What we teach
As servants of our Lord Jesus Christ here Trinity International Church of Paris, our mission is to serve God according to his Holy Word.
This is our core belief on the main Christian doctrines as a local community of believers and what we consistently teach on Sundays and in our Bible study groups.
The content of this statement is not exhaustive, but represents what we believe is essential for our life and service together for the Lord.
Whether you are just visiting us, staying with us for a while, or serving alongside us, we encourage you to read our confession of faith and the biblical passages it refers to. Feel free to come and talk to any of our Elders if you need more details about what we believe and why.
From Him and through Him and to Him.
We believe in one sovereign GOD (Is.45:4-7) who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has revealed himself to us in his creation (Rm.1:20), in the Bible (2 Tim.3:16), and in his Son, Jesus Christ (Heb.1:2-4) as the infinite-personal God who calls us to worship and obey Him as the source and Lord of all life.
We believe that God is the sole CREATOR and SUSTAINER of all that exist (both visible and invisible), and He created our world in six consecutive days through the power of his Word (Gen.1; Jn.1:1-3).
We believe that JESUS CHRIST is the Son of God, truly God and truly man, born of a virgin, and sent to the world to reveal God to us and to provide the way for us to know God personally, to submit to him as Lord, and to enjoy life in him (Jn.3:16). Following his ministry on earth (life, death, and resurrection), Christ ascended to heaven where he is exalted with the Father in the position of authority and power over all (Php.2:9).
We believe that the HOLY SPIRIT is the living Spirit of God sent into the world to make real and personal the will and work of God. He is the one who draws us to God, convicting us of our sin and need and graciously calling us to faith in God through Christ (Jn.16:7-15). The Holy Spirit is responsible of our NEW BIRTH (Jn.3:6) which leads us to repentance of sins and faith in Christ, and of our sanctification (Rm.6:22), being transformed into the image of Christ (2 Cor.3:18). The Holy Spirit dwells in the believer’s heart from conversion on, and never departs from it (Eph.4:30).
We believe that MANKIND are created male and female (Gen.1:27), and were originally innocent and pure, made in the image of God (Gen.1:27), but that the first man and woman sinned through disobedience so that all people and all creation since then have been separated from God and from each other (Gen.3). Therefore, all people are by nature fallen in body, soul, and spirit, are enemies of God, and in need of reconciliation (Rm.3:23).
We believe that God has graciously provided SALVATION through Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life of righteousness and died on the cross as payment for our sin as He received God’s wrath on behalf of all the believers. He then rose from the dead for our justification thus promising physical resurrection and eternal life for those who believe in him (1 Cor.15:17). All who receive faith and place their trust in Jesus Christ, apart from any human effort (Eph.2:8-10), by turning from self and sins to him alone as Lord, are forgiven their sins, justified in God’s sight and saved from their fallen condition by God’s grace alone.
The Holy Spirit of God is the one who causes the believers to be born again so that they can respond to the calling of the Gospel (Jn.3:3). People are converted through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which happens at conversion (Eph.1:13). The Holy Spirit then lives within each believer, providing fulfilling personal fellowship with God, and empowering them to live a life of repentance and faith according to God’s commands (Php.2:13). Every believer is then kept secured by God’s power until the day of his return (Jn.6:39-40).
We believe that the BIBLE is the sole authoritative, trustworthy, infallible, and inspired Word of God (2 Pe.1:21; 2 Tim.3:16) and the only way He speaks to mankind since Apostles and Prophets laid the foundation once for all (Eph.2:20). The canon of Scripture is complete in its 66 books and nothing can be added nor taken off from it until the return of Jesus Christ (Rev.22:18-19). Through Scripture, God has granted us absolutely all we need for our daily life with him (2 Pe.1:3). As our only rule of faith and practice, the Bible is to be read, studied, and taught as God’s call to understanding of truth and obedience.
We believe that the meaning of Scripture is to be found in applying the literal, grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the CHURCH is the living body of Jesus Christ on earth today (1 Cor.12:13), of which He is Head and Lord. The church was formed and is filled by the Holy Spirit who baptizes us into the body of Jesus Christ when we come to faith in Christ (1 Cor.12:13). The Church started at Pentecost and its foundation was laid down once for all by the Apostles (Eph.2:20). Individual members of the church are responsible to maintain the unity of the church, to submit to its leaders (Heb.13:17) and church discipline (Mt.18:15-20), and to work for its maturity by faithfully exercising their spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit while being united in submission to sound biblical doctrine as delivered in the Holy Scripture.
We believe that the local church is entrusted to ELDERS/PASTORS (Tit.1:5) who must be men who meet the biblical standards for the office (1 Tim.3; Tit.2). These men have the responsibility to lead the congregation through the preaching and teaching of his Word (2 Tim.4:2), to encourage others by sound doctrine, and to refute those who contradict it (Tit.1:9) for the glory of God and for the sake of his people.
We believe that BAPTISM and COMMUNION are ordinances given to believers by Jesus Christ himself to be faithfully observed as memorials of the saving acts of God and as signs of faith in Christ (Mt.28:19; 1 Cor.11:23-26). Baptism is the visible sign of the regeneration that took place within the believer at the moment of conversion, and Communion is the remembrance Jesus’ sacrifice on behalf of his people.
We believe that MARRIAGE is a God ordained covenant between a man and a woman which should be kept undefiled and unbroken until death do them part (Gen.2:24).
We believe that the GOSPEL is the good news of God’s kingdom through his gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. It is to be proclaimed to people of all nations for the good of the world and for the glory of God (Mt.28:19-20).
We believe that the KINGDOM OF GOD has come to us in the person of Jesus Christ on earth. He continues his gracious rule today in all believers who submit to his Lordship. He will return to earth to take up his Church (1 Th.4:16-17), reign on earth for a thousand years (Rev.20:4), to judge all people (Rev.20:13), and to complete the establishment of God’s eternal reign over all creation, after which he will renew both heaven and earth according to his great design to dwell forever with the redeemed (Rev.21)