About God: God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
About Jesus: Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and God in the flesh. He was born to the Virgin Mary and Joseph, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified on a Roman cross, died, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later. Jesus is the clearest picture we have of what God is like and God’s attitude toward people is revealed in Jesus’ life, teachings, death, and resurrection. As such, eternal life is had by placing our confidence in Jesus and making Him the Ruling King of our life.
About the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is our source of spiritual guidance and right living. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired people to compile their ideas about their human experience and what God is like. This compilation is known as the Bible.
About The Bible: Written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is our source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
About Human Beings: Human beings bear the image of God. Our greatest good is to live in a relationship with God and we were created for this purpose. Yet, human beings have the ability to go their own way and not reciprocate God’s desire for a relationship. God will never give up pursuing people and desiring their good, which is enjoying a relationship with God forever.
About Sin: Human beings choose to go their own way and pursue their own plan rather than God’s plan for their life. Sin keeps us from experiencing the life God has designed us to experience in a loving relationship with Him.
About The Church: The Church is composed of everyone who has decided to follow Jesus and commits to living under His rule and reign. As followers of Jesus are faithful in this commitment, they will be transformed into living more like Jesus would if He were in their shoes. Such people will genuinely want to share the good, transformative news of Jesus with others by showcasing the beauty of living life on God’s terms.
About The Ordinances: We publicly declare we are following Jesus and that Jesus is transforming our life by getting baptized. We continue to remember the importance of Jesus’ death and resurrection through the sharing of communion.
Bible Verses That Inspire Us
We find value in the scriptures and they speak to the above statement of belief in greater depth. And still, there are some passages that bring special inspiration to how we do ministry at Heartland.
Genesis 1:26-28 and 31 – Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 5:39-40 – You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
John 17:3 – Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
1 Corinthians 11:1 – Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:11-13 – So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Philippians 2:5-11 – In your relationships with one another have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Colossians 2:9-10 – For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
1 Thessalonians 2:8 – Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
2 Timothy 2:2 – And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
At Heartland, there are a few convictions we hold with great confidence, we list them in our belief statement. In these core beliefs, we strive for unity. But on other matters outside of our belief statement, we extend liberty to one another, that is, we agree to disagree, agreeably in the most loving way possible. This is what we call practicing “theological hospitality”. We believe it’s better to teach people how to think instead of what to think. We value reading authors who we may not fully align with theologically, but doing so with discernment. We welcome open dialogue about the spiritual journey.
We believe surrounding ourselves with people who think a bit differently than we do makes us more like Jesus because that’s what Jesus did! Even his own closest disciples came from strikingly different backgrounds and didn’t agree on everything. We welcome spiritual questions, doubts and disagreements.
We value mystery and understand that although we won’t always have an answer to every spiritual question, what matters most for our community is that we worship our resurrected Savior named Jesus. We trust Him, we love Him and if this is the kind of faith community you’re looking to be a part of, we invite you to join us on this spiritual journey.