We've all got questions. Listed below are some of the common questions we've been asked. If you have a question that you don't see in this list, don't hesitate to Contact Us.
How do I become a Christian?
It's important to understand that there is nothing we can do to earn our way into heaven. Therefore, no matter how good we think we are or how many good things we've done, we are not saved by our good works but instead, we're saved by God's grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). In fact, the Bible clearly teaches that we've all made choices that have separated us from the perfect and holy God (Romans 3:23). Because of God's great love for us He sent his son, Jesus to bear the burden of our sin on the cross and die a substitutionary death (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8). Our response to this truth is to believe in Jesus' work, repent of our sins and confess him as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10) and submit to Christian baptism (Acts 2:38).
What denomination is Heritage?
Heritage Christian Church is an independent Christian Church, which means we are not a part of a larger "denomination. There is not a governing body outside of Heritage that determines the policies and practices of the church.
I have heard people call Heritage a "New Testament Church or "Restoration Church, what does that mean?
Heritage Christian Church is part of brotherhood of churches that want to restore the church back to the way church was practiced in the New Testament in the 1st Century. The Book of Acts in the Bible describes the beginnings of the church and other essential church doctrines and beliefs that are found within the writings of the New Testament.
What does the Organizational Structure of Heritage look like?
The structure of Heritage begins with Jesus Christ who is the head of the church. The leadership of the church follows with those men who meet the qualifications of the position of Elder and have been set aside for that purpose. The Elders oversee the church and hire the Senior Minister who in turn has a staff of ministers who work as a team, supporting the different ministries of the church according to their focus, i.e. Worship Minister, Youth Minister, etc. Each ministry staff person in turn has Servant Leaders, who are members of the congregation, who work with them to oversee individual ministries at Heritage.
Do I have to go down front on Sunday morning to join the church?
Going down front on a Sunday morning is a terrific opportunity to testify to others about your belief in Jesus Christ and your desire to become a part of the Heritage family of believers. While going down front encourages accountability to the body of believers and allows people a chance to put a name and face together, it is not required. If you wish to join the church but do not wish to go down front on a Sunday morning, please contact the church office at (770) 716-5768.
Do I have to be baptized by immersion to join Heritage?
Yes. Jesus commanded everyone who accepts Him to be baptized for the forgiveness their sin and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:18ff, Acts 2:38). As a Restoration Church, Heritage believes in baptism by immersion because of the example provided in the New Testament. Baptism has been called the "exclamation point of someone's belief in Jesus Christ and is a witness to others and an outward display of their desire to follow Him as the Lord of their lives. Because we believe that baptism is such an important part of your conversion, we also believe baptism by immersion is an important part of a person's membership at Heritage.
Do I have to be baptized on a Sunday morning?
While we feel that baptism is a great moment in a person's spiritual life and encourages believers and non-believers alike, it is not required that you be baptized on Sunday morning. Arrangements can be made for a private baptism with your family. However, we always encourage people to remember that it's a great affirmation of our faith and accountability for the new believer. While it is not humiliating, it certainly is humbling. Jesus Christ was publicly humiliated on the cross therefore we should be willing to humble ourselves through public baptism.
When are your services?
Our weekly services are held on Sundays at 9:30am and 11:00am. Click here for more info on our Sunday worship experiences at Heritage.
How can I meet people and make friends at Heritage?
One of the best ways to meet people and connect with other believers is to join a Life Group. Please check out the Small Group Ministry page for more information.
We believe that regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, everyone can contribute by serving on one of our many ministry teams. Joining a Life Group is one of the best ways to get involved here at Heritage. If you'd like to learn more about ways to contribute at Heritage, email Dr. Jim Estep, Equipping Pastor.