Our Mission here at Trinity Church is to
"Glorify God and Make Disciples by Awakening People to Full Life with Christ."
If you're like most people, you may think, "that sounds awesome… but… um… what exactly does that mean?" That's a great question.
It starts with our Values.
The way that we know if we're "Awakening people to full life with Christ" is a function of 4 things:
- Being Attentive to the Spirit
- Being Authentic in our Relationships
- Being Active in our Communities
- Apprenticing as our Commitment
What does that mean? Great question. Those are nice statements, but they go even deeper. We have two words to represent each Value that adds a little more definition to each:
Freedom is simply "less junk." It is the throwing off everything that hinders and the sin which so easily entangles (Heb 12:1), so that we experience fewer and fewer things that hold us back from being all that God has for us. And Fruit is simply continually experiencing and growing in more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22).
True followers of Jesus will always be seeking to join Jesus on Mission in the world. Why? Because we serve a Missional God whose heart is that none should perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). As a result, we should seek to be at work where He is at work, and that will always include those who are not yet aware of the Love of a Sent Savior in our community and our world. And that means also that We collectively as a local church should be active in engaging that Mission, but also that each of us individually, I, should be seeking and seeing where God has uniquely placed us to be agents of His Kingdom as we serve, love, listen and speak where He is not yet known.
Deeper is growing in authentic community with other people who can love and walk with you as you seek to grow closer to Jesus. It is with others in a way that passes the "3:00am test." What's the 3:00am test? "If your life fell apart at 3:00 am, who would/could you call and know that they would respond in whatever way was necessary… and family doesn't count?" Wider is growing outward in increasing diversity of relationships with those around you. It is making sure that you have friends from numerous ages, stages, ethnicities, faith journeys and also those who are still not aware of the Love of God in their lives.
Want to know whether you are apprenticing within the Kingdom of God? It's simple. You just ask and answer the following two questions: "Who leads you? Who follows you?" True disciples of Jesus Christ should be living in a context where they have opportunity to both be Led by the Spirit of God and others who can mentor, coach and love them, and also be Leading someone else that they are mentoring, coaching and loving.
How do you actually DO those things?
Great question. It's certainly possible to experience any and each of these things through a variety of ways, but we like to have at least one avenue for each of our values to direct our people to if they don't know where to start.
Best Next Step:
Try our Freedom Class. It's a 6 – 10 week experience that walks through the core fundamentals of what "Abundant Life" looks like in Christ, how to Listen to the Spirit of God through His Word, His Spirit and His People, how to Hear our Original Design, how to identify spiritual Strongholds that keep us bound and living out of patterns of sin and brokenness, and how to begin to walk in Power and Authority as Children of God.
We have built a very accessible monthly rhythm for our people to get used to being on Mission in our local community. It's called Love Lansing, and it occurs on the 2nd Saturday of every month. If you can make it to Trinity Church, we'll even provide transportation to a number of meaningful places to love, serve, care for and proclaim the Good News of our Sent Savior alongside people who are at the margins of our society. And guess what? In the process of serving collectively, you may actually discover your personal passion and calling along the way! You'll have a chance to experience both the "We" of serving together and the "I" of your unique passion and gifting.
Our Trinity Groups are the most concentrated way to experience all of our values at one time. By connecting with a group of people who can walk with and alongside you, you will experience Transformation (being conformed to the Image of Jesus), Connection (being joined to other people who are on a similar journey) and Mission (joining Jesus to be and advance the Kingdom of God in the world around us).
The best way at Trinity to make sure that someone is pouring into you and that you have a chance to pour your life, experience, gifts and passions into others is probably by connecting to one of our teams. And we have teams that do all kinds of things! We have teams that serve Students and Children, teams that run technology in our buildings and gatherings, teams that counsel and care for those who are hurting, teams who teach and lead and welcome and usher and greet and secure our environments. If you serve on one of our teams, it's easier for us to guarantee that you will be both led and leading somewhere along the way.
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It is recognized that differences in the understanding of the Scriptures regarding some matters may exist among true Christians. We believe that fellowship among true Christians can exist regardless of such differences. The position of the TRINITY CHURCH in certain details of belief and practice is as follows:
- We believe that whenever a true child of God sins, he will repent and seek pardon and restoration to fellowship with God. He will not make a habit of sinning. (Hebrews 6:4-8; 10:26-31; I John 1:9; 3:6,9)
- We believe the Christian is sanctified positionally in Christ Jesus; that sanctification is progressive in experience; and that ultimately it will be fully realized when we stand in the presence of the Lord. (John 17:17; II Corinthians 3:18; 7:1; Ephesians 4:24; 5:25-27; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10,14)
- We further hold that the following practices should be evident in the lives of believers:
- That believers should establish and maintain personal fellowship with the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ through private reading of the Word and prayer. (II Timothy 2:15; 3:16,17; Hebrews 4:16)
- That believers should likewise have corporate fellowship. This includes formal and informal group study of the Bible and group prayer. (Acts 2:42; I Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 10:25; I John 1:3,7)
- That believers, in obedience to the Word of God, should flee ungodliness and worldliness, practicing self-denial and positive virtues. (John 17:15,16; Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 7:1; Titus 2:12; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17)
- That believers should be witnesses to all people as Jesus Christ commanded. This should be done through the power of the Holy Spirit so as to bring glory to God and salvation to men. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 4:3-7; 5:20; Colossians 4:5,6; I Peter 3:15)
- We believe that a true child of God is secure forever and is predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. (John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16; 17:11; Romans 8:29,30; Ephesians 1:3-5; Hebrews 7:25; I John 5:13; Jude 1:24)
- We believe that groups of believers should form local churches to provide fellowship and instruction for themselves and an effective testimony to the world. (Acts 20:28; I Thessalonians 1:8)
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and that the local church should respond to His leadership. (Colossians 1:17,18)
- We believe that the government of a local church should be autonomous and simple, with sufficient structure to allow things to be done decently and in order. (I Corinthians 14:40; Titus 1:5)
- We believe that the Church has been given two ordinances by the Lord:
- Regular observance of the Lord's Supper. (Luke 22:19,20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
- Water baptism. This Church recommends and will practice baptism by immersion. This we hold to be for all those who have received salvation according to the command of Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church. In this act of obedience the believer is identified with the Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, and signifies his willingness to walk in all the ways of Christ. (Acts 10:47,48; 16:32-34; 18:8; Romans 6:3-10)
- We believe that the local Church has the obligation to exercise discipline of its members in all matters of faith and conduct according to the principles of Scripture. (Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 5)
- We believe in the imminent, premillenial rapture of the Church. (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51,52; Philippians 3:20,21;I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14)
The weekend gatherings are planned to be identical gatherings with worship, storytelling, and a relevant message. The gatherings are not completely identical though because as the worship leader and teaching Pastor are being attentive to the Spirit they may make changes to the gathering while the gathering is happening.
Trinity Church has always been a Non-Denominational Church. We are an independent church. There is no denominational control or hierarchy as there is in most denominations. We are self-governed and determine our own affairs under the headship of Jesus Christ. For example:
- We choose our own pastor.
- We own our own buildings and assets.
- We determine our own ministry programs.
- We prayerfully determine the vision and direction.