101 Class (Connect)

The 101 Class is designed to connect you with Christ and you’ll learn a lot about Heritage and the Heritage Church philosophy.  No matter where you are in the growth process, we encourage you to dive in and . . . Connect!  The class is offered each month at the Sterling Heights Campus and Imlay City Campus. Click the link below for sign up information on the next class. View the remainder of this page for a sample of the great content you’ll learn:

Heritage History
When was Heritage founded?  What’s the Heritage story?  How many campuses does Heritage have?  We’ll answer these questions and let you know what Heritage is doing to impact lives (both locally and globally) and what you can do to get involved.

Our Salvation
You may have heard the term “saved” in church and wondered what it was all about.  Here’s the point:

  • Nobody is perfect…we are all SINNERS:

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…Romans 3:23 (NIV)

  • The Bible tells us that there is a cost to sin:

For the wages of sin is death, but THE GIFT OF GOD is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23 (NIV)

  • Because of God’s unconditional love, He sent His Son (the Savior) to die on the cross as payment for the cost of sin:

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV)

Believer’s Baptism
Why do I need to be baptized anyway?  Baptism is an outward expression of your inward belief in Christ (Jesus).  Jesus himself was baptized by John in the Jordan River.  Also, Jesus commanded it:

“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’”  Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

  • Why should we be baptized by immersion? Jesus was baptized by immersion:

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.”  Matthew 3:16 (NIV)

  • The word “Baptize” means to “DIP UNDER water”. The Greek word baptizo means, “to immerse or dip under water”.
  • It illustrates Christ´s DEATH and RESURRECTION.

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.  And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. Colossians 2:12 (NLT)

In case you’re wondering when you should be baptized, check out this verse (you should be baptized AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BELIEVED):

Those who accepted his message were baptized…that day.  Acts 2:41 (NIV)

Our Purpose
These two great passages reveal God’s will for His people and His Church:

  • THE GREAT COMMANDMENTS

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 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.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

  • THE GREAT COMMISSION

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

  • OUR 5 PURPOSES:
    • To “Love God with all your heart” is “WORSHIP”.
    • To “Love your neighbor as yourself” is “MINISTRY”.
    • To “Go and make disciples” is “MISSION”.
    • To “Baptize them” is to “INCORPORATE INTO FELLOWSHIP”.
    • To “Teach them to obey all things” is “DISCIPLESHIP”.

The Goal is ―BALANCE in the life of a disciple and in the church.  All five commandments of Jesus must be obeyed. We do not get the choice to ―pick and choose what we will do. As an intentional act of my will I must live out each of the commandments of God in my life. This is the secret of a balanced life and a life that is lived on purpose for God.

Our Strategy
We’re all on a journey of spiritual growth.  Here’s what the path to becoming a fully devoted follower of Jesus at Heritage looks like:

  • Community: Those who don’t go to church
  • Crowd: Those that have just come to visit
  • Congregation: Those who have opened their heart to Jesus
  • Committed: Those committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ
  • Core: Those who serve at the church
  • Commissioned: Disciples

The goal is to move people from the community phase to fully devoted followers of Christ.  Then those people help others repeat the process.

Our Covenant
As a baptized believer in Jesus, you goal is to abide by the Bible and do the following:

  • Live an OBEDIENT life:

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ… Philippians 1:27 (NIV)

  • ATTEND faithfully:

Let us not give up meeting together …but let us encourage one another…Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

  • SERVE in the ministry of my Church:

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

  • Connect in a GROWTH GROUP:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship…  And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had…They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—  all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

  • GIVE regularly:

On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering1 Corinthians 16:2 (NLT)

Our Structure
The structure of the church should not be determined by culture, business practices, or even denominational traditions.  Check out what the Bible says below:

  • The Church is a FLOCK :

…Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. When they arrived, he said to them…Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. Acts 20:17, 18, 28 (NIV)

  • The Church is a BODY:

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given usRomans 12:4-6 (NIV)

At Heritage we have a simple structure so we can maximize MINISTRY and minimize MAINTENANCE:

  • The People are the “MINISTERS”.
  • The Staff are the “ADMINISTRATORS”.

Membership
You’ll have the opportunity in this class to sign up to become a member of Heritage if you choose.  Membership for us is more than having your name listed in a membership roster.  Membership is about accountability and connection. Also, we will pray for you and we encourage you to pray for us.  Lastly, you will have the opportunity to vote during business meetings as a member.