OUR MISSION: REACH. TEACH. SEND.
Harvest Community Church exists to glorify God by reaching people with the gospel, teaching them to follow Christ, and sending them to change the world.
We believe the entire Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and inerrant in the original writing. We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the completed and sufficient revelation of God and the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe in one living and true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature and divine perfection (John 17:3; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4).
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite and personal spirit, who is all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful (John 4:24; 1 John 3:20; 4:8; Matthew 19:26). We believe He created all things and upholds all things by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11). He is faithful and right, full of truth and justice, and without iniquity (Deuteronomy 32:4; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:16). We believe that He answers prayer and reconciles sinners to himself through Jesus Christ (Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18).
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, His total Deity, virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, burial, and bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and future, personal return in power and glory (Colossians 2:9; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 24:44; Revelation 19).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit of God comes to live inside every believer at the moment of salvation. He empowers us to live in obedience to Christ. He enables us to share the message of God boldly. He seals us, gifts us, guides us, assures us and empowers us to witness. He comforts the believer, convicts the world of sin and glorifies Christ (John 16:8-15; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe all mankind is created in God’s image and therefore each person has dignity and worth. However, each person and all of mankind has sinned and needs to be saved (Romans 3:10-11, 23). The only way of salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23, 10:9, 13; John 14:6). All who repent of their sins and trust in Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Christians are thus justified on the basis of Christ’s shed blood and given an inheritance that is kept by the power of God (Romans 8:37-39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 6:38-40; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:30; 1 Peter 1:4-5).
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe both Christians and non-Christians will experience a bodily resurrection. Christians will be raised to eternal, conscious bliss in heaven (Matthew 25:34; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 2:7). Non-Christians will be raised to eternal torment in hell in conscious separation from God (Matthew 8:11-12;Matthew 10:28; Matthew 13:49-50; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 12:5; Revelation 21:8).
We believe the church is both universal and local. The Universal Church means all born again believers (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:25; Philippians 3:6; Colossians 1:18). The Local Church means a local congregation of believers united together for worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, service to the body, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command to make disciples. The local church is to function under the shepherding care of Elders, Pastors and Deacons (Matthew 18:17; Acts 14:23; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:16; Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe the ministry of the church should be supported by the time, talents and treasure of the members of the local church. Members should engage in mutual ministry towards one another so that the entire church body grows to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10; Matthew 25:14-30; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 24:44; Acts 1:11; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:4-5, 22:20).
We believe that all Christians are set apart unto God and are thus responsible to live for His glory. As believers walk with Christ over time, they ought to be transformed through the process of progressive sanctification (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14-19; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 John 2:3; Galatians 5:16).
Baptism and Communion
Baptism and communion are the two ordinances required in the church. We believe that Christian baptism by immersion in water is a public identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Although baptism is not required for salvation, it is commanded of all believers and is for believers only (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41; Acts 18:18). Scripture shows that a person was baptized after personally receiving forgiveness of sin through accepting Jesus Christ. The waters of baptism are a symbol of our death, burial, and resurrection to newness of life that happens when we become a new creation in Christ (Colossians 2:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:1-4).
Communion is the commemoration by believers of Christ's death and a reminder-through the bread and the juice-of the Savior's broken body and shed blood. Communion is to be a time of confession of our sin and should be preceded by careful self-examination (Acts 4:13; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Scriptures and that they contain all the words of God that we need in order to completely trust and obey Him. The Scriptures are inerrant in their original writings (Psalm 119:97-104; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:18; John 5:46-47; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-16), infallible in their instruction (Proverbs 6:32; 2 Peter 1:19), eternal in duration (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23-25), the final authority and the standard for faith and practice (Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119), and sufficient for counsel in every issue of life (Psalm 19:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:16). We believe that the very words of Scripture in the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic are inspired by God. Therefore, we believe that the Bible versions which translate God's Word most literally into modern English should be preferred.
The chief purpose of mankind is to glorify God by loving Him with the entire heart, soul, mind and might (Deuteronomy 6:5; Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 22:37). All believing men, women and children are to glorify God and thus fulfill the purpose of their existence. Worship glorifies God through adoration (Psalm 95:6), praise (Psalm 99:5), prayer (Daniel 6:10-11), thanksgiving (Nehemiah 12:46), and a complete yielding to Him (Romans 12:1). Worship declares His worth, pays Him homage and celebrates Him in a life of devotion. We seek to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (Exodus 15:1-21; 2 Samuel 6:14-16; Psalm 5:7; John 4:23-24; Revelation 4:11; 5:12).