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.
You Might Also Be Wondering...
We, the members of TRINITY CHURCH, having duly considered the teachings of Christ and the Apostolic Church, do herein set forth our convictions and beliefs in the matters of Christian doctrine.
I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the plenary and verbal inspiration of the whole Bible. God has imparted His message to the minds and hearts of His appointed servants so that the very words of the original texts have been given to mankind by God Himself. This historical document is made a live reality by the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
(Amos 3:7; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
We believe in God, a Spirit and a Person, infinite, eternal, and immutable in being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth; sovereign.
(Deuteronomy 4:15-18; Deuteronomy 33:26, 27)
III. THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe that the essential nature of God is single and unique, but yet is manifest in three persons - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God. They constitute the eternal Godhead.
(Mark 12:29; II Corinthians 13:14)
A. GOD, THE FATHER
The Eternal One whose Fatherly love is forever bestowed upon Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, and upon all true believers who are His children.
(John 17; Ephesians 3:14-19)
B. GOD, THE SON
The One who is equal in every divine distinction with God, the Father. He is the Eternal Logos and only begotten Son, coexistent with the Father. Without any essential change in His divine Person, He become man in the “fullness of time” by the miracle of Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, and one Person with two natures. This Second Person of the Triune God, Jesus of Nazareth and Messiah of Christ, has been manifested by His miraculous and supernatural birth, by His holy and supernatural life on earth, by His suffering and death according to the Scriptures, by His bodily resurrection from the dead, and by His miraculous and bodily ascent into heaven where He now intercedes for His own.
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 53:5, 6; Matthew 1:23; Luke 24:5-8; 24:36-43; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:14; I John 2:1)
C. GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
The One who is the Third Person of the Triune God, equal in every divine perfection with God, the Father and God, the Son, eternal. He convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, convicts and regenerates sinners who believe, and indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, guides, teaches, and sanctifies all who become children of God through Christ.
(Matthew 28:19; John 3:5; 14:26; 16:7-11; Romans 8:14, 16; I Corinthians 6:19; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18; I Peter 1:2; John 15:26)
We believe that man was the direct creation of God, spirit, soul, and body; that God created man in His likeness and divine image for fellowship and communion with Himself; that man was created without sin.
(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7)
We believe that Adam, the first man, disobeyed God’s explicit command and thereby fell into sin through transgression; that Adam, the natural head of the human race, thus became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race who are universally sinful in both nature and practice; that man, therefore, is totally depraved in the sense that his whole being is affected and cursed by sin so that he cannot in this state, please God. He is unrighteous and lost. He is unrighteous in an absolute sense and can only accomplish relative good. He is guilty and condemned in his natural state and completely lost apart from God.
(Genesis 3:1-24; 5:3; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:3)
We believe that:
1. Man’s redemption is accomplished only through the complete sufficient, vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ, who shed His blood for our sin, the Just for the unjust.
(Romans 3:21-27; I Peter 2:24)
2. The Holy Spirit convicts and regenerates a man so that there is an immediate turning in faith to Christ Jesus for pardon and redemption. Salvation is the free gift of God to man, received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(John 6:63; Ephesians 2:8,9)
3. Man, justified by faith in Christ Jesus, is saved and has a new position of righteous and holy standing before God in which he is called a son of God by virtue of his having become a new creation in Christ Jesus through spiritual regeneration.
(John 1:12; Romans 5:1; 8:14, l0:10;
II Corinthians 5:17; I John 3:1,2)
4. Redeemed man, thus placed before God in Christ, is to walk in newness of life through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
(John 15:1-16; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 4:17 - 5:2)
5. At death, the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory.
(Luke 16:19-26; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Colossians 1:5)
V. THE CHURCH
We believe that the true Church is made up of believers from all nations who are baptized into one body by the Holy Spirit. This personal relationship to Christ according to the New Testament, along with the expressed intention of walking with Him, are the only conditions to be met for membership in the local church.
(Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:12-27;
Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 3:14,15)
VI. FUTURE EVENTS
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will return personally and bodily to glorify His people and mete out rewards of His own. After this, He will bring eternal conscious judgment upon the wicked and upon Satan.
(Acts 1:11; II Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20; Revelation 20:11-15)
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.