Heartland Community Church is unashamedly committed to the Bible as the very Word of God and therefore, it is our only authority for faith and practice. We are committed to the historic, classic Christian faith as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechism.
Here is a brief summary of what we believe:
THE BIBLE is the inspired Word of God, without error in its original manuscripts, and contains everything we need to know about having a right relationship with Him. The Bible is the basis for all of our essential beliefs.
GOD & THE TRINITY God is one & yet exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are fully God and share equally in the attributes of deity, power and glory.
JESUS CHRIST is fully God and also fully man. He came in human form to be obedient to the point of death on the cross to be the perfect, atoning sacrifice for sin. He will come again in power and glory to judge the living and the dead and to gather His church to Himself.
MANKIND, both men and women, are created in the image of God, and are therefore filled with dignity and worthy of honor and respect. At the same time, in their natural state, people are opposed to God (or "sinful"), and because of this are separated from Him, and without hope unless He graciously rescues them from their broken condition.
SALVATION is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Man can do nothing to earn it, merit it or deserve it. Even faith itself is a gift of God.
GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY teaches that He alone is in control of our universe and nothing in all creation happens apart from His will. There is no power equal to Him. He does what He sees best for His glory and the good of His people.
GOD'S ELECTION God has chosen those whom He wills to become His children through salvation in His Son Jesus. It is not dependent upon anything found in us, but totally based on His mercy and grace. His choice of us occurred before the foundation of the world.
STEWARDSHIP All that we have and are comes from God and therefore, we strive to use them in a way that honors Him and builds His kingdom. We are stewards of God’s creation. We are expected to give to God in cheerful, generous obedience of our time, talents and treasures.
THE SACRAMENTS (BAPTISM & COMMUNION) are visible signs of God’s promise of grace to believers. The power comes not from the elements, but from God Himself. We do not believe the sacraments save, however, we do believe they strengthen our faith and help us to continue to grow in the grace of God. God made the covenant promise of salvation not only to us, but also to our children. We practice infant baptism as a sign of initiation into the covenant community of the church, however, baptism does not save. The church and the parents commit to do everything they can to provide opportunities to share Christ and help each child to live in a way that shows they truly are a “child of the covenant.”