Heritage Baptist Church
In the fall of 1991, a small group of believers started a home Bible study in an effort to grow spiritually and seek Godís face regarding the establishment of a Christ-exalting, Word-honoring ministry. A church-planting missionary/pastor, Tim Valentine, was invited to help start Heritage Baptist Church. Beginning with 10 believers and the 6 members of the Valentine family, the Lord blessed these efforts. In June of 1992, the Heritage Baptist Church was chartered with 26 adults and 16 children. In March 1993, our current pastor, Michael Alvis, was called to be Heritage's full-time pastor.
Paul writes in Titus:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
The grace-work of God is one that grants salvation through faith in Christís work on Calvary. As individuals repent of their sin and trust in Jesusí finished work on the cross, God begins to change their lives through the new birth. All that characterized the individual before in his/her rebellion is progressively removed as God-honoring character is built into the life. Whereas before the life was lived apart from God and with little thought of God, the new life is lived in Godís presence, for Godís pleasure, and by Godís power. This life is called by Paul, ďpeculiarĒ, which describes that which is a particular treasure of Godís. The Scripture gives no hint of a believing relationship which is not marked by change. God saves men, women, boys, and girls in order to change them.
In Paul's letter to the Ephesians we read:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
As a church, we are desirous to reflect the apostleís words of Titus 2:11-15. It is our purpose to live life looking back to the gracious work of Calvary and looking forward to the promised union with Christ in heaven. In the interim, it is our expressed desire to be conformed more and more to the image of Christ and to give ourselves to reflecting Him in an unbelieving world. Inviting others to participate in the life of Christ through repentant faith is our mission.
Because of these and other Scriptures, we believe that we are not to use the methods of the world to attract sinners to Christ, but rather we must follow Christ, live and preach the clear truth of the Bible, leaving the results to God. With that said, we invite you to come, find and enjoy the peace, rest, and security that only comes from hearing and obeying God's Word.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.