Core Values at Holy Trinity
1. The Power of the Gospel
We believe in the power of the Gospel to transform our lives. The message of the gospel is that Christ has done what is necessary to bring us into a relationship with God. Our sinfulness does not count against us and our religious efforts do not count for us. The guilt of our sin is forgiven in the death of Christ, and the power of sin is broken through the resurrection of Christ.
2. The Authority of the Word of God
We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is the sufficient and necessary guide for our lives.
3. Teaching from a Reformed Perspective
This means that the way we express our faith has been greatly influenced by many of the perspectives that came out of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. For example, we believe that God is sovereign over every aspect of creation including our salvation and service to him. The Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes Reformed theology in a way that, we believe, is faithful to the teachings of Scripture.
4. Christian Growth
We believe God has ordained a simple and clear pattern by which Christ’s church is to be nurtured in her faith. We call this the “ordinary means of grace”. Acts 2:42 lists the four ordinary means of grace:
1. the teaching of God’s Word,
2. the celebration of Christian worship (sacraments)
4. the development of genuine community among God’s people (fellowship).
5. Covenantal Ministry
We believe that the church is a family of families. The church’s ministry is multi-generational. For more detail see Philosophy of Family Ministry.
6. Worship-driven Ministry
We believe that the Christian life begins and ends in the worship of God. Worship is the end to which our service leads, as we call others to faith in Christ in order that they, too, may worship him.
This is simply a description (from 1 Timothy 4:14) of the way our church is governed. It is based on the idea found throughout the Bible that God’s people are to be under the care and oversight of “elders”. Each local church is shepherded by a group of elders called the “Session”. But, we are not independent churches. We are connected to other local churches in a regional body called a “Presbytery”. And finally, there is a national body to which we are all accountable called the “General Assembly”.
We believe that as individuals and as a church we are called to proclaim to all people in all places the salvation that is available in Jesus Christ. We hope that all members of our church will participate at some level in bringing the good news of the gospel to those who do not yet know Christ.
Who Is Required to Hold Our Core Values?
We accept members based on a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. A person does not have to accept all of these distinctives to be a member of the church.
Our elders and deacons, however, must hold to all these distinctives. Each officer has vowed that he receives and adopts the Westminster Standards as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Scriptures.
Likewise, our Sunday School teachers sign a Teacher’s Covenant. They affirm their willingness to teach according to the confessional standards of our church and agree to discuss with the Session any area where they disagree. The Session must approve all teachers.
It is our deepest desire to be a warm, gracious, inviting, and open church; yet holding strong convictions that always come directly from the Bible. More than anything else, we desire that all who participate in the life of our church will experience the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.