Our Mission, Method and Mandate
Our Mission, Method and Mandate
Worship - is the proper response of all moral, conscious beings to God; attributing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because He is worthy. Such worship therefore manifests itself both in adoration and in action, both in the individual believer and in corporate worship, which is worship offered up in the context of the body of believers.
Biblical fellowship involves being committed to Christ first and then to other Christians. Fellowship with God is initiated by believing in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Fellowship with God's family is identified by being baptized in water. Followers of Christ not only believe in God, they choose to belong to a spiritual family. One's quality of life is improved by connecting with other believers in small groups. It is in this context that Biblical accountability and personal responsibility to one another can be nurtured.
The process which we, by systematic Bible study, acquire an accurate understanding of who God is, so as to follow Christ more closely in order to become like Him in all areas of life. The goal of Discipleship is transformed lives. This happens when the mind is renewed by the truth contained in the Word of God and applied to everyday life.
Goal: Transformed lives. Process: Renewed minds. Source: Bible study.
You were shaped for serving God. As you mature in Christ, you will likely develop a desire to serve God by committing to a Ministry that fits your unique S.H.A.P.E. Your S.H.A.P.E. is a combination of your Spiritual Gifts, Heart or passion, Abilities, Personality, andExperiences. By discovering and understanding your unique S.H.A.P.E., you can find and commit to a specific Ministry that is a “good fit” for you. This will lead to a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment of purpose as you serve Christ and others in ministry.
The purpose of Evangelism at HCC is to nurture our local community of Christians in the love of God’s word (the Bible) so that they are fluent in the Gospel of Christ, thereby having a ready answer for anyone who asks about the hope they have in them which has been given freely to all who call upon "His Name"; Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
1 Peter 3:15 Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you.
We Believe in the Bible as God's only inspired, inerrant, and authoritative revelation of Himself to man in written form. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)
We Believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:7 NIV/New King James)
We Believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18), His sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21), His miracles (Acts 10:38), His vicarious death as the only sacrifice for the sin of the world (1 John 2:2), His bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:39), His ascension to the right hand of God as our intercessor (Hebrews 7:25), and His future return in glory, first to rapture His church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) and second, to establish the kingdom of God upon the earth. (Revelation 20:6)
We Believe in the finality of Christ's mediatorial work for the redemption of mankind and the present freedom of access to the Father. (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16)
We Believe in the new birth as the only means of receiving eternal life. The new birth involves a cleansing and deliverance from the penalty and power of sin. It is effectuated through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. (John 3:3,5,7; Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 Peter 1:18-20)
We Believe in divine healing for the total man, spirit, mind and body and that this healing is accomplished in the redemptive work of Christ on the cross and appropriated in the believer's life through prayer. (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:13-15)
We Believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an endowment of power for all believers. This infilling is subsequent to salvation and may be evidenced by speaking in tongues. This baptism enables a deeper expression of spiritual fruit, a greater growth in Christ-likeness, a genuine manifestation of spiritual gifts, and a more effective prayer life. (Acts 19:1-6; Acts 2:4,38-39; Acts 10:44,45; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22,23; I Corinthians 12:1-11; II Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:26,27; Philippians 2:13; John 15:5)
We Believe in the process of spiritual development (sanctification) accomplished in the believer's life by the Holy Spirit through yielded-ness and obedience. This growth involves a daily dying to sin and living unto righteousness (Romans 6:1-23), finds expression in a holy life (Hebrews 12:24) and will be perfected at the return of Christ. (1 John 3:2)
We Believe in the resurrection from the dead. First, the righteous unto eternal life and second, the ungodly unto eternal damnation. (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28,29; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)
We Believe in the sacraments of the Church established by Jesus Christ our Lord: the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26- 30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) and baptism by immersion as a witness of the new birth. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 3:20-22)
“Let there be real harmony so that there won’t be splits in the church …Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 (LB)
Assumption – A “groove” is literally a natural or human creation used to guide the needle of a phonograph, or water through the ground. In slang terms, a groove is a settled routine, or activity that one enjoys, or is well suited to. The quality of a groove can be recognized by how well people interact with each other. I am using the word groove to outline 10 consistent dispositions toward our work in ministry. If we study and commit to practice these 10 “Grooves” HCC will grow.
1. To be Salubrious
2. To be Honest
3. To be Accountable
4. To Provide Safety
5. To be Noble
6. To have Integrity
7. To be Relaxed
8. Take the Initiative
9. Be Self-managed
10. Be Eternally Motivated
While you were not offered any choice regarding membership in the global and local human families, God offers every person the opportunity to become a member of His global family. The Bible says that everyone who believes and confesses that Jesus Christ died and was raised from the dead is given the right to become a child of God (Romans 10:9, 10), and we accomplish this by inviting Him into our lives to dwell personally with us (John 1:12). On a local level, every Christian further chooses whether they want to become a member of a local Christian church family. Belonging to the Heritage Community Church (HCC) family is the result of one such choice.
Joining the HCC family is initiated by attending the HCC Covenant Course. These classes are taught by the Fellowship Pastor or other church leaders, and provides a survey of the church doctrine and culture. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with the Lead Pastor and ask questions about the HCC family.
These classes are designed to help you grow in a deeper relationship with Christ and the Church. Being active is vital to church health and as believers we all must guard against complacency and stagnation. The HCC Covenant Course is essential to your continued spiritual health and well being.
MEETS THE FIRST WEEK OF EACH MONTH, EXCEPT NOVEMBER & DECEMBER.
Pastor Steve teaches week one, and we will cover CHURCH 101, discovering church membership at HCC.
MEETS THE SECOND WEEK OF EACH MONTH, EXCEPT NOVEMBER & DECEMBER.
Week two will cover ESSENTIALS 201, developing essential habits of a healthy believer.
MEETS THE THIRD WEEK OF EACH MONTH, EXCEPT NOVEMBER & DECEMBER.
Week three will cover SHAPE 301, discovering your place in the body of Christ.
MEETS THE FOURTH WEEK OF EACH MONTH, EXCEPT NOVEMBER & DECEMBER.
Week four will cover COVENANT CREW 401, joining the HCC ministry team.
The Covenant Course takes place at 11:30am in Room 239 each week, beginning with 101 on the first Sunday of each month, with the remaining classes following on the consecutive Sundays. Childcare is not provided for our Sunday Covenant Course classes, however in 2019 we will offer three classes per year on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and full childcare for Nursery ages through Teens. Please check back on this page for upcoming dates.
To sign up for upcoming Covenant Courses, simply click the "REGISTER" button below and it will send an email to our Fellowship Pastor, Pastor Cristy.