Membership Matters is an orientation class that is a prerequisite for anyone desiring to become a member of the Heritage Bible Church family. The class will be held during the Elective hour, October 18 – November 22. We believe that local church membership is vital for the growth of every follower of Jesus, and various elders will walk through the biblical foundation for membership, our Confession of Faith and Membership Covenant, as well as key aspects of body life at Heritage. If you are considering joining Heritage, please plan to participate in this class. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Shepherds are part of God’s plan for the health and mission of every local church. Just consider all that God intends to accomplish through this role:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. —Ephesians 4:11–16
Christ is the goal and substance of our life as a church. Shepherds and teachers, which refers to one role, are part of how Christ gets this done.
Why Is This Good for Us?
One way our elders at Heritage seek to lead our church to maturity in Christ is by the simple work of answering questions. We do this in informal and private ways, and we do this in especially public ways such as our annual Elders Q&A. On November 22 at 4:30 p.m. we will host our second annual Elders Q&A.
This event serves a number of interlocking purposes:
- To promote a culture of openness and vulnerability.
- To model healthy question asking and answering.
- To enhance our elders’ unity and insight into the ministry.
- To clarify any ambiguities or gaps in our leadership for our members.
- To instruct in biblical eldership and increase the visibility for our team.
- To update the congregation on any timely projects or studies we’ve been working on.
We’ll plan for an hour and fifteen minutes. We won’t share dinner, as is our tradition at these meetings, due to COVID, but we’ll certainly bring that back next time around.
What’s On Your Mind?
If you have a question—think doctrine, church life, plans for our shared mission, etc.—you can get it to us in a variety of ways:
- Text. Text your question to 864.735.7465.
- Email. Email your question to [email protected]
- Write. Grab a Connection Card on Sunday, scratch out your question, and drop that in an offering box.
- Form. Submit a question here.
- Tell. Communicate your question for the Q&A to an elder in person or through email. They’ll ask you to write it down so that we don’t lose your intent in translation, but you’re welcome to start with a conversation.
- Show Up. Show up with your question on November 22nd. The elders will take some questions from a mic during the evening.
As a help in this process, aim to submit your questions by Sunday, October 25. This lead time helps us notice recurring themes, know how to devote time to particular questions, discuss any topics as a team if needed, and order our time in a way that best serves the congregation. We’ll certainly consider any questions that come in after that date.
As a reminder, we won’t be able to answer every question that gets asked. However, if you put your name on a question and we did not answer it at the Q&A, we will reach out to answer that question for you in person or by email. In some cases, we may devote a blog-post to the topic.
The book of Daniel can seem mysterious. There are lands and people quite foreign to us, stories which seem unbelievable, and visions which are downright strange. In a recent sermon series we explored the first four chapters of Daniel and saw the mighty power and reign of God over the affairs of this world and its kingdoms. However, there is much more to learn from Daniel.
For our Fall Men’s Bible Study, we will revisit Daniel, and this time we’ll get an overview of the whole book. Since our lives have been turned upside-down by the pandemic, our Bible Study will look different.
We’ll be using the Good Book Guide for Daniel. Purchase your own copy online and make plans to participate.
Instead of meeting with a group of men at the church property each week, choose one other man you will meet with and do the study with. We’ll call this our “One-to-One Men’s Bible Study.” Find a brother in your Shepherding Group or choose another brother in our church and ask him to do this study with you.
The two of you can meet whatever day of the week and whatever time works for you. You decide. However, the window of time we’re giving for this 7-week study is September 10-November 12. This is a 10-week window which will give you flexibility if you happen to miss a week here or there. To encourage you over the weeks of this study, we are planning (1) a weekly email and (2) two Zoom calls for a time of sharing. One Zoom call will take place mid-way through the 10 weeks, and one will occur at the end of the 10 weeks. These will be brief “check-ins” where we can share how God is at work in us through His Word. Make sure you sign-up below so that you are on the list and get our communication.
2020 FALL CLASS
As we seek to grow together, our church family pursues instruction and relationships. Sunday mornings at 11:00, Electives are the primary time for instruction. After the morning service, we gather in a variety of classes to learn practical ways we can grow in our walk with Jesus and in our relationships with each other. Electives run for varying periods of time, and our calendar year is divided into three sections or trimesters (winter/spring, summer, and fall) with breaks scheduled between. During the adult Electives, children, middle school, and high school students meet according to their grades.
Due to a number of factors, we will have only one elective class during the fall of 2020. The class will be held September 6 – November 22.
The Life of God
Overview: This class will explore how God’s Life is at work in the life of the believer. Abundant life mentioned in John 10:10 is not found in improved circumstances or better health. It is found to the degree we realize the truth of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20—that we are not our own and that we’ve been bought with an incredible price. What does Jesus mean when he says in John 14:19: “because I live, you also will live?” Is this a promise only of heavenly glory or does it also have implications for us today, right now, as we navigate through this brief span of time? Last fall, we learned we love only because God first loves us and because His very love is in us. This fall, we will learn we live only because God first lives in us and His very life is in us. John 1:4 says that “in him was Life and the Life was the Light of men.”
Participation in “The Love of God” elective last fall is not necessary in order to participate in or benefit from this new class!
Teacher: Greg Fox
September 6: Introduction to God’s Life
September 13: Definition of God’s Life
September 20: God’s Life. . . in us
September 27: Life in the Trinity
October 4: Life of Knowing
October 11: Review and Testimonies
October 18: The Paradoxes of Life
October 25: The Word of Life
For many of us, Psalms is a favorite book of the Bible—and for good reason! While we won’t be able to cover every psalm this semester, we’ve selected nine psalms to help learn some ways to see the Psalms with even deeper appreciation and awe for the God who wrote them for us.
For this fall, we’ll be offering Small Group Discussions via Zoom each Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. or Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Small group times will last about 40 minutes to an hour. A pre-recorded teaching video will be uploaded each week that will replace our regular Large Group Lessons. There will be options for both audio and video of the teaching lesson. You can listen or watch on your own or get together with friends. Either way, the order each week will generally flow this way:
- Complete Personal Bible Study throughout each week
- Login for Small Group Discussion via Zoom on Tuesdays
- Watch or listen to the Large Group Teaching Lesson. Link will be emailed each week to those who sign up.
This one day seminar will examine from 30,000 ft. the theme of gospel-saturated living as found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The word living is the concept behind “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (4:1), which are the opening words of the application section of the book (chapters 4-6). Paul’s point is that the gospel content of chapters 1-3 should increasingly saturate our walking or living as members of the Christian community.
For those of you who are parents of college or high school students, this one-day seminar will help equip you to better disciple your students as they study Ephesians in L3inC and Impact this school year. Also, all parents (and hope-to-be parents) are encouraged to come regardless of the age of your children.
For those of you who are single, this seminar will deepen your understanding of the gospel and how it works itself out in any relational or societal context.
For all who attend, you will leave with practical and actionable strategies for living gospel-saturated lives in complex social settings.