Trinity Baptist Church holds to the New Hampshire Baptist Confession of 1833 however, anyone that holds to the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000 is recognized by TBC as having like-minded faith and doctrinal beliefs.
Why covenant together as a church?
The covenant of Trinity Baptist Church is a guideline for the members of Trinity but contains general obligations for the governing of every believer. For example, all Christians, whether members of Trinity or elsewhere, are required to submit to the Scriptures, pursue holiness, steward resources, etc. Such requirements are expectations for believers regardless of any failure on the part of local church to live up to her covenant obligations.
If at any time an individual member feels as though the corporate church body is not remaining faithful to the requirements of the covenant, it is the responsibility of the individual member to lovingly and humbly express concerns to the leadership of the church. If the church elders are unwilling to change and pursue covenant faithfulness, then the member is freed from his or her membership obligations and encouraged to seek membership elsewhere given the church’s disobedience. In addition, certain circumstances may provide sufficient and righteous grounds to transfer membership elsewhere.
While focusing primarily in language on the responsibilities between the individual parties, the corporate church body, her elders and her individual members, the covenant is first and foremost an acknowledgement of general Christian obligations and an agreement to enter into those duties for God’s glory and the good of the body and bride of His Son.
As those who have experienced the grace of a life changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to live according to the Word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We covenant as members of Trinity Baptist Church to live in community, striving to honor God with our lives and exhort one another to godliness.
As evidenced in my personal spiritual growth, I do covenant:
- To identify with and come under submission to Trinity Baptist Church by participating in the two ordinances given to the church by God: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- To pursue personal spiritual growth and faithfulness to His Word through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship and the practice of spiritual disciplines with complete reliance on Scripture as the final authority on all issues in my life.
(Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22; Psalm 119; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
- To be an active member of Trinity as demonstrated by regular participation in worship services and small group Bible studies. I will seek to serve both inside the church as well as participate in community outreach. As a member of this body, I will strive to protect the unity of our fellowship by acting in love toward other members, believing the best of their intentions and actions and refusing to participate in gossip, slander or division. I will encourage other’s spiritual growth and will participate in holding one another accountable in this unity and covenant.
(Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14)
- To give of the resources God has given me, including time, talents, spiritual gifts and financial resources. I will give regularly, sacrificially and cheerfully.
(Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
- To, by God’s grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit, strive to walk in holiness in all areas of my life as a sacrifice of worship to the Lord. As a believer and a member of Trinity, I will strive to avoid behaviors and attitudes that would harm my testimony and that of my church.
(1 Peter 1:13-16, 4:1-3; Romans 1:28-32, 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:18; James 3:3-18; Romans 14:14-23; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13)
- To conduct my home and my marriage in a manner that illustrates the gospel and the sacrificial love of Christ for His Bride. I will practice purity in my thought life as well as my physical body. I will seek to preserve my marriage and will take steps to reconcile rather than pursuing divorce. I will regularly practice family devotions and accept the responsibility to teach my children the truth of the Word of God. I will lead my family to actively participate in the body at Trinity.
(Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, 10:8; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11)
- To submit to the discipline of the Word of God personally by leading a life of active confession and repentance. When necessary, I will be an active participant in seeking the reconciliation of members of Trinity by following the biblical procedures of church discipline. I will receive biblical discipline when approached by fellow believers and will seek to demonstrate repentance to preserve the unity of our fellowship.
(Psalm 41:5; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Hebrews 12:5-11; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5; James 5:16; 1 John 1:6-10)
- To submit to the elders and other appointed leaders of the church and to diligently strive for peace and unity within the church. If I should leave Trinity for a biblical reason, I will notify the staff/leadership of this decision and reasons, and I will quickly seek another church with which I can carry out my biblical responsibilities as a believer.
(Ephesians 4:1-3; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5)
The elders of Trinity Baptist Church are called to protect, lead, equip and care for the corporate church body and her individual members.
We, the Pastors of Trinity Baptist Church covenant:
- To appoint pastors and deacons that meet the qualifications described in the Scriptures
(1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
- To continually and prayerfully seek God’s guidance for Trinity Baptist Church and to be good
stewards of the resources entrusted to the church, to the best of our abilities
(Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
- To care for the church and seek her growth in grace, truth, and love
(Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:28; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
- To provide teaching and counsel from the entirety of Scripture
(Acts 20:27-28; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 2:1).
- To equip the members of the church for the work of the ministry
- To be on guard against false teachers and false teachings
(Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 1 John 4:1).
- To lovingly exercise church discipline when necessary, for the glory of God and for the good of not only the one disciplined but also for the health of the church as a whole.
(Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20).
- To set an example by joining the members in fulfilling the obligations of church membership as stated by our membership covenant.
(Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7-8; 1 Peter 5:3).