The Baker Heights family is made up of many diverse people from many backgrounds and walks of life, yet, we all claim unity and oneness in our common bond which is the salvation that comes though obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ the son of the living God.
It is how we are able to obtain and maintain the joy and fulfillment of a relationship with Christ and through His church that we want to share with our community and every person who desires to obey His teachings as proclaimed in the Holy Word of the Bible. We hope you will experience Baker Heights as a place where you will be accepted and challenged to grow in Christ, where our worship services are uplifting and the lessons are Bible centered and practical, always recognizing who the “audience” really is and who must receive all glory and praise.
As a local congregation of the Church of Christ, we are committed to restoring the purity, passion, and simplicity of the New Testament church. We believe the Bible is inspired by God and is therefore our only authority in all matters of practicing our faith and lifestyles.
Our worship services are simply according to New Testament teachings and consist of singing (a cappella), praying, preaching, giving from the heart and most importantly, participating in the Lord’s Supper as a memorial feast of love for Christ and each other.
We believe one is saved by God’s amazing grace. We respond to that grace in heartfelt faith doing our utmost to obey and practice the commandments and teachings of the New Testament. We openly confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. We baptize believers by complete immersion in water in order to identify ourselves with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ in full obedience to the message and command of Christ and His Gospel. Having obeyed through baptism, we receive the promises of forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and God adds us to the one church belonging to Christ. His Kingdom on earth. So long as we remain faithful to Christ and His Church, we stay in the grace of God.
Quick Bible Tip for a Better Parenting
by Wes McAdams
Paul wrote, telling Christian fathers, “Do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged” (Colossians 3:21). Fathers, as well mothers, would do well to remember that instruction today.
I spent the last decade working primarily with parents and their children. During that time, I have certainly seen parents discourage their children. Here are some of the ways that happens:
- Parents who are overly harsh with their children. We must, as parents, correct and discipline our children. We must scold them when necessary. But, we also must be careful not to use words that injure, or tear down, our children. The Bible says we should only speak words which “build up” (Ephesians 4:29).
- Parents who are unforgiving. Grace, mercy, and forgiveness should be hallmarks of the Christian home. None of us are perfect people, or even perfect parents. While we should expect greatness from our children, we must also be forgiving when they fall short; just as God has been gracious with us. If our children feel like they cannot be forgiven, they will likely develop resentment, anger, and bitterness. After all, how can someone have hope and joy in an environment without forgiveness.
- Parents who have double-standards. It is easy to start expecting more from your children than you do from yourself; but don’t fall victim to that trap. When a parent has the attitude, “Do as I say, not as I do,” they tend to raise children who are resentful. Even adults don’t appreciate double standards. No one would want to work for a boss who expected his employees to work hard, but never seemed to follow his own advice. Parents must lead by example if they hope to have their children’s respect.
We would do well to remember that our children, just like us, can get discouraged. We need to do our best to be encouragers and not discouragers. We need to speak words that build our children up, we need to forgive them when they make mistakes, and we need to hold ourselves to the same standard to which we hold them.