We believe the Gospel
Trinity Church is first and foremost a gospel church. The Apostle Paul describes this as ‘of first importance.’ The gospel, or Good News, is the message that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins ,and rose again as our assurance that all those who put their faith in him enjoy reconciliation with God and eternal resurrection life.
This is the central message of the Bible; it is ‘according to the Scriptures’. Our aim is teach the whole message of the Bible emphasising what is of first importance, but also showing how its message makes sense of the whole world and our whole lives, for all of time. We believe this gives life, sets people free and saves them.
We are governed by the FIEC Doctrinal Basis, which is a slightly longer statement of the core beliefs that mainstream churches have believed for 2000 years.
We try to be clear on matters of ‘first importance’ but allow some liberty of conscience on less central matters.
Therefore, for instance, though we practice and teach believers’ baptism - since we believe that baptism is the sign given to those who have personally decided to follow Christ - nevertheless church membership is open to those who are convinced, from their reading the bible, that infants may be baptised.
We are also a congregationally governed church. This means that the church is led by a local group of elders but church members are ultimately responsible for all matters of life and doctrine within the church.
We are part of several networks and have warm relationships and partnerships with numerous local, national and international ministries. Below are some of the more important ones.