For 20 years, Pastor Trent J. Cole, Sr., has been preaching and teaching the message of God’s grace, given to the Apostle Paul to be made known to all nations. That wonderful message is we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor. 5:20, 21).
Trent is the founder of Grace Teacher Ministries (www.GraceTeacher.com). He leads Dayton Grace Bible Church of Moraine, Ohio, and is a prolific teacher, speaker and minister throughout the internet.
The father of five (including Trent Cole, Jr., a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles), he is himself the fifth of nine boys born to the late Timothy Cole, Sr., and Ruby Cole. At the tender age of 12, Trent identified his own great desire to preach and teach the word of God so that all could understand it. Having lived in a family where church attendance was mandatory is one of the most memorable recollections he has. “I’m very thankful to have grown up in a home that honored God,” Trent recalls. The Church of Christ is the denomination wherein he grew, was baptized and began preaching at 23. For 14 more years, between the ages of 23 and 37, Pastor Cole had the privilege of ministering to three different congregations.
In March of 1995, Trent came to see the clarity of God’s message dealing grace to all men without works. Leaving the Church of Christ and its doctrine of salvation by baptismal water regeneration, he started teaching the message of the cross committed to Paul: For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God ( I Cor. 1:17, 18).
The wonderful message today is that one’s faith in the all-sufficient cross work of Jesus Christ, as revealed to the Apostle Paul, is all anyone needs for salvation. Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest (Rom. 16:25).
It is a message of grace; God’s grace in this age of grace extended to all. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Tim. 2:3-6).
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures (I Cor. 15:1-4).
This message was hidden from ages since the beginning of the world, until it was revealed to Paul of the Gentiles. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (I Cor.2:8). Trent simply aims to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:9).
Everyone needs to realize today each of us is a sinner, and each of us must by faith trust in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23). Works are neither required nor welcomed. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness (Rom. 4:5). God’s grace is the point, not our human efforts to win Him over. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work (Rom. 11:6).
We hope you take a moment to check out our resources, and as the scripture teaches, prove all things; hold fast that which is good (I Thess. 5:21).
—Pastor Trent J. Cole, Sr.