It is our goal and mission to grow together in Christian fellowship as we reach out to the community, showing the love of Christ as we serve in various ways.
Baker Heights Church of Christ (BHCC) is a place where everyone can come to know God, where everyone can help serve. No one is overlooked and everyone is welcome. No one is turned away. Visitors are greeted with a handshakes and treated with banana bread just for coming. We strive to be the friendliest congregation in Abilene.
WE BELIEVE THAT the Bible is God’s infallible, inspired word! It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
It is both timely and timeless! His word does not change. We believe through study we can come to know God and His plan for our lives.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
I the Lord do not change…
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
WE BELIEVE THAT we share in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection by being buried with Jesus through baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of our sins, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Baptism is essential for salvation, as Jesus told us that those who have not been born again by water and spirit cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
“…In [the ark] only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
1 Peter 3:20-22
WE BELIEVE THAT our worship together, centered around Bible study, the preached word, prayer, communion, and singing, serves as encouragement to one another and as praise our Creator.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
…speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord…
WE BELIEVE THAT we share in the Gospel of Jesus as a community by participating in the body and blood of Christ as we take the bread and cup together at the Lord’s Table during communion every Sunday.
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
The Baker Heights Church of Christ was established through the planning and labor of the elders of the College Church of Christ (now University Church of Christ). This tradition of optimistic zeal for the Lord has been perpetuated for over 60 years.
In the Late 1950’s, a group of men recognized the need for a congregation of the Lord’s church to serve the Dyess area. Representatives of several congregations met in the spring of 1958 to make plans for holding worship services on base. Those began on May 11, 1958. In February of 1959, twelve Abilene churches, including the College, Woodlawn, Highland, and 11th and Willis congregations donated to a fund for the construction of a building so that the Dyess congregation could plan services without depending upon the availability of the chapel. College church purchased a site on Texas Avenue near the east gate of Dyess for the new building. Several families from College Church and other Abilene churches joined with the group from the base to help establish the Baker Heights Church. The first services at the new location were held on May 14, 1961.
On March 26, 1995, approximately 100 members (including 3 elders and 7 deacons) agreed to be the “seed” group for a new church to reach the southeast portion of Abilene where there was no church and to build on recently acquired property on Oldham Lane. In the 45-minute organizational meeting, the vision that began in 1958 came full circle when Oldham Lane Church of Christ was born.
Baker Heights Church of Christ, established because of the evangelistic spirit of other congregations, has retained the same tradition. In addition to local mission, Baker Heights has supported or assisted missionaries in several foreign countries, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, England, Zambia, India, Nigeria, Brazil, the Ukraine, and Russia. A large portion of the membership of Baker Heights consists of military personnel who are subject to transfer. These members, upon leaving Baker Heights, are determined to carry the Word wherever the Air force sends them. Thus, the evangelistic zeal that produced the Baker Heights Church of Christ congregation over 60 years ago is alive and well today in the programs of the church and in the lives of individual Christians