Trinity Church is rooted through prayer and encouraged toward unity to enable us to have the endurance to reach our worlds for the glory of God.
In March 2021, Trinity’s Elders began praying about and discussing what God would have us focus on in the next season. Out of that process came the refreshed vision, which is based on Romans 15:5-6.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What does this prayer of Paul’s for the Christians in Rome in the first century mean for us in Redlands now?
- We begin with a posture of humility and prayer because that’s what this is – a plea for God to grant these things to the Church of Rome.
It fleshes out as a renewed call to prayer and reliance upon the resources of God for anything good to come from us.
- We recognize that He is the provider of endurance, of the strength and the fortitude to “remain under” the challenges that we have faced, continue to face and will face in the global pandemic.
It fleshes out as a ministry leaders attempt to unite the needs of our church family and of our community w/the strengths of who we are, knowing that God uses people to care for people.
- We recognize that He is the provider of encouragement, that He calls us to courage not from afar, but up close: walking, running or crawling beside us, urging us to “keep on keeping on” though we are tired and worn
It fleshes out by us mirroring that encouragement to our church family and choosing consistently and strategically to employ the power of encouragement to motivate God’s people to live God’s way.
- We see a deep desire that the Church of Rome would walk in unity in their Christ-like attitudes towards one another and that they would speak as one with “one accord.”
It fleshes out by efforts to “maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” among a people that have voiced so many frustrations on so many different issues during the pandemic.
- All of this endurance and encouragement and unity is to serve one great purpose – that God would be glorified, that He would be demonstrated for who He is because of the way that we love Him, one another and our worlds.
It fleshes out by us not forgetting the plot – that is all about Him and that we’re called to keep shining the light on His greatness.