THIS WEEK AT TRINITY
Christian Doctrine Series 12: Christian Life in Society
NO Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
What’s in Our Name?
We are an assembly of people united in a religious profession for a common purpose.
We believe, teach, and confess the historic Christian faith. It was Martin Luther’s (1483–1546) desire to reform the teachings of the Catholic Church, so that they would reflect what Holy Scripture (the Bible) teaches and what earlier Christians had once taught. Some hallmarks of Lutheranism include distinguishing between the law and the gospel, an emphasis on the solas (see below), and a high regard for the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper). We belong to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a church body represented throughout the United States, and in fellowship with 33 other church bodies throughout the world.
Evangelical means “focusing on good news.” The overarching message of the Bible is a joyful one, centered in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus died on a cross around 33 AD to reconcile all humans with God, and then returned to life three days later, appearing to more than 500 eyewitnesses. Jesus’s resurrection proves that the Bible is true, that he saved us from sin and hell, and that all who trust in him can be certain of eternal life in heaven after this short life on earth is over.
Even though the name Trinity is not found in the Scriptures, it is a name the Church has used to describe the one true God, based on what he reveals to us about himself in the Scriptures. Trinity simply means “three-oneness.” God says that he is only one divine being, but that he exists in three divine persons—the Father who created us, the Son who redeemed us, and the Holy Spirit who makes us holy and keeps us in the faith.
The Three Solas
The teaching of Holy Scripture, restored to prominence during the Reformation, can be summarized this way: We are saved eternally only by God’s grace (sola gratia), which is only received through faith in the completely sufficient work of his Son Jesus Christ (sola fide), and God only reveals this truth to us in Holy Scripture (sola scriptura).
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I could not imagine joining in Christian worship anywhere else! The congregation size is ideal for a true family feeling where everyone knows everyone and yet is large enough to be a very capable and supportive body of believers. I am a husband and father to four children, and I love the comfort of knowing that through infant or adult baptism, Sunday school, confirmation class, regular weekly worship, and a variety of adult Bible classes, my family is learning the truth of Scripture with a balanced teaching of both God’s law and his gospel message. Come and see what being a member at Trinity is like!
I was very excited to find Trinity. The congregation has been very inviting and friendly to us from the first Sunday we attended to the present day as members of the church. The teachings of the triune God and his Word are present in worship every Sunday. Services are very easy to follow and we enjoy using the new hymnal. Trinity is a great place to worship with my husband and our two young children.
What I love about Trinity is our community and how even outside of church you have reminders of what happens within the church. Our sermons are for the most part relatable to my life and they sometimes make me start to think. … I also love how much effort we put into really digging deep in the Bible studies after the service.
Our church teaches us the most important thing we need to hear—the true word of God spoken from the Bible, law and gospel, and the forgiveness of our sins. This is what has drawn me to the church for many years. Our congregation is always there for each other; there is great love between the members and they truly care.
Trinity is a Bible-based church spreading our triune God’s word—the message of Christ crucified and that we are saved by grace alone through faith in Christ. We have friendly men’s, women’s, and group Bible studies, and there is Sunday School and confirmation for our children and young adults. My favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 11:1. God’s Word that I hear every Sunday at Trinity helps strengthen my faith daily.