THE ENGAGED CHURCH
- The Worship of God. In worship the church offers God the glory and praise that is due His name for all that He has done for us, especially for His grace in Jesus Christ. Through His Word and Sacraments God forgives, nurtures, instructs and motivates His people. All that we are and all that we do flows out of and back into our worship life. the cultivation of our relationship with the Triune God in worship is therefore the highest priority of the Church.
- The Spiritual Growth of Each Believer. Through its programs and activities, Trinity seeks to encourage and enable the growth of God's people toward maturity in loving relationship to God, to self, to other persons in the community and to the whole of God's created world.
- The Growth of God's Kingdom. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ meant what He said when he commissioned His Church to make disciples of all people (Matt. 28:18-20), and that God "wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth"(1 Tim. 2:4). Trinity is therefore committed to the expansion of the kingdom as well as to the growth of every individual believer. We believe that God has called Trinity to be a large church. While numbers in themselves are not the goal of the church's activities, they do represent people for whom Christ died who are now being included in God's family.
- The Welfare of the Family. The family is the basic unit of the church and of society. More important than any other institution, the family unit is under siege and disintegrating under the pressures of the world. Trinity is committed to strengthening the family unit and helping the many varieties of families to function according to God's purposes. We believe that in being a church which supports family values, Trinity has much to offer its community.
- The Church as an Expression of God's Family. The Church is designed by God to be a healthy extended family for all people. It is a place of belonging, where people can get to know themselves and their values, experience acceptance and support, be healed and challenged.
- The Nurture and Education of Children. According to our belief, children are a trust from the Lord. It is the responsibility primarily of parents, but also of all other adults, to nurture and prepare God's children for life in time and in eternity.
- Community Evangelism. Trinity is an invitational church. In all of its programs and activities, we welcome and encourage the participation of friends, neighbors and members of the community. While we value highly the fellowship of members in the Body of Christ, we believe that the highest form of fellowship demonstrates a sincere desire to reach out and include others in the family of faith.
- Community Service. As an expression of the Body of Christ, Trinity is called to be a positive and redemptive force for good in our community. We seek opportunities to serve the community and encourage our members to be involved in ministering to the lost and hurting, in combating evil, promoting justice and serving our fellow man through acts of love and compassion.
- World Missions. The Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) calls us not only to be local and regional Christians, but to be world Christians. Each year we pledge a portion of our budget to God's work through our District and Synod. It is also our goal and intent to offer greater support to world mission through direct mission support.
- Personal Accountability. The Christians cannot serve God effectively without being an active part of the Body of Christ, the Church. The local congregation serves as a place of Christian accountability, service and fellowship. Trinity will always encourage its people to sacrifice time and resources for the growth and outreach of the church. Regular attendance in worship is expected, as is consistent resources. The Church is God's instrument for the redemption of the world. God expects His people to give the Church their best.
- Corporate Accountability. The local congregation is accountable to God and to its membership to provide the most excellent ministry that the resources entrusted to its care can support. Accordingly, Trinity expects its staff and leadership to be fully committed to the congregation's values and to be fruitful in the ministries entrusted to them. Trinity's programs will be regularly evaluated according to the agreed upon standards and will be expected to support the congregation's goals.
- Unity of Faith and Purpose. As a Lutheran congregation, Trinity is committed to the Holy Scriptures as the sole source and norm for the Christian faith and life and to the historic confessions of the Lutheran Church.
What we believe and teach
- There is one true God who has revealed himself in three persons; the Father (who created and sustains the world), the Son (Jesus Christ who lived as a human being, suffered, died and rose from the dead), and the Holy Spirit (who works faith in our hearts and directs and empowers us to live a Godly life.)
- The Bible is God’s inspired Word. It’s the only source of knowledge about God and his love for us in Jesus Christ. The Bible is God’s truth and God’s power. It’s the source of what we believe, teach, and live.
- All human beings are sinful and have fallen short of God’s expectations. We are powerless to change our sinful condition and to please God. As such, we don’t deserve, nor can we earn, God’s love and mercy. Instead we deserve God’s punishment for our sin.
- God, in love for all people, sent his son Jesus Christ into the world. Jesus lived, suffered, died on a cross, and rose from the dead in order to pay the penalty to forgive our sins, overcome the power of death, and to win for us the gift of eternal life.
- God gives the forgiveness of sins that Jesus earned to all who put their faith and trust in Him. God, the Holy Spirit, works this faith and trust in our hearts through His Word (The Bible), Baptism, and Holy Communion.
- The Bible (God’s Word), Baptism, and Holy Communion are ways in which God gives people His grace (Grace = God’s Undeserved Love or God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense)
- Salvation is a free gift from God. No matter how hard we try we cannot do enough to earn God’s forgiveness or a place in heaven. It’s a free gift we receive only through faith in Jesus Christ.
- The Church is the Body of Christ on earth. The Church is a community of believers in Jesus Christ who seek to worship Him, serve Him by serving others, and share the good news of his love with those who do not know Him as their Savior.