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Our purpose is to be a disciple-forming Christian Community.
A disciple will commit to:

  • Daily prayer
  • Daily Bible reading
  • Weekly worship
  • Growing towards tithing (10%) of financial resources to God’s Kingdom
  • Growing in their God given gifts and calling
  • Serving in ministry
  • Encouraging spiritual growth in others by sharing their faith stories.


Trinity Lutheran Church Beliefs
Trinity Lutheran Church, as the body of Christ believes:

  • The Bible ~ We teach that the Holy Bible is God’s Word, without error in the original manuscripts, and our final authority in matters of faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105)
  • God ~ We teach that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:13)
  • Jesus Christ ~ We teach that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by His death on the cross has redeemed us. (1 Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 1:15-20)
  • The Holy Spirit ~ The Holy Spirit’s super- natural gifts are available and operative today for all Christians. (Acts 2,1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-25, Romans 12)
  • Human Nature ~ We teach that human nature is sinful and is redeemed only through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23)
  • Salvation ~ We teach that Christ alone (Acts 4:12, John 14:6) provides salvation. This salvation is a free gift--grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) We teach that one can be certain of eternal life--assurance (John 5:24). We teach that we partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone (Romans 3:28, John 3:16), and thereby enter a lifelong process of change and growth. (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20)
  • The Church ~ We teach that we are a part of one true Church (Ephesians 4:4-6, Romans 12:5) made up of all who believe in Christ as Lord. We extend the hand of fellowship to all members of this universal Christian Church. (Romans 15:7)
  • Prayer ~ We at Trinity are a people of prayer. We teach that God answers prayer and we encourage everyone to grow in prayer. (James 5:16, Matthew 18:18-20)
  • Baptism and the Lord’s Supper ~ We teach that Jesus instituted Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We teach that God truly acts in these sacraments, and that our faith is essential for their effectiveness. (Mark 16:16, 1 Corinthians 11:29, John 3:16)
  • Our Lutheran Heritage and Identity ~ We identify with the renewal movement begun in the Lutheran Reformation. We teach the Lutheran themes of grace through faith alone, scripture alone, and Christ alone.
  • Changed Life ~ We believe that becoming a Christian leads to a changed life. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We call this change “sanctification,” which is a lifelong process of growth in selfless love, humility, service, stewardship, and holiness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Change and growth are not optional for those saved by grace. (James 2:17, Romans 12:2) Because a good tree bears good fruit (Matthew 7:17-18), people justified by grace through faith act on that faith and will change and grow in Christ. (2 Peter 3:18, James 1:22, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 5:17, Ephesians 4:22-24)
     

Our Associations:

At Trinity we are Christians first and Lutherans second.

  • We associate freely with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) which is based in Chicago.
  • We also associate with the Willow Creek Association.
  • We are committed to missions and outreach, because hurting and lost people matter to God.
  • We have a tradition of supporting a mission family in the Philippines.
     

Common Values which Unify our Efforts and Define our Distinctiveness.

Value #1: Anointed Scriptural  teaching is a catalyst for transformation in individual lives and in the church. This includes teaching for life change. 
Romans 12:7, James 1:23-25

Value #2: “Unchurched” and “dechurched” people matter to God, and therefore ought to matter to the church. This includes relational evangelism. 
Luke 5:30-32, Luke 15, Matthew 18:14

Value #3: We believe that the Church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. This includes the concept of sensitively relating the gospel to our culture through our facility, printed materials, and use of the arts.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Value #4: We believe that Christ-followers should be authentic and desire continuous growth.  This includes the concepts of personal authenticity, character and wholeness.
Ephesians 4:25-26, Ephesians 32, Philippians 1:6

Value #5:  We believe that a church should be diverse but unified with all people stewarding their spiritual gifts. This includes the concepts of unity, servant-hood, spiritual gifts and ministry callings.
Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 14, Ephesians 4,
Psalm 133:1

Value #6:  We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. This includes the concept of love-driven ministry, ministry accomplished in teams and relationship building.
Nehemiah 3, Luke 10:1, John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 1

Value #7:  We believe that life-change happens frequently in small groups.  This includes the concept of discipleship, vulnerability, and accountability.
Luke 6:12-13, Acts 2:44-47

Value #8:  We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people.
This includes the concept of evaluation, critical review, intensity and excellence.
Colossians 3:17, Malachi 1:6-14, Proverbs 27:17

Value #9: We believe that churches should be led by men and women with leadership gifts. This includes the concepts of empowerment, servant leadership, strategic focus and intentionality.
Nehemiah 1-2, Romans 12:8, Acts 6:2-5
 


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