Be the Church!
The church is the Lord Jesus' gospel people (our identity is found in worshiping, knowing and following Him as a disciple - Mt. 16:18; Acts 2; 1 Peter 2; John 15; Luke 9 & 14), saved and sanctified by HIs Gospel Word (our lives are shaped by His Word - 2 Tim. 3 & 4; 1 Peter 1:23-2:7; John 17:17; John 15), living as His Gospel Community (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Petr 2:1-10; Mt. 5-7), and living out HIs Gospel Mission (Mt. 28:16-20; Eph. 4:1-16). We therefore define the church biblically as a gospel community on mission with the Lord Jesus Christ to our time and town. We believe that disciples of Jesus Christ are made life on life, life in community and life on mission all under the gracious authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word (Mt. 16:13-19). We believe that the mission of the church - the reason she exists - is not hard to understand: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me, therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Mt. 28:16-20).
Making Disciples in Community
Disciples of Jesus Christ are made in the context of the local church. This was Jesus' design. All churches are to be disciple-making churches. Disciples are made - like Jesus made them - life on life, life in community with a local church, and life on mission together making disciples who make disciples until the Lord Jesus comes again. We at Trinity are committed together to being a local church like we see in Acts 2:42-47 which is committed to the Lord and to doing life together as a gospel community. As we see our Lord Jesus model how you make disciples in community we see Him making disciples of a small group (the 12) who lived life with Him and were taught about God through the Word. At Trinity we desire our small groups to help us grow as disciples together as we study God's Word, pray together and do life together in Jesus' name like we see in Acts 2:42-46. In other words we desire our small groups to be disciple-making growth groups. Our Lord Jesus also developed even smaller and more intimate relationships with Peter, James and John. We believe every disciple of Jesus Christ should meet with others in what we call DNA groups - men with men and women with women, or couple to couple - where we can specifically focus on fighting the good fight of faith together.
Trinity Small Groups (TSG's)
TSG's are the church being the church in the everyday stuff of life. TSG's are families of missionary servants and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, seeking to grow in obeying the Lord in every aspect of their lives, and living their shared lives for Jesus' sake and His gospel mission towards their neighbors and networks and the nations. If you would like to be a part of a TSG here at Trinity please check the box in our worship folder on Sunday morning, contact the church office, or go to the TSG page on the website or pick up a list of the small groups at Trinity and contact the Small Group shepherd. Our desire here at Trinity is that everyone here would be a part of the blessing of Christ-centered community through the fellowship of a small, in home group. We invite you to join one today!
We encourage all at Trinity to grow up into Christlikeness. DNA relationships are our main vehicle for individual growth in living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The term DNA refers to discipleship, nurture and accountability. A DNA group ideally consists of 3-4 men with men and women with women or couple to couple, who meet together often under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of His Word. They seek to be known and to speak the truth of God's Word in love to one another bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on each other's lives so that they grow to be more like Jesus, putting to death their sins and idols together and living in greater joy and obedience to Him as Lord (John 15). If you would like to be a part of a DNA group please contact one of the Pastor/Elders or a Trinity Small Group leader.