Worshipping and Serving the Triune God in Christ-centered liturgy, community, and mission
- Covenantal Unity
Man was created for one purpose—to glorify the Triune God in worship and service. Therefore, our purpose at Holy Trinity is to glorify the Triune God, in Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God evermore, and to enjoy Him forever.
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” –Psalm 115:1
It is this manifest destiny we yield ourselves to the underlying values implied in this first catechism concerning man’s chief end, which is, “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Under this principle we have several underlying values.
The first is worship. Every aspect of our being is centered on the worship of the triune God. Every expression of our lives is for the purpose of worshipping God. Whether in work, play, family or church life, our first desire is to do all to the glory of God.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” –1 Corinthians 10:31“This is, indeed the proper business of the whole life, in which men should daily exercise themselves, to consider the infinite goodness, justice, power and wisdom of God, in this magnificent theatre of God.” –John Calvin
Taking this command of Scripture seriously creates several presuppositions for Christ’s Church and people. We do not come to church to please ourselves but to please God. We do not gather in corporate worship to entertain each other but to honor, magnify and adore the triune God through the revelation and works of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and edify each other through the Word. Therefore, we reject entertainment-oriented and man-centered worship as we strive to be joyfully reverent and God-centered.
This does not mean worship is void of joy, pleasure, or excitement to the child of God. If the Spirit dwells within us there is great delight in the worship and service of God. Yet, selfish joy is not our chief end and it is not how we approach or determine how we worship. Our joy is in the revealed God of Scripture.
Only God can ascribe how He is to be worshipped. The Church has not been called to be fashionably relevant or popular among the latest trends. We believe God has revealed His order of worship in the Holy Scriptures. This order of worship is called liturgy, which is the forms and means of public worship. In Christian thought, these forms and means are prescribed by God through His Word. A Christian liturgy is the work of the people in celebrating and proclaiming the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is the work of the people of God to proclaim this word corporately in song, prayer, reading of Scripture, exposition of the Word, and remembrance of Christ’s death.
“…I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” –Hebrews 2:12“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.” –Acts 3:1“And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.” –Exodus 24:7“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” –Nehemiah 8:8“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” –1 Corinthians 10:16
The basic elements of true worship are: call to worship (Psalm 95:6); confession of sin (Nehemiah 9:2); consecration (2 Chronicles 29:5; John 17:17); communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-26); and, commission (Matthew 28:19-20). We seek to implement all of these elements in holy and joyful reverence.
“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” –Psalm 29:2
The second underlying purpose is the development of the covenant community. The local church is not an open and public community in the civic sense. However, the Church is to be a blessing to the civic institution just as it is to be a blessing to the institution of the family.
A civic community is based off of physical birth while the church community is based off of the new birth. The community of God is made up of those in covenant to Him and each other. We are the recipients of the covenant of redemption made through the Father and the Son. Elected by God through His grace to be joint heirs with Christ, we are also to join in covenant together as joint heirs of this heavenly calling.
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” –Titus 3:7“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” –Galatians 3:29“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” –1 Corinthians 1:10
The purpose of this covenantal union of saints is to strengthen and build each other up to fight the good fight of faith. Therefore, the objective of this community of faith is unity, fellowship and discipline.
This mutual ministry requires constant and consistent interaction between families. This interaction is not just restricted to a weekly fellowship but in perpetual friendship and brotherhood in all areas of our lives. Covenant members of Holy Trinity are a family of families desiring to see Christ formed in every member (Galatians 4:19) and every member conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Therefore, we seek to create a brotherhood in Jesus Christ.
Third, we believe and engage in Biblical evangelism and mission. The general mission of the Church is to call, teach, baptize and instruct all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). We are to disciple the nations until all the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 15:11). Because of this promise we believe in a victorious eschatology. The future belongs to Christ and His Church. The Revelation of Jesus Christ promises complete victory.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” –Revelation 11:15"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee." –Psalm 22:27“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” –Matthew 16:18
Believing in this promise, we reject all unbiblical and man-made methods of evangelism and false doctrines in relation to the mission of the Church. The Church is the agent of grace to instruct the world about God’s Law, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and engaging in the ministry of reconciling all things to Christ. Therefore, we will carry out this mission in Biblical evangelism, in true love to our neighbor and with the right attitude of faith in Christ’s victory over all His enemies.