Trinity is privileged to work with Jesus to serve people, those inside the church and those in the community. The Four C's focus this ministry's work, for the church and the school.
Christ – Of necessity and with joy Christ is preached and given through the Word and Sacrament, and is the centering focus in every bible study. Faith is strengthened by such proclamation and meditation. Lives can’t help then but to speak of Christ “with boldness,” (Acts 4:31).
Trinity takes its lead from those Christians who saw and heard Jesus. The early Church, therefore, could do no other than to focus on Christ, His teaching and the Sacraments He instituted. They believed and, rightly so, that He is just as active now as He was before His Crucifixion. His activity for saving is through His deeds of preaching and the Sacraments. Therefore, the early Church had this focus: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers,” (Acts 2:42).
Character – The Word of Christ by the Spirit’s work causes a new person, one of integrity, humility and faith. This life of faith shines like a light in a dark world. This light is one of trust in Christ as the only Savior and living by faith in all of His promises. “Let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,”(Matt. 5:16). The Ten Commandments are the shape and norm of the Christian life. Trinity gladly teaches the Law and the Gospel of the Holy Scriptures. Trinity—along with the whole Christian Church—is the light on the hill for all to see.
Curriculum – The Holy Scriptures are the source of truth; they form the content and do critique all preaching and teaching at Trinity. Jesus Himself says, “And Scripture cannot be broken,” (John 10:35). And, He also says, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth,” (John 17:17). The Word—Holy Scripture—is not only the source of truth but the means by and through which God purifies sinners. He has “cleansed her (the church) by the washing of water with the word,” (Ephesians 5:26). God’s Word owns a unique capacity to kill and make alive, to accuse and to comfort. “I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal,” (Deuteronomy 32:39b).
Trinity, along with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations— gladly submits to the Book of Concord, the collection of Lutheran documents, as they are a correct exposition of the Holy Scriptures. The rightly interpreted Holy Scriptures remain always the final authority.
Community – God calls, gathers and enlightens people into a community called, the church. He gathers the church first before Him in the Divine Service. There He gifts His people with the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. He shepherds them with His Voice, washes souls with the water and the Word, and gives of His Body and Blood in the Holy Communion. His people return to their vocations, as family and workers. Christ leads them out into the community. As they learned of self-sacrifice of Jesus to them in the Divine Service, their lives display the same, placing the others’ needs ahead of their own. Helping others is just what a Christian does. Trinity’s undeserved privilege and surprise is the Holy Spirit’s use of people helping others.