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In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
1 Corinthians 12:27
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
God loves all people and desires to have a relationship with each of them. The Bible is clear that we have all inherited a sin nature and have fallen short of God’s glory through our sins (Romans 3:23). These sins separate us from God. When Jesus died on the cross, his death fulfilled the payment for all sins. Salvation is a gift from God (Romans 6:23). To receive this gift, we must call upon Jesus because we believe that he died in our place and rose again from the dead (Romans 10:9-10) We, at that moment then become God’s child.
Baptism has nothing to do with our salvation. It is, however, a picture of what happened in our lives when we called upon the Lord for our salvation. Baptism is a physical act where you physically enter into the water, your body goes under the water and is lifted up out of the water again. This physical action represents a great spiritual truth. Romans 6:1-14 describes this beautifully, telling us how our salvation is like a spiritual baptism that identifies us with Jesus who died, was buried, and rose again. Our physical baptism publicly identifies us as Christians and pictures this truth for all to see. Baptism is an “ordinance”. This means God has ordered it to be done. He gave this ordinance to the church – to baptize those who have become Christians. We would love to discuss this great milestone in your life.
Discipleship is the biblical process by which a believer is conformed into the image of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. To be a disciple means that no earthly relationship, possession, or interest should compete with following Jesus (Luke 14:25-33). Simply stated, discipleship must be the heartbeat and priority of every New Testament local church (Matthew 28:18-20), and every New Testament believer (Colossians 1:28). Our goal is establish each believer in the WORSHIP of God, the WORD of God, the LOCAL CHURCH, and the WORK OF THE MINISTRY.
Membership is the commitment to be a part of the body of Christ in a local assembly of believers, otherwise known as the local church. This means that whatever the body is doing, the differing parts of that body are going to work in one accord to accomplish that mission.
The word "member" means body part as found in 1 Corinthians 12:27. When the various members of a body come together, the desired goal is that all the members will function together in the ways they were designed to function for the body to be whole and healthy.
“Service” is when we work for the sake of the church body. Examples of service include cleaning, maintenance, greeting, providing meals to the sick, etc. The church needs many workers to function properly and we are all called to serve. “Ministry” is a service that includes teaching the Word of God in some way. This includes small group Bible Studies, preaching, teaching in the children's ministry, and many other opportunities available at HBC. The Bible teaches that we are the church. The church is the body and we are members gifted to serve. We believe God has brought you here to "be" the church, not simply "go" to a church just to attend a service. God wants to use you to further His kingdom. If you see a need, please look for a way to fill that need. The best way to do this is to get involved on a ministry or service team that already exists.
The word “Missions” simply refers to the activities of the church as it fulfills what is required to accomplish God's mission. A missionary is any individual that has been sent out to carry out that mission. We believe that mission is to make disciples. We also believe that ‘missions’ is for every believer, not just those who get go to a distant land. God wants to use you to be a part of his mission anytime and anywhere.
We want to GO LOCAL - HBC offers local outreach right in here in our community. We have several opportunities to go locally and serve those in our neighborhoods. From ongoing ministries to special events, we are able to impact those that are near with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!
We want to GO GLOBAL - HBC occasionally offers mission trips to places all over the world. We call this our global outreach ministry. Most of these trips are partnerships with pastors and missionaries who we already support prayerfully and financially from across the globe.