What if the Kingdom of the Heaven isn't a then and there - where we go when we die? What if the Kingdom of Heaven is here and now - brought to earth through the Children of God? At Crossroads, we believe that Jesus came to earth, not only to prepare the way to heaven, but to bring heaven to earth wherever he walked. As Apprentices to Jesus, we're learning to routinely do what Jesus would do if he were living our life.

Apprenticeship to Jesus is the process of aligning ourselves under the Lordship of Jesus. We believe that the purpose of Jesus' life and teaching was not to impart information, but rather to make signifiant change in the lives of those who have ears to hear. Our job is to cooperate with the Spirit's work. As apprentices, we engage in various practices to create space fo God to transform us into the character of Christ.

We believe that Salvation is through the grace of Jesus, but confessing truth about Jesus is not enough to experience the Jesus life that we have made to live. This is why we focus on Apprenticeship and offer Covenant Partnership - a relationship based approach to accountability and growth.

Here are some of the things an Apprentice to Jesus may choose to focus on for a period of time.

Learning to Live by Faith

As we learn to live by faith, we're learning to trust and believe that the ways of Jesus lead to eternal life.

A Worshipping Community

A Generous Community

A Learning Community

Learning to Transmit Hope

As we learn to transmit hope, we're learning to proclaim and demonstrate the reality and goodness of God's Kingdom to our community and to the world.

A Serving Community

A Multi-Cultural Community

A Sharing Community

Learning to Be Known by Love

The relational element of learning to be known by love gives us a support system and humbles us, allowing us to selflessly serve others.

A Known Community

A Mentoring Community

A Reconciling Community

Apprentices are learning to

Trust the sovereignty of God

Not to be rocked by external circumstances but increase in trust in the goodness and sovereignty of God. (John 6:28-40)

Find their identity in Christ

We become less attached to the temptation to define our value or worth on the externals, and learn to rest in our identity as Christ’s beloved. (Col. 2:6-12)

Routinely and easily obey the things of God

A genuine belief that God’s ways are indeed better leads us to follow and obey. (John 15:1-17)

Increasingly manifest the Fruit of the Spirit

Our character is increasingly becoming more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gntle, and self-controlled. (Gal. 5:22-26)

Care for the marginalized

A central aspect of Jesus’ ministry is to care for the forgotten and oppressed. (Matt. 25:34-40)

Live more simply

A growing desire to live more simply and give away our money, time, talents, and other resources for the glory of God and to be used to further God’s mission. (Matt. 6:25-34

Engaged in Spiritual Companionship

A growing desire to live more simply and give away our money, time, talents, and other resources for the glory of God and to be used to further God’s mission. (Matt. 6:25-34

Be mission minded

As apprentices, we are invited to be his agents of mission in this world, proclaiming the good news of the availability of the Kingdom of God (Matt. 28:16-20)

Covenant Partnership

Covenant Partnership is a personal commitment to Apprentice yourself after Jesus. If you would like support in your Apprenticeship journey, become a Covenant Partner! Covenant Partner's have a mentor that they can share their journey with and receive more resources from our pastors.

If you are interested in becoming a Covenant Partner or have questions about it, send us an email and we'll set up a time to meet!

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