Statement of Faith
The Gospel is the only hope for the world. As we read the Bible, God’s only inspired Word, we see the overarching themes of God’s providence, power, and provision to reconcile mankind and the created world to Himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our hope and desire at Trinity Community Church is to be intentionally and explicitly Gospel-centered in all that we preach, teach, and practice.
There is only one true God, Creator, and sovereign Ruler of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
One True God
The Word of God
The Bible was penned by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is true and inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be measured (Psalm 19:7-11; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
All things exist for the glory of God who is infinite, personal, and perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love (Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 61:3; Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3-14; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6).
All humanity is created in the image of God, but through Adam’s original sin all humans are sinful and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:19; 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 6:23; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14-15).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life and, in obedience to the Father, willingly died as the perfect substitutionary sacrifice to pay the penalty for sin (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14, 29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for His Church. He will one day physically return in glory to judge the living and the dead (Matthew 28; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 5:28-29; 20-21; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:34; 14:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 7:25; 9:28; Revelation 1:7; 22:12-16).
In order to be reconciled to God, delivered from condemnation, and experience true life and joy, one must have faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ and repent from sin, relying on Christ alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Life and Joy
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, working through the Word of God, supernaturally regenerates the hearts of God’s people by making alive what was spiritually dead. The Spirit convicts us of sin, leads us to repentance, causes us to grow in holiness, seals us for the day of redemption that we might be assured of our salvation, and equips us with spiritual gifts for the building up of the body of Christ. He is to be honored and worshipped as God, the third person of the Trinity (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 16:8-11; I Corinthians 12:7; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13-14; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:23).
While the doctrines expressed in our Trinity Community Church Statement of Faith are recognized to be universal within the Church, there are some “theological distinctives” which, rooted and grounded in Scripture, mark and permeate our ministry. We will preach, teach, lead, and counsel in accordance with these convictions.
Approved by the Council of Elders, Trinity Community Church, on November 14, 2017.
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We pursue a church culture that is Gospel-centered
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the defining center of the Church. It is to be trusted, believed, and boldly proclaimed. In the Gospel, those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him and adopted into His family by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. The local church is a community of those who are being sanctified by the transforming power of the Gospel. Therefore, we are committed to intentionally and faithfully preaching and teaching Gospel truth. At the same time, by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, we are committed to build and nurture a Christ-exalting Gospel culture (Galatians 3:1-9; Matthew 16:18-20; Mark 1:14-15; Ephesians 4:11-16).
We affirm and trust God’s sovereignty in all things
God is sovereign over all things such that there is no aspect of life that is outside of His providence and ultimate control. This includes His sovereignty over the work of salvation. Thus we believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded in the sovereign work and free gift of a loving and gracious God. Though man is responsible and accountable for his sin, God is ultimately and entirely responsible for drawing those He would save unto Himself and overcoming their natural resistance to the Gospel. Furthermore, God is sovereign and faithful in perfecting and completing the work of salvation in the life of a believer (Psalm 115:3, 135:6; John 6:44; Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 8:26-9:23; Philippians 1:29; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
We preach the Scriptures expositionally
We believe the Bible is authoritative and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be measured. Therefore, we are committed to expository preaching, by which the preacher, guided by the Holy Spirit, is subject to the text. Rightly understanding its context and original intent, the preacher relies on God’s Word and Holy Spirit to instruct and build up, comfort, and convict the Body of Christ (II Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5).
We are a church led by a plurality of Elders
We believe that God has established local churches to be led by a plurality of Elders whose character is described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. These men, seeking the input of the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures, are responsible for the spiritual oversight and governance of the local church, protecting it from error and faithfully shepherding its members (Acts 6:4; 20:28).
We practice believer’s baptism
We believe and preach that baptism is intended for those who have repented of their sin, professed faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and affirm the truth of the Gospel. We encourage baptism by immersion because we believe it best symbolizes the reality which baptism represents: our death, burial, and resurrection in Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-11).
Confession of Faith
Adopted by the Trinity Council of Elders on February 19, 2019
Purpose of This Document
After careful consideration and prayer, and with a strong desire and commitment to be firmly connected and anchored to historic orthodox Christianity and “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), the Elders of Trinity Community Church hereby affirm and adopt the historic (1833) New Hampshire Confession of Faith, and agree together to be held accountable to maintain it through life and doctrine. The affirmation and adoption of this Confession serves to preserve the unity of our church by ensuring a commitment to biblical truth and a like-minded philosophy of ministry among those called to shepherd and lead our congregation. This unity is not achieved by simply holding to the lowest common denominator of doctrines, but is actually ignited and sustained by a widespread deepening of doctrinal understanding and agreement among fellow Elders.
If we, as Elders of TCC, do not preserve and increase our understanding of biblical truth and doctrine, we will inevitably divide over secondary or even trivial matters. Therefore, it is essential that we not only agree upon matters of primary importance (i.e. those articulated in our church’s Statement of Faith), but also on important “nonessentials” of the faith that are included in this Confession.
All things in this Confession of Faith are not of equal weight, some being more essential, some less. Furthermore, we are not claiming that every part of this Confession must be believed in order for one to be saved. Nor are we claiming infallibility in this affirmation. Yet, in order to sustain unity among the leaders of our church, and in order to navigate the wind of cultural confusion and strengthen the church in her mission to glorify God, all Elders of TCC must firmly hold to the truths in their essence as set forth in this Confession of Faith.
For a copy of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, view it here or contact the Trinity church office at (559) 433-0584.
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Vision & Values
In order to ensure unity and consistency throughout all of our church’s ministries, we will continually encourage the leadership of each area of ministry to develop Gospel-centered strategies by which they can implement the Trinity Community Church Vision and Values within their specific ministry.