“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 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 fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:41-47 (NLT)
As Christians, we have fundamental beliefs at the foundation of our faith. As a church, we develop our values from these beliefs and our values then drive our behavior. At Heritage Church, we recognize that there is a breadth of nuance across Christianity in the understanding of some areas of the faith. However, there are key beliefs that remain the same across all denominations and show where we are united in faith. We see that there are some beliefs worth dying for, some that are worthy of defense, and some that are worth discussing. When our foundation is set on solid ground, we can grow our values from it. Our core values are to follow Jesus, spend time with God, live generously, serve others, and connect in community. We believe that by following these values in emulation of the early church, we will be best able to develop and maintain our purpose and mission.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for all the opportunities to learn and grow in your ways. Allow me to find or renew the foundations of my faith. Let me see the beliefs that are the very rock of the Christian faith and to understand those that are more nuanced across Christianity. Let this foundation help me to grow spiritually and to recognize Jesus as my Savior, learn to spend time with God, serve others graciously, live generously, and to connect within this community of believers. Help me to grow in the areas where I am weak, be encouraged in the areas where I am anxious, and to find ways to go even further in the areas where I am strong. In your name I pray, Amen.