Doctrinal Beliefs

The Holy Scriptures


We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the verbal, inspired words of God, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts. We further believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are designed for our practical instruction in faith and conduct. 

By “The Holy Scriptures ” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.


2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21

The Godhead


We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God. 


Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19

The Person And Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came into the world that He might reveal God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end, He was born of a virgin, received a human body and a sinless human nature without ceasing to be God. 

Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1, 14, 18; Hebrews 4:15; Philippians 2:5-11  

We believe that, in infinite love for the lost, He voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sins of the world.

Romans 3:25-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Hebrews 10:5-14

We believe He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died and that His resurrected body is the pattern of the body which ultimately will be given to all believers.

John 20:20; Philippians 3:20-21

We believe that on departing earth, He was accepted by His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished. 

Hebrews 1:3 

We believe that He became head over all things to the church, which is His body, and in this ministry He does not cease to intercede and to be an advocate for the saved. 


Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3; Ephesians 1:23; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1-2 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, dwells in every believer immediately after he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that God provides, through the Holy Spirit, power to live the Christian life.


Romans 5:5; 8:1-9; Galatians 5:16-25 


We believe that every believer receives grace from God in the form of a spiritual gift, which enables him to function as a member of the body of Christ. 


Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:7 

Salvation

We believe that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again spiritually, and that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished by the grace of God, an unmerited gift, given in love by God and not the result of any human works.  


John 3:17-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Romans 4:4-5  


We believe that the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved is to make Christ known to the whole world and that this is the purpose of the church through the individuals within it. 


Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 


We believe that local churches, such as Three Trails Community , gather together for practical instruction in the scriptures, for fellowship with God and with other believers, and for corporate witness to the unsaved world. Our common spiritual goal is to grow toward Christ’s likeness. 


Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:13-16 

Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God’s established law was that they should bring for only “after their kind.” Since God created mankind into genders distinctly male and female, we believe that the only marriage that is blessed by God  is that between one man and one woman. 


Gen. 1.1; Ex 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24.)

The Personality Of Satan

We believe that Satan, the devil, is the prince of demons and the declared adversary of God and man. However, when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, He limited the power of the devil and guaranteed the ultimate triumph of God. 


Ephesians 2:2; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:2, 10; Colossians 2:13-15

The Resurrection And Return Of Christ

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the Scriptures”; that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God”; that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God”; “that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven,” bodily, personally, and visibly; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”; that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; “that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David”; and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.”


Matt. 28:6-7; Acts 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-7; Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John 14:3; I Thess. 4:16; Matt.24:27, 42; Heb. 9:28; I Cor. 15:42-44, 51-53; I Thess. 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8, Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6

Eternal State

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. All those who rejected Jesus Christ will eternally be separated from God to endure His eternal wrath forever. 


2 Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-27 

Responsibility Of Believers

We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, separating themselves from worldly practices and witnessing by life and by word the truths of the Holy Scripture.  

Romans 12; Galatians 5:16, 25; 2 Corinthians 5:9-17 

We believe that all believers will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ and rewarded based on their faithful obedience to Him in this life.  

1 Corinthians 3:10-17

The Lord’s Supper

The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed in remembrance of our Savior’s sacrifice  regularly by all established places of worship, as taught in the Scriptures


Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26

Baptism

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.


Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4