Aloha from beautiful Kauai!
And to all of our extended ‘Ohana (family and friends), both near and far, we greet you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!!
After six months of corporate discussion and prayer, we are excited to announce the new name of our church: Crossroads Christian Fellowship!! As most of you know, Calvary Chapel Kauai was birthed almost 25 years ago and was named by its founding pastor and my long-time friend, Eric Van Deusen. But now, a quarter of a century later, we are embracing a new name and logo that better reflect our location, mission and vision.
So, for those of you who are interested and have been praying for us, here’s the background on our new name and logo!
How did you choose the name, “Crossroads Christian Fellowship”?
First of all, it is important to share that our new name is the product of much prayer, synergistic discussion and full church participation. It was an enjoyable, adventurous, interesting and heart-knitting process that generated quite a few initial suggestions! My all-time favorite (submitted in jest by a regular mainland visitor) was, “Rooster Christian Fellowship”! Too funny! (For those who have never visited Kauai, we have chickens running loose everywhere!)
Suffice it to say, our new name, “Crossroads Christian Fellowship”, and our new logo have produced a palpable sense of excitement, unity and joy among the members of our church!
A. We wanted a name that was:
- Descriptive: Captures who we are/want to be
- Simple: Concise and easy for locals/visitors
- Memorable: Creative, unusual, extraordinary
B. We also wanted a name that was meaningful. The symbolic significance of “Crossroads”:
- Our geographic location: “The Crossroads of the Pacific”
- Our spiritual destiny: “The Crossroads of Decision”
Jeremiah 6:16 instantly became the theme verse for our new name:
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’”
There are four ways that we see ourselves standing at a “Crossroads”:
A. Personally: Every man, woman and child must make a decision regarding the person of Jesus Christ:
- Each of us must decide to receive or reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which Paul defined as believing and affirming that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised to life on the third day! (1 Cor 15:3-4)
- As believers, we face daily “crossroads” of either living a self-directed life or a Spirit-led life expressed by moment-by-moment surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Gal 2:20).
B. Doctrinally: In a time of ever-increasing compromise within Christendom, the Bible alone must be the guiding influence for both faith and practice in our personal lives, our marriages, our families, our church and our workplaces! So, as God gives us the grace, we are fully committed to both biblical teaching and biblical living!
C. Culturally: Clearly, our country is abandoning the light of God’s “ancient paths” and reaping a moral, ethical and spiritual darkness. As believers who are called to be light in an ever-darkening world, God exhorts us to stand at the “crossroads” and “ask for the ancient paths, to ask where the good way is and to walk in it.” (Eph 5:8-14)
D. Prophetically: We are in the Last Days and time is short! As a result, we face another “crossroads” in regards to our time and priorities. So, as followers of Jesus Christ, we choose to make the most of every opportunity in our God-ordained mission to advance the cause of Christ, the gospel of Christ, the kingdom of Christ and the glory of Christ! (Eph 5:16)
Application: Standing at the “Crossroads” of life and taking the ancient paths will require something of us:
- It will require holding fast to the unchanging Word of God as the only reliable source of ultimate truth (Psalms 119:31).
- It will require us to pursue the approval of God over the approval of men (Galatians 1:10).
- It will require standing firm in the midst of a rising tide of spiritual, doctrinal, moral and ethical compromise – inside and outside the church (1 Corinthians 16:13).
- It will require a willingness to be insulted, persecuted and slandered – as was the case with the prophets before us, as was the case with Jesus who modeled for us the perfect life and as was the case the saints throughout the millennia who preceded us (Matthew 5:11-12)
Let me begin by thanking some very gifted people who helped produce our new logo:
– Aaron Drake, a member of our fellowship and a very talented graphic artist!
– Malie de la Cruz, our long-time church administrator and incredibly talented “everything else”!
– Our church leadership team, who shared their creative input and ideas!
A. Significance of the cross:
- The two pieces: Representing a “crossroads” of decision
- The curly koa: A highly prized wood by Hawaii’s royalty
B. Significance of the lei:
“A symbol of honor, respect and aloha!”
- The maile leaf (the green part of the lei): Maile leis were used in old Hawai’i to bind the hands of the bride and groom, symbolizing their commitment to each other. The cross is adorned with the maile lei, symbolizing Jesus’ betrothal to His Bride who has been beautifully adorned with “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph 1:3), in preparation “for the marriage of the Lamb” (Rev 19:6-9). Maile leis were also considered a peace offering in the field of battle of ancient Hawai‘i. It is said the chiefs would meet in a sacred place of worship and peace would be officially established only when they had finished weaving maile together. The cross is the symbol of Jesus Christ, the victorious Champion of the church (His Bride), who has defeated sin and death and extended the woven “maile lei” of peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Col 1:19-20). And now, having “been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Rom 5:1-3)
- The ilima flower (the orange part of the lei): Known as “The Royal Lei”, this delicate flower lei was highly prized and only worn by Hawaiian high chiefs. A single strand requires over a thousand individual flowers! The cross is draped with both maile and ilima to signify the peace with God that Messiah alone can bring and the surpassing eternal value of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The kings of Hawaii’s past were properly revered and honored, but Jesus Christ is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev 19:16) who alone is worthy “to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise” (Rev 5:12) and before whom “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:10-11).
C. Significance of the lei-draped cross:
The cross represents the penalty for sin and the demands of God’s justice!
The lei represents the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the gracious gift of God’s forgiveness through faith in Christ!
Keeping the truth of God’s justice and the grace of God’s forgiveness in balance is vitally important because:
- God’s truth without God’s grace leads to legalism (Matt 23:1-36)
- God’s grace without God’s truth leads to license (Jude 1:4)
The symbolism of the lei-draped cross holds in perfect symmetry the spiritual reality that “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”! (Jn 1:17)
D. Significance of the foundation:
The view: A horizon perspective of the island of Kauai
- Ha’upu Ridge on the far left with Kalalea Mountain (“King Kong”) on the far right
- The East Side of Kauai and location of “Crossroads Christian Fellowship” (front and center)!
The Hawaii State motto:
Hawaii has an amazing history of faith in Christ! In fact, our state motto is “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono” (“The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness”).
- This motto is believed to have been first spoken by Queen Ke’opuolani in 1825 as she was baptized into the Christian faith.
- It later became the motto of the Kingdom of Hawaii when King Kamehameha III spoke these words on July 31, 1843.
- And finally, On May 1, 1959, “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono” was adopted as the official motto of the State of Hawaii by Joint Resolution No. 4 of the 30th Territorial Legislature.
The righteousness that Queen Ke’opuolani and King Kamehameha III spoke of was the righteousness made possible by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world!
So having the cross firmly and centrally planted on our beautiful island is symbolic affirmation of the rich Christian heritage of Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands!
The location of the cross: The top of Wai’ale’ale Mountain
Translation: “Rippling or overflowing water”
- The 2nd highest point on Kauai: 5,148 feet
- One of the wettest spots on earth: 452 inches/year
- The headwaters of all Kauai’s rivers and streams
Interestingly, the Bible speaks prophetically of a “River of Life” whose headwaters spring from under the threshold of the temple, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb toward the east (for the temple faced east) and gave life to the nation (Ezekiel 47:1-12; Rev 22:1-5).
In John 4:9-14, Jesus identified himself to the woman at the well as the embodiment of this “River of Life” that would become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” for those who would partake of His life!
And so, our lei-draped cross is symbolically positioned on the highest mountains of Kauai where the headwaters of our rivers, streams and drinking water find their source.
Our prayer and desire is that God’s grace and truth in the finished work of Christ on the cross might flow over into every part of Kauai and beyond — that the world might “be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)
Are you still a Calvary Chapel affiliate?
A. No, we are not. We are an independent, non-denominational, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled fellowship that loves and appreciates every Christian denomination/affiliation (including Calvary Chapel) that exalts the name of Christ.
B. We remain the same fellowship you have come to know, love and respect and remain committed to the verse-by-verse teaching of God’s word, contemporary worship, Spirit-filled ministry, evangelism/outreach/missions, leadership development, church planting and, most importantly, to our long-standing core values:
- To love God – Matthew 22:37
- To love others – Matthew 22:39
- To make disciples – Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2
We are grateful for the last 25 years and for the good fruit God has privileged our fellowship to bear for His glory (Jn 15:5, 8)! That fruit is the result of God’s grace working through an extensive partnership of incredible people just like you who love and care about the beautiful people of this island! It gives us tremendous joy to know that your faithful prayers, encouragement, financial support and love over the years will be generously rewarded by your King on that Great Day (Matt 16:27)!
Finally, on behalf of your brothers and sisters at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, thank you for embracing our new name and logo and for your faithful love, friendship, prayers and support as we continue to fulfill our divine calling to love God, love others and make disciples of all nations!
I love being your pastor,
Pastor Bob Hallman