What does success look like at CrossView? How do we know if we’re spending our resources (time, talent, and treasure) in the right ways? Those are hard questions.
The Bible tells about a man who came to Jesus and asks a similar question (Mark 12:28-31), “Of all of God’s commands, which one is the most important?” Jesus does not dodge the question. He responds, “Love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. Love Him completely – with everything you have. Do you know what the second most important command is? Love your neighbor the way you want to be loved.”
We think Jesus’ answer hit the nail on the head: Love God, and love people. If we do those two things, everything else will take care of itself.
What does that look like at CrossView? How do we live that out? CrossView’s leaders have wrestled long and hard with those questions.
We believe there are three expressions of Jesus’ teaching that keep us on track:
- Radical Life Transformation – God is in the business of changing lives. For some it is coming to know Jesus for the first time; for others it is trusting Him more each day and taking new steps as we follow Him. If lives aren’t changing, we’re missing the mark. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Romans 12:2 for more information.
- Intentionally reproducing disciples, leaders, and churches – God has called us to be very deliberate in nurturing new disciples, developing new leaders for His Kingdom, and planting new churches locally, nationally, and around the world. By reading Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2, and Ephesians 4:11-16 you can get a more complete picture.
- Compassionately meeting people’s needs in the name of Jesus – Jesus says people would recognize his followers by their love for people. We want to meet the needs of people within CrossView, within the Waynesville, Bellbrook, Centerville, and Springboro communities, and around the world. Jesus expresses it best in Matthew 25:34-46 and Mark 9:45.