What We Believe

Here at Trinity we have been participating in the Sure Foundation program.  As a key part of that experience, we developed eight central Core Values that define who we are as a congregation and how we hope to grow.  They are intended to guide where we place our focus, and to support our core beliefs.

In addition to these core values, we also hold firm to the three main creeds of Christendom, as printed below.

Core Values

Spirit-filled worship – Inviting the Holy Spirit to guide our worship time with the expectation that our lives will be transformed and equipped for His glory and purpose.

Biblical preaching that applies to everyday life – Proclaim the truth of Scripture to equip everyone in Jesus Christ.

Prayer ministry – Prayer is the foundation for seeing God’s hand at work in the world.  Prayer covers the ministries of the Church and the lives of its people.

Relationship/ breaking bread together – Joining together, building relationships in fellowship and in breaking bread together – welcoming everyone in Christ

Discipling – Nurture spiritual growth and increase the knowledge of Jesus Christ by teaching the Word of God.

Missions/outreach – Seek God’s guidance as we use our individual and corporate gifts to exhibit God’s grace visibly in our community and in the world.

Unity, people moving together in harmony – Working together in harmony with God’s Word and each other

Establish a heritage of God, adults and children – Appreciating our Biblical heritage that has been passed on from generation to generation.

The Creeds

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

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The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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The Athanasian Creed

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold
the Catholic Faith.

Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt
he shall perish everlastingly.

And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and
Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the
Substance.

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another
of the Holy Ghost.

But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is
all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.

The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy
Ghost incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.

As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but
one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.

So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy
Ghost Almighty.

And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.

And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.

And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge
every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,

So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be three
Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.

The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.

The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor
created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one
Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.

And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or
less than another;

But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.

So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the
Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also
believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;

God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and
Man of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;

Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh
subsisting.

Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the
Father, as touching his manhood;

Who, although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;

One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh but by taking of the
Manhood into God;

One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.

For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one
Christ;

Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the
third day from the dead.

He ascended into heaven, he sitteth at the right hand of the Father,
God Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead.

At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies and shall
give account for their own works.

And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they
that have done evil into everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he
cannot be saved.