Trinity Talk (Page 29)

Trinity Talk (Page 29)

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A Praying Community

One thing we can easily overlook as we read Luke’s description of the Early Church in Acts chapter 2 is how vital prayer was to that community as well as the success of the Gospel. Luke paints a picture of a close-knit community who shared what they had together and regularly ate meals together. But the success of the Gospel depended on more than the fact that they loved one another and were intimate. They were also a ‘praying’ community…

Remember Jesus Christ

2 Tim. 2:8   Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel. At a recent meeting of pastors I attended the question was put forward: What is the greatest need in the Church today? There are many possible answers to that question: revival, spiritual maturity, understanding the message of grace, evangelism, character, or personal renewal. But there is one answer that trumps them all and affects all of these areas. The greatest need for the…
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What Is A Gospel Community?

The future vision for Trinity brings both excitement and challenges. We also recognize the importance to have on-going clear communication throughout this entire process. Therefore, we want to be sure to provide TCC Partners with signposts and markers along the way as we journey together to the land God has promised. What compels us to pursue our vision is the belief we are called to raise up Gospel communities throughout Knoxville and the surrounding area. What are Gospel communities? They…
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A Biblical View of Special Offerings

On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. This Sunday we are taking up a special offering to launch our West Site. This is separate and above our normal tithes which are collected weekly. In Malachi, God speaks to the children of Israel that they have robbed him in both “tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8).…
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Convictions, Not Commandments: Thoughts on Romans 14

I have often referred to our reading today, the fourteenth chapter of Romans, as a miracle of grace! Paul is writing to a church comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. Without going into the specifics regarding each group’s scruples, suffice it to say that both groups had very specific convictions about such things as what to eat, what to drink, and what days to observe. And these personal convictions apparently were affecting the unity of the church at Rome. So…
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Traditions Die Hard – Thoughts on Mark 2

Our reading today takes us through the second chapter of the Gospel of Mark. This chapter records the growing hostility between the Son of God and the Jewish religious leaders who opposed Him. We are often critical of these leaders for their resistance to Jesus’ ministry and we should be. But it is helpful to first have a little background to help understand why these men were so opposed to His ministry. By the time Jesus came to Israel the…
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A Message from Pastor Neil

Dear TCC, Greetings precious ones. I hope by now you have had a chance to navigate through our new church website: www.tccknox.com. I am amazed at its beauty and ease of use. Thanks again to our entire Internet team for your tireless labor to make this a reality. Your godly labor will help us in achieving our goals in this new year. We are deeply grateful to you for serving us so richly. As I set aside time to prepare myself…
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Missing the Love of God

“And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,* for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me” In today’s reading in Genesis (ch. 29), we have the story of the birth of Jacob’s first four sons and the rivalry between his two wives, the two daughters of Laban, Leah and Rachel. It is the sad account of a bitter rivalry in which each of these women…
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Why the Relaunch?

During this transition, I have been asked on occasion, “Why the need for a relaunch?” It’s a good question and I want to take the time to respond. Many Things Are Changing…Many Things Remain the Same A relaunch clarifies what has been, what remains the same and what is new. For example, we are changing our name from Trinity Chapel to Trinity Community Church. The most important reason we (the elders) feel God is calling Trinity Chapel to relaunch as…