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Heritage Baptist Church

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What We Believe

Heritage Baptist Church is an independent, family-integrated church in Blaine, Minnesota. We focus on Bible-centered instruction, with the aim of strengthening families in spiritual growth. We invite you to meet with us for worship, teaching and prayer on Sunday mornings.

Our core beliefs are outlined in our Articles of Faith, which you can view here.

ARTICLES OF FAITH of HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH

I. The Bible

II. The Godhead

III. Creation

IV. Spirit Beings

V. Salvation

VI. Sanctification

VII. Prayer

VIII. Human Life

IX. Separation

We believe in the Biblical doctrine of separation which encompasses three essential components:

X. The Church

We believe the church is a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people in this age are members. We believe that the local church is a fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been immersed in baptism on a credible confession of faith, and united together for worship, instruction, service, and fellowship. The church is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and is central to the work of God in this age.
Matthew 16:16-18
1 Corinthians 12:12-17
Acts 2:42-47
1 Timothy 3:15-16
Ephesians 1:22
Jude 3

XI. Baptism

We believe baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called "Believer’s Baptism". Baptism is not required for initial salvation, but it is required to be obedient to God. Baptism is a public, visual demonstration of our testimony that sets forth, in a beautiful and solemn way, our identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection to walk in "newness of life". Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership.
Romans 6:3-5
Acts 8:36-39; 10:44-48

XII. The Lord’s Supper

We believe the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes. It demonstrates our continual fellowship with Him and should be preceded by careful self-examination which involves two key areas: repentance from sin and seeking forgiveness and restoration from those who we have offended or have offended us.
Matthew 26:26-29
1 Corinthians 11:23-32

XIII. The Great Commission

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned the church to take the gospel to the world, and that evangelism at home and abroad should be primary in the program of the local church.
Matthew 28:19-20
Acts 1:8

XV. Last Things

We believe in the imminent return of Christ to take His church to heaven. Following this, there will be a period of much tribulation upon all the earth. At the end of this time of tribulation, Jesus Christ will come back to earth in power and glory with His church to establish His promised Millennial kingdom. He will reign for one thousand years, during which time peace and righteousness will cover the earth, Satan will be bound, and Israel will be established in her own land. At the end of this glorious reign, Satan will lead a rebellion against Christ, but Christ will be victorious and Satan will then be forever banished to the lake of fire. The wicked dead will be judged at the great white throne and will be sentenced to everlasting conscious punishment and separation from God in the lake of fire. After God’s judgment against the wicked, God will create all things new and perfect once again. The effects of sin will be no more, and all true believers will remain with Christ forever in glory.
John 14:3
Matthew 24:21
Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-15; 21:1-7
Ezekiel 39:25-29
1 Thessalonians 4:17

XV. Last Things

We believe in the imminent return of Christ to take His church to heaven. Following this, there will be a period of much tribulation upon all the earth. At the end of this time of tribulation, Jesus Christ will come back to earth in power and glory with His church to establish His promised Millennial kingdom. He will reign for one thousand years, during which time peace and righteousness will cover the earth, Satan will be bound, and Israel will be established in her own land. At the end of this glorious reign, Satan will lead a rebellion against Christ, but Christ will be victorious and Satan will then be forever banished to the lake of fire. The wicked dead will be judged at the great white throne and will be sentenced to everlasting conscious punishment and separation from God in the lake of fire. After God’s judgment against the wicked, God will create all things new and perfect once again. The effects of sin will be no more, and all true believers will remain with Christ forever in glory.
John 14:3
Matthew 24:21
Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-15; 21:1-7
Ezekiel 39:25-29
1 Thessalonians 4:17

COMMITMENT TO ONE ANOTHER

Having been led to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and, on the profession of our faith and having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully commit to one another as one body in Christ.

We commit, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in the knowledge of God, His character, and His ways; to promote its welfare and spirituality; to attend, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and proportionately to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.

We also commit to maintain family and private devotions; to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior; to avoid the works of the flesh; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further commit to joyfully serve the Lord in the church with the abilities and giftings that God has given us, to watch over one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover commit to willingly submit ourselves to the exhortation and discipline of this church and to faithfully seek the counsel of the Pastor or the board of elders before making the decision to leave this membership and dissolve the commitment we have made to one another. However, if we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this commitment and the principles of God’s Word.