A RESTFUL CHURCH FOR A BEDROOM COMMUNITY
THE DAILY GRIND
While the town of Chapin is often called a bedroom community, it can be anything but restful. Award winning schools, population growth, and the daily grind of driving I26 create a lifestyle that is both promising and exhausting. Much of this life is good and even necessary. But for many of us, it leaves us longing for a break—for a chance to just catch our breath.
This, of course, is not a problem only for Chapin. It’s a problem for humanity. Somewhere along the line we bought into the lie that if we could just do a little more—work a little harder and increase our productivity—life would open into a restful time of enjoyment.
The problem is that this life never seems to come.
AN ANXIOUS CHURCH
The church is not immune to this lie. Too often, the church has tried to compete with all of the other voices calling on our time and energy by trying to offer more exciting programs and more progressive services which make similar promises of growth and spiritual achievement.
But then something major happens. A marriage falls apart. A loved one dies. A child falls to addiction.
All of the sudden, the exciting progress of the church feels empty, and Christian clichés offer little comfort or rest.
THE GOSPEL OF REST
But Jesus said, “come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
How can this be? Isn’t Christianity all about doing better and achieving more? Isn’t it about cleaning up your act and taking even bigger and bolder steps of faith so you can experience blessing?
No. It’s not.
The good news of Jesus Christ is that heaven has come to earth and God has turned the world upside down. No longer do we have to play by the world’s rules of achievement and progress. Now our hope lies in simply clinging to Jesus each day and letting his Holy Spirit work in us as he will.
God is at work, and abundant life comes not from big, bold achievement, but from abiding and abounding in his eternal, self-giving love. Through Jesus’s completed work, our pasts are redeemed and our futures are secure.
That’s a restful idea.
A CHURCH AT REST
Trinity Anglican Church is dedicated to the idea that Jesus has done it all, and we are committed to learning what that means for all of life.
Our vision and our prayer is that his kingdom would come and his will would be done on earth as it is in heaven, not through our achievement, but through his amazing work in us.
Our mission is to fulfill The Great Commandment by enjoying God’s self-giving love together and, to participate in The Great Commission by sharing his completed work with all people in all aspects of life.
In short, we seek to be a church at rest—a community dedicated to the truth that God is in control and one day he will put everything right.