The good news of the gospel is simple: through faith in Jesus Christ—his life, death, and resurrection—sinners can be reconciled to God. Yet eternity will not afford us the time to explore all that this means. This good news is unsearchable and our mission is to spread it (Eph. 3:8–10, 14–21). Or, as Jesus proclaimed to his followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19–20).
The name of our church, Heritage Bible Church, is shorthand for the message of our church: the heritage of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. This message is found in the Bible’s earliest pages, when God promises that a descendent of Eve will crush the head of the serpent, thus defeating sin and death. (Gen. 3:15). It can also be found on the last page of the Bible in an invitation by Jesus Christ to share in a gospel heritage:
“Behold, I am making all things new. . . . Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. . . . It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
— Revelation 21:5-7
Here are five facets of our Gospel heritage:
When Jesus says, “I am the beginning and the end,” he claims to be nothing less than the origin, the meaning, and the goal of all things (Rev. 22:13). He is the beginning and end of the Bible’s story, its subject and center. He is the author of our salvation, his blood and righteousness are the sinner’s only hope in life and in death. And he is the head of his church. At Heritage, we want Jesus Christ to be more than important to us. We want him to be precious to us, praised, and joyfully obeyed as King.
God’s Word is true and so it can be trusted. It is inspired by the Spirit, complete in the Old and New Testaments, reliable in all that it affirms, and sufficient to guide our lives and worship. Our identity in Christ is a lofty claim and the authority of Scripture is its solid foundation. At Heritage, we want our Bibles open, seeking to let the Word form and fill our worship and our life together.
How may sinners drink from a spring that lasts forever and satisfies us completely? This can happen only by God’s grace. Because Jesus is the eternal Son of God, our salvation is forever. Because Jesus swallowed death, we can taste fullness of life. Because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, this salvation is free to any who will claim it. At Heritage, we want this grace to pervade every dimension of our life together, to shape our affections, to fill our lips, and to motivate our every thought and deed.
This heritage is available to all those who know their thirst and come to Christ by faith. We come as sinners in need of a Savior. Our need is bottomless and so is his supply. Because his supply is bottomless, so is the reach of these waters. Gathered around this spring are sinners of every kind, from every language, and from every place. At Heritage, we want to be a people who know our awesome stewardship of faith and pray earnestly for its global advance.
Jesus promised, “I am making all things new,” which fulfills God’s ancient promise, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). This is the full culmination of all that the Father promised, all that the Son accomplished, and all that the Spirit brings to pass. At Heritage, we want to see the glory of God manifested in our church for his praise and for his fame throughout the earth.