Crossbridge exists to help disconnected people connect to God. This statement, while simple, drives everything that we do. We are relentlessly focused on those who are not a part of God's kingdom yet, and we will spend ourselves to break down every possible barrier that could possibly come between God and the world that he loves. Without reservation, we ask those who are already a part of our church to take a spot in the backseat so we can focus on reaching those who aren't here yet. We don't make decisions to simply keep people. We do everything possible to reach people.
Jesus’ ultimate desire for his followers wasn't that they would simply go to church on Sundays. Jesus wanted to create and lead passionate followers who would be fully devoted to bringing forth God's reign in this world. Jesus called this movement the kingdom of God. He would call his followers charged to usher in this kingdom his disciples. The Greek word used in the gospels for "disciple" literally means "learner." The image is that we are all apprentices of Jesus in our mission to bring God's kingdom into the world.
Disciples aren’t casually committed people. They are devoted apprentices to their master. A disciple studies the words and ways of their teacher, so that they might become proficient in their craft. No one understood better what it meant to move forward the kingdom of God in this world than Jesus. As we grow into devoted followers of him, we will see our lives accomplish the same. It’s exactly what Jesus predicted in his last command to his first-century disciples: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19).
At Crossbridge, we believe that the four marks of a kingdom-oriented disciple of Jesus can be summarized in what we call our 4 C’s:
You'll never help others find a relationship with God if you don't actually have one yourself. Relationships thrive on time spent together, and we see our connection to God deepen as we spend time with and personally encounter him.
Jesus knew that kingdoms don't move forward alone. We need people on the journey who will support us and encourage us, but also challenge us and hold us accountable. We have both a lot to learn from others and a lot to offer to others.
The kingdom of God isn't a place where disciples lord authority over others. Disciples leverage their authority, influence, and opportunity to serve others in substantial and meaningful ways, even at great cost to themselves (just like Jesus did).
This is the mission that drives everything Christ's followers do. Care for people who were disconnected from God was the driving force for Jesus to come to this world and give his life for us. It still characterizes all that we do today. Simply put, disciples do all they can to help disconnected people also become disciples.