We are passionate about creating a better way of being a "church."
We are a down-to-earth, open-minded, caring, and others-focused church with people from many walks of life and points of view, following Jesus into today's world.
How do we do it? We do our best to focus on our relationship with Jesus and finding practical ways to love our neighbors. As long as we do that, we can refuse to become distracted or divided by arguments over nonessential beliefs.
In other words, at Trinity you will find people with a wide variety of views on how we can best live Jesus' command to love our neighbors when it comes to politics, social issues, and more.
If you have questions about God or anything else, Pastor Brian is very easy to talk to and loves getting a chance to help people on their faith journey any way he can. Most questions that are worth asking in life deserve more than a small paragraph on a website. For now, here are a few things we consider essential and that visitors often ask us about:
Yes, we believe in Jesus.
John 3:16,17 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (See also John 1:1-36; Col 1:13-23)
At the heart of it all, following Jesus is about trust. We trust that God loves us, imperfect as we all are. We trust that through faith in Jesus we can be free from the self-focus and self-destruction that gets in the way of the good future God has for each of us.
Yes, we believe the Bible is inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 - You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (NAS)
We teach the Bible is inspired by God, but that can mean a variety of things, depending on how a person defines "God inspired" or more literally translated "God breathed." Regardless of our different views, we agree that the Bible as our authoritative account of God's words to humanity, is to be interpreted in light of God's embodied Word, namely Jesus. God speaks to the believing heart through the Bible, as has been the case for thousands of years. We respect both the meaning that the books of the Bible had when they were written and the meaning that comes as God uses the Bible to touch our hearts today.
Yes, We believe that God's Holy Spirit transforms Our hearts and lives
Ephesians 2:7-10 - So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT)
Romans 8:14-16 - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (NLT)
God's Spirit helps us change, so our lives and hearts are in harmony with the good future God has for us. As we do, we get to experience some of the joy, peace, justice, and compassion that will come fully one day. Simply put, God's promise for our future and forgiveness for our past mistakes, free us from self-concern so we can love one another in the here-and-now. This is partly what we mean when we pray to God each week,
"...your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven."
Those who are more familiar with Christianity may find it helpful to know Trinity adheres to the following:
Apostolic, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds,
the Lutheran Confessions as found in the Book of Concord.
see also ELCA.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching