What We Believe: Statement of Faith
We affirm our belief in historic Christianity as revealed in the Scriptures and summarized in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. We recognize the need today for reaffirming the following beliefs:
The Holy Trinity. The one God exists eternally in three persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit-and has so revealed himself to us in Scripture.
The Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate and fully human, is the only mediator between God and man by reason of his birth by the Virgin Mary, his sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension and triumphant reign.
The Holy Scriptures. The canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are trustworthy as "God's Word written." They sufficiently teach God's will for his world, and have supreme authority for faith, life, and the continuous renewal and reform of the Church. They are inspired, infallible, and contain all things necessary for salvation.
Justification and Sanctification. Repenting and believing sinners are (i) justified through faith alone by God's gracious act of declaring us righteous on the ground of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and triumphed over death through his bodily resurrection; and (ii) sanctified by the gracious, continuing activity of the Holy Spirit who perfects our repentance, nurtures his new life implanted within us, transforms us into Christ's image, and enables us to do good works in the world. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Salvation is by grace alone and not earned through works, church membership or church ceremonies.
The Christian Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. Its members belong to Christ's new humanity and are called and sent to live in the world in the power of the Spirit, worshipping God, confessing his truth, proclaiming the Good News of Christ, supporting one another in love, and giving themselves in sacrificial service to others, especially those in need. Its great mission is to make disciples of all nations and peoples.
Spiritual Gifts and Ministry. All Christians are called to exercise their God-given gifts to work, witness and suffer for Christ. All believers are priests and ministers. Priests, in that each believer has a direct relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ without the need for any human mediator. Ministers, in that each believer should share in the ministry of the church and share God’s love in the world. In addition, there is a particular call of pastors and elders to preach, teach and provide leadership and pastoral care, equipping God's people for his service and presenting them mature in Christ.
The Gospel Sacraments. The sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace given to us and ordained by Christ.
Baptism. Baptism is a public profession of faith by believers after the age of accountability through which they symbolize their death, burial and resurrection with Christ. Infant dedication is an important church ceremony that confirms the godly intent of the parents to raise their children “in the fear and admonition of the Lord.” Click here to register to be baptized.
The Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s supper is a sign of the love and fellowship that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another. It is also a symbolic remembrance of our redemption through the broken body of Christ, the bread of heaven, and the shed blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. It should be observed faithfully, prayerfully and with great reverence.
The Return of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally return in glory at the end of this age when all will face judgment-some to eternal life and some to everlasting condemnation. It will be for the glorification of his Church and for the renewal of the whole of creation.
Uniqueness of Jesus Christ. While religions and philosophies of the world are not without elements of the truth, Jesus Christ alone is the full revelation of God, who through the Gospel judges and corrects all views and doctrines. All persons everywhere need to learn of him, come to know and believe in him, and receive forgiveness and new life in him as there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.
Church and Society. Biblical social commandments and Christian ethical principles are foundational to the well-being of every society. Recognizing the call of Christians to be faithful witnesses and a challenging presence in society, we are committed to seek ways to express these commandments and principles in all spheres of life, including the public life of the nation. Simultaneously, we are to honor and advocate for the freedom of religion that allows each person to exercise their faith without governmental restraint.
Sanctity of Life. All human life is a sacred gift from God and is to be protected and defended from conception to natural death. We will uphold the sanctity of life and bring the grace and compassion of Christ to those who face the realities of previous abortion, unwanted pregnancy and end-of-life illness.
Fellowship. In grateful response to Christ Jesus, in whom there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, we will extend the welcome of the church to every man, woman and child regardless of race, social or economic status, sexual history or past behavior. We will oppose prejudice in ourselves and others and recognize that all have sinned and need to repent.
Marriage, Family, and the Single Life. God has instituted marriage to be a life-long union of husband and wife, intended for mutual joy, help and comfort; for the procreation and nurture of godly children; and for the blessing of society.
God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. It is an earthly covenant between one man and one woman that God created and sanctioned to reflect the unbreakable heavenly covenant between Christ and his church. The Lord Jesus Himself said that marriage was created by God from the beginning, so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage mysteriously reflects. Accordingly, it would be a breach of Trinity’s doctrine for any pastor to conduct a same-sex or trans-gender marriage ceremony.
Divorce is always contrary to God’s original intention, though in a fallen world it is sometimes a tragic reality. Therefore, the Bible contains provisions for divorce on certain limited grounds. Divorce pursued on non-biblical grounds should be regarded as sin and repented of accordingly. The roles of father and mother, exercised in a variety of ways, are God-given and profoundly important since they are the chief providers of moral instruction and godly living. The single life, either by call or circumstance, is honored by God. It is therefore important for unmarried persons to be embraced and uplifted by the Christian family.
Human Sexuality. Sexuality is inherent in God’s creation of human beings in His image as male and female. All Christians are called to chastity: husbands and wives by exclusive sexual fidelity to one another, and single persons by abstinence from sexual activity. God intends and enables all people to live within these boundaries, with the help and in the fellowship of the Church. We therefore believe that the exercise of sexual expression outside the biblical definition of marriage in any manner, including adultery, homosexual activity, or premarital sex, is contrary to God’s design for sexuality and marriage.
- Trinity Church exists to make disciples who exalt Jesus Christ and honor God's Word in all they say and do. (Eph. 1:22-23; Phil. 1:20-21; John 3:30)
2 Basic Beliefs
- We believe in the authority of Scripture and all it teaches. The Bible is the foundation for everything we say and do. (II Tim. 3:16-17)
- We believe the Gospel is life-changing and it is our job to make disciples. We're driven to share Christ with others and to train believers to follow Him. (Matt. 28:19-20)
- Every member has a unique calling. God has a purpose for everyone. (Eph. 2:10)
- Prayer is critical. Pray now, pray often. Prayer is the way we stay connected with God and it gives us the power to fulfill his purposes. (Eph. 6:18)
- We must be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We can't do this on our own, and we weren't meant to.
(Gal. 5:25; Eph. 3:14-21)
- We are a church without walls—the church is not the building. We are to live out our faith in every aspect of our lives, not just on Sundays.
- We are a church committed to team leadership and small groups. We realize biblical growth is done in community.
- We are a church that combines the glory of the old with the promise of the new. We don't get hung up on style, but are driven by the pursuit of Christ.
- We are a church focused on taking the Gospel to the four corners of the world, including our own cities. We are committed to share the life-changing message of Christ to the fullest extent possible.
Click here to download an updated letter from the elders that explains their decision to be part of a coalition of Biblical Christians trying to make a difference on racial reconciliation and justice issues.
Click here to see a video message from Pastors Randy Singer and Ronnie "Mack" McAdoo on why Trinity Church endorsed a statement on biblical justice.
To see the original letter posted on Facebook, click here.