Welcome to Trinity Church!
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To bring glory, honor and worship to God by being a “People of God’s Presence, Visibly Demonstrating the Kingdom of God”. The fulfillment of our purpose will be recognized by those in this family of God actively modeling a surrendered lifestyle to the preeminence of Jesus Christ our Savior and head of the church.
We practically demonstrate God’s kingdom by the empowering presence of Holy Spirit in our lives, embracing “The Great Commandments”, “The Great Commission” and being intentional in discipling others until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the fullness of Christ; naturally reaching out to our world of influence to share the good news of the kingdom of God.
What We Believe
At the center of Trinity’s teachings is our belief in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God. Who is the full revelation of God in the flesh. The One who willingly died for the forgiveness of our sins and arose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus did this so that we could live in relationship with God our creator and heavenly Father throughout eternity.
We also believe that Holy Spirit is now empowering the body of Christ to live an overcoming life that will be pleasing to God as we are being prepared to become the bride of Christ.
We believe that there is only one way to receive forgiveness of sin. That is to confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus Christ died for our sins. That when we confess our sins, repent and ask for forgiveness, He is faithful and just to forgive us.
We believe Jesus is the only way (gate) to receive salvation.
We believe in the triune Godhead where God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are one.
We believe that water baptism is a vital element of a follower of Christ and that this decision is to be made by the individual, at an accountable age, as a public statement to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the baptism of Holy Spirit evidenced by a changed power filled life operating with Spiritual gifts as Holy Spirit directs.
We believe in receiving communion on a regular basis in remembrance of Jesus’ death until He returns.
We believe in scriptural core values for all Christians to embrace. Examples of our core values are included in, but not limited to, the following list:
● The anointed teaching of the Bible as the guide and standard for Christian life as the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives, in the church and within the culture where we live.
● Worship is a way of life that best reflects our central purpose, which is to glorify God, experience His presence, and live in intimate relationship with Him.
● Lost people matter to God, and therefore, matter to the people of God. We intentionally seek them out to share the Good News of the kingdom of God.
● An authentic Biblical community should be characterized by relational transparency, integrity, unconditional love, respect, support, and continuous growth. This can be best experienced in small groups and ministry teams.
● The word of God states that marriage is between one man and one woman for life.
● The church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual gifts. All of God’s people are called to be ministers of God and the church is called to release the best that we have for God’s glory.
● The church is led by Holy Spirit. We invite and welcome His presence in all functions.
● The church, in all of its ministries, is to be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. Therefore, the church is open to a variety of methodologies that will fulfill the vision and mission as led by Holy Spirit.
● The church elder team is led by men and women with leadership gifts who are Spirit filled.
In 1977, a small group of people had a vision to plant a new church in Morton, IL, that would have a core foundation that would restore a New Testament concept of church government. This small group of people was joined by a larger group that met in a house to worship for the first time on Sunday, August 21, 1977. The group soon out grew the house and the local theater and began meeting in one of the schools in Morton. On August 6, 1978, ground was broken for what is the current church building.
On the first Sunday, the church selected 5 elder couples to join with the pastor and his wife as the leadership team. As the church grew, all the church was divided into small groups led by one of the five elder couples. The major decisions were made by seeking the guidance of Holy Spirit and seeking a spiritual consensus, not by voting. A unique characteristic was that Trinity would lead by a team of elders, who met the scriptural qualifications, to lead and minister to the needs of the Body of Christ. The pastor is the first among equals in the elder team and helps to carry and implement the vision of the church.
The following were the goals and vision of the church from the beginning, a church that is salt and light to the community.
● A place where the Holy Spirit would have freedom to come and lead
● Worship that is Spirit led, both contemporary and traditional
● Meet the needs of the Body of Christ through the small groups
● Encourage people to find and exercise their God given gifts
● Be a giving and sending church, equipping and sending people out to extend Christ’s Kingdom
● To be a place where all are welcome
● Have a desire to grow and a passion for the lost
These were the foundations of Trinity Church of Morton and are still the foundations we seek to base all areas that we are involved with now and in the future. We, the members of Trinity Church, seek to be a “Visible Demonstration of the Kingdom of God”.