To find out more about HCC, please listen to this sermon by Greg Robbins, "What Kind of Church Is This?
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More About Who We Are
With so many churches to attend on Sunday morning, what is so different about the Heath Church of Christ? Heath Church of Christ and other independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, are a part of a fellowship of churches called, “The Restoration Movement.”
The Restoration Movement finds its origin in a unique Christian unity movement that took place on the American frontier during the early 1800’s. Early American Christian leaders, such as Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone, believed that Christian unity could be achieved by restoring the simple beliefs and practices presented in the New Testament. Jesus prayed for such unity in John 17:21: “… that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”
The Christian Church/Church of Christ is not a formal denomination. We are a self-governing, free body of believers—we are shepherded by elders from within our church, our elders and church board make our congregational decisions, we hire our own ministers, and we send out our own missionaries.
Historically, the convictions and ideals of Restoration churches have been conveyed, not through elaborate doctrinal statements, but through slogans. These slogans represent the early convictions of the founders of the Restoration Movement and they continue to serve as relevant, guiding principles of faith and practice for our churches today. Some of the slogans include:
• “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love.”
• “No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible.”
• “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.”
• “We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.”
These slogans neatly summarize the genius of the Restoration Movement, which represents a tradition of churches who have desired to be “Simply Christian.” This simple message of unity based on the authority of the Bible has tremendous appeal to those who are disillusioned by traditional churches who have abandoned the Word of God and have bought into a cultural mindset that says anything goes.
Rather than being Lutherans, Pentecostals, or Episcopalians, the Restoration Movement asks, “Can’t we just be Christians only? Can’t we quit fighting over non-essential doctrines and find unity based on the core essential beliefs and practices of the Christian faith? Can we fulfill the prayer of Jesus in John 17 by restoring and practicing simple, unadorned New Testament Christianity?”
This is the “Restoration” plea. This is the “Restoration” idea. And it is really a simple idea: The unity of all Christians based on the authority of the Bible, and the Bible alone, for the purpose of mission and evangelism. The Heath Church of Christ is proud to be a part of this movement to restore the beliefs and practices of the New Testament church. We invite you to worship and serve with us. -Greg Robbins
What beliefs are important at HCC?
As a Bible-affirming church, the following list summarizes the core beliefs of the Heath Church of Christ.
The Bible: The Bible is our authority here at the Heath Church of Christ. The Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is our standard as Christians in all we believe, say, and do. We plead for the union of all Christians on the Bible alone.
God: God is the eternal, sovereign Creator and Ruler of the universe (Genesis 1:1; 1 Timothy 6:15). He is our holy, loving, heavenly Father. As our personal, heavenly Father, God loves and cares deeply for each of us (John 3:16). God has made himself known through His creation, the Bible, and supremely in Jesus (Psalm 19; John 1:18). God has revealed himself to us as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus: Jesus is the Son of God and God in the flesh (Matthew 16:16; John 1:14). He was born of the virgin Mary. He worked miracles and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. Jesus died for our sins on a Roman cross and was raised bodily from the grave (Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 3:18). Jesus now reigns at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34). He will return to earth in the future to be the Savior and Judge of all humankind (Hebrews 9:28; Acts 17:31).
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian as a comforter, counselor, teacher, and encourager (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:8, 13). God’s Spirit convicts us of sin, empowers us to be holy, equips us with spiritual gifts for Christian living, and is the seal of adoption confirming our
salvation (1 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Human Condition: Human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We have rebelled against God’s design for our lives by our own free choice. Our sinful rebellion separates us from God and leads to spiritual death (Romans 6:23). God, in his grace, offers salvation through Jesus to all sinners who would accept this free gift (Romans 3:23-24, 5:8; Ephesians 2:8). We accept God’s gift of salvation by: Believing in Jesus as God’s Son (Acts 16:31); Confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9); Repenting of sin (Acts 3:19); and being Baptized by immersion for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Those who follow this Biblical plan can have the assurance of God’s salvation (1 John 5:13).
The Lord’s Supper: We celebrate the Lord’s Supper each week in memory of Christ’s death and in anticipation of his final coming (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). All Christians are welcome to share in this family meal.
Baptism: We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. In baptism, new Christians are promised God’s gifts of the forgiveness of sin and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21).
The Church: The Church is the Body of Christ composed of all Biblically-faithful Christians around the world (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27). Christians demonstrate their membership in Christ’s universal Body by identifying and serving with a local congregation, such as the Heath Church of Christ (e.g. Ephesians 1:1). The Church is God’s chosen agency to save and transform the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). The Church changes the world through prayer, the preaching of the gospel of Christ, and through loving witness and service performed in Jesus’ name.
The Return Of Jesus: We look forward to the second coming of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, and the beginning of the New Heaven and New Earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16; John 5:28-29; Revelation 21:1). The universe and the human story have a destination. The world will be over when Jesus returns again (1 Corinthians 15:24). Jesus will return as the Savior and King of all Christians (Titus 3:13; Hebrews 9:28), and as the Judge of all those who rejected God and His salvation during their earthly lives (Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10). On the Day of Judgment, the saved will enter eternal life with God, while the condemned will be assigned to eternal hell (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15). We prepare for this time of judgment by accepting Jesus as Lord today (2 Corinthians 6:2).