Trinity Baptist Church
Monday, March 02, 2015
An international and multi-generational community dedicated to making disciples of Jesus who are growing in faith, obedience, & joy, as we go out to advance God's kingdom
International: We are committed to our church reflecting the composition of the Kingdom of God. As Revelation tells us, the kingdom is comprised of people from “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev 5:9). Therefore, we want to do all we can to embrace and celebrate that.
Multigenerational: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Mt 19:14). We are committed to being a church for all ages, providing a space where young to old can hear the truth about God’s love.
Community: We need each other. We do not grow in isolation. As Hebrews 10 says, we need to come together so that we might “spur one another on to love and good deeds” (v. 25).
Dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ: This was Christ’s charge to his church--to make disciples; to help people become followers of Jesus and His way (Mt 28:19).
Growing: Discipleship cannot be stagnant. We need to continually “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called (us) heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14).
Faith: Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. We are ”saved by grace through faith” (Eph 2:8). But it doesn’t stop there. Our relationship with God grows as our faith in Him deepens. Faith, in practical terms, is confidence in who God is and that what He says is true.
Obedience: Jesus said twice in John 14, “If you love me you will keep my commands” (v. 15, 21). As our faith (our confidence in God) grows, our obedience will increase as we know we can trust God in all things. Faith is not about knowing stuff; it’s about doing stuff, and doing stuff is how we demonstrate love. And Jesus said people will know we are His by our love (Jn 13:35).
Joy: What do people want in life? They want to be happy. They are not on a quest for truth; they are on a quest for joy. Jesus fulfills that quest. Jesus told his disciples that he came to give life to the full (Jn 10:10) and that He wanted their joy to be complete (Jn. 15:11). Joy is what is ultimately produced by faith and obedience.
Go Out: One of the marks of true discipleship in Jesus is “going out” to make more disciples (Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:15; Acts 1:8; Col 1:28). While we can focus our ministry on fellow believers, we can’t be insular (Acts 2:42). We must go out.
Advance God’s Kingdom: It’s all about His kingdom, no ours. It’s about His name, not ours (Mt 5:13-16; Acts 20:24-25; 28:23,31;1 Pet 2:9-12).