WHAT WE Believe

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
(John 3:16)

God extends grace, even though we do not deserve it, cannot earn it, and can never repay it.


We, the members of Trinity Christian Church of New Bloomfield, acknowledge and support the scriptural principles expressed within the five solas of the Reformation and the consensus of the historic creeds and Reformed confessions, but Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone – is always our final guide and sure foundation.


I. The Bible
The 66 books of the Bible are the inspired (God-breathed), inerrant (does not contain errors), and infallible (cannot contain errors, due to divine inspiration) Word of God in its original autographs. As such, it is our final authority for faith and life (Psalm 119:105). The Bible is the lens and framework by which we interpret reality and experience, rather than our interpreting the Bible through our own suppositions and experiences. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

II. God the Father
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth, not given to learning or "openness" (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6). Theology is the study of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is self-existent (having the power of existence in and of Himself, dependent on nothing and no one else for anything), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (present in all places simultaneously: Isaiah 57:15, 1 Chronicles 28:9, Genesis 1:1, Daniel 4:35, Psalm 139:7-12). More than simply a collection of attributes, however, God is a Person Who is holy, just, loving, compassionate, and merciful to those who come to Him in genuine repentance from sin; and even this repentance is not of man’s doing, but a gift of God (Exodus 34:6-7, 2 Timothy 2:25, Ephesians 2:8).
We affirm the classic Trinitarian theology of one God eternally coexisting in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

III. Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity; He is fully and eternally God and fully Man, two distinct natures coexisting without mixture or confusion. In the Incarnation, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life among us, was crucified, dead, and buried, rose on the third day, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory and judgment (Revelation 19-22). He is the only Mediator between God and man. The Lord Jesus Christ is at the center of biblical prophecy, and His finished work (John 19:30) is completely sufficient for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation of those who repent and believe the gospel of grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), by faith alone, in Christ alone (Galatians 3).

IV. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is fully God (Matthew 28:19). The Holy Spirit regenerates us, bears witness to us, illuminates us by opening our eyes so that we may understand the Scriptures, and teaches us of Christ (Titus 3:5, Hebrews 10:15, 1 Corinthians 2:14, John 14:26, 16:8-11). He eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, and He dwells in the hearts of believers and applies the finished work of Christ to us in the lifelong process of sanctification (1 Peter 1:2).

V. Creation
God, by the Word of His power, in six 24-hour days, created from nothing the heavens and the earth and all that is in them (Genesis 1). He further preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions according to His most holy, wise, and powerful providence.

VI. Man:
After God made the other creatures, He created man, both male and female, in His own image. He gave them dominion over all the earth, but because Adam sinned and woefully fell in his responsibility, he and his posterity entered into a state of complete moral corruption and inability to please God and became estranged from their Creator, thus deserving death as the punishment for sin (Genesis 2-3). We believe that all human life is sacred and is of inestimable worth in all its 4 dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.

VII. The Family:
The family is an institution established by God for the purpose of mutual love, intimacy, spiritual growth, and support between one biological man and one biological woman united for life in the covenant bonds of marriage (Genesis 1:27, 2:22-25, and especially Matthew 19:4-6). The father is the spiritual head of the home (Ephesians 5:23). God commissions parents to raise godly children and to conscientiously bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Malachi 2:15, Ephesians 6:4). Sexual immorality of any kind, whether heterosexual promiscuity or homosexual activity, is clearly and repeatedly forbidden by Scripture and is contrary to the purity and holiness of the marriage covenant (Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, we neither accept nor condone heterosexual/homosexual cohabitation or illegitimate “marriages” between people of the same sex. Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe, as well, that any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

VIII. Sin:
Sin is any violation of, or failure to obey, the law of God (1 John 3:4). The moral law perfectly reflects the unchangeable character of God and forever binds all people, believers as well as unbelievers. According to Romans 3:23, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The only way to restore a right relationship with our Creator and avoid the just penalty for our sins – eternal separation from God in hell – is faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, made possible by the grace of God alone.

IX. Salvation:

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and for the glory of God alone. Because all mankind is dead in sin, atonement must be made for man to be reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:11). Jesus Christ made a complete atonement for His elect through His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. He imputes His righteousness to all who believe, securing full redemption for those who repent of their sin and trust in Him alone for salvation. Salvation is God's sovereign act of grace whereby He saves us from His just judgment of eternal death for our sin by the price paid by His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and eternal life (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Salvation is clearly and unequivocally ascribed to the Lord God, and to no one else. Those who die without Christ will spend all eternity separated from God in conscious torment in the lake of fire as the just penalty for their sin (Romans 3:10-26, Revelation 20:15). Salvation is embodied in Christ and there is simply no other way to receive it (Luke 2:30, 3:6; Acts 4:12). Before the foundation of the world, God chose, in Christ, those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, sanctifies, and glorifies (Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-11).

X. The Church:
Christ has established a visible church, which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the authority of Holy Scripture, to preach the gospel of Christ, properly administer the biblical ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and to exercise discipline (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13). The church is the body and bride of Christ, composed of all believers from all ages who are saved and therefore in union with Christ. Created and obtained by the blood of Christ, Who is its head, the church gathers for corporate worship and mutual encouragement, edification (teaching and preaching), building up of one another, and for the work of ministry to both believers and unbelievers in our communities (Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:23, Hebrews 10:25). Scripture is clear that the church should make every effort to continue meeting together even in times of hardship or trial (Heb 10:24-25). Elders will prayerfully determine if services need to be canceled.

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe and practice. For purposes of Trinity Christian Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our elders are the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application.


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