What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22, Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus came down from heaven, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About Human Beings
People were created in the image of God and in innocence under the laws of their Maker; but, by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless and happy estate; all men sinned in him, in consequence of which, all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam's fallen nature and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and, therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-19, 5:12, 19)
In order to be saved a person must be born again and that new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; it is instantaneous and not a process; in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sin is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; its proper evidence appears in the fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. We believe that faith alone in Jesus Christ is the only condition for salvation. (John 3:3; 3:6, 7; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; II Cor. 5:17; Ephesians 2:1, 5; II Peter 1:4; I John 5:1)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46
What do you mean by “Reformed Baptist?”
We are Reformed in our views on salvation (committed to the doctrines of grace) and in our commitment to the five solas of the Reformation—namely that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone, and we submit to Scripture alone as God’s authoritative and perfect revelation to man. We are Baptist in our practice of the ordinance of baptism, meaning that we believe baptism is reserved for disciples of Jesus alone, who are able to give a credible profession of faith in Christ through regeneration.
The mission of Heritage Baptist Church is to glorify God by making disciples through gospel-centered Bible teaching, gospel-formed community, and gospel-driven multiplication.
“…To glorify God…”
The glory of God permeates every aspect of our mission. You might call this, “worship,” and you’d be right! But it does not only mean singing songs (though it includes praising through song). We want to glorify God through every facet of our ministry. Simply put, the glory of God is our chief end!
Ephesians 1:13-14, Isaiah 46:9-10, 1 Corinthians 10:31
“…by making disciples...”
This mission of any God-glorifying church must be about making disciples, for this was the final charge of Christ to his followers (Matthew 28:18-20). God, in his gracious plan, has chosen us to be conformed to the image of Jesus through life-long discipleship, as he sanctifies us! What a glorious truth that he has invited all of us to participate in his own mission, for his glory, by making disciples! Thus, in all that we do, we keep discipleship at the forefront. What does that mean? Simply put, it means that we behold Jesus together, as God transforms us into the image of Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 1:3-6, 2 Corinthians 3:18
"...through Gospel-centered Bible Teaching..."
How do we behold Jesus? By teaching his Word! In fact, we believe that in the Scriptures, God has provided us with all that we need for seeking to live like Christ. When the Scriptures are taught, line upon line, people are transformed. And since God is all about transformation, so are we! We don’t believe doctrine is dead! We believe doctrine is life-giving and transformative!
Isaiah 28:10, 2 Timothy 2:2, Titus 2:1, 2 Peter 1:3
"...through Gospel-formed Community..."
Jesus’ first disciples didn’t only hear him teach. They saw it! After the resurrection of Christ, the Church lived life together, intentionally seeking to apply the gospel to everyday situations. And we even see in Scripture how the gospel ought to shape the demographics of our community! We desire to live-out the gospel in the context of community across many ministry outlets. But the main point is this…that Christ gave everything for us, and this compels us to give all for one another.
Colossians 3:9-17, Acts 2:42-47, Philippians 2:1-11
"...through Gospel-driven multiplication..."
The Gospel is compelling. In fact, it is so compelling that it drives us to do crazy things like going to a foreign country for the sake of Christ, or inviting our neighbors into our home, or hosting a youth basketball league, or meeting one-on-one with a young disciple (and the list goes on). The point is…the gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16), and God actually invites us to join in spreading it! We want to be intentional about multiplication across all aspects of our ministries.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21, Romans 1:16, Matthew 13:23