In front of the hosts of angels, God spoke all of Creation into existence for His glory and pleasure. Every created thing- every season, every insect, tree, mountain or span of ocean, all of it speaks of God's glorious nature.
We, however, are God's masterpiece, created in His own image for His glory and pleasure.
The more someone knows God, the more meaning he gains in life.
"It is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
God can speak to you through the Bible
God never intended for us to figure out the mysteries of life on our own. We need His help, and among others things, the Bible is God's Guide Book for life.
Inside its pages, His Divine Truth is revealed to help you understand why you were created and for what purposes. The Bible is your guidebook through life.
"Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
"Heritage" is God's gift to you and your family
God is a very social God, and He created us to live in community. And a strong community is built on heritage. True heritage results from a shared past, full of history, traditions, memories, triumphs, failures, laughter and pain.
Heritage is developed when people make a commitment to one another, and whenever there is a cost for the relationship, these same people are willing to pick up the tab.
Heritage isn't cheap, but it's a precious gift shared among believers.
"...by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:16)
Worship helps you know God
God loves our worship, not for His benefits but for yours. Worship helps you feel God's heart, clarifies your focus, encourages your soul, reminds you of who God is, and scatters the demons determined to harm you.
Worship brings us together, and mysteriously, equips us to love God and to love one another.
"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our God, our Maker..." (Psalm 95:6)
Church is not for perfect people, but together we grow
Church was never designed for "perfect" people. In fact, there are none! Hurt people are allowed to come to church, right? They may be facing impossible circumstances, have paralyzing fear, or have just received some terrible news.
They come to church because, there, they know people care. People pray in church. People understand, and hurt people need Jesus with skin on. That's the way of ministry.
"A new commandment I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)
Fellowship is the fruit of trusting people again
Sometimes new people will come to church, sit in the back, maybe like what they see and hear, but rush out before someone tries to greet them. In some cases, it's because they've been hurt. And sometimes it's difficult to trust if you've been hurt.
Of course, we're as imperfect as everyone else, but our love for God and love for people nurtures fellowship. Fellowship is the answer to the one great need God highlights in Genesis:
"It is not good that man should be alone." (Genesis 2:18)
If you're a Christian, you've got something to say!
Your words could change the world, and when your words lead someone to Jesus, angels rejoice! Why all the commotion?
Beyond God's amazing love for that individual, God's kingdom is expanded, virtue abounds, stability occurs inside a family, children are happier with a saved parent, a marriage is enriched, priorities are made right, and a little more Light dispels darkness.
Leading someone to Christ is the single-most virtuous act an individual could carry out.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16)
Jesus Christ said He would never leave you
Life can be difficult and lonely, but Jesus will never leave you. A popular song lyric reads, "You can have all this world, give me Jesus..." Oh, how true!
If nothing but hardship awaited me... nothing but torture, suffering, anguish and dread... nothing but poverty, loneliness, weakness and tyranny, but in exchange, I had Jesus, I would be among the most blessed on earth.
Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and best Friend.
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand." (John 10:29)
Doing Church in the Midst of a Pandemic
COVID has affected all of our lives, and the Church has not been exempt.
Across America Christians are challenged to social distance while keeping the scriptural mandates to love one another, laugh, cry, hug and pray together. However, during this season of COVID, we've had to adjust deep-rooted behaviors to keep us as safe as possible.
By the grace of God were are navigating these waters with indoor, outdoor and livestream services that cater to different levels of risk individuals choose to take. Everyone's risk tolerance is different due to individual circumstances and specific challenges each family unit must face.
Therefore, we endeavor to serve you best by offering a multitude of different services that are designed to draw you close to the LORD, while helping you feel as safe as possible during these difficult days.
about our church and our pastor:
How Did Heritage Begin?
Heritage was birthed in October, 1998, after a miraculous set of circumstances. If you want to read about it, click below.
As someone looking for a new church, what kind of church is Heritage Christian Fellowship?
Heritage could be described as a Christ-centered, Bible-teaching, worshipping church that nurtures individuals and families in their journey with Jesus. We don't strive to be "new, progressive and exciting" but, "God-focused, reverent and stable".
How was Pastor Tom called into the ministry?
Tom was saved in January, 1970, during the Jesus Movement. Being ill-equipped and certainly not ready, Tom was miraculously led into the ministry. To read the whole story, click below Go to Pastor Tom's Bio
What else should you know about Pastor Tom?
Tom has been a pastor for more than 50 years. He's been married to his wife, Sandi since July, 1973. Tom has lived in Orange County since 1955.