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ABOUT US

Our Name

Cruciform Life means a life shaped by the cross.

We believe that a believer’s life should be conformed to the cross of Christ.

 

In his passion to know Christ, Paul said in Philippians 3:10, “…becoming like Him (Christ) in His death…” This is an expression that means, like Christ who denied Himself, Paul wanted to deny himself as well. Jesus Himself, said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily…” (Luke 9:23) In Paul’s theology, a believer has died with Christ and Christ should be the one living in him. In his own words, Paul said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20b)

Therefore, a person who has come to understand the Gospel should be living a cross-shaped life.

 

Thus, our name, Cruciform Life Church.

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Our Core Beliefs

Reformed/Covenantal

God sovereignly carried out His eternal plan of redeeming a people for Himself through a covenant centered on Jesus and His saving work on the cross. God drew His chosen people to Jesus through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. This sovereign act of God in saving sinners compels His people to give the glory to Him alone, worship Him out of gratefulness, and obey Him joyfully.

Gospel-Centered

The Bible is not a collection of unrelated stories or a compilation of different works of literature. Instead, all of these stories and literature point to the redemptive act of God, the Gospel. Though there are several redemptive acts of God in Scripture, these all point to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus - the very act of God to save sinners. We believe that all of Scripture is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the center of our teaching and lives.

Relational

We believe that a true understanding of the Gospel will result in maintaining the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” which Jesus prayed for the Church that the world may know Him. In this way, the manifold wisdom of God in bringing peoples together will be displayed through the Church. It is of a necessity for the Church then to grow in living their lives together.

Missional

God did His redemptive act through Christ Jesus to save all His chosen ones. We believe that this plan of God to have a people for Himself should be the mission of the Church. The Gospel itself compels believers to witness of it.

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Our Four Pillars of Discipleship

Responsible Evangelism

The Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Evangelism, as the starting work of making disciples, has been done in a variety of ways. We believe that it has to be done responsibly.

Responsible Evangelism is our way of emphasizing that our Church should have a broader concept of evangelism than the one-time sharing of the Gospel.

Evangelism should involve faithful follow-ups, constant sharing of the Gospel, and relationship-building until an individual is established in the faith and planted in a local Church. 

Expository Preaching

"Expository" is a term used to refer to a method of teaching which endeavors to consider the background, immediate context, canonical context, and the redemptive story of the Bible, to determine the point of the passage. It does not start with one’s idea and then just use Scripture to support it. We believe that the most faithful way of teaching the Bible, which would result in the maturity of the Church, is Expository. In all of our teachings – Sunday Worship Service, Midweek Worship Service, and other classes – we simply explain and apply what the Bible teaches.

Christ-Centered Worship

Songs have a way of inculcating truths in the heart of a believer that no other medium can. It is no wonder that we have The Psalms. As the method of singing has changed over the course of time, we believe that the theme of our songs should remain centered on Christ and what He has done.

Intentional, Gospel-Centered, Life-to-Life Discipleship

Discipleship is the process of knowing and becoming more like Jesus.

First, we believe discipleship should be done intentionally. We believe that spiritual growth happens through consistent discipleship.

Second, discipleship should be Gospel-centered. It is a kind of discipleship that seeks to grow in our trust and confidence in the finished work of Christ instead of our own righteousness.

In this kind of discipleship confession, appropriating the truths of the Gospel and Gospel-motivated obedience happen. These are elements crucial to becoming a cruciformed disciple.

Lastly, we also believe that discipleship should be life-to-life. We want to address the prevailing problem of so-called disciples having a dual life – one in Church and another one outside it. In 1 John 1:5-10, John made it clear that the fellowship of believers should be defined by holiness and transparency (confession). We believe it is the soil for true growth. It is also crucial for authentic discipleship.

Our Purpose Statement

"Being and Making Cruciformed Disciples by growing their knowledge of the Gospel through Responsible Evangelism, Expository Preaching, Christ-centered Worship and Intentional, Gospel-centered, Life-to-life Discipleship for the glory of God."

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