This page contains information on what we believe. Below, by category you may read and find Scripture references to explain what we believe and why we believe it.
THE SCRIPTURES: We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scripture (2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16). The original autographs are both without error and complete. The Scriptures are God breathed and contain everything that pertain to life and godliness for the Christian and are the only authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16).We believe that the King James Version is the best English translation available today and will be used for all teaching and preaching at Heartland Baptist Church.
GOD: We believe in the one, true God of the Bible, who is infinite, eternal, and supreme (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18, 90:2; Rev. 1:8). God exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which is called today the Trinity meaning three in one (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7). They are identical in essence, equal in authority and might, yet separate in personality.
JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God (John 10:30; 20:31; Hebrews 1:8), that He is eternal (John 1:1,2), and that He is equal with the Father (Phil. 2:5-8). He came into this world as the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20,23) to take upon Himself the form of man (John 1:14; Philippians 2:6-8) without compromising His deity (Phil. 2:6,7).He was buried, and three days later He rose from the dead according to scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). We believe in the literal, bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:4; 2 Tim. 2:8) and ascension (Acts 1:9; Ephesians 1:20) of Christ, who remains as our only High Priest and Advocate with the Father (1 Tim. 2:5; Hebrews 4:14; 1 John 2:1).
HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit, ministers to Christian people and gives gifts to everyone that professes Christ as their savior (Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:8,11; 1 Corinthians 12:1-10). We believe that the Holy Spirit no longer distributes the temporary sign gifts (Mark 16:17-20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10). His ministry to the world is the conviction of sin, judgment (John 16:7-11) and testifying of Christ (John 15:26).SATANWe believe that Satan is a real and active being (Matthew 4:1-11) in whom no truth abides (John 8:44). We believe that Satan is void of truth (John 8:44), blinding the eyes of the world to the light of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). As the original sinner, he became the agent in the fall of mankind (1 John 3:8; Genesis 3:1-15). Satan is actively battling against the Christian (Ephesians 6:11,12) and causing problems as often as He is allowed.
HEAVEN: We believe in a literal heaven where God has established His eternal throne (Psalm 103:19; Hebrews 8:1), Christ ascended after His resurrection from the dead (Acts 1:11), and Christ is presently preparing a place for believers (John 14:1-3).HELLWe believe in a literal hell of everlasting fire and torment (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:23,24; Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9) prepared for the devil and his fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). It is a place of fire (Matthew 18:8), darkness, weeping, and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 22:13).
CREATION: We believe in the literal creation of the universe by a direct act of God as recorded in Genesis (Genesis 1:1,2; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3). We believe that all things were created by Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16,17) and upheld by His power (Hebrews 1:3), in complete contradiction of the evolution model, whether theistic or atheistic.MANWe believe that man was created in the moral, mental, and spiritual image of God in a state of perfect innocence (Genesis 1:26,27). Through Adam’s willful disobedience, the whole human race fell, inherited a sin nature (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12, 17-19), and became alienated from God (Colossians 1:20,21). Man is therefore under just condemnation of death, both physical and spiritual (Romans 6:23,25; Ephesians 2:1; John 3:19) without defense or excuse (Romans 1:20), and has no fellowship with God until he repents and accepts the sufficient payment for his sin (Romans 5:8).
SALVATION: We believe that salvation is of God (Romans 6:23), by grace (Ephesians 2:8,9), provided for all men (John 3:16) by the substitutionary death of Christ and His shed blood on the cross (Romans 3:24-26; Ephesians 1:7). Salvation is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 6:23) and not based on works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:9).We believe that repentance and faith are the two essential elements in salvation (Acts 20:21,26:20; Romans 10:9,10,13; 2 Corinthians 7:9,10; Psalms 34:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Luke 13:3). The believer is eternally secure in Jesus Christ and that salvation is a permanent gift (Romans 8:33-39; 1 John 5:11-13).
THE CHURCH: The New Testament church is a local assembly of baptized believers (Acts 2:41) organized for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission with two main goals – to Glorify Christ and Evangelize the World (Matthew 28:19,20). The mission of the church is clearly set forth in the Scriptures as world evangelization which involves reaching the lost, baptizing and making disciples of the saved (Matthew 28:19,20).We believe that the church was given only two ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:2,23,24; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42).
LAST THINGS: We believe in the imminent, premillenial, pretribulational, and bodily return of Jesus Christ for His bride (Matthew 24:44). At that time all those that have placed their faith in Christ as their savior will rise and meet their Lord in the air (Revelation 21).