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Who We Are

Heartland is a small church with lots of volunteers!! Many members use their gifts each week as an important part of our ministry.

We have a big heart, and we love relationships! Our congregation is committed to spending time growing, eating, learning, loving, and laughing together. 

Our foremost purpose is:
to Know God

to Serve Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,

to be led by the Holy Spirit

as we are guided by God's Word.

Mission

Vision

We seek to worship God

by faithfully meeting together as a body of believers

by actively supporting each person's spiritual growth

by searching out and encouraging each person's gifts

by reaching out in Christian love to our neighbors,

by loving each person as God's image bearer

by welcoming those seeking a church family,

by supporting one another's daily needs through prayers and deeds

That Christ may be known throughout the world.

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Our Faith

What We Believe

Heartland Reformed Church is a Christ-centered congregation rooted in the Reformed tradition. As such, we hold to several Creeds and Confessions. They are the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.  In addition to these Creeds, we hold to four "standards of unity" which explain what Reformed Churches believe. They are the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dordt, and the Belhar Confession.

Click here to find out more: "What Does it Mean to Be Reformed church?"

Heartland Reformed Church Statement of Christian Belief:

 

We believe in one God, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God is infinite and eternal, the Creator of all things. God is our perfect heavenly Father, who rules over all creation. In His goodness He sustains, loves and cares for us, and works all things according to His will. (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 118:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:3-14)

 

We believe Jesus Christ, God's Son, is the eternal Word of God. Through his incarnation, suffering, death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension He accomplished God’s plan for redemption. Christ rules over all things at the right hand of God and will return in power to judge the living and the dead. (Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-9; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26-27)

 

We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity is the power of God who makes faith real in the lives of people. He empowers and equips all believers for fruitful lives and obedience to God’s Word.  The Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers to empower them to love God and to love neighbor. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 3:14, 4:6)

 

We believe the Bible (Scriptures of the Old and New Testament) is the inspired Word of God and our ultimate and final authority for faith in practice. (Matthew 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

We believe God created men and women in His image to worship and be in relationship with Him.  Instead we all rebel against God in sin which results in separation from God and death. Every person faces God’s wrath as a result of sin. Apart from God’s grace and gift of salvation we face condemnation. (Genesis 1:27; John 3:16; Romans 3:9-23; Romans 5:8)

 

We believe salvation is God’s gracious gift through faith in Jesus Christ to rescue people from sin. To all who receive salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ they are no longer separated from Him but become children of God.  The way to become a Christian is to turn from a sinful life and trust Christ as Lord and Savior. Our salvation and sanctification rest entirely on God’s initiative and God’s grace, all done for God’s glory. (Acts 2:21,38-39; Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

We believe the Church is the spiritual body made up of all believers who confess Jesus Christ is Lord. Every believer is a vital part of the body of Christ. (Acts 2:42-27; Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 John 3:14, 19-21)

 

We believe Christ is the Lord of all creation and all human life (John 1.1-4, Colossians1.15-17). Spiritual, emotional, and physical life for all humans, from conception to death, are valued by God (Psalm 139.13-16).  We are called to value all life from conception to death, and to be stewards of all aspects of life - social life, marriage, politics, intellectual, recreation, possessions, resources, money, and time in obedience to God’s Word (Colossians 3.18-24).

 

We believe as God’s people we are called to turn away from the things of darkness, which scripture calls sin--including gossip, slander, greed, idolatry of any kind, racism, sexual immorality, and abuse of others--and to live in ways that honor God. (Colossians 3.1-17, Ephesians 4.22-24, Ephesians 5.1-21, Galatians 5.16-24) We uphold the responsibility of the whole church including its officers and leaders to “lead a life worthy of the calling you have received (Ephesians 4:1), including fidelity in marriage between one man and one woman or chastity in singleness. (Genesis 2:24; Exodus 19:3-6; Luke 16:13 Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 5:1-18; 1 Timothy 3:2-12; 1 Peter 2:9-10). While we acknowledge that we all continue to fall short of God's perfect standard, we also believe that this call to live as God's people means we are actively participating with the Spirit in turning away from these things and toward God. We warmly welcome all who would receive God's grace. However, we also recognize that God holds leaders in the church to higher standards (James 3:1, Hebrews 13:17) and believe in the biblical qualifications of leadership in the church (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus1:6-9). 

 

We believe that as God has shown us his love, grace and kindness, while we were still sinners (Romans 2:4, Romans 5: 6-8), we are called to show love, grace, kindness and respect to every man and woman as images bearers of God (those made in the image of God). We affirm that men and women are equal bearers of God's image and called to full participation in every church office. The many gifts and callings of men, women, and children are necessary for the flourishing of the Church.

 

In regards to human sexuality, we hold to the historic Christian teaching on sex and marriage. We believe that God has designed sex exclusively for marriage, between one man and one woman. Everything outside of this standard falls into what the Bible calls “sin”, including lust, pornography, polygamy, polyamory, promiscuity, same-sex sexual activity, bestiality, or any other sexual behavior performed before or outside marriage. (Genesis 1.27-28, Genesis 2.18-25, Matthew 19.3-12, Ephesians 5.28-33). As those who seek to imitate Christ, speaking and acting in both grace and truth (John 1.14), we affirm:

1. Marriage is only between one man and one woman.

2. Same-sex sexual behavior is against God’s design.

3. HRC pastors will not conduct same-sex marriages, and the elders will not permit the church facility to be used for marriages that are not between one man and one woman.

4. The church must eliminate the double-standard of morality applied to same-sex sexual behavior. All forms of sexual sin must be avoided and treated equally.

5. Those practicing sinful patterns of behavior will be disqualified from serving in leadership roles.

 

 

For HRC’s full statement on human sexuality, please click here.

 

 

We hold to the Historic Confessions of the Heidelberg Catechism, The Belgic Confession, The Canons of Dordt, The Belhar Confession and the Apostles Creed.

 

We are part of a larger denomination called the Reformed Church in America. 

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