The Regulative principle

As a church we adhere to the regulative principle of worship which came out of the Protestant Reformation. The Regulative Principle states that everything we do in our corporate worship is to be clearly spelled out by the Lord in HIS Word. We believe that the Lord cares how we worship Him and has declared that way clearly to us in HIS Word. Worship is the purpose of our redemption and we as a church desire to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.


The Word of God shapes our Worship of God

As a church we structure our Sunday Morning Worship gathering in a way that reflects the Lord's commitment to sanctifying the church through His Word (John 17:17). The way to do this is to gather to: read the Word, preach the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and testify to the Word (ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper). This is what you can expect in every worship gathering held here at Trinity Church.


The Structure of Trinity's Worship Gathering

(This order of service is found in Isaiah 6.)

Each Sunday we gather corporately to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ because His gospel of grace changes everything. Each part of our Sunday Worship Gathering focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ because such an emphasis glorifies God the Father, is empowered by the Holy Spirit, edifies believers, and engages those who are exploring the faith. At a typical Sunday Gathering expect ancient and modern, God-centered and biblically sound hymns ans songs, expository preaching of God's Word making the point of the passage the point of the message and working our way through books of the Bible, Scriptural readings, biblical, doctrinal teaching and weekly communion.


Our Weekly Order of Worship

ADORATION - Each week we gather joyfully to enter into together what is happening 24/7 in heaven - the white-hot worship and adoration of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We start our worship with a gathering song, a welcome and a call to worship in order to get our focus off of ourselves and onto the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we sing a set of songs of praise and adoration of our GOD focusing on who He is and what He has and is doing. We end this time together with a Pastoral Prayer.

PROCLAMATION - Our GOD is a communicating GOD who wrote a Book. He speaks to us in these last day through His Son (Heb. 1) and HIS Book, the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Each week we dig into the Scriptures together as our alone authority for what we believe and how we live. It is through the Bible only that we hear the voice of GOD and are progressively sanctified into the image of Christ. This center-piece of our worship includes the reading of God's Word and the Expository Preaching of the Word (2 Tim. 4:1-4).

DEDICATION - We take communion every week because during this time we remember our Lord Jesus Christ - His righteous life and atoning death on the cross that alone saves and sanctifies sinners. In order to prepare to take the Lord's Supper rightly and in response to the preaching of God's Word, we confess our sins through prayer (1 John 1:8-10) and we are assured of God's forgiveness in Christ. Being exposed to the gospel anew in preaching and in the taking of communion elicits a response from us of commitment to the Lord and His will. We conclude this part of our worship time dedicating ourselves anew by singing songs of thanksgiving and renewed commitment to the Lord and His Word.

PRESENTATION - An encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and God as our Father in worship and Word requires a Spirit-filled response to live for HIS glory and the advancement of HIS kingdom. Isaiah the Prophet presented himself to the Lord by saying, 'Here am I, send me' (Isaiah 6). Likewise we end each service with a presentation song, a call to mission and a benediction.

We invite you to join us in worship through giving.


We believe, in accordance with 2 Corinthians 9:7, that, "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  Scripture identifies offerings as an important way of attributing honor and worship to God. 


In this act of giving, we are invited to give up something that we value - our money - as a sacrifice to God. What we need is so much more than money, it is to acknowledge who God is and to treasure Him above all.

 

Our tendency to cling to our possessions and rely on ourselves for sufficiency is sacrificed when we worship through giving. This act of worship declares in our hearts that He is our Provider and that He is sufficient for all our needs. 

  


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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!

DNA Relationships

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.

"And Jesus came and said to them, '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, even to the end of the age" (Mt. 28:18-20).


At Trinity Church we gladly bow to the Lordship of Jesus Christ! Our goal as a church is to following Jesus Christ as Lord, bowing to the authority of HIS Word, The Bible, and living in obedience to Him & growing into His likeness. We desire to be holy as He is holy. Our Lord prayed for us as HIS church in this world that we might be 'sanctified in the Truth; God's Word is Truth." The Apostle Peter says that we who have faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God 'have been born-again, not of perishable seed, but imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for 'All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever.' And this word is the good news that was preached to you" (1 Peter 1:23-25). Peter goes on to say that once we are born-again, once we are truly redeemed through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God's Word continues to work in us so that we can 'grow up into our salvation.' This sanctification in the truth of God's Word is what we want for all who call Trinity their church home. Discipleship is teaching people the Word of God so that they come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and follow Jesus Christ as Lord, increasingly submitting all of their life to His Empowering Presence finding life in obedience to HIS Word. We are committed to teaching the Word of God and the doctrines that are taught in the Word in order to 'equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-13). Our goal is to be a thoroughly biblical and doctrinal teaching church so that all may grow up into maturity in Christ Jesus, being taught to obey all that He commands of us.

The 'Why' of our Mission

"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Hab. 2:14). This is the Missio Dei - the gospel-centered, disciple-making, kingdom-advancing, glory of the Lord Jesus Christ spreading mission of GOD as laid out for us in Genesis 12:1-3 and Mt. 28:16-20. We see it's consummation in Revelation 5:1-14 with all creation, the angels, and all the redeemed from every tribe and tongue and nation singing the praises of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Worship of the Lord Jesus is the fuel and the goal of our mission as a local church. GOD will accomplish His mission through His living and reigning Son, Jesus the Christ, working through His body, the church. Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14 shout aloud that GOD's purpose in the salvation of sinners and this world is to unity and restore all things in Christ Jesus to the 'praise of GOD's glory and grace'! Then the Apostle Paul speaks specifically to us, Jesus' church, and says, "GOD put all things under Jesus' feet and gave Him as Head over all things to the church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph. 1:22-23). Jesus is the Head of His Body, the church, through which He intends to fill the earth with His Presence, Lordship & Glory.

As the Apostle Peter states it, 'We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that we might proclaim the excellencies of HIm who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9-10). The 'why' of our existence and mission as a local church is to spread a passion for the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ to all nations. Above all else we want to see more and more people come to know and worship and adore Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.