What Harvest City Believes

  1. We believe in one God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God; that it is without error in the original Scriptures, and is therefore the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  3. We believe in the creation, test and fall of humanity as recorded in the Bible; that in our natural state we humans are spiritually corrupt (sinful) and therefore totally unable to attain divine righteousness and eternal life.
  4. We believe in Jesus Christ, the one true Savior, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, very God and very man.
  5. We believe in the Gospel — that Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead three days later.
  6. We believe in salvation for sinners, by grace, through faith — that those who believe in Jesus Christ and fully trust him to be their Savior are redeemed. That is, by accepting Christ’s free gift, believers in him have their death penalty paid and are justified (cleared of all charges) by God’s gracious decree, thereby becoming members of his church.
  7. We believe Jesus was resurrected (raised from death to life), that he bodily ascended to heaven, was enthroned as Lord of all and will personally return for his church.
  8. We believe that believers in Christ receive eternal life, living forever with God, while those who die as unbelievers suffer eternal separation from God.
  9. We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the enemy of God and humanity (especially God’s people). Satan was conquered by Christ’s resurrection, which sealed the doom that awaits him when Christ returns.
  10. We believe in water baptism by immersion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the glory of God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is an act of obedience, an expression of our faith in Christ, our identification with him, and our covenant relationship with God.
  11. We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit (also known as being “filled with the Spirit”) as an experience following salvation; and that spiritual power is an evidence of the Spirit-filled life.
  12. We believe in the Spirit-filled life in this world but not of the world, and that the perfecting of holiness (wholeness, moral purity, devotion to pleasing God) is an expression of true Christianity.
  13. We believe in the charismata (gifts of the Holy Spirit) as presented in the Bible. We believe these gifts (including divine healing in its many aspects and speaking in tongues) are for today and are to be exercised as they were in the early church.
  14. We believe that the gifts of the Spirit are to operate in the context of the church according to biblical guidelines. Since God gifts every believer, all believers ought to develop and use their gift(s) for building up or equipping others. We believe this can be properly accomplished only when all members of the church regularly relate together in small groups (see the heading “Community”, above).
  15. We believe that larger-group celebration through worship, prayer, teaching, etc. is also indispensable for every believer (see heading “Worship and Praise”, above), and that corporate assembling is essential for spiritual growth.
  16. We believe that on His ascension Christ gave gifts — apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers — who are to be recognized and established in the local church to help prepare the believers for works of service, so that the church may be built up.
  17. We believe in the ordinance of the Lord’s supper (“communion”) for believers, by which we remember the Lord Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and future return, and by which we acknowledge our communion or unity in the body of Christ — that although we are many, we are one body in Christian fellowship.
  18. We believe that the church, universal and local, is the body of Christ, an expression of Jesus on the earth. We believe that the local church is to be self-governing under the direction of God (through Christ) and its elders, yet is to be interdependent and in fellowship with other churches.
  19. We believe that marriage, as defined by God in the Bible is a holy sacrament of the church defined as being between one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman.
  20. We believe that human life begins at conception and God recognizes the preborn child as a person.
  21. We believe that children essentially belong to God, though he has entrusted them to parents. It is the Lord’s command, and therefore a solemn duty, that families train their children in a godly environment with instruction that is Bible-centered. We believe, therefore, that the church is obliged to support its families by providing Christian educational ministries.
  22. We believe that, according to Scripture, God has given authority to both the church and the family to discipline its own members, in order to discourage the spread of unrighteousness and to encourage righteousness. Within the context of the church and its ministries, the assessment of behavior as being contrary to the Bible’s standards and values, and the determination of consequences to be imposed as a result of such behavior are entirely at the discretion of the governing elders of the church.
  23. We believe that the Lord requires us to show his love and care for the disadvantaged around us by helping them, under his direction. This activity is so important to the Lord that he counts it as ministry to himself, and rewards it accordingly.
  24. We believe that all we have comes from God, so he deserves a say in how we use it. God asks us to be faithful managers (or “stewards”) of his material gifts, using them responsibly to meet the needs of ourselves, our families and others, as he directs.