Welcome to Heritage!
We’re glad you’re here. We hope you find our church a welcoming place where you can get to know us and experience the joy of Jesus Christ together with us.
Our worship begins at 9:30am every Sunday (3902 Market St, Wilmington, NC) afternoon with an evening worship service coming soon. We are steadfastly committed to promoting the glory of God while fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ. All this is only through the strength of His Spirit. As you visit this site we pray you come, taste and see that the Lord is good.
Our Hope Rests in Jesus Christ
If you are unfamiliar with the Christian faith, or if you want to learn more about Jesus Christ, we are eager to share him with you. We believe Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and we look to him for grace each day. Learn more about the God-Man Jesus.
Who Is Jesus?
One generation after another says good things about Jesus. People seem to want him on their side. It’s been 2,000 years since he walked the earth, but Jesus is still talked about as much as ever.
Almost every major religion teaches that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher or a godly man. The problem is that the Bible tells us that Jesus was infinitely more.
By any sober evaluation, Jesus is the most famous person in history. No one has been more frequently painted, written about, or sung to. No person has affected human history as much as Jesus.
But who is Jesus really? It’s only fair to let him speak for himself. Jesus never wrote his own book, but he taught day after day in public, and several of his friends wrote down much of what he taught. What they recorded is our most reliable account of what Jesus really had to say about himself.
Jesus was a great teacher, no doubt. Everyone seems to agree on that. He’s likely the best teacher who’s ever lived, and many of his sayings are recognized and familiar: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” “Do not judge others, so that you will not be judged.” “Our Father, who art in heaven …” And the list goes on.
But Jesus didn’t think about himself as just a teacher, and it’s significant that his friends each record him saying these things just once. There is only one thing that Jesus’ friends Matthew, Mark, and Luke record three times each: Jesus’ teaching that he was going to die and then rise again.
Matthew’s 16th chapter is the first place we encounter Jesus explicitly talking about his death: “Jesus began to show his disciples that he must . . . be killed, and on the third day be raised” (vv. 21–23).
Then again in the next chapter, Jesus says that he “is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day” (Matthew 17:22–23).
Then a third time—this one in Matthew, chapter 20: Jesus said to his disciples, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem [the city where he was going to be killed]. And the Son of Man [talking about himself] will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over the Gentiles [the non-Jewish Romans] to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day’” (vv. 17-19).
And again, both Mark and Luke also record Jesus clearly teaching about his death and resurrection at least three times each before he died—notably more than he teaches on any other subject! (See Mark 8:31; 9:9, 31; 10:33–34; Luke 9:22, 44, 51–53; 18:31–32.)
The political leaders couldn’t find any real fault in Jesus, so why did they kill him? The ultimate answer is that God wanted it this way and orchestrated the details to bring it about. That’s why Jesus knew it was going to happen.
But why in the world would God want that—and why did Jesus willingly comply? The reason is this: Because humanity as a whole—and every individual human being—has rebelled against God by not living how God, as our Maker, intended. Because of this, we all deserve to be punished forever—that’s the appropriate punishment for belittling a God who deserves infinite respect.
But in his perfect love, God found a way to save rebellious humans—without compromising his perfect standard of justice—by sending Jesus, who was his eternal divine Son, to …
- share in our humanity
- live flawlessly in step with God’s intentions
- die to pay for our rebellion
- and finally rise again in victory over our damnable failures.
This is what Christians call “the good news” or the gospel. The good news is that there is a way out of the punishment we deserve. And this way out is through both the most famous and also most spiritually attractive person who has ever lived: Jesus—the same Jesus who said that he came to earth “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
So why again did Jesus die? He died so that humans don’t have to spend eternity apart from their Maker but can be brought into a real relationship with him by trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice—and by enjoying him forever.
Getting connected with Jesus isn’t something you can earn. You can’t do anything to gain his favor and get yourself right with God. The only thing you can do is something that really isn’t doing: Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
If you’d like more info on Jesus the Christ—and there’s much more to say than can fit on this web page—we’d love for you to check out our church, not because we have all the answers, but because we believe what Jesus’ friends wrote in the Bible is true. And the Bible is where the reliable info comes from.
You could read the Bible for yourself, too. Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John would all be good places to start. Read the Bible online, download the Bible App on your device or we’d love to give you a Bible in person.
At Heritage, we want everything about us to declare that Jesus Christ is more desirable than all the pleasures of this world.
We urge one another to engage in weekly worship services, connect through fellowship, and find places in which to serve one another, our community, and our world.
By God’s Grace We Exist To:
Gather people to Christ
Grow disciples in Christ
Send forth disciples of Christ
We only have one core value:
The Gospel of God in Christ
What does this mean for our lives?
We live in the freedom of grace and we sacrificially follow Christ in: Worship, Community, Mission
A disciple is a follower of Jesus who, by grace through faith, is learning from Jesus how to live.
We believe God calls us to …
- Engage in the local church by coming together to worship him and grow in our understanding and application of his word.
- Invest in one another’s lives through relationships, care, and support.
- Serve with the gifts and resources God has provided to strengthen the church, meet needs in our community, and to reach out with gospel hope both near and far.
Our worship services express that we are …
- Reformed in our theology. We trust wholly in the sovereign grace of God in and over all things. Learn more about our understanding of the doctrines of grace.
- Presbyterian in our church polity. Under Christ and his word, the congregation is to elect their leadership as teaching elders, ruling elders and deacons who oversee and teach the people. Denominationally, we are affiliated with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC).
- Charismatic in our affections. We are committed to pursue all the fullness of God with use of his spiritual gifts in the life of the church.
We affirm shared beliefs …
“Your testimonies are my HERITAGE forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.”
for they are the joy of my heart.”
Community helps people connect more deeply, grow in Christian maturity, and spread the gospel. We invite you to connect with us in Christian community. For Heritage, community starts with worship.
Heritage worship begins at 9:30am every Sunday morning (evening service coming soon). The service begins with a call to worship which is a reading from Scripture followed by an opportunity to confess our sins and call upon Christ for forgiveness and redemption. This is followed by worship in song. Our music is mostly from the Trinity Hymnal with some exceptions. Most of the music is piano/cello accompaniment. A sermon based upon Scripture follows, ending with a benediction.
Children of all ages are very much encouraged to participate in worship.
Bible Studies/Home Fellowships
Home Fellowships provide an opportunity for Bible study, prayer, hospitality, encouragement, and fellowship with our church family, all to the glory of God.
Because of current limitations with our building space, we do not currently have a Sunday School time. However, we are very committed to starting as soon as possible.
We believe the Sunday School class is a time where we learn about our Lord as we study the Bible, memorize verses and catechisms, as well as fellowship with other believers. We believe that Christian parents are the primary spiritual leaders of their children and it is our hope that Sunday school will give parents support as they tackle the important task of raising their children in the ways of the Lord.
Evangelism, Missions and Outreach
Heritage participates in supporting missions home and throughout the world through the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Locally we aim to be salt and light in our communities, distributing literature about Heritage, inviting our neighbors to church and participating in and supporting various local outreach ministries.
Our church family loves to spend time together. Because fellowship is important to us, we plan to have a range of family activities including but not limited to: potlucks, picnics, beach days, chili cook-offs, movie-nights, talent shows, Reformation Day activities which includes many fun events for kids and Christmas events.
There are always ways to serve others at Heritage. We always welcome new people, and encourage members, to participate in outreach ministries, ministries within the church and in all areas of life. We welcome new musicians, people to distribute gospel materials and materials about the church, new teachers and aids for Sunday School, visitors to the elderly and sick, another home to host a Bible study, etc. Heritage would love for you to consider serving through our church.
A pastor/elder led prayer time is included every Sunday. We tend to urgent prayer requests by emailing our members. Prayer times also occur at each Bible Study/Home Fellowship. Members and non-members are encouraged to submit their prayer requests to the elders and the congregation. We realize that some requests may be personal and our elders will honor any request to keep the matter just between you and them.
We view children as part of the church and encourage their participation in the church service from the very beginning. Heritage is blessed with many children and they are always welcome at church wide activities.
“Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.”
– C. Bancroft
For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.”
– C. Bancroft
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Worship Service 9:30am
3902 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28403