OUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

 

As Trinity Fellowship Church, we are seeking to be a God-honoring church through loving relationships, biblical discipleship, and true worship.

Relationships

 

Seeking to imitate the character of God by doing life relationally.

 

Christianity is a relationship with the God of the Universe and with others – individuals created in the image of a relational God.  As we are essentially relational, along with the realization that sin has made us hopelessly self-interested and anti-relational, we commit ourselves to the high road of healthy and loving relationships in all we do as a church. We realize it is only in and through a committed relationship with Jesus Christ that truly loving relationships becomes possible.

Discipleship

 

Trinity Fellowship Church is committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 29:18-20), going into all the world making disciples. Christ’s final word was the plan for building His kingdom on earth – by teaching and modeling the life that Christ lived in devotion to the Father. Dallas Willard (The Great Omission, pg.7) writes, “The disciple is one who, intent upon becoming Christ-like and so dwelling in his ‘faith and practice,’ systematically and progressively rearranges his affairs to that end.”  In short, we want to live our lives the way Jesus would live it.

 

We want to be strategic in moving ourselves and our friends along the journey from dis-interested unbeliever to fully devoted follower of Christ.  It is clear the key role Evangelism plays in the life of the church, as well as Mission being the destination.

Worship

 

We believe that in worship – whether individually or corporately – the curtain of cloudiness is pulled back a bit and we begin to see God more clearly, for Who He really is. We are crazy enough to believe that worship is “good” for us – it is part of our nature – and inspires us to know God better. We define worship, in simple terms, as making much of God, but as Robert Webber (Ancient-Future Faith, pg. 93) puts it,

 

Worship is a rehearsal of the saving deeds of God in history.  God’s saving actions culminate in the work of Christ, the overthrow of the powers of evil, and the ultimate establishment of the kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth.  This is the story of the meaning of history; it shapes the church, forms spirituality, and motivates the mission of the church. It is what we call the Christian metanarrative.

OUR BELIEFS

 

GOD

 

We believe that God, the one true God, is the almighty Sovereign Creator of all that is, infinite in all His perfections.  He is not bound by the restraints of either time or space – He always was and always will be.  God, while being holy, pure and perfect — transcendent in every way — is very imminent and personal to mankind, desperately interested in Self-disclosure and the well-being of His creatures due to His very essence, that is, love. We believe that God exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the mystery which states that each Person of the Trinity exists distinct with His own character, attributes and purpose, yet the Triune God is without division.

 

JESUS CHRIST

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is God. We believe that Jesus Christ is one Person of the Holy Trinity whose role is Prophet, Priest and King of all humanity, and is now seated at the right Hand of the Father, making intercession for His people.  We believe that Jesus chose to "empty Himself" and by virtue of conception of the Holy Spirit and human birth through the Virgin Mary, became fully human, yet no damage was done to Him as fully divine. We believe that Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life on earth so as to fulfill His eternal purpose that is to redeem sinners.  Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins, bearing the full weight of God's wrath toward sin. He was and is the one adequate sacrifice giving opportunity for all those who would believe on Him to have access to the Father and eternal life in His Presence, cleansed through Jesus‘ Blood. Jesus Christ was buried and bodily raised on the third day. He lived on as a human until He ascended to the Father.

 

HOLY SPIRIT

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is "God in me."  We believe that the Holy Spirit is one Person of the Holy Trinity, proceeding from the Father and Son, whose role is to extend the ministry of Jesus Christ after He has ascended. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in order to maintain a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. The Spirit is here for the purpose of comfort, correction, and broadly put, to help believers become progressively, actively, and continually conformed to the image of Christ.

 

HUMANKIND

 

Humankind, both male and female, was originally created in the image of God, immortal and without sin. Satan's temptation brought about willful disobedience and humanity therefore fell to corruption. Although the image of God inherent to mankind was damaged, it was all but obliterated, and mankind fell short of the original intent of creation — to live holy and righteous eternally in God's Presence. Adam, serving as our racial head, therefore caused us to inherit his corrupt nature and God's full judgment, and until such time as an individual exercises free will to acknowledge hopelessness and helplessness and allow the Spirit the freedom to regenerate, condemnation prevails.

 

SCRIPTURE

 

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience, having truth without any mixture of error for their content.

 

SALVATION

 

We believe:

 

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

 

We believe that salvation is forever and that once saved, a life of sanctification continues until death or the return of Christ.

 

CHURCH

 

We believe that the church is the Body of Christ who’s Head is Jesus, and consists of all true believers. The purpose of the church is a sanctuary for worship, prayer, and fellowship, a place where Christians assemble to grow as disciples of Christ, and a base out of which proceed evangelism and ministry in general to the community and world.

 

BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe it prevails upon every believer in obedience to Christ to follow in baptism as a public symbol of the work that Christ has wrought within.  I believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration and celebration of the magnitude of Christ's suffering on the Cross as well as identification with Christ as the sole sustainer of life.

 

END TIMES

 

We live in the hope of Christ’s return. We believe that no one, save God Himself, knows the time or the details of His return. We believe it will be an unmistakable event, at which time the dead will be raised and judgment will prevail, sending the wicked to an eternal separation from God, and gathering all righteous together for an eternity in the precious Presence of God as the heirs of His kingdom.

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