Looking For A Good Church? Look For Love.

– Jordan Bajis, Senior Pastor

Welcome to Trinity Fellowship! Thanks so much for taking a moment to look into our community. We are so excited about what the Lord is doing among us.

So what is our focus, vision, and mission? 

It’s love.
Love for God. 
Love for one another. 
Love for others. 

This isn’t just another romantic saying, or something we’re supposed to say. Truly and absolutely it is what we are about. God’s love – living it, sharing it, and pursuing it is really everything to us. If you want to know anything about who we are, you should begin with God’s love.

In fact, we could put it this way:

No matter how much “ministry stuff” we may do, no matter how large our membership, no matter how inspirational our words, and no matter how “moving” our worship, if we do not look like a people who are being pastored, and inspired to love like Jesus modeled and taught, we’re wasting our time and yours as well. Worst of all, we’ll dishonor God in the process.

(Read 1 Corinthians 13)

So Why is Love The Main Thing?

The focus of our community, and what we seek to live out is rooted in what Christ called the foremost commandment: 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40

Many of us may skip over these verses and think this is just poetic and romantic words that sound grand, but not something to take seriously or make it a life goal. But Jesus leaves no doubt that love must be the defining priority for those who identify with Him. 

Before Jesus was to go to the cross, His last words to those who would follow Him was that they would need to make His kind of love the rule that would shape, center, and determine their relationships with Him and one another:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34-35

The Apostle John took Christ’s message to heart, and so he pastored, and preached love to His Community in the strongest way possible:

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” – 1 John 3:16

Similarly, the Apostle Paul built churches to embody and live the love he saw in Jesus. For example, he directed his disciple, Timothy, to pastor his community with one overriding focus in mind: Make it your pastoral goal to build a people who truly love God and one another.

“The aim of our charge [pastoral responsibility] is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:5

Looking For a “Good Church”? Look for Love

We understand that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are on the search for a church typically don’t think about love as the first thing to look for when seeking a “good church.” Most on the hunt for a church tend to focus on other matters; like the kind of worship, children’s ministry, small groups offered, the size and ages represented in attendance, etc,.

Here’s a hard truth: No Christian for the vast majority of the last 2,000 years even thought to ask such questions to determine where they would go to church.  

Why is that?

Could it be that we have been more shaped by a contemporary consumer culture than we have the Biblical witness as to what it means to be a disciple, and in the Church? Could it be that the kind of love Jesus commanded just has not been the life drive of our church, and we then have nothing left to hope for other than our consumeristic preferences?

Love, Church, and Community

Our brothers and sisters in the early days of Christianity saw Church as the place where they shared a way of life together. They saw the Church as a Divine-human community, that looked like Christ was pastoring them into His love.

Here is a biblical example of what the Holy Spirit birthed as Church in Jerusalem at Pentecost:

(When you read the following, pay attention to how they dedicated themselves to a way of life that flowed from their obedience to what Jesus commanded His disciples to be and to teach. )

“So those who received his word [the Gospel Peter preached] they were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.”

Acts 2:41-44

 A lot of the above needs to be explained and filled out. For instance where it says, they “had all things in common” speaks more about a love that moved peoples’ hearts from “me and mine” to “we and ours,” rather than an administrative pooling of money. But despite the details, the Biblical record is clear:  to be Church demanded a lifestyle of devotion. 

In other words, the kind of love the Holy Spirit imparted to this second generation of disciples could never be squeezed into a weekend, or a couple of meetings. They would not even think of it this way.

The Goal is Not Community, But Being a Loving Community

We know that being a Christian Community is no guarantee that God’s love will reign in peoples’ lives. Many communities have moved off track and focused on lesser things. Some have even have become just weird, and ended up teaching and living strange things that don’t make sense with Scripture.

Actually, even within the first century, a number of local churches got seriously off focus. One of these communities is the Church in Ephesus mentioned in the book of Revelation. Jesus, the Head of the Church, had to rebuke that congregation, telling them that if they would not repent, He would disavow them as His Church. Here is a portion of what Jesus said to them:

“I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lamp stand out of its place–unless you repent.”

Revelation 2:2-5

The Ephesian Community did a lot of good things, but those good things would not stop the Lord from removing their lamp stand. 

Lacking love is not a simple, small sin. It is a life course that continues to move away from communion with God, and His will for His People.

This passage is one of the many in the Bible that leads to admit to a truth that cannot be challenged: 

If a congregation is not known by their love before and above all else, that congregation cannot represent Christ’s vision of Church.

Christ’s Judgment as a Blessing

Of course, when one looks at how the Lord sees and evaluates His Church, one cannot help but ask questions.

What would Jesus say about our version of Church? Is our first love for God, and His people above all else? If not, do we not need to seriously re-think how we live love as Church? Do we not need to choose to join our lives with like-minded believers, and together, commit to a life course that shapes our hearts to love God and one another commanded?

  • What would Jesus say about our version of Church?
  • Is our first love for God, and His people above all else?
  • If not, do we not need to seriously re-think how we live love as Church?
  • Don’t we then need to join our lives with like-minded believers, and together, commit to a life course that shapes our hearts to love God and one another commanded?

Clearly, God’s People need to be pastored and cared for in such a way that they might be empowered to embrace God’s love as their greatest ideal. This is what true believers in Christ long for.

God’s desire is that His People be strong in love, faith, and wisdom in so profound of a way, that their lifestyles would reveal God’s actual presence in their midst.

This awesome vision can not only be a possibility, but a certainty. All we need do is to resolve to live what we already believe. By God’s grace, this is the way of life we are trusting God’s Spirit to bring about in our lives as we make His priority, our priority.

We believe He is able to do this. We give thanks to God that we are indeed seeing Him do this very thing among us more and more each day.

What About Trinity Fellowship?

The Lord inspires us as we prayerfully ask Him about the quality of our first love. Praying and asking the Head of the Church about where we stand on this greatest of matters, keeps us looking in the right direction regarding what it means to be Church.

Realizing that our first call is to embody God’s love, and not simply do a lot things that people are concerned about, helps us offer a more honest witness of His saving love. In fact, it is this love that tells us we must always pursue a deeper communion with God and one another if we are to be faithful to His intentions for His Church and the world He so loves.

So what does this look like practically and personally for how we live as Church?

There are many ways, too many to list here, but one of the most important ways is in what we see it means to pastor, and how we pastor people into love: 

We help people learn what it means to love one another in personal and practical ways, providing both teaching, counseling, as well as a way of life that will help each person live love – as husbands and wives, parents with children, each other as brothers and sisters, and fellow disciples. 

It might be good to pause here for a moment, before moving on…

The above paragraph is short, and can be written and read in a minute. The brevity must not give the impression that this is simple, and almost effortless. I mean, almost everybody knows what it means to love, right? No, not the God-kind of love. 

Most don’t know what this means, nor how to live it out. God’s love demands a life and lifestyle that brings revelation that God’s love is the means and end of life itself. God’s love is everything. period. It takes time, thought, a teachable spirit, and an attentiveness to God’s Spirit to live in this kind of love.

No, this Love does not come naturally. This Love is supernatural. It is flows from and through one’s devotion to God, and his or her faith in His goodness. This Divine Love is greater and much different from the “love” rooted in human emotions that go up or down based on circumstances, it is a love that God gives within your and my relationship with Him.

The truth is this: Divine Love is meant to be experienced among a people who each seek to receive and give Love as a resolve of the heart. This Love becomes a part of a Spirit-inspired culture where each tends to the seeds God’s Love has sown within their hearts. It is a climate of Love that occurs where people regularly receive the biblical instruction needed to live Love. 

This Divine Love establishes a safe and genuinely personal pastoring that encourages people to believe God is generous. It makes strangers become a family and a people committed to walk together. It gives us eyes to see each other as those who see Love as their greatest need, and at the heart of what it means to be a Christ follower. 

Want To Know More?

If you would like to know more about our life, please feel free to check out other pages on our website, and connect with us through our contact us page. We also host an open “Acts 2 Gathering” on Sunday mornings, and we’d love to meet you there. We’re also happy to sit and talk at our community coffee shop with you. (We’d buy the coffee, by the way.)

  • What We Believe
  • Community Stories
  • Our Youtube Channel
  • Acts 2 Sunday Gathering: If you want an up-close look at a small dimension of our community life, you may want to attend an Acts 2 Gathering. What can you expect? An exuberant, charismatic expression of joyful praise, heart-felt worship, and an inspirational exposition of God’s Word that calls us to enter into a deeper Communion with Him, and His Community.

Whatever you do, know that our hearts’ desire for you is that your relationship with God be so rich that you would long to know Him yet more each day. Why? Because God IS God, and His love deserves our love in return!

Finally, if you would like to contact someone with any questions you might have, or to set up a time to meet one on one with a member of our community, please feel free to fill out the contact form below, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

On behalf of our Community, much love to you.

– Jordan Bajis (Senior Pastor)