What We Believe
STATEMENT OF FAITH
This Church holds the following statement of faith as being a summary of Christian doctrine whose authority consists only in its agreement with the Word of God.
1. OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We believe that the King James Version of the Bible is God's preserved Word for the English-speaking people, and will be the only version used in any ministry of Harvest Baptist Church.
II Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 8:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:21
2. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost—equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
John 4:24; Psalm 83:18; Exodus 15:11; Mark 12:30;
Matthew 18:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 2:18
3. OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in holiness under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice, by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 1:31; Genesis 3:6-24;
Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:20; Romans 5:19
4. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatory offices of the Son of God who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature; that being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, yet without sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and, uniting in His wonderful person that most tender sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16; Philippians 2:16-17;
Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:18; Isaiah 53:4-5
5. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life in principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that justification brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:9; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:1-2
6. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, in which that rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Isaiah 55:1; Romans 16:25-26; John 5:20; John 3:19
7. OF GRACE REGENERATION
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; John 3:8;
II Peter 1:22-25; Ephesians 5:9; Galatians 5:16-23
8. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are both sacred duties and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and rely on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 2:37-38; Romans 10:9-10
9. OF GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, God's purpose comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that grace is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, and trust in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
II Timothy 1:8-9; II Thessalonians 2:13-14;
Exodus 33:18-19; II Timothy 2:10; II Peter 1:10-11
10. OF SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work, that it is begun in regeneration, and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Healer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means—especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
I Thessalonians 4:3; I John 2:29; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13
11. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS
We believe that those who are born again, or regenerated, are saved forever; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
John 3:31; I John 2:19; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6
12. OF HARMONY OF THE LAW & GOSPEL
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just and good; that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its percepts arises entirely from their love of sin; and that the one great end of the Gospel is to deliver them from this inability and to restore them, through a Mediator, to unfeigned obedience to the holy law and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
Romans 3:31; Romans 7:12; Romans 8:7-8; Romans 8:2-4
13. OF A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are bishops, or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Matthew 18:17; I Corinthians 1:1-13; I Corinthians 11:2;
Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:41-42; I Timothy 3; Titus 1
14. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe the Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect being our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; John 3:22-23; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4;
Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:26; I Corinthians 11:28
15. OF THE LORD'S DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity; by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest which remaineth for all the people of God.
Acts 20:7; Psalm 118:24; Isaiah 58:13-14;
Hebrews 10:24-25; Hebrews 4:3-11