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 members’ 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 His people.
Commitment to Evangelism