We exist to glorify God by making disciples of Christ who mature in faith, proclaim the gospel, and join in his mission to renew Greenville and the world.
Non-negotiable commitments (below) that set our church apart in the community and describe our true identity and purpose.
The good news of Jesus is the foundation of our church and lives
The Gospel is the greatest news ever announced. It is the incredible, unexpected, beautiful, and true good news of the Bible that God is redeeming his fallen creation through the coming of his kingdom in the person and work of Jesus Christ. In particular, the gospel is the message that we are saved from our sins by wholly free grace through faith in the finished work of Christ, not through our efforts and works. The Gospel is the story of God in Christ taking our place on a cross, paying our debts, forgiving our sins, making us right, adopting us as sons and daughters, giving us eternal life, beginning to conform us into the image of his Son, and making all things new. The whole of scripture and history points to, and hinges on, the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Trinity Church believes that this gospel message of hope for the world and grace for the sinner is not merely a body of truth, but the very power of God which grows, changes, and shapes everything with which it has contact—hearts and identities, relationships, practices in every area of public and private life, and whole societies. So, the gospel is central, because it is a power that affects every area of life. The good news of Christ is the center of our lives and the foundation on which everything at Trinity Church is built.
(Jn. 1:12, 3:16; Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; Rom. 1:16-17, 3:23-24, 5:1, 6:23, 8:22-24; 1 Cor. 15:1-5, 12-28, 54-56; Eph. 1:3-14, 2:8-10, 15; Titus 3:5, 1 Jn. 2:2; Rev. 21)
All things by prayer
We want prayer to be fundamental and primary to everything we do at Trinity Church. Through prayer we are reminded that it is God who sovereignly builds his church, saves the lost, directs his people, and invites us to be a part of that work. We are totally dependent on God, and He is a good Father who delights in giving good gifts to his children (Matt. 7:11; Lk.12:32). Because of this, we pray expectantly, persistently, and with gratefulness – always seeking to align ourselves with God’s will. We are committed to praying together as a church when we gather each weekend, praying in our housechurches, and encouraging a growing personal prayer life for everyone. We call for times of special prayer throughout the year to gather together as a body to bring our praise, needs, and petitions to Him.
(Ps. 127:1; Pr. 16:3-4; Matt. 6:9-10, 7:11; Mk. 11:20-24, 14:36; Lk. 12:32; Jn. 15:5; Rom. 8:26-27; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:17)
The Word of God as the first and final authority in all we do
Biblical exposition is the setting forth of the meaning and purpose of God’s Word as truth as it applies to our faith and lives. We are convinced that our deepest joy intersects with our clearest understanding of what God has said to be true about who He is, what He has done for us, and how He calls us to live through the pages of Scripture. Therefore, we are committed to the accurate exposition and application of the whole counsel of God as biblical truth in our lives, and we make it our normative practice to preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible.
God’s Word is necessary for spiritual life. Our faith, doctrine, and practice at Trinity Church is informed and shaped by the words of Scripture first, and secondarily by the creeds of the church throughout history. So, the Word is always open at Trinity Church, whether it be in sermons, housechurches, elder meetings, team meetings, children and student ministry, or one-on-one discipleship.
(Ps. 1:2-3; Matt. 4:4, 5:18-19; Jn. 15:7; Rom. 10:17; Col. 3:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17, 4:1-2; Js. 1:22)
A small group of adults growing in Christ together
The church is not a place or event, but a community of people. The people of Trinity Church are being redeemed, knit together, and conformed to the image of God as we share life together, responding to the life-altering message of the Gospel in our day-to-day lives. And, although we are saved by grace alone through faith alone, our faith never remains alone. Housechurches are Trinity Church’s primary tool for discipleship and developing the spiritual habit of fellowship.
They are a home-based, reproducing, small group discipleship ministry that is an effective means of reconciling and building meaningful, loving relationships (with one another and God), encouraging spiritual growth and maturity, and developing leaders. Housechurch provides a place for connectedness and belonging that is not always possible in a larger gathering. In housechurches, we open our lives to know God, and to know and be known by each other. We desire for our housechurches and the community of Trinity Church to be rooted in grace, fed by the Word, and flourish in service.
(Jn. 13:34-35, 15:12, 17; Acts 2:42, 5:4, 42, 12:12, 16:40, 20:20; Rom. 15:14, 16:5, 18:8; Gal. 5:15, 6:2; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13, 16; 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; Heb. 3:13, 10:2, 24-25; Philemon 2)
Living out the grace we have received in Christ
We have received an abundance of undeserved grace in Christ – grace that saves us from our sin and grace that makes us more like our Savior. Christlikeness is the active process of character transformation, initiated by God and sustained by the Holy Spirit, in which the disciple intentionally strives toward maturity in becoming Christlike in all aspects of his or her life. While we do not work for our salvation, we join in the work of transformation God is doing in our lives as we submit to His Spirit, confess our sin, and obey the Word of God. And, this the great joy of the Christian life! In Christ, we are given new identities: becoming Christlike is the intentional process of becoming in our behavior what we have already become in our identity. Spiritual growth and maturity result when we believe the truth about who we are and then actively do what we are supposed to do to renew our minds and walk in the Spirit — all by the grace of God and for His glory.
(Jn. 3:8, 7:37-39, 14:12, 16-17, 16:7-11; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 8:1-13, 26-27, 12:2; 2 Cor. 1:21-22, 3:18, 5:17, 10:5; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:23-24; Phil. 4:11; Col. 2:6-10, 3-4:6; 1 Tim. 4:7-10; 2 Pt. 1:5-10)
Joining God in his work of renewal in all of life
God is on mission in the world renewing and reconciling all things to himself, and he invites us to join him in this work. Renewal seeks to see hearts, lives, and cultures renewed by the power of the gospel. The gospel does not only have implications for our private lives and Christian relationships, but it affects our community relationships, neighborhoods, occupations, and daily work. The good news of Christ’s saving work forms every believer with a new understanding of the world, new inner motives and power, and new guidelines for every area of life. And, as we build their lives on the foundation of the Gospel by praying for and evangelizing the lost in our community, and letting it inform and shape our work, it changes and renews the culture.
God’s mission is also global. We are reminded that the gospel is the power of God for salvation. God’s work isn’t confined to only our city, state, or country. God’s calls the church to the ends of the earth so that every tribe, tongue and nation might know and hear the good news of his saving grace. At Trinity Church we want to pray for, support, and send laborers into God’s great work of missions around the world. So, as members of Trinity Church live out Christ-centered, holy lives in their spheres of influence, or sent out to other parts of the world, we believe God has sent us to join him on mission – for his glory and the good of world.
(Gen. 1:26-27, 18:25; Isa. 1:17; Ps. 45:7; Matt. 5:16, 20, 6:33, 28:19-20; Mk. 8:34, 10:43-45, 16:15; Lk. 14:25-33, 15:32, 19:10; Jn. 4:28-29; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:16, 10:13-14; 2 Cor. 5:18-20, 8:1-4; Eph. 2:8-10; Js. 2:20; 1 Pt. 3:15; Rev. 21:1-5)
Fully equipping men and women to serve in God’s mission
Just as the church is not limited to the four walls of its building, the church’s ministry is not limited to those on staff. Trinity Church is an elder-led, staff run, lay-powered church. Each of us has been gifted and called by God. We desire that every believer at Trinity would be fully encouraged and equipped to serve in the ways they have been called and gifted by God. Scripture teaches that we are all “priests” empowered by the Spirit for good works, and so Trinity Church wants to be a catalyst for empowering believers to serve God in their spheres of influence in order to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. This means we will be generous with our time, talents, and treasures with hearts that seek first his Kingdom.
(Matt. 28:19-20; Jn. 15:5; Acts 1:8; 1Cor. 7:7, 12:4-7, 27; Phil. 2:13; Eph. 5:18; 1 Pet. 2:9, 3:15, 4:10; Rev. 1:6)
GENEROSITY & STEWARDSHIP
Making everything we have available to God, all for the sake of the Gospel
Everything we have is a gift from God. Because God has given to us, we give ourselves to God and trust Him. As an act of worship and stewardship, we discern how to utilize our God-given resources to edify the body of believers and evangelize our communities. We believe that giving strengthens our faith. So, we make our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and financial resources available to be used by God all for the sake of the Gospel.
(Lev. 27:10; Deut. 8:18; Mal. 3:8-10; Pr. 3:5-9; Matt. 25:14-30; Lk. 9:23-25, 12:33-34; 1 Cor. 12; 2 Cor. 8:5, 7-8; 1Tim. 6:17-19; Js. 1:17; 1 Pt. 4:10)
KIDS & STUDENT DISCIPLESHIP
Intentional, Gospel-centered discipleship for all ages
We are committed to intentional, regular, Gospel-centered discipleship for children and students. God has given parents the primary responsibility to teach their children about Himself, and the Church is called to support and assist parents in this discipleship. We seek to do this by Word-based, Gospel-centered teaching that points them to Christ and helps them apply God’s Word to their lives. We seek to do this by modeling Christlikeness and behavior both as a church and as individual parents. We recognize that children are a great gift and responsibility from the Lord.
(Deut. 4:9-10, 6:5-9, 11:18-21; Joshua 8:35; Ps. 78:5, 127:3-5; Pr. 22:6; Matt. 19:14; Eph. 6:4)