At Harvest Chapel, we view the human race as lost, confused and angry. Individuals seek temporal fulfillment in financial stability, successful careers, materialism, relationships, cults, drugs, alcohol, and sex. These fulfillments give only momentary pleasure. They fade with time.
Man is created body, soul, and spirit with deep spiritual and emotional needs. These needs can only be met by the personal and loving God who has created us. The root of mankind’s dilemma is spiritual. The only answer for this dilemma is the Person of Jesus Christ. He is the only answer for this world’s social, political and financial problems. God reveals His love through His Son, Jesus Christ to those who are seeking truth. Truth is defined and embodied in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Harvest Chapel is a body of believers in Jesus Christ intent on meeting needs of individuals God is drawing to Himself. There are many members of the body of Christ. Each member has a specific gift and function they are called to perform. Harvest Chapel equips each member with the Word of God. As a result, we see healthy Christians sharing their faith with others (i.e. ‘healthy sheep reproduce’). The church is an equipping station to build the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). As God’s Word is taught, the body of Christ is equipped. At Harvest Chapel, we believe that the church should provide an atmosphere that creates a hunger for the Word of God.
At Harvest Chapel, we believe that the whole Counsel of God from Genesis to Revelation should be taught. Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesians (Acts 20:27) summarizes our approach: “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” Our worship services at Harvest Chapel are designed to teach the Word of God book by book from Genesis to Revelation. We study the Scriptures in an inductive manner and present the teaching in an expository fashion.
At Harvest Chapel, we believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers in Jesus Christ. Acts 2 reveals to us how the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Word of God indicates that Christians can be empowered supernaturally to live a Spirit-filled life distinct from a worldly life (Romans 8:12-14). The greatest evidence of a Spirit filled life is demonstration of Christ-likeness and God’s agape love (Galatians 5:22-23).
We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for use in the church today (I Corinthians 12:8-11). The gifts edify the church by strengthening, confirming, and exhorting. Spiritual gifts should never draw attention to persons. The gifts are God-given abilities for service that direct attention only to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To overemphasize the person or the gifts of the Holy Spirit is contrary to sound biblical teaching. The Holy Spirit will testify of Jesus Christ and bring glory to Him.
At Harvest Chapel, we believe in a balanced view of spiritual gifts in light of the whole Counsel of God. A church filled with the Holy Spirit will foremost proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and God. (Ephesians 5:18-21)
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God. At Harvest Chapel, we continually seek to proclaim the name of Christ by accurately teaching the Word of God (II Timothy 2:15). Our emphasis is not on programs, buildings or the creation of church positions. Our emphasis is, and will remain teaching the Word of God.
1. JESUS CHRIST IS THE FOUNDATION
Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church. “Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious cornerstone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed.” (I Peter 2:6-8; Ephesians 2:20-22; I Corinthians 3:11)
2. SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
The primary purpose of the worship service at Harvest Chapel is to ‘ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.’ (Psalm 29:2). Worship begins with songs. We are to ‘speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.’ (Ephesians 5:19-20) Songs open the hearts of individuals so that they may communicate praise and thanksgiving to God. The Word of God is then taught in an expository manner. His Word is perfect, sure, right, and pure. It serves to restore our souls, make us wise, make our hearts rejoice, and enlighten our eyes. (Psalm 19:7-8)
3. SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
The Sunday evening service at Harvest Chapel follows the primary principle of teaching the ‘whole purpose of God.’ (Acts 20:27) It is an overview of four to five chapters of a particular book of God’s Word from Genesis through Revelation. The primary goal of this study is to respond to the light of the Word as it is continually revealed. (I John 1:7)
4. MIDWEEK PRAYER
‘Therefore I want men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.’ (I Timothy 2:8) The Lord has promised that He is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:18) Harvest Chapel strongly encourages individuals to ‘pray without ceasing.’ (I Thessalonians 5:17) Our midweek prayer group offers opportunity to pray corporately. Prayer is fundamental to the life of the church. If there is no prayer, there is no church.
5. HOME BIBLE STUDIES
Early congregations met in homes for prayer, teaching, and fellowship. (I Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 2; Romans 16:5) Home Bible studies offer opportunity for building relationships. As believers gather together in homes, they interact and share more intimately with one another. (Acts 2:46)
Leaders are granted from the Lord. Harvest Chapel embraces the teaching of our Lord in Luke 22:26, ‘…but let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.’ The leaders God raises at Harvest must have servant hearts. Leaders must be accountable before God, before the pastor and before one another. It is necessary for leaders to meet regularly for encouragement, wisdom, and direction. They must be effective in assisting the pastor to shepherd the church.
‘And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”’ (Luke 9:23) Our Lord encourages all believers to become committed, devoted followers. To deny oneself means in every moment of life to say no to self, and to say yes to God. Harvest Chapel embraces discipleship. It encourages intimate acquaintance, affirmation, accountability, and mutual submission to one another under the authority of God. A healthy church exhibits discipleship. As Paul instructed and nurtured Timothy in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we also must be accountable to faithful men who love the Lord. As we benefit from discipleship, God will place someone in our life that we may disciple. (II Timothy 2:2, Matthew 28:19-20)
8. SPIRITUAL GIFTS
The believers at Harvest Chapel believe spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service. Spiritual gifts (charisma) are due to the grace (charis) of God. Spiritual gifts are the ability for service given by the Holy Spirit, not the place of ministry, nor the persons upon whom it is ministered, nor the specialty of the ministry. The distribution of gifts is under the sovereign direction of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:11) Although the Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual gifts, the believer may have a part in the development of his gifts. The believer may be ambitious in relation to his own gifts to see that they are properly developed and that he is doing all he can for the Lord. (I Corinthians 12:31) The Holy Spirit is sovereign in the giving of gifts, but in the development of them He works through human beings with their desires, limitations, and ambitions. The Believer’s Meeting at Harvest is designed for waiting upon God and asking Him to help individuals rightly appropriate gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Harvest Chapel views the world as a mission field. Whether at home or overseas there is a need to pray, to send workers and to provide financial support to complete the task of the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20) We encourage individuals to seek service for the Lord on mission fields. We also encourage believers to provide financial support to those serving the Lord on mission fields.
The foundation of Harvest Chapel is teaching the Word of God. As the Word of God is taught, the Holy Spirit penetrates hearts. God builds His church and empowers His people. The response of a penetrated heart consecrated to the work of the Lord is to seek ways of reaching men, women, and children for Him. At Harvest, we put faith in action and reach others by street ministry, music ministry, prison ministry, and other avenues of reaching spiritually lost individuals. As God provides the means, we feed and shelter the poor. It is Harvest’s desire to be sensitive to the hearts of men whom God has prepared to inherit His great salvation. (Mark 1:45; Acts2:26-47; Acts 1:8; John 6:44)