Trinity Baptist Church
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Taking people to deeper intimacy with the Savior.
what we believe
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and that the entire Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and thus has supreme authority in our lives. We believe that God reveals himself to us through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures are the standard and basis upon which we build our faith and live our lives.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit); that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer. We believe that God is loving and compassionate, just and kind, and that His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people.
We believe that because of His desire to live in relationship with us, God became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. Thus, we believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. Through his sacrificial, substitutionary, atoning death and victorious bodily resurrection Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through him and him alone can people enter into a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus is presently interceding perpetually for His people, and that one day he will return, personally and visibly, to earth to establish his eternal kingdom.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God among us. We believe that Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to every believer to enable him or her to share in the ministry of God’s purposes in the world. We believe in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit and encourage people to discover and use their gifts properly for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God and that through baptism we identify ourselves with the death and resurrection of Jesus. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ to both remind us of His atoning death and to serve as a proclamation of what Christ’s death has accomplished. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that because all human beings are created in God's image, every person has dignity and their worth is dependent, not on accomplishments, but on God's love. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of all. At the same time we acknowledge that all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, relationally separated from God because of sin and under condemnation. However, we joyfully proclaim and receive the Good News that because of Jesus Christ forgiveness is possible and salvation comes to the repentant sinner only by grace through faith in what God has done, not through good works or even good religion.
We believe the church of Jesus Christ is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all who have believed in the atoning work of the cross and received the forgiveness offered by Christ are members of His church, regardless of denominational affiliation.
We believe that the local church is a community of faith, believers in Jesus Christ, associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that in and through the local church God will continue to advance His kingdom, perform wonders and miraculous signs, and fulfill the Great Commission as we live and minister in obedience to the Great Commandment (Jesus teaches us to go and make disciples and commands us to love the Lord with all our heart and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves). Thus, we will continually seek relevant and creative ways to create an inviting climate of warmth and hospitality that welcomes all to come and hear about the love Jesus.
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. We also believe that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. Therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
We believe that empowered followers of Jesus Christ should continually seek to glorify God in all they do, bearing witness of His presence in their lives. To do so we believe it is imperative that followers of Jesus embrace these characteristics of a vital faith:
We believe that every person has an eternal destiny and that destiny is determined by whether or not they believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We believe that all believers will spend eternity with their loving creator in a place void of sorrow, pain or difficulty. We believe that all who do not believe will spend eternity separated from God, the source of love and goodness, in a place devoid of anything that is good, a place of endless suffering.