Statement of Faith

Independent:
Not part of any national organization or convention.

Bible-Based:
Believing the Bible literally.

Mission Statement:
We exist to inspire and instruct ordinary people to become extraordinary followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Doctrinal Statement:

The Scriptures
We believe the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and is our final authority in all matters of life. For reasons of unity within the church and because of its textual reliability, the Authorized King James Version of the Bible is the official English Bible used by Harvest  Baptist Church.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6-7)

Sovereign God
There is one living and true God, revealed to us as the Creator of the universe. God is a person, eternally existing as a Trinity in unity -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- three Persons and yet one God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7)

The Son
Jesus Christ is the eternally existing, only begotten Son of God who became a sinless man to redeem us. He was born of a virgin and is truly God and man.
(Luke 1:30-47; John 1:1-14; Philippians 2:5-8; John 10:30)

Service
The local church is a group of baptized believers, banded together for the five-fold purpose of membership (fellowship), magnification (worship), ministry (serving), maturity (discipleship), and missions (evangelism), as commanded in God's Word.
(Acts 2:37-47; Matthew 28:16-20)

Sin
Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, which brought not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Humankind is a fallen race with an inherited sinful nature.
(Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:14-19; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 6:23a)

Sacrifice
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as the substitutionary payment for the sins of the world. He physically arose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation.
(Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; 1 Peter 3:18)

Salvation
Salvation is by God's grace (unmerited favor) through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:13; John 3:16; John 14:6)

Security
All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever.
(John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

Baptism
Baptism is the immersion of believers in water in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. This represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and also pictures the believer's death to sin and new life in Christ. Biblical baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision. Baptism takes place by choice, after a salvation experience, and is necessary for church membership.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:37-38; Romans 6:3-6)