MISSION STATEMENT: At Harvest, our goal is to serve God W.E.L.L. We seek to be a church that is WORSHIPPING, EVANGELISTIC, LEARNING and LOVING.
STATEMENT OF FAITH The Holy Scriptures We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man.
The Godhead We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons. They are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—Each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections with different missions (Gen. 1:1, 11:6-7; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-3, 1:14, 4:24, 14:10, 14:26, 15:26, 16:14; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 5:7).
The Person and Work of Christ 1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8). 2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). 3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; Rom. 8:34; John 2:1-2).
The Person and work of the Holy Spirit 1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person 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 (John 16:8-14, 15:26, Rom. 8:9-11, 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6, Eph. 1:13-14). 2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who helps believers understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18, 5:18; John 2:21-27). 3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12). 4. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22, 13:8, 14:21-25; 2 Cor. 5:7).
The Total Depravity of Man We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. That in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:10, 22-23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19; 1 John 1:8-10).
Salvation We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received through repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; Heb. 11:6; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
The Church 1. We believe that the local Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again believers (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27). 2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local Churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). 3. We believe in the autonomy of the local Church free of any external authority or control (Acts13: 1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4). 4. We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the Church in this age (Matt. 3:16, 26:26-29, 28:19-20; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-38, 18:18; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:20-34).
Eternal State 1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29, 11:25-26; Rev: 20:5-6, 12-13). 2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23, 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6). 3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).
The Personality of Satan We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man. That he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Gen. 3:14-15; Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-20; Eze. 28:14-17; Matt. 4:1-11, 25:41; Luke 10:18; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2, 6:12; Jude 8-10; Rev. 12:4, 20:10).
Creation We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution and all other unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
Civil Government We Believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the Church; 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the Church and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph: 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
Human Sexuality We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
Sanctity of Life We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life, and is therefore murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5, 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24, 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
Missions We believe that God has given the Church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).
Giving We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local Church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20, 28:22; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:8-11; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1John 3:17).
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.
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