Why We Exist
ABIDING in the Word
Trinity values community where genuine belonging is possible because of the regenerating Word of God.
The Word of God draws us together through Scripture, Sacrament, Liturgy, and Song
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31-32
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. - Acts 2:42
LIVING in the Truth
Trinity values cultivating people in the Word for their God-given vocations in family, church, and community.
The Truth shows us God’s purpose for our lives through His revealed Law and His promises for our lives through His revealed Gospel.
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 2:5
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
PROCLAIMING the Gospel to all
Trinity values equipping and empowering Christians to bring the Word into their relationships.
Proclamation of the Gospel trusts that the Spirit uses Christian lips and works in unbelievers’ hearts to work repentance and forgiveness.
And [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” - Mark 16:15
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. - 2 Timothy 4:1-5
What our values compel us to do
Growing Lifelong Disciples
A disciple lives in a right relationship with God and with the world. New disciples (target audience) are influenced primarily through members’ relationships and our congregation’s circle of influence.
The Church’s mission is to confess and proclaim the forgiveness of sins for Jesus’ sake (1) by preaching the Word, administering the Sacraments, and sending missionaries and (2) by the daily witness of the baptized children of God, His royal priesthood. - Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation
In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. - 1 Peter 3:15
The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” - 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” - John 20:21-23
What our mission results in
The Gospel Alive in Family, Church, and Community
Our goal is for the Gospel to influence the three aspects of individuals’ lives: family, church, and community.
The identifying marks that guarantee the presence of the Church are the pure proclamation of the Gospel and the right administration of the Sacraments. Where these are, the Spirit creates faith. Such things as gatherings for prayer and worship, the fruits of faith, and suffering for Christ also serve as good outward indications that the Church is present. - Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation
“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” - Matthew 18:18-20
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. - Hebrews 10:24-25
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:35
What a lifelong disciple looks like
PILLAR 1 - WORD & SACRAMENT
People encounter Jesus regularly and frequently through Word and Sacrament.
- New people are being influenced through Trinity’s ministries
- Doctrine is taught purely and in love
- Disciples are matured to attend regularly and frequently
- Preaching, Teaching, and Means of Grace (Baptism, Forgiveness, Communion) are the stated end goal of all ministry efforts
PILLAR 2 – COMMUNITY
People apply God’s purposes and promises in family, church, and community.
- A “less is more” approach is used so that we don’t do something just because we can; all efforts have a stated purpose and work in alignment with all ministries
- Trinity’s community is not siloed, but where different generations/backgrounds find belonging, study the Word, and to encourage each other to live it out
- People learn to apply a biblical worldview in their vocations, that is, their callings from God in the context of their family, church, and community
PILLAR 3 - RELATIONSHIPS
People are discipled to influence neighbors.
- The congregation is empowered to be the church and holds primarily responsibility for evangelism, rather than staff-driven efforts to “perform” church for the congregation
- Members apply a biblical worldview to current events and personal stories with others
- Members are equipped and empowered to winsomely evangelize in their relationships
PILLAR 4 – MISSION
People serve as the body of Christ locally and globally.
- Members live out the fruits of the spirit, which serves the world
- Trinity provides opportunities and empowers members to serve the world in the Roselle area and around the world
- Trinity’s culture is one of outreach and living as the church for the sake of the world, not for its own sake