Holy Trinity’s Vision
We are seeking, by God’s grace, to become a church that reflects the character of the church described in the New Testament. Luke describes the early church in Acts 2:42-47:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The Word of God
The early Christians devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching. It is the task of the church to build up its members in the faith and to bring the gospel to those who are still outside the church. For this reason we desire our ministry to be centered on the Word of God: the Bible.
The Fellowship of the Church
The early Christians were also known for their fellowship with one another. In other words, they spent time together and knew one another well, sharing in common both the joys and trials of life.
The Worship of God
When Acts 2 speaks of the breaking of bread, it is referring to the Lord’s Supper which was central to the gathered worship of the church. The church is never more centered on her calling than when she is gathered to worship her Lord. Worship is the fuel that fires all our service, and it is the end to which all our other activities should lead. We desire to be a community that is truly devoted to the Worship of our God.
The early church devoted itself to prayer. Prayer is the way God’s people exercise their faith, claim his promises, and demonstrate their dependence. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing. By prayer we show our confident trust in God who alone can do abundantly more that we can ever imagine.
Acts concludes its description of the early church by noting that the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. A church that commits itself to be what God has called the church to be in both its words and its deeds will see the Lord bringing people to faith in Christ. We are committed to taking this gospel of Christ to Tampa and the nations.