What We believe
--A High View of God
Our generation is plagued by a low view of God. Few are awed by His majesty. Most
live in defiance to His commands. God reveals Himself in His Word as Sovereign,
Almighty, and most Holy. He is sovereign over all of the world's affairs: "And all the
inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in
the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth" (Daniel 4:35). He is
almighty, fully able to accomplish His purpose: "And none can stay his hand, or say
unto him, What doest thou?" (Daniel 4:35). He is absolutely holy and must punish sin:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men" (Romans 1:18). God is also full of mercy. He loved sinners
enough to send forth His Son to die on their behalf and graciously receives all who
come to Him in repentance.
--A High View of the Church
We believe Christ purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25)
and that He oversees all of its affairs (Rev. 2-3). We believe all Christian ministry must
be conducted under the authority of the local church. It is the only institution on earth
ordained by God for the propagation of the Gospel and the edification of the saints.
God has given us His Word as the standard by which we must conduct the work of the
church (1 Tim. 3:14-15). We take church membership very seriously and require the
completion of a 13-week new membersí class prior to becoming a member. We
believe in a regenerate church membership and that true Christian conversion will be
accompanied by the fruit of holiness (Gal. 5:22-23; 1 John 1:6; 2:3-4).
We further believe that church membership is a covenant relationship between
like-minded believers. We take our church covenant very seriously.
(To view the Trinity Covenant please see the link at top of page.)
--A Plurality of Pastors
We believe the Bible teaches that the local church should be under the oversight of a
plurality of pastors. There are several advantages to this model of leadership:
-- Combined leadership
-- Continuity of leadership when one of the pastors leaves
-- Theological and Moral Accountability
--A High View Scripture
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. It alone is our
final authority in matters of faith and practice. We presuppose this authority in every
aspect of our church. We believe the London Baptist Confesion of 1689 to be an
adequate expression of what we believe the Bible teaches.
(To view this confession please see link at top of page.)
--A High View of Worship
We believe true worship must always be God-centered rather than man-centered.
God loves and desires the worship of His people (Ps. 29:2), and he commands us to
bring the sacrifices of praise to His altar. The modern church-growth movement has
shifted the emphasis of worship to the feelings and experiences of man. The fearful
and reverent worship of God and the preaching of His Word have been replaced by
entertainment, therapy, and whatever else will appeal to the greatest number of
people. We believe worship is a spiritual activity of God's redeemed people. We
strive to include in our worship only those elements that God has specifically
prescribed in the Bible (the Regulative Principle of Worship). We give a high priority
to the preaching of the Word (2 Tim. 4:2). It is the primary means of bringing salvation
to sinners (1 Cor. 1:21). We sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that exalt our
Lord (Eph. 5:19).
--A High View of Evangelism
We believe in the importance of evangelism. God has clearly commanded us to
preach the Gospel to all men and to show them the love of Christ. Although we
understand that salvation is a supernatural work of God and that it is not in our power
to save souls, we have great confidence that our labors will never be in vain. We
believe the church must be involved in purposed evangelism and that every believer
must endeavor to demonstrate Christ in his daily life.
Trinity was founded in 1940, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. In the
early 1980's, under the leadership of our former pastor, Cary Kimbrell, Trinity began
the process of reformation. Dale Crawford, joined the pastoral staff in 1987 and by
1990 Trinity considered itself to be a Reformed Baptist Church. Cary Kimbrell left at
the end of 1996 and Dale Crawford became senior pastor. In 1999 we adopted the
Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 as our confession. Also that year we
sold our facility on Plank Road and relocated to our current location on Wooddale
Court. We joined the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America
(ARBCA) in 2007.
While we enjoy a long history of stability, we consider ourselves a relatively new
congregation with a great zeal for advancing the Gospel of Christ and strengthening
Commitment to Evangelism