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Heritage Baptist Church affirms orthodox Christian teaching. This means we adhere to some of the most ancient creeds of the church including the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. In addition, we affirm the Gospel Coalition’s Confessional Statement, the Southern Baptist’s “Baptist Faith and Message”, and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. We uphold unity on these creeds and doctrines and allow for diverse opinions about others. We do not endorse dogmatic teaching about secondary matters. For further information about what we consider to be secondary matters, see this helpful article by Albert Mohler.

Heritage is part of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our desire is to fellowship with as many true churches and evangelical ministries as we can. We love to see the image of Christ in other churches and ministries. In fact, we make it a practice to pray for other local churches in our community in our worship services. Our conviction is that God’s people ought to hold firmly to their distinctives and still fellowship broadly with others who believe the Bible is the infallible, authoritative Word of God, and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.

In summary we are: Christian, Evangelical, Missional and Reformed.

We are Christian, which distinguishes us from other world religions and cults. Historically speaking, that means we affirm both the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. We are a group of individuals that are changed on the inside--not controlled from the outside. Being a Christian means you have encountered the true and living God, and that you have undergone a change in your heart and soul. It means that you are not restricted to the laws of right and wrong in order to become righteous in God’s sight, because you cannot be made righteous by what you do. God only accepts us through Jesus Christ on the basis of his righteousness. To be a Christian, then, means to follow Christ, to love Him, to fellowship with Him, to be united to Him by faith, and to bring glory to Him as the aim of your life.

We are Evangelical and stand in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the National Association of Evangelicals:

1. We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious, atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for lost and sinful people to be saved, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of all men; those that are saved unto life and they that are lost unto death and eternal judgment.

We are Missional

The word “missional” is used by many people in a variety of ways. Like several terms in the religious world, perception often biases actual meaning. One of the drawbacks of a fluid language is that words are often hijacked so that they no longer carry the intended message, or they are made so ambiguous that significance is sacrificed.

The mission of Heritage Baptist Church is the overarching purpose, which shapes everything which we do. “We exist to be a Gospel-centered community of worshipers on mission to make, mature and multiply Disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Therefore, our goal is ultimately the glory of God. Although God is glorified through various means, one of the primary ways is worship. Since not all people are worshippers of the true God, we pursue this mission through means of the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20.

In other words, discipleship is the means through which we seek to bring glory to God. As John Piper once said, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.”

One of the core values of Heritage Baptist Church is missional living. By this we mean that God has appointed the particular times and places of people such that they are called to minister within that specific environment. Life should be intentional. This theme runs throughout the biblical text, but is particularly evident in Acts 17 which states that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”

For us, that means we minister primarily within our city because God has appointed that we live here. In addition to designating particular times and places, God has also created His people with distinct skills and gifted them with various gifts, which are to be used to His glory. Being a teacher, doctor, cook, janitor or landscaper is not contrary to the call for radical God-centeredness in your vocation.

Each of us has been gifted in certain ways to contribute to the purposes of the Lord. In short, we are seeking to develop a culture at Heritage where “Ordinary Christians do ordinary things with gospel intentionality.” This is best served when we come together and learn how to do that in smaller community life. We call those smaller groups, gospel communities. We believe people grow better in houses not buildings. For that reason we encourage all of our members to join a Gospel Community.

Content Adapted from: Matt Chandler

We are Reformed:

1. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth.
2. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in a state of sinlessness with particular dignity as His image bearers on the earth.
3. We believe that our first parents sinned against God and that everyone since is a sinner by nature and choice. Sin has totally affected all of creation including marring human image and likeness so that all of our being is stained by sin (e.g. reasoning, desires, and emotions).
4. We believe that because all people have sinned and separated themselves from the Holy God that he is obligated to save no one from the just deserved punishments of hell. We also believe that God in His unparalleled love and mercy has chosen to elect some people for salvation.
5. We believe that the salvation of the elect was predestined by God in eternity past.
6. We believe that the salvation of the elect was accomplished by the sinless life, substitutionary atoning death, and literal physical resurrection of Jesus Christ in place of His people for their sins.
7. We believe that the salvation of the elect, by God’s grace alone, shows forth in the ongoing repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ that leads to good works.
8. We believe that God’s saving grace is ultimately irresistible and that God softens the hardest heart and saves the worst of sinners according to His will.
9. We believe that the gospel should be passionately and urgently proclaimed to all people so that all who believe may be saved through the preaching of God’s Word by the power of God’s Spirit.
10. We believe that all true Christians born again by God’s Spirit will be kept by God throughout their life. The evidence of this is personal transformation that includes an ever-growing love for God the Father through God the Son by God the Spirit, love of brothers and sisters in the church, and love for our lost friends and neighbors in culture.
11. We believe that God is Lord over all of life and that there is nothing in life that should be kept separate from God.
12. We believe that the worship and enjoyment of God is the end for which all people were created and that abiding joy is only to be found by delighting in God through all of life, even death which is gain.