is to follow Jesus, enjoy friendship with God and each other, build up good community in the areas we live and work, and share God’s blessings and His Good News in our community, so that God’s Kingdom and Church will grow.
The Good News we proclaim
is centred around the words of Jesus…. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
Jesus as a man, made extraordinary claims – for example, that he was also God. He was either mad, deluded, a wicked liar, or speaking the truth. The perfect life he lived seems to fit His claim. We are not people who have ‘blind faith’, but rather those who follow where the evidence leads. There is much evidence that the gospel accounts are factual, and that Jesus is who He claimed to be, that He still has power to save, forgive, restore and heal, all who come to Him.
Most of us would admit there is much that is very good and noble about mankind, whilst admitting that we are desperately flawed – every one of us is far from perfect. Hence the selfishness, madness, mayhem and destruction all around, perpetrated by humans. The Bible calls this fundamental condition sin (actions, thoughts and attitudes that are morally wrong). If God is morally perfect and just, which he claims, then he cannot overlook sin, and pretend it doesn’t exist. In the same way, we also become enraged when justice is not seen to be done. How much more does God! Hence, we’re all in trouble, because we’ve all sinned. What can we do? We can do nothing to save ourselves. Thankfully, God being merciful, kind, full of immense love, tenderness and compassion to us-His creatures, has made a way of escape. The escape is this; Jesus offered to come to earth, take our sin upon Himself, paid the price of our sin, and died an inhumane and cruel death. How ironic, when He Himself was without sin! That’s how much He loves us! Then he rose to life again, because as he said about himself, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” Not even death could hold Jesus down. That’s why He has great power to answer prayer, heal, forgive and restore today. His resurrection and power today, is the ultimate proof of the truth of all the claims he made about Himself prior to His Crucifixion. He is God. He is the Hope of the World, the Light of the World, and has power to forgive, heal and restore us. We can not only be forgiven and saved, but filled with God’s life, and empowered to live a new life – a life full of His life.
When we see the beauty and horror of the world we live in side by side, the madness of humankind, our own frailty, faults and failings, the world view that the Bible offers, is the one that makes the most sense – that explains why so much evil and suffering abounds. It explains what is going on in this world, and how God wants to reconcile mankind to himself, and how He will eventually conclude history, when he comes to earth for a second and final time. The more we probe, the more we ask questions, the more the evidence seems to stack up that the Bible is indeed true, and that it makes the most sense of what is happening all around us, and throughout history.
History of Trinity Community Church
On September 20th 1998 two established churches, St Stephen's Christian Fellowship and Canterbury New Covenant Church decided to join together and form a new church. Both churches had similar desires and aims and both were linked to Ichthus Christian Fellowship in London. Prior to that, St Stephens Fellowship had met at St Stephens Junior School since 1988, having been planted as a new church from the United Reformed Church in Canterbury. From January 2014 we are no longer an Ichthus link but have become part of The City Church in Canterbury. In June 2014 The City Church started a new congregation called Canterbury North which meets in St Stephen's Junior School where we have been for 25 years. This will mean that Trinity Community Church is no longer a separate church.
Working with other Churches
We believe that as followers of Jesus, His Holy Spirit unites us with all other genuine followers of Jesus. We are therefore keen to work and cooperate with other churches where practicable, to enable us to do the task Jesus gave us more effectively.
We hope we may have the pleasure of welcoming you among us.
See note above about changes from January 2014.
We are members of The Evangelical Alliance
We adhere to The Evangelical Alliance’s Statement of Faith:
We believe in:
- The one true God who lives eternally in three persons the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
- The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
- The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ born of the virgin Mary, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
- The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
- The bodily resurrection of Christ, the firstfruit of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
- The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
- The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
- The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
- The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.