Decision Time

It is election time again.  In our country, every four years, we vote for President.  We also vote for state and county officials.  These people will be placed into public office to vote for us.  In our republic we all can’t fit into one room, so we elect people to vote for us. 

As a Christian and a church member we not only vote, but we prayerfully vote.  We pray that as best we can, we vote our faith and values.  This is to fulfill Christ’s charge to the church.

Jesus is our head, we are His body.  He is in heaven and we are on the earth.   We are in this world, but we are not of this world.

Jesus taught us to represent Him in a sinful world by becoming SALT and LIGHT.

SALT represents our social and civic lives in this polluted society.  We are to be an agent of purification. We are to help prevent and stop the corrosive power of sin.  We ourselves are not perfect, but by living Christ-like lives we demonstrate the power of a life changed by Jesus.  Old things are in the past, new things in our lives today.

LIGHT is the powerful fact that Jesus abides in us and we abide in Him.  He is in Heaven; we are here in a sin darkened world.  Jesus declared that He is the light of the world and we are to be like Him.  We are to share Jesus as a light unto this world!

Your vote counts!  You are the only one that can represent a pro-life vote.  You must try to vote to protect the Supreme Court and you must vote to provide for the men and women in uniform that protect our country.

II Chronicles 7:14, Is our greatest strength!  During this election we pray for God’s protection and His will.  We pray together for revival for this generation!

You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

The Word in Us

After Jubilee we reflect on the emphasis that was placed on the Word of God.

Pastors, evangelists and missionaries all spoke of the importance of God’s Word. Not only that the Bible is the Word of God, but the Bible is the rock of our spiritual world.  It is the foundation that we build our lives, marriages and homes upon.

The Bible is our shelter in the storms of life. The Word of God is the source of our spiritual food and strength.  We cannot develop or grow as a Christian without the Word of God in our lives.  Remember, “The Word in us and us in the Word!”

The Old Testament and the New Testament combine together to connect law and grace.  Sixty-six books woven and tied together, with the promise of the Messiah and the prophecy fulfilled.

God uses the Old and New Testaments to connect the past, present and the prophecy of things to come.  Five important study areas are:

  1. To show the similarity of ideas
  2. To show parallel cases
  3. To explain a doctrinal point
  4. To prove a doctrinal point
  5. To prove the fulfillment of prophecy

Don’t be distracted by the world around you, but keep praying and reading the Word of God!

Thank you for being faithful to our church.

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph and Muzette

Making Memories

What a wonderful week at Trinity!  The Lord blessed us with beautiful weather last Saturday for our first “Heritage Day”!

The turnout was exciting, and all the displays and vendors were amazing!  Then Sunday, we celebrated our 50th anniversary as a church!  The memories were heart-touching, and we honored the sacrifice of our founders.  We enjoyed a delicious meal, feeding almost a thousand people!  What about our “Birthday Cake”?  It was awesome, to say the least!

Wednesday night of the Jubilee, the Governor of North Carolina honored Squire Parsons with the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”.  What a great joy for Trinity to share that honor and make more wonderful memories!

The morning services in the Jubilee were just what we needed!  The spirit of the Lord was real, and the preaching was anointed!

Thank all of you that volunteered, ushered, greeted, cleaned tables, loved on babies, cooked or parked cars!  You are the best!  Thank you choir for your faithful services all week long!

We love you, and we love serving Jesus together!

Pastor and Muzette

Homecoming

In 1966, Trinity Baptist Church held its first service at 107 State Street in West Asheville.  The church was organized with 89 charter members.  In 1970, Trinity moved to the new Shelburne Road location to continue building the new church.

Our founding Pastor, Dr. Ralph Sexton, Sr., led the church in acquiring the original seven acres of this 23 acre complex.  It had been used during World War II and the later years as the Zephyr Hills Sanatorium.  Jerry Payne and Ed Sparks led the construction team with many church volunteers.

Dr. Sexton, Sr. retired from the Pastorate in 1988 and the church issued a call to evangelist Ralph Sexton, Jr.  On April 1, 1988 the church voted to call Ralph Sexton, Jr. to be the Senior Pastor.

In 1989, Rev. Jerry Young came along side Pastor Sexton as an Associate Pastor.  Later in that same year the church called Rev. L. Eddy Evans as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor.

God blessed and gave Trinity a heart for missions and outreach.  That wonderful era of spiritual and physical growth continues to this day.

In 1992, the “Baby Palace” was constructed, debt-free, built by the dedicated workers of our church.  That theme continued all year long with our church paying off the mortgage to become “Debt free in 93!”

On November 3, 2002, we were able to break ground for the Tabernacle of the Mountains.   Our first Sunday in this beautiful building was Sunday, July 10th, 2005.

Today we celebrate 50 years of serving the Lord together.  Our hearts are filled with emotions of thanksgiving and love for those who sacrificed to make this day possible.  We are blessed that we are all together today to remember our families and friends!

Thank you for being a part of this historic day in the life of our church.  We remember the past as we reach for the future; holding together a place for our families to have a spiritual home.

We are honored to serve the Lord, our church and our community together!
You are loved,

Pastor and Muzette

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Psalm 127:1

Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it…

Missions

We are honored to have as our special guest today Evangelist and International Missionary Randy Bane. We also welcome the Jason Woon Family, missionaries to Nepal.  Trinity has been supporting these ministries for many years, we are excited to hear the good news and see their reports.

Our focus this month has been on Missions and as we close out September, let us remember that the Great Commission is written to all who have received the gift of salvation; to go, to pray and to give. Today we will collect our Faith Promise Offering cards during each service.  After the 5PM service we will total all of the cards so we will know the amount to support new missionaries. The Faith Promise Plan is an act of faith that involves every member in an organized approach to missionary giving. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you prayerfully consider your goal for giving for the next year.  Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…”

Looking ahead to October, please remember to join us for a special week of celebration, heritage and Jubilee October 1-7. Each day will be filled wonderful activities, food, music, and Bible preaching. You will not want to miss one exciting day!  What an opportunity for us to fellowship and be together as a church family.  Go to our church website calendar to see the schedule of speakers and events.

Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Pastor Dwight Parrish