Statement of Faith
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, and as the only basis for our beliefs. This church accepts the Baptist Faith and Message as a general statement of our faith.
Trinity is vested in the membership of believers who comprise it. Trinity is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist churches. Insofar as is practical, Trinity will cooperate with and support the Greater Cleveland Baptist Association, the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, the Southern Baptist Convention, and other evangelical churches.
Our Key Doctrinal Statements
1. The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
a. Inspired - the Holy Scripture was given to us by God through human writers.
b. Infallible - the Holy Scripture is not misleading and is a sure, safe, and reliable rule and guide in all matters.
c. Inerrant - the Holy Scripture is free from all falsehood or mistakes and is entirely true and trustworthy in all its assertions.
(Prov. 30:5; Matt. 4:4, 5:17; Deut. 8:3;)
2. There is only one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1-2; Ps. 5:4, 145:3; John 1:1)
3. The Lord Jesus Christ is absolutely divine and fully human. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed authentic miracles, died in the place of sinners to pay for their sin, rose bodily from the grave, and works as a mediator in heaven.
(Matt. 28:18-20; John 1:14, 1:21; Is. 9:6; II Cor. 5:21)
4. For the salvation of man, spiritual life given by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. His ministry includes indwelling the believer, enabling him to live a godly life.
(John 3:3; Rom. 8:9)
5. Although man was created in the image of God, he sinned, causing physical death and separation from God. All human beings are born with a sinful nature, and those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
(Gen. 1:27, 2:17; Rom. 6:23, 6:12-14)
6. The death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only basis for the salvation of all who believe. Only those who exercise repentance and faith, receiving Jesus Christ as Lord, are children of God.
(I Cor. 15:3-6; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
7. Those who truly trust (believe) in Christ and rest upon His saving grace are saved, forever sealed and secure in their salvation. A faith that saves saves to the end. If it doesn't save to the end, it wasn't true faith to begin with.
(John 10:28-29; Jude 24; II Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; Eph. 4:30)
8. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily to the earth to complete our salvation and establish His kingdom. All of the dead will experience a bodily resurrection; the believer to eternal joy with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and eternal punishment.
(I Thess. 4:13-18; I John 3:2; Dan. 12:2; Rev. 7:14)