Every healthy church has distinctive characteristics that set the diet and direction of the ministry. These are not as essential as the gospel, meaning believers can disagree on them and still be in Christ, but they do help distinguish the emphasis of our fellowship in contrast to others. In order to help you know what our church culture is built upon, we’ve distilled our core commitments to what we hope every member can enthusiastically support and promote
The Glory of God
We are committed to the honor of God’s name and the praise of His glory as the ultimate goal in all that we are and do. The very heavens and earth continually declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 6:3), and we want to do the same. It is by the riches of his glory that all our real needs will be met (Philippians 4:19-20). Through the knowledge of Christ, the glory of God is displayed (2 Corinthians 4:6), and is seen in all the grace and truth he showed to us (John 1:14). Our thankful response to the gospel brings him glory (2 Corinthians 4:15), so when we gather for corporate worship, we do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The Sufficiency of Scripture
We are committed to living in submission to God’s Word as the ultimate authority in the life of our church. The Bible is completely sufficient in every situation (Psalm 19:7-14), and will provide us with the knowledge of Christ that leads to godliness and fruitfulness (2 Peter 1:3-8). It is also our final and highest authority (1 Corinthians 14:37–38; Jude 3–4), and this is why we are committed to verse-by-verse expository preaching. We believe the main point of the text should be the main point of the sermon because that is where the power lies (Hebrews 4:12), and it is the primary means by which the Spirit of God brings transformation to the lives of His people (Psalm 119:105; John 17:17).
The Significance of Corporate Worship
When we gather for worship and mutual edification, it’s a precious gift. Jesus Christ himself told us that true worship is not about a place or day, but about the state of our heart (Romans 12:1-2). He said, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). This means that our whole lives should be an act of worship. However, we were designed to live and worship in a community of believers, and therefor regular assembling together is vital (Hebrews 10:25). When we do, it’s for the purpose of building one another up through teaching and correction (Colossians 3:16) with gospel songs (Ephesians 5:19), and gospel preaching (Acts 2:42). So, in accord with the clear commands of Scripture, our services revolve around the public reading of Scripture, exhortation, teaching, and prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 4:13).
The Maturity of the Saints
Every Christian will grow spiritually as they walk with the Lord. This is not just an expectation, but actually a command. Paul tells the believers in Corinth, “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). This implies the simple truth that as a church we must concern ourselves with helping each other grow strong. The result in a healthy church where genuine unity is found through our faith, and knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). This is achieved through the consistent practice of teaching and applying the Word of God. It involves instruction (Proverbs 9:9), with a goal to see each person grown in their discernment and personal holiness. Our prayer is that each person will “…be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).
The Proclamation of the Gospel
Jesus Christ left us with a mandate to go into the world with his authority, and make disciples that would follow and obey him (Matthew 28:18-20). The harvest is plentiful (Matthew 9:37-38), so we strive to clearly teach God’s truth about the hope we have in Christ for forgiveness, righteousness, and heaven. We are not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16), and proclaim it all with joy that all might escape condemnation, and be reconciled to God. We understand it to be our responsibility and privilege to be his witnesses here and around the world (Acts 1:8), entrusted with the message hope that is to be preached so that people might be saved (Romans 10:11-15).
To Present Mature Believers in Christ
through the Proclamation of the Gospel
What Denomination are you?
Tri-City Bible Church is not part of any denomination, but we identify theologically with the Reformed, Baptist, and Premillennial traditions. Essentially we believe that God is sovereign in salvation, only believers should be baptized, and God has a future plan for Israel when he will fulfill all his promises as he made them in the Old Testament.
What do you believe? What kind of church are you?
Our church bylaws contain all the important information about what we believe and how we function as a church.
How many people are at your church?
On average about 250 people attend every Sunday.
What should I wear?
It’s not that important to us. You’re important, and we want to make you feel welcome at our church even if it’s the first time you’ve ever been to one.
What should I do after Church?
We’d love to meet you and answer any questions you might have. If you turn to the person beside you and ask to be introduced to the pastor that would be especially great. Our pastor and the other elders would love to talk to you and make you feel at home.
I just want to visit. Are you going to make this awkward?
No. Feel free to just show up and check it out. No one will make you stand up or identify yourself as a visitor.
I have young children. What should I do with them?
First of all, we love kids. Our children’s program is exciting, Bible based, and led by some of the best people you’ll ever meet. Feel free to contact our Children’s Ministry Pastor ahead of time if you have any questions, or check out the information page on our website.
I have teenagers. What should I do with them?
High School and Junior High students (beginning at 6th grade) are full participants in our congregation. We believe that they need to be exposed to corporate worship, the exposition of God’s Word, and fellowship with the full Body of Christ from an early age.
How do I get to know people more closely?
The best way to build relationships is through regular attendance at our weekly services, participation in our Bible studies for both men and women, and joining a small group that meets close to your home.
What do you do in your Church service?
We sing both tradition songs from a hymnal and new songs that fit into our philosophy of music. We also pray, read Scripture, and listen to a sermon from a portion of God’s Word.
Does your church take an offering? Do you expect me to give money?
Our regular attenders and members of the church are responsible for paying the expenses. They understand that God has called us to use our resources to support the work of the ministry here and around the world. Our visitors are our guests, and it’s our joy to offer you a place to worship God with no fear that someone will expect you give money.
What’s the Sermon like?
We are a church that sees a critical need for expository preaching. This means every Sunday one of our pastors will clearly teach through the Word of God verse-by-verse. We desire to know God, and to love Christ more. This happens through the teaching of His Word that was inspired by, and is illuminated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Will you be serving communion? Can I partake of it?
The first Sunday of every month we celebrate The Lord’s Table, or Communion. This is a time when believers celebrate the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ who paid, in full, the penalty for our sin. This wonderful time of remembrance is open to anyone who has repented of their sin and believed in Jesus Christ as their only hope for reconciliation with God. You can read more about the importance of Communion here, or watch a sermon about it here.
What do you believe about baptism?
At Tri-City Bible Church, we practice baptism of adults by immersion, which best represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-5) and symbolizes the burial of the old self and the emerging of a “new creation” in our own lives as we seek to walk and grow with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). A more detailed explanation can be found here.