God’s glory is both the motivation for the ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, as well as the measurement of success (Ps. 29:1-2, 115:1; Rom. 15:6; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph 1:3-14, 3:21; 1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Thess 1:11-12; 2 Peter 1:3, 3:18; Heb. 13:20-21). At first glance, this may seem simplistic. However, upon careful review of Scripture, we understand that this is indeed a complex goal requiring a diligent study and a careful implementation of biblical truths and principles.
While God’s glory is our ultimate objective, we recognize that we must be purposeful and intentional in our ministry in order to achieve this intended end. For the local church, God has preserved mandates in His inspired, infallible Word. Herein we understand the purpose for the local church and glean insights regarding the principles by which it should operate. The New Testament is robust in its prescription and description of the assembling of God’s people. These are universal truths and must be present for a New Testament church to glorify God.
Simply understanding our purpose and identifying core principles is not enough—we must also have a methodology for implementation. In other words, we must have carefully prayed-through and Spirit-guided action steps that push us to accomplish God’s purpose for the church. These strategic and tactical priorities, plans, and practices create the path that propels us towards our ultimate goal—God’s glory. This methodology must flow out of the biblical purpose and principles. It is important to highlight again that we ought to never stray from the God-given purpose and biblical principles, only deepen our understanding of them as we study God’s Word (Phil. 1:9; 2 Peter 1:3-11, 3:18). There is however, flexibility in the methodology—provided it is always tethered to truth (1 Cor. 9). Methodology must be adapted to best fit the immediate culture of our church and community, organizational structure, and available resources in which it operates.
Without recognizing our dependence on God to accomplish our purpose of displaying His glory, our work will be in vain; therefore, prayer must be an essential activity each time our church body gathers together (Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Prayer is the way we display our desire to submit to God’s will (Psalm 5:3; Matthew 6:33), demonstrate our faith in God’s provision (Matthew 7:7-11, 21:22), declare our weakness and sinfulness (Psalm 4:1; I John 1:9), and delight in the forgiveness of sins offered through Christ (Hebrews 4:16; Philippians 4:19).
Trinity Baptist Church exists to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Gather – We gather intentionally for corporate worship and for mutual fellowship in order to reveal God’s glory by being the visible expression and foretaste of His eternal kingdom.
Grow – We foster an environment for believers to grow into greater Christlikeness through public preaching and personal discipleship in order to reflect God’s glory by looking more and more like His Son.
Give – We give of ourselves to God and to one another through monetary offerings and ministry service in order to recognize His glory by surrendering all we are and have to Him.
Go – We go to our neighborhoods and across the world in order to recite God’s glory by proclaiming His salvation.