Planning to visit a new church can be intimidating. “When are their services?” “Is there nursery care?” These questions -and others- are all normal. So we would like to try and make your first visit more comfortable by answering as many questions as we can think of. If you have a question that we have not answered, please contact us and we will do our best to answer them!
What should I expect?
Heritage Baptist Church is a family friendly church. We have people in every age bracket –from infants to Senior Citizens- and have Sunday School classes for them. Before our morning services there are also greeters in our foyer to help answer your questions and direct you.
Heritage is also a blended church. We believe that singing both the great Hymns of the faith and modern songs has great value. We have a small music team that leads a select group of songs. There is also a choir that sings during special services like Christmas and Easter. The pulpit ministry upholds a strong Bible preaching tradition that is committed to be faithful to the word of God and build the church up for the service of the Kingdom.
When are your services?
Our Sunday mornings services begin with Sunday School from 9:30-10:30. There are Sunday School classes for all ages including adults. At 10:45 the morning worship service beings; it ends around noon.
What about my children?
For infants there is nursery care available during all of our services as well as Sunday School. Junior Church is also offered concurrent with the morning worship service at 10:45. There are Sunday School classes offered for children from ages 2-18 years old.
Do you have a Wednesday night service?
Yes we do! There is a regular Wednesday night prayer meeting that runs from 7:00-8:00. It includes singing, prayer time, and a Bible challenge.
We also have our AWANA program on Wednesdays nights. AWANA is a program designed to “Reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and Train Them to Serve Him (from the AWANA pledge).” AWANA runs from 6:30-8:00 P.M. during the school year.
We also provide a modified children’s class for Wednesday night during the summer. Class corresponds to the 7:00pm prayer meeting time.
Teenagers from 12yrs old thru 12 grade have a Wednesday evening meeting through the summer from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
We believe the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, inerrant in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19).
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Matthew 1: 18-25; John 10:30; Colossians 2:9).
The Resurrection of Jesus
We believe in the physical resurrection of the body of our Lord, His bodily ascension into heaven and His bodily presence there for us as High Priest and Advocate (I Corinthians 15:14, 15:20-22; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25).
We believe that Satan is literal and personal, the agent of the fall, the prince and power of this world, and that he shall be judged and eternally punished (Revelation 20: 1 -10).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also the spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse (Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for the penalty of our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (Mark 10:45), and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-11). We believe that individuals must be “Born Again” and that salvation is by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe that those who are saved cannot lose their salvation (John 5:2; 1 Peter 1:3-5). For more information about what it means to be saved, please click here for a Gospel tract about what it means to be “Born Again.”
The Holy Spirit
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and indwelled by the Spirit -who is the guarantee of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe in the “blessed hope,” the personal, bodily, pre-tribulational rapture of the church, and the pre-millennial, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; both of the just and the unjust. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell (Mark 9:43-48; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15).
The Local Church
We believe that a New Testament Church is a body of baptized believers assembled for worship, service, and the spread of the Gospel in all the world (Acts 1:8; 2:38-47).
We believe that the Bible teaches that there are two offices of the church which should be held by men only: Pastor and Deacon (I Timothy 2:12; 3; Titus 1).
BAPTISM: We believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scriptures, and that is has NO saving power, but is only for those who are “Born Again” -which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation is the Scriptural prerequisite to baptism; therefore, only those who are old enough to believe for themselves should be baptized (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5).
COMMUNION/LORD’S SUPPER: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the death of Christ and that only those who have been saved through faith in His atoning blood and are walking in obedient fellowship with Him ought to partake of it. We do not believe in closed communion, but recognize that believers need to be walking close to God to participate (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
We believe that all believers are called into a life of holiness, but that sinless perfection is not humanly possible this side of glory (I Peter 3:15-16). There are three aspects that are understood as the doctrine of separation: moral, personal, and ecclesiastical
MORAL: We are commanded to perfect holiness in the fear of God. The believer is never to live as an evil doer, but is to be clean in body and mind and to adopt biblical and God-honoring standards in moral and ethical conduct. The Bible defines right and wrong for godly behavior as exemplified in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).
PERSONAL: We are commanded to be representative of our faith in our lifestyle. The believer, under the teachings of Christian liberty and conscience (Romans 14:5), is to be faithfully responsible to develop godly standards in preference and behavior that acknowledges the higher convictions of the Christian faith and recognition of the error of worldliness (I John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).