Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an Independent, Bible-Believing Church?

    • Independent: Each local church in the Bible was its own self-governing, self-supporting body of believers; it was pastor-led and not accountable to any organization or person other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18)
    • Bible-Believing: The name says it all. We are, above all, a Bible-believing church. This means that we take the Bible and hold it as the standard, foundation, and authority for our lives. We do not defer to any specific denomination, creed, or belief system other than true Bible Christianity. We believe in learning what the Bible teaches and following it, with God’s help.
    • Church: An Independent Bible-Believing Church is a body of believers that have biblically and voluntarily gathered together in a local area for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, which was given by the Lord Jesus, as they follow the Lord Jesus Christ in His Word.

2. What Bible version do you use?

-We believe the King James Version of the scriptures is the best and most faithful translation of the ancient texts for the English speaking world. This translation is the only translation we use, endorse, and study with. We do this for the sake of unity and out of the belief that God promised to preserve His Word and make it available to all people.

3. Are you Calvinistic or Armenian in doctrine?

-We are neither! We hold to the scriptures and the scriptures alone, instead of belonging to a camp. If one could put a name to our stance, we would be Biblicists.

4. How can I know for certain Heaven is my home?

-We are so glad you asked! The Bible is very clear and God makes it very plain to all people that they can know for certain their eternal destination. Click here!

5. What sort of music do you have in your church?

-We believe in worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth, thereby keeping the world and its fleshly music out of the church. Click here!

6. Is there a place for my child at your church?

-There is a place for everyone at Heritage Baptist! We offer Nursery for every service and Children’s Church, if needed!

7. Does your church have a dress code?

    • Absolutely not! We believe that every Christian should dress their Sunday best to worship their God, but do not judge individuals based upon dress. The pastor often encourages people to come in work clothes if given the choice of not coming to church or coming to church in work clothes!
    • Our leadership and workers dress in suits and ties (men) and modest dresses (ladies) as an example and testimony of the position.

8. Am I expected to give money to the church?

-We are thankful for all who will give, but do not expect visitors to give to the efforts of the church. We want all our visitors to simply enjoy their time meeting our church family, fellowshiping with them, and worshiping the Lord in Spirit and Truth through song, prayer, and obedience to the preaching.

9. Why do you not have Sunday School?

-Many churches have Sunday School for one reason or another, these are the most common:

    • To be a time of fellowship as an age appropriate small club
    • To be a time of “discipleship”
    • To be a time of preaching and teaching before the Sunday Service

-We have the following reasons for only having one Sunday Service:

    • The Sunday Service is a sacred time of worshiping God together as a church family
    • Discipleship is best performed in a one-on-one setting throughout the week, instead of corporately on Sunday
    • The Sunday Service already has one message; having two preaching times can confuse the application of God’s Word

10. Why do you not pass the offering plate during your services?

-Again, this is common practice in many church; these are our reasons for not doing so:

    • We do not wish to embarrass or seemingly compel others, especially visitors to give to God’s work
    • We desire to allow the tithes and offerings to be given out of obedience and love, instead of peer pressure
    • We believe that God blesses those that give in secret; especially in the Kingdom (Matthew 6:1-4)

-Instead of passing an offering plate, we have made the following determinations:

    • To provide an offering box that is put in a certain location so God’s people can give to His work
    • To teach God’s people about the purpose of giving of tithes and offerings and then leaving them to obey the Lord as they will

11. Why do you not have a time of invitation (or altar call) during your services?

-This is also a common practice in many churches for the following reasons:

    • To allow the unsaved an opportunity to come forward and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior
    • To allow the believer to come forward and pray about what God spoke to them about during the preaching time
    • To allow the believer to come forward and make certain declarations to the church (baptism, membership, dedication, etc.)

-We have chosen to avoid this practice for the following reasons:

    • The church services are to be attended primarily by the saved, not the unsaved, so they can be equipped to serve God throughout the week and encourage the brethren
      • We certainly do not begrudge the unsaved attendance (all are welcome); if an unsaved person attends, they will hear the Gospel through the preaching and be given a personal, private opportunity later on to respond to it (instead of being publicly called to the front to be saved)
    • A believer does not have to utilize an “old-fashioned altar” to pray to God or make a decision; this can be done anywhere at anytime
    • The concept of an altar call was created by Charles Finney; not the Lord Jesus Christ
    • Certain decisions and declarations can be prepared for and  made known without an altar call
    • The majority of altar calls utilize the time to make an emotional appeal that creates an emotional response, instead of a spiritual one that is based on the truth the hearer just heard from God’s Word
    • The responses to the altar call (or lack thereof) play to the preacher’s ego and pride, which is not the purpose of preaching or the church service in general; we gather together in the church services to serve God and not Man.

12. I have another question that is not on the list!

-We would be honored to answer any question you have. Please feel free to contact us anytime.