What is the Gospel?
The Good News of Jesus Christ or "the gospel"' is the most significant message you will ever hear, and it stands at the very center of orthodox Christianity. The gospel is the historical narrative of the triune God reconciling His creation to Himself through the life, death, resurrection, and future return of His Son, Jesus Christ. This redemption is necessary because sin and its effects broke fellowship between Creator God and His creation. Through Christ's substitutionary atonement and the power of the Spirit, however, those who believe the gospel are chosen for the Father's glory and the Church's joy.
The basic doctrines within Heritage's Statement of Belief outlined below rely upon The New Hampshire Confession of Faith of 1853 and accurately represent what we believe to be core elements of biblical teaching. We expect all members of Heritage to affirm these doctrines.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; | Exodus 20:2-3 | Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | 1 Peter 1:2
About Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was not created but is the second Person of the Trinity. He became man, as foretold in the Scriptures, without ceasing to be God, having been supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the grave; His ascension to the right hand of God where He ever lives to make intercession for believers, and His personal, physical return at the end of the age.
Genesis 3:15 | Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 53:1ff | Matthew 1:22-23 | John 1:1-5; | Acts 2:22-26 | Romans 3:25-26 | Titus 2:13-14 | Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is a divine person equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God.
Genesis 1:1-3 | Matthew 28:19 | John 3:5–6; 14:16–17, 26; 16:8–11 | Acts 1:8; 11:15–16 | Romans 8:14–17, 26–27 | 2 Corinthians 3:17 | Ephesians 1:13–14
About the Bible
We believe that the Scriptures, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God and are without error in their original writings. We believe in the verbal, plenary (each and every word) inspiration of the Bible as the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, its truth is without any admixture of error. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
Psalm 119:105, 160 | 2 Timothy 3:16 | 2 Peter 1:20-21
About Human Beings
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and, therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24 | Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-19; 5:10-19
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior.
John 3:3-7 | Acts 16:30-33 | Romans 3:21-31; 6:23 | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | Ephesians 1:7; 2:1, 5, 8-10 | Hebrews 2:14–16 | 1 Peter 1:18–21; 3:18 | 1 John 4:10; 5:1
About the Church
We believe that the true church is a New Testament organism, established by Jesus Christ who is its sole Head, revealed, empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit. Each local church is a visible extension of the body of Christ in a given place. We believe that a local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its officers are pastors/elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We hold that local churches have the absolute right of self-government.
Matthew 16:18; 18:15–17 | Acts 1:8; 2:41–42; 15:13–18 | 1 Corinthians 12:12–13 | Ephesians 1:22–23; 3:6, 10–12; 4:11–16; 5:23–24 | 1 Timothy 3:1–13 | Titus 1:5–9 | 1 Peter 5:1–5
About Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
2 Samuel 23:3–4 | Acts 5:29; 23:5 | Romans 13:1–7 | Revelation 19:16
What we mean by “Reformed Baptist"
We are committed to the doctrines of grace in our views on salvation and in our commitment to the five solas of the Reformation—namely that we submit to Scripture alone as God's authoritative and perfect revelation to man concerning the good news of Jesus Christ; and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. Additionally, we are baptistic in our practice of the ordinance of baptism--meaning that we believe baptism by immersion is reserved solely for disciples of Jesus Christ who are able to give a credible profession of faith in Christ through regeneration by the Spirit.
Romans 6:1-14; 8-9 | Galatians 2:20 | Ephesians 1:4-6; 2:1-10