Trinity Church Doctrinal Statement

Statement of Faith

WE BELIEVE in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scriptures. Both Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

WE BELIEVE in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.(Genesis 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19)

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of God the Father, He now is our High Priest and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 3:20-24; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; Hebrews 4:14-16)

WE BELIEVE that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 3:3; 16:7-11; Titus 3:5)

WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Romans 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:2-7)

WE BELIEVE that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.(Romans 3:20-24; 8:6-17)

WE BELIEVE that water baptism of believers, as an outward testimony to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. We also welcome individuals into our membership whose conviction, based on the Word of God, is for another mode, or method of baptism, or infant baptism. The Lord's Supper is only for those who have been born again. (Matthew. 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

WE BELIEVE that the true Church, the body of Christ, is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)

WE BELIEVE that only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs in conformity with the teachings of the New Testament. (Acts 15; Ephesians 1:22-23)

WE BELIEVE in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Acts 1:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; I John 3:2-3)

WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to ever-lasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting, conscious punishment. (Matthew 25:44-46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:15)

WE BELIEVE in the personality of Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 20:10)