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Here at Heartland Bible Church, we earnestly desire to live our lives pleasing to God.
Our services offer a mixture of contemporary and traditional worship music and a strong teaching of Biblical truth.
9:00 AM - Sunday School
10:00 AM - Morning Worship (See Sunday Service Orders tab above)
6:00 PM - Evening Service
Heartland Bible Church Coronavirus Update March 16, 2020
Psalm 62:5-8: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
We’re facing a very unique time in our nation’s history. Major sports events cancelled; flights from certain nations ended; the stock market tanking; schools being closed; major new announcements from governing authorities are happening on an almost daily basis. One of our new common statements is “Things are fluid.”
With all of that uncertainty, we must remember what our Lord has promised to be for us (cf. the Psalm above), and not to succumb to panic or fear, but “trust in him at all times” and “pour out your heart before him.” We serve a great God, who does great things, and our heart attitude should reflect this in the midst of trial.
We also are called to “be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1, and note the chapter as a whole); and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
There’s room for disagreement on how to apply these commands in these times, but in light of the President’s Press Conference today, and in light of the CDC’s guidance to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, we believe that we should at this time cancel our Sunday gatherings as well as our church Bible studies.
We don’t make this decision lightly, and we know that differing churches will come to differing conclusions; but as those who have been tasked with leadership of this local body and who will therefore give an account of our decisions before the Head of the church, Jesus Christ, we believe at this time this is the best decision for our church.
At times, we call off Sunday services, or midweek activities due to snow or other inclement weather. Why? Because we are also concerned with our members safety.
With the coronavirus, we’re seeking not only for the safety of individual members of our church but also for the well-being of our city, state and nation. As Dr. Deborah Birx stated at this afternoon’s press conference, the guidelines given today “will only work if every American takes this together to heart and responds as one nation, and one people to stop the spread of this virus.” And moments later, Dr. Anthony Fauci said of the same guidelines, “they will fail if people don’t adhere to them.” As good citizens, and as Christians who love our neighbors, we want to be doing our part to fight the spread of this virus. And in addition to our church activities, we would recommend in your daily lives that you follow the CDC guidelines as much as possible to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer.
During Reformation days, as the black plague was ravaging Europe, when the Magistrate would call for churches to cancel services to avoid its spread, Christians would comply with these requests.
And also from early church history, Christians have been known as those who have helped those who have been in need.
Based on our Christian heritage and more importantly based on God’s word, which calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves -- and the parable of the Good Samaritan which Jesus gave to illustrate who our “neighbor” is (Luke 10:25-37), we want to do everything that we can do as a church to help at this time.
One of the recommendations made today is that younger generations could help with our older generations. The help would be that those in most danger from the virus would not need to get out into stores where they might possibly catch something.
We want to do what we can do as a church both to help those in our church family who might be at more high risk and to help our neighbors here in Lincoln.
With that in mind, first, if we can get groceries or run some errands for you and get these things for you so you can stay inside, we’d like help as we’re able. Please contact either Pastor Scott or our benevolence deacon, Eldon Stanley, for help in these areas.
Second, would you consider being available to run errands like this to help with those in need -- to get groceries or to pick up medications for those for whom it might be best that they not get out? Obviously, this would be only if you are in very good health yourself! But this could be a great way to serve.
If we have several people who would be willing to volunteer to do this, this could also be something that our Heartland Ambassador, Steve Hughes, could offer to people in our neighborhood as he goes out on his visits. This could be an opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed.
With all our regular church activities cancelled at this time, we WILL still have our Elder’s meeting tomorrow night (fewer than 10 people will be there!). And we will continue to make plans and seek the Lord’s guidance through this time of trial.
Just a few things in closing:
1. We are working on having a live stream, or video feed to be able to offer on Sundays. We don’t yet have this available, but we are seeking to have this as soon as possible and will let you know when it is available. Other possible technological means of sharing the Word and encouraging our flock will also be looked into.
2. If this isn’t available by this Sunday, seek other live stream possibilities. One that I would highly recommend is Grace Community Church in California and their Pastor John MacArthur. They have a video live stream on Sunday at 12:30 PM central, 10:30 AM Pacific time. It’s available at the following link: https://www.gracechurch.org/
3. Whether we can gather corporately at this time or not, in times like these it’s very important to maintain your personal time before the Lord in prayer and Bible reading. In our family, we have had a “Bible Time” where we briefly go through one Proverb, sing (often times “The B I B L E”) and pray. I could email you a “through the Bible in a year” Bible reading plan if you’d like one.
4. I will still be regularly in the church study, and still available for visits, calls, whatever way I can be of encouragement. Just let me know how I can help!
5. In light of the Psalm I began this update with, and especially verse 8 of Psalm 62: “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” We should be much in prayer at this time. Bring your anxious thoughts before Him; bring the governing officials before Him asking God to bless them with wisdom and great decisions; bring health care providers and those in the front lines of battling the coronavirus before Him that God would grant them His protection.
And especially, pray that God would use this time of trial to bring many people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as the ancient city of Nineveh did at Jonah’s preaching. Perhaps God may bless America with many people getting saved during this uncertain time. Maybe this could be just one more example of God working that which is evil for ultimate good? Let’s pray that He does!
Serving together with you,
 Cf. Christian theologian and historian R. Scott Clark, “Those Christians did not show a lack of faith. Neither did those medieval/Reformation Christians who obeyed the civil magistrate, when the magistrate ordered evacuations because of the plague or when gatherings were banned bec (sic} of the outbreak of plague” https://twitter.com/
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Heartland Bible Church Coronavirus Update March 14, 2020
Psalm 18:2: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (ESV).
We’re so thankful that in addition to all the health and scientific considerations that we’ve heard about over these last few weeks, that we can also say of the LORD, “He is my fortress,” in Him “I take refuge.” So as His children, we do not want to be overcome by fear in this challenging time, we trust in Him who loved us and gave His only Son for us.
At the same time, our God whom we trust has also given us wisdom in His Word to follow, especially in the book of Proverbs – and one element of His wisdom is Proverbs 22:3: “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it” (ESV).
So we are trying to walk in faith, and make prudent decisions.
With all the closings and cancellations happening due to the Covid-19 virus, we wanted to update you on Heartland Bible Church activities.
We still plan on our regular Sunday worship schedule (9:00 AM Sunday School, 10:00 AM Worship Service, 6:00 PM Worship Service). We seek to honor Governor Rickett’s request about not having large gatherings, but since our typical worship service is far smaller than their recommendations about gatherings of 250 or more, at this point and time we’ll go ahead with our regular Sunday activities:
(cf. https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3c2qjc1d0gpe4d/ COVID-19%20Events%2C%20Public%20 Gatherings%2C%20and%20Schools%20Guidance.pdf?dl=0).
At the same time, we would also encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines in deciding whether or not to join us in public worship:
1. “Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.”
Since symptoms of coronavirus include cough, we recommend at this very unique time that you not come to our worship service even with just cough and cold symptoms.
2. “Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible.”
If you fit within this higher risk group, we recommend that you not come to our worship services to avoid undue risk to yourself.
If you are involved in Sunday ministry and will not be coming on Sunday morning, please let the leader of your ministry group know so that arrangements can be made.
Fellowship is obviously an essential element of our Sunday gatherings, and often a very tangible part of that fellowship is shaking hands. At this time, we’d recommend finding other ways to express our joy in seeing one another (i.e. “elbow bumps,” “air hand shakes,” etc.).
At this point, our weekly Bible studies are still on, but as you hear so often in the news, “things are fluid,” so check with your leader or host family as your study approaches to be sure things are continuing as scheduled. All the recommendations above for our Sunday gatherings pertain to Bible studies as well.
Our policy over the years has been, when the public schools are closed for holidays, or snow days, or due to sickness, we also do not have our evening children and youth ministries (Kid’s Klub, and Youth Group). So both of those groups will NOT be meeting as long as the public schools are not meeting.
Our deacons are available, as well as myself, to help and encourage and pray for you as we’re able. Is there something the body at Heartland could do to help you at this time? Please let us know. We'll try our best to help.
Our audio-visual team has been at work over the last several weeks to be able to live-stream our services. We will let you know when that is fully operational.
Finally, I’m so thankful that with all the initiatives our President and his administration spelled out yesterday that they were taking in light of the threat that this virus poses, President Trump also called upon tomorrow (Sunday, March 15th) as a National Day of Prayer. As the Lord’s people, as people who believe Him when He says, "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, ESV), I’m excited that our President is encouraging us to call upon Him.
Whether you’re present in person to worship with us, or at home, please, call upon the name of the Lord during this time–expressing repentance for both personal and national sin; asking Him to grant our governmental leaders wisdom; asking that He would somehow bring the spread of this virus quickly to a halt; and that He would use these uncertain times to bring many to a saving repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
Serving Christ together with you.
Pastor Scott Hecht
What is the Church to be? Why do we exist? Sometimes such basic questions are not easily answered. But such questions are clearly answered in God’s Word. He has called the Church into being for a reason, and though God’s purposes for the church can be described Biblically in different ways, one that we believe accurately summarizes the Biblical data is three-fold: Exaltation, Evangelism, and Edification. See Philosophy of Ministry tab, below.
What do we teach and believe? Our complete Doctrinal Statement is here.
• Nature of God: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection.
• Jesus Christ: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might redeem sinful man.
• The Condition of Man: We believe that even though all people are made in the image and likeness of God, humanity is plagued with a fallen nature due to the disobedience of Adam.
• Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God's grace given to all who put their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Salvation cannot be gained by good works, but only through the finished work of Jesus Christ. This includes His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.
• The Second Coming of Christ: We believe in the personal, pretribulational coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church and His subsequent premillennial return to earth to establish His one-thousand year earthly kingdom.
The purpose of Heartland Bible Church is to worship God, to build up believers and to present the gospel to unbelievers.