We are better together!
We believe that the Great Commission and the Great Commandment are the keys to building a Great Church. It is with this mandate from Christ that we are committed to seeing people from all walks of life become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. In short, we envision a disciple-making church committed to multiplication among those living in Houston’s Northeast Harris County communities.
It is our dream not just to become a large church of 1000 or more people but to see the birth of a network of neighborhood community churches, committed to unified vision and mission while living out a set of core values that shape or fellowship. We believe God is calling us to plant a collective of churches in urban communities throughout Northeast Harris County. We long for the day when multiple neighborhood community churches will be worshipping and living on mission together. Hence the mantra “We are better Together”!
We believe that a disciple is not just someone that occasionally attends a worship service, but those committed to the local church through corporate and private worship, engaged in the relational and spiritual life of the church as an active member doing life with others in the context of community with other members of the local body. Additionally, we believe a disciple of Jesus Christ is committed to reaching those far from Christ by all available means, to include sharing their faith, giving of their finances, time and talent for the building of the Kingdom of God and the local church as a visible witness to a watching world. We believe that a disciple is committed to walking intentionally with others as they journey on the path to become a disciple who makes disciples.
The ScripturesWe embrace biblical orthodoxy as an essential component to the health of believers. Therefore we believe the Holy Scriptures of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed and don’t need to be added to (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
The Trinity (Godhead)We believe in one Triune God as creator, eternally existing in three persons— God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Holy Spirit is Fully GodWe believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and the third member of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption and enabling spiritual gifts (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18).
he Finished Work of Jesus Christ on the CrossWe believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God (he added humanity to His divinity), having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished ¬our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
The Total Depravity of ManWe believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition without placing saving faith in Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).
Salvation by Grace Through FaithWe believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who is God’s means of grace for redemption, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
Eternal Security and Assurance of BelieversWe believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever and that salvation can not be lost. Additionally since we have this eternal assurance in Christ that does not give us a license to sin, but rather faith in Christ leads one to daily die to self and to deny their sinful desires for the sake of the gospel (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5; Romans 5:20 – 6:4; Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).
Spiritual GiftsWe believe that God is sovereign in distributing spiritual gifts to believers. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their God-given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at moment of placing saving faith in Christ and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).
The ChurchWe believe that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again people (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church and that every believer is called to be an active member of a local church. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
MarriageWe believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25, Mark 10:6-9) We believe that God has provided for sexual intimacy to occur only within marriage and that any form of sexual intimacy outside of the bounds of marriage, as marriage is herein defined, is sin. (Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 18; 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4)
Christ's ReturnWe believe that all will be resurrected to give an account to God for their lives. Those that have placed saving faith in Christ will be resurrected to eternal blessedness and have joy and peace in the presence of the eternal God. Those that have not placed saving faith in Christ will be resurrected to judgment and endure eternal punishment (1 Thes. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10).
Pastor Bryant Lee and his wife, Dell.
Bryant Lee was born and raised in St. Louis MO. He has a passion to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity. A natural leader and a strong emphasis on discipling men. He is the founding and Senior Pastor of Higher Expectations Church in Humble, Texas. He is a well decorated soldier having served well both in combat and in times of peace prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Grantham University and a Master’s of Theology from Liberty University.
Bryant has a relentless passion reach the generation of Gospel Centered, Kingdom Minded Leader. In addition to serving as senior pastor of Higher Expectations Church, Bryant is the president of The Collaborative Fellowship, he also serves on the board of the Christian Life Commission for Texas Baptist. He has served in multiple capacities with the Union Baptist Association. He is the National Affiliate Director for Cru Inner City a national ministry committed to serving leaders in urban inner city communities throughout the United States.
Bryant resides in Humble, TX with his wife Dell (Joseph) Lee of 33 years; they have 4 adult children, sons Bryant Jr (Timere) Joshua (Rasha), daughters Brionna and Kalyn additionally they are the proud grandparents to Jasyn, Josh Jr, and Xavier.
Dr. Robert Tatmann
Praise and Worship Leader
Director of Administration
Community Groups Director