good news of salvation as well as to live it out and bear witness to the world around us.
We envision a church that is fully engaged with the relevant issues and needs of the city and is actively participating in creating and improving its culture in such areas as the arts, commerce, education, youth and family, social and political dialogue, and spirituality.
We intend to be a safe place where diverse people can deepen their relationship with God and with each other, and pursue personal growth as those created in God’s image. We see Cross Community being actively engaged in leading the gospel cause for reconciliation (with both God and man) and the revitalization of the community.
Our vision is to raise up followers of Jesus and create a diverse community pursuing Kingdom righteousness and peace.
- Share the Gospel (Romans 1:16)
- Love the City (Jeremiah 29:7)
- Build Community (Ephesians 2:14–16)
- Gospel Identity: The gospel is the power of God unto salvation and personal transformation. It is the good news that the Kingdom of God has come in power through Jesus Christ. Through the gospel, we are reconciled to God, adopted into His family, and given a secure identity. The gospel grounds all of our theology, practice and ministry.
- Steadfast Prayer: Prayer is talking with God, a vital means by which we build our relationship with God and access grace and spiritual power.
- Personal Transformation: We are all in process. We all need the cleansing, transformative power and grace of the gospel in every stage of life’s journey. This change is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit working through God’s Word, worship, prayer, discipleship, serving others, and witness.
- Sharing Our Stories: Each of us has a unique story full of joy and sorrow, success and failure. Each of our stories has meaning before God and with one another, and by sharing them with one another our stories are mutually enriched and individually enhanced.
- Real Relationships: We are wired for relationship and personal connection. Community is where we learn to love and be loved. It is where friendship develops, and where people from all backgrounds, classes and cultures are able to know each other and grow together.
- Renewing Culture: We are called to enter into the brokenness and injustice of this world in order to share God’s wisdom and truth and to demonstrate God’s love. This means active engagement and relationship building through the various channels and vocations in this world: work, school, family, arts, media, and government. Through the integration of faith and life, through these channels, we pursue good for all.
- Planting Churches: We believe planting new churches is the most strategic way for the gospel to go forward and to accomplish our vision for the world.
Our Connection – We are a mission church of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and hold to the historic creeds of the church and the Westminster Standards as our doctrinal confession.