What to Expect
Frontier Trail Middle School
15300 W 143rd St
Olathe, KS 66062
9:00 AM and 10:45 AM
We are excited about the biblical and simple approach to corporate worship we offer each week. We focus on two primary events - corporate worship and Harvest Kids (ages birth through 5th grade).
Worship at Harvest on Sundays is referred to as the "furnace that lights the factory of our personal worship." Worship is a way of life. It is a mindset. It is not limited to an event. However, we gather together with other believers in a worship event unparalleled throughout the week. That event primarily consists of worship through preaching, music, giving, and fellowship.
Worship | Preaching
We emphasize the importance of God’s Word and seek to establish everything we do upon His instruction. For this reason, you’ll find biblical expository preaching at the heart of every service. Expository preaching is delving into Scripture with an emphasis on understanding what the original author intended to say to the original audience as well as revealing the heart of God so as to understand the application of those truths today in the lives of believers. When you come, prepare to be challenged and encouraged. God's Word both provides solutions to the struggles people face in today’s difficult times as well as clear and absolute truth that should guide our worldview of life around us.
In fact, we teach that the purity found only in unfiltered scriptural truth is the answer to today’s challenges (1 Timothy 3:16-17).
Worship | Music
God has given each of His children a priestly ministry (Revelation 1:6). This means that, because of the ministry of Christ to His church, we are privileged to come freely into His presence. That God would bless us in this way is a picture of His overwhelmingly abundant grace. With this in mind, we seek to come before our Lord with worship that is as excellent as possible, in content, in music style, and in spirit. When attending Harvest, expect to worship with contemporary style as well as content (biblically and theologically rich) driven words. We sing a blend of modern worship songs with new settings for traditional hymns, all of which facilitate intentionally scriptural lyrics intended to draw worshipers to holistically give an offering that is emotionally, physically, and intellectually balanced.
Worship | Giving
The New Testament expects followers of Christ to contribute tithes and offerings to the local church. We include a time of giving in the middle of our services to remind us that such giving is to be an expression of worship from a willing and cheerful heart (cf. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Such an act of worship is not expected of our guests.
Worship | Fellowship
While Sunday morning often limits interactions with others to be brief, we view these interactions as opportunities for worship - a worship of Christ that moves us past surface interest in those around us to sincerely caring about the circumstances of one another's life, looking for opportunities to pray for and stir up one good works in one another (cf. Hebrews 10:24-25).
Worship | What To Wear
At Harvest, you will find some in their Sunday best and others wearing jeans and the like. While there is something to be said for bringing your best to God on every level, we believe God looks at the heart above all else (1 Samuel 16:7). With this in mind, come as you are, have a cup of coffee and a doughnut from the Harvest Cafe, and enjoy the intentional worship and authentic fellowship you will find at Harvest Bible Chapel.
At Harvest, we believe biblical understanding is vital for everyone...including children! We have many gifted teachers who offer our children age appropriate guidance in understanding Scripture. Our groups are designed to foster a caring, safe, and fun environment for your children to learn about the Gospel, the character of God, and how such truths can impact their lives today. Classes meet during our Sunday morning worship services and are available for children ages birth through 5th grace.
Harvest Kids | When You Arrive
1. Check in at the Children’s Center
2. Take two labels, one for your child and one to keep with you
3. The number on your label will appear on the stage screen if your child needs you – if that happens, proceed directly to the Children’s Center
4. To check your child out at the end of the service, please provide your label to the classroom teacher.
Harvest Bible Chapel Staff
Jeff Terrell is the senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel of Kansas City, a church planted in 2010 out of the Harvest Bible Fellowship in Chicago, founded by Dr. James MacDonald.
Jeff received degrees from the University of Missouri (Business), Baker University (MBA), and The Master’s Seminary (MDiv). God has used this education as well as Jeff’s unique career path to prepare him for ministry. From Minor League Baseball to the corporate world to management in a local Kansas City business, each experience and skill set has provided tools which continue to offer unique insight to pastoral ministry.
Jeff was blessed to marry to the love of his life, Sally, in 1998 and is delighted to be the father of three girls: Meg, Mallory, and Macy.
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Director of Student Ministry & Connected
Tim Yach is the Director of Student Ministries & Connected here at Harvest. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and lived there his entire life prior to moving to KC in 2013. He has been married to his High School sweetheart Tracy since 2004 and they have three children (Adelyn, Caleb and Carson).
Tim grew up in a Christian home attending church from a young age but never realized his need for a savior until his High School years. He can see now looking back that God was sovereignly orchestrating his life during this time. God drew Tim to Himself while attending a local youth group trip to Washington DC in 1997. He accepted the call to ministry in college, but didn’t realize that God had some pruning to do prior to his entering ministry full time at the start of 2013. Part of this process brought him to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2012.
Tim feels so blessed to be leading our student ministry here at Harvest. Youth ministry has been vital to his life, faith and growth and he is very passionate about it! Please consider having your students (6th-12th grade) check out HSM! Let’s go Royals!
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Director of Worship
Ben Arant is the Director of Worship at Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas City. God has orchestrated things in his life in such an amazing way over the past few years to get him to the place where he is today.
Ben was saved at the age of 13 through the godly influence of his parents as he was confronted by his own sin and inability to reconcile outside of God’s provision. Years later, when in college he rededicated his life to following the Lord for a lifetime.
Since then, he married his wife Danielle and has 3 children. Roman, Emarie, and Paisley. Together they have grown closer to the Lord over the past few years by getting connected with Harvest Bible Chapel in various contexts. First they moved to Rochester, Minnesota to be part of a Harvest core group and church plant. They were there for 2 years, and then God opened up the door for them to raise support and serve overseas in Glasgow, Scotland for 1 year at the only Harvest in the United Kingdom. From there, Ben was accepted in the Harvest Training Center for Worship and spent 3 months training under the Vertical Church Band. That brings them to where they are currently; serving and loving the people of Harvest Kansas City.
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Director of Discipleship
Chad is the Director of Discipleship at Harvest. He primarily oversees the small group and soul care ministries here. These two ministries are near to his heart because he has seen how God uses them to transform and deepen people’s relationship with Christ.
Chad had a long journey to come to know Christ. Long story short, there were many family events when he was a kid that impacted the trajectory of his life. He was a kid who tried to do good with the primary motivation to please people and avoid trouble. He thought if he was a decent person then he would make it to heaven. He had a knowledge of God, but note a relationship with Him. So, God in His love, revealed to Chad that he needed a relationship with Him through the preaching of many gospel messages. Instead of good works being what was important, he heard the truth that he must trust and believe in Christ and His Work, in order to have a relationship with Him. God open his eyes and heart and Chad committed to have Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Chad is married to Maggie, and they have three daughters (Rowan, Bristol, Isla) and one son (Hudson). He enjoys spending his time with his family playing superheroes and princesses. He is also a life-long Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan (even in the painful times).
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Children’s Ministry Coordinator
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Harvest Bible Chapel Leadership
Kurt has attended Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas City with his family since January 2011 and has served as an elder since 2014. Kurt and his wife, Laura, have three children (Faira, Benjamin, and William) and enjoy serving in the Harvest Young Adult Ministry. Kurt has a passion for the truth of God’s Word, especially applying it in the defense of the Christian faith. He loves spending time with his family and is an avid basketball fan.
Sal has been a member of the elder team since 2013. He serves as the prayer coordinator for the weekly church prayer newsletter and prayer team. He assists Chad McKinley in oversight of the small group ministry and also serves as a flock leader. Sal has a passion for Christian Theology and enjoys researching, preaching and teaching God’s word. Sal is married to Karin and they have two grown children Grace and Christopher, and three grandchildren.
Chad has been an elder since 2014. Currently, he partners with Sal Lofaso in the leadership and oversight of small group ministries. He has a passion to see people transformed by Christ through biblical counseling. He enjoys reading, and studying in the areas of theology and biblical counseling. Chad is married to Maggie, and they have three daughters (Rowan, Bristol, Isla) and one son (Hudson). He enjoys spending his time with his family playing superheroes and princesses. He is also a life-long Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan (even in the painful times).
Jeff has been an elder since 2010, when Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas City launched and serves as the senior pastor. His joy is to serve alongside the elders of Harvest as they endeavor to shepherd the flock Christ has entrusted them, providing leadership with doctrine, discipline, and direction. Some of his favorite pastimes are: spending time with family, reading books on theology, listening to sermons while working out, watching movies, and enjoying America’s true national pastime - baseball! Jeff and his wife Sally have three daughters: Meg, Mallory, and Macy.
Doug and his family joined Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas City in January of 2013 and he has served as an Elder since 2014. Doug and his wife, Sarah, have four children (Julia, Luke, Elyse and Garrett). Doug assists in the oversight of discipleship, finances and facilities. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children (swimming, biking, playgrounds and movies), studying God’s Word and shepherding God’s people.
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How It All Began
In September of 2010, Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas City held our official launch service. It was the culmination of many months - even years - of events that, though we knew little of it then, were part of Gods sovereign design.
Our pastor, Jeff Terrell, had completed his seminary training at The Master’s Seminary as well as the training program for church planting with Harvest Bible Fellowship’s Training Center, and was in the midst of preparing to begin a church from scratch in the Kansas City area. At the same time, Berean Bible Church was facing a number of challenges and had even considered closing the doors. However, Berean was the home of a Christian school that was stable, and the remnant of believers decided to patiently wait.
While visiting the school as a potential option for his daughters’ education, Pastor Terrell engaged in a conversation with one of Berean’s elders concerning how the church may revitalize their ministry. In his mentioning Harvest, Jeff would tell you that he had not even thought, at that point, of what the Lord had in mind. However, through a series of providential events, the Berean elders voted unanimously to step down and to turn over the entire ministry of Berean Bible Church to Harvest Bible Chapel Kansas City. This included the four-year-old debt-free facility. Through prayers, the remnant of the Berean faithful and the core team of Harvest partnered together to prayerfully trust the Lord in restoring the church to a position of influence in the community.
Today, as members of Harvest Bible Chapel, we consider the brief history of the life of our young church and are able to say unmistakably - and in accordance with Psalm 118:23 - “This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.”
Lost people saved...saved people matured...mature people multiplied...to the glory of God!
Living Out Our Mission
One of our primary goals at Harvest is to create mature disciples, namely those who Worship Christ, Walk with Christ, and Work for Christ. A believer dedicated to these principles will experience significant growth in personal sanctification and, therefore, a more intimate relationship with the Savior. When combined, the commitment to and consistent practice of these disciplines leads to a believer who is “mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28). The Bible tells us that a personal relationship with Christ and true discipleship will lead to living out each of these aspects. It also recognizes that we will need assistance along the way. That is where church and fellowship with other believers combines with the transforming work of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit to assist us along the way. At Harvest, we want to provide disciples of Christ with built-in opportunities to grow in these areas.
Scripture calls us to continuously come together for the purpose of encouraging one another, as well as provoking one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Further, we are called to worship with all our hearts in the assembly of the saints (Psalm 111:1) and to dedicate ourselves to the public reading and study of God’s Word (1 Timothy 4:13). With this in mind, we make these practices, namely our corporate Sunday morning worship, a priority in the life of Harvest. In order to Worship Christ in accordance with scriptural teaching, a disciple of Christ must dedicate oneself to gathering with the local church body. After all, God has created us to be a family. We also agree with Scripture that “worship” is not confined to an event or day of the week. Worship of God is an attitude...a disposition of the heart to view Christ as supreme and to live our lives under the banner of that disposition. Sunday morning is referred to as the “furnace that fuels the factory.” We gather corporately on Sunday to worship together and to get equipped and charged up to live a life of worship throughout the week.
Walk with Christ
Maturity in Christ requires that a disciple walks daily with Him. The disciple accomplishes such a walk by continuously practicing personal, spiritual disciplines taught in Scripture. It is also essential to a healthy walk with Christ to include personal, intentional fellowship with other disciples. At Harvest, this occurs within the context of our Small Group Ministry, where we provide opportunities for our members to grow through Bible study, prayer, and accountability. (Acts 2:42-47)
Further, we believe that, as opposed to a small number of pastors bearing the total responsibility of ministering to the church, each believer is responsible for one another within the context of loving relationships and mutual ministry. As members of a small group learn the details of one another’s lives, we are able to encourage one another, help meet needs, and navigate challenges within the context of our Small Groups. It is our hope that we would grow to maturity in bearing the responsibility of caring for one another in this manner. (Ephesians 4:11-16; Galatians 6:2)
Finally, we are committed to multiplying the Godly characteristics of leaders’ lives into others (2 Timothy 2:2). This multiplication of ministry is central to the healthy growth of the church and occurs as we intentionally spend time with one another: teaching, learning from, and sharing life with our church family.
Work for Christ
Believers are gifted by the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). The church exists, on one level, that saints’ gifts would be cultivated and that we would all be equipped to effectively and continuously minister to one another, consistently building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).
A quality disciple of Jesus is one who Works for Christ (1 Peter 4:10). This is beautifully lived out through the disciple serving the church and the surrounding community. Many churchgoers today come with a "consumer" mindset. At Harvest, we seek to move believers from a position of focusing on self to having a view primarily of others’ interests (Philippians 2:3-4). This is most perfectly modeled by Jesus, who gave His life for the welfare of others. We seek to make disciples who give of their time, energy, skills, and gifts for the sake of serving others.
The Four Pillars of Harvest
I. Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology (2 Timothy 4:2)
II. Lifting high the name of Jesus through worship (John 4:24)
III. Believing firmly in the power of prayer (Ephesians 6:18)
IV. Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness (Ephesians 6:19-20)
(What follows is not intended to be an exhaustive representation of our doctrinal statement. If you have questions about a topic that is not represented here or would like a copy of our complete doctrinal statement, please feel free to contact us. In addition further information is provided in the "Distinctives" section.)
We teach that there is only one true God (John 17:3), the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). He created all things (Revelation 4:11) and upholds all things by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is a God of truth and without iniquity, He is just and right (Deuteronomy 32:4) and He shall judge the world (Psalm 9:8).
We teach that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience (Matthew 29:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Acts 4:3-4).
We teach the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We teach that He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. We teach that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We teach that He is truly God and truly man (John 1:1, 1:14, 1:18; John 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16).
We teach the total deity of the Holy Spirit and that His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner (Titus 3:5), baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:23). The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living (John 14:26; John 16:13; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of God’s righteousness and of coming judgment (John 16:8-11).
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by pretentious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
We teach that the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in their original writings. We teach that the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are God’s complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carry God’s authority for the total well-being of mankind (Psalm 119:97-104; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:18; John 5:46-47; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-16).
We teach that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but, by voluntarily sinning, fell from his innocent state. Consequently, all mankind is sinful. All people are sinners not only by inheritance, but by their own choice and, therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We teach that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved (incapable of saving himself or seeking God) and needs a Savior (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18, Romans 1:32; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 5:1-2).
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We teach that each person who repents of his sins (Matthew 3:2; Acts 3:19) and by faith receives Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 16:24; Ephesians 2:8-9) is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s shed blood on the cross (Romans 3:24). Each person who receives Christ as Savior and Lord is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes eternally secure as a child of God. We teach that the Holy Spirit baptizes each believing person into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and that there is no second baptism of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:37-39; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
(For information regarding our position on God's sovereignty, please see the "Distinctives" section.)
We teach that those who have been justified are also sanctified (set apart) to God and are, therefore, declared to be holy and identified as saints. This refers to the believer’s positional sanctification and should not be confused with progressive sanctification, which involves the believer’s daily walk and spiritual growth. (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Peter 1:2)
We teach that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the justified believer lives a life of progressive sanctification – the ongoing transformation of increasing holiness, becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ. This occurs through the believer’s obedience to the Word of God and the empowering by the Holy Spirit. (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24)
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality. (Romans 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14)
We teach the resurrection of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate (Acts 1:3; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25-26).
THE RETURN OF CHRIST, HEAVEN, AND HELL
We teach the “blessed hope”: the personal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ, which will occur before the thousand year millennium. This return, then, is said to be “premillennial.” His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We teach the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in heaven (Matthew 25:34; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 2:7), and the lost are raised to eternal torment in a literal place called hell in conscious separation from God. (Matthew 8:11; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 13:49-50; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 12:5; Revelation 21:8).
Upon justification, a believer becomes part of the body of Christ, which is the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-46; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 2:16; 5:23).
Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church – under the oversight of elders and other supportive leadership. The church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Realizing that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship, we commit ourselves to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to make disciples around the world (Matthew 28:19-20).
What Makes Us Harvest
Assimilation and Church Membership
We believe in the importance of serving the body of Christ by offering clear paths for people to start and develop healthy and growing relationships with others in the church body. We value an intentional plan to help every interested person enjoy godly relationships in the church. Church membership is a by-product of people who are growing in Christ and who grasp the importance of serving the Lord by using their gifts to serve others in the local church.
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 by grace through faith in and repentance through 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 (Romans 6:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:12).
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).
The church exists to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38; Matthew 28:19-20).
The commission is fulfilled as disciples of Jesus Christ are made and grow in their relationship with Him and likeness to Him. God is glorified as we manifest His presence as we do His work (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Timothy 2:2).
In seeking to act upon the church’s purpose, we recognize the extraordinary value in multiplying the reach of His ministry by planting local churches and by associating with existing, like-minded local churches. God is glorified when Harvest Bible Chapels and other like-minded churches associate with one another in order to foster relationships that edify, protect, encourage, support and admonish.
The governing members, serving as directors of the Harvest Bible Chapel Elders Council, lead the association of Harvest Bible Chapels and affiliating churches and oversee church planting. The Elders Council assists affiliate churches to more effectively spread the Word of God and the ways of God in order to build His kingdom. The Elders Council desires to bless all affiliate churches through the mutual exchange of pulpit and music ministry, consulting services, research, conferences and seed money devoted to church planting and pastoral education programs.
The Lord changes lives and accomplishes His purposes directly through reading and applying the Scriptures, meditating on the truths of the Scriptures and prayer. The Lord also uses those who minister His Word as they encourage, exhort, admonish, edify, implore, reprove, rebuke and console others toward godliness. God needs no new or unique insight into the human condition in order to change lives, regardless of whether that insight is gained through psychology or some other tool of human origin. Problems that are approached by integrating the Scriptures with psychological theories tend to deceive individuals into diminishing the God of the Scriptures and into believing that He has not provided and cannot provide sufficient truth, insight and wisdom that will change their lives (Colossians 2:8-10).
When psychology and other social sciences step beyond observing human behavior and seek to explain the causes of human behavior, they enter spiritual territory. Only the God of the Scriptures can explain causes and offer solutions that lead to godliness and a fruitful, joyful life. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He changes us as we discipline ourselves through obedience to the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 4:7; 2 Peter 1:5-11).
Each Christian’s passion should be to become more like Christ and fulfill the Great Commandment to love the Lord will the entire heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5; cf. Matthew 22:37-38; Mark 12:30; Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2).
The Christian who learns and applies the Word becomes mature and, in turn, can help others mature (2 Timothy 2:2).
Creation, Evolution and God’s Sovereignty
We teach God created the universe in six 24-hour days and that, before He created the universe, nothing except God existed (Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 31:17; Psalm 33:6-9; Acts 17:24; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3).
God chose to create the universe and all that is in it to reveal His glory, divine nature, eternal power, infinite wisdom and supreme authority (Psalm 19:1-2; Isaiah 43:7; Jeremiah 10:12; Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11).
We deny the theory of evolution, which states that nonliving substances gave rise to the first living material, which then reproduced and diversified to produce all living creatures. We teach that all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, whom God created personally and individually and as complete human beings (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:21-22; 1 Corinthians 11:8-9). The fall of Adam and Eve infected all people with sin and death, but the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives the opportunity to receive God’s gift of eternal life (Romans 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
God rules over His creation and cares about and is involved in the lives of individual people (Job 12:10; Acts 17:25; Acts 25:28; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:13).
God sovereignly executes His will independent of the influence or will of man (Job 42:2; Psalm 115:3). Such sovereignty was beautifully manifested in the Old Testament with the electing of the nation of Israel as a people chosen for Himself for His glory and purposes (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). God also displays such sovereignty by electing people from all nations for salvation (Ephesians 1:4-6). Finally, God's sovereignty continues to be demonstrated through all events of human history (Ephesians 1:11). All such sovereignty works in perfect harmony with the responsibility of man ensuring that man is completely culpable for his or her own actions and will one day be called to give an account (Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6).
Eternal Security of the Believer
It is God’s divine decision to save a person and it is God’s kindness, forbearance and patience that lead that person to repentance (Romans 2:4). All glory for the salvation and security of every believer belongs to God alone (Romans 3:21-31; Ephesians 1:7-9; Ephesians 2:8-9, Jude 1:24-25). We teach that everyone who is born again by the Spirit through Jesus Christ is eternally assured of salvation from the moment of conversion. This assurance relies on God’s decisive grace rather than on the works of the Christian. Obedience, good works and fruit-bearing do not earn or retain the believer’s salvation, but they do indicate the reality of the person’s love of Christ and profession of faith (Luke 6:46; John 14:21; James 2:17-18).
Eternal security in salvation relies on the Lord’s guarantee of each believer’s adoption as His son or daughter (Galatians 4:4-7), His seal of the believer by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14), and the conviction that God gives the Holy Spirit to each believer as a down payment toward future bliss in heaven (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). A person who professes genuine faith in Christ immediately becomes His possession (Luke 23:42-43; Acts 2:40-41; Acts 16: 30-34), and nothing can snatch that person out of His hands (John 10:27-29). Having been bought with the price of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as complete payment for sin, Christians are not their own. They are Christ’s possession (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). This assurance is absolutely certain, reserved in heaven, and protected by God’s unlimited power (1 Peter 1:4-5).
Process of Sanctification and Maturity
Mature disciples worship Christ, walk with Christ, and work for Christ. This will be the expression of a person committed to a relationship with Christ. That person will experience significant growth in personal sanctification and, therefore, will experience a closer personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ becoming more and more “complete in Christ” (Colossians 1:28). We are committed to multiplying the godly characteristics of leaders’ lives into others (2 Timothy 2:2). This multiplication of ministry is key to the healthy growth of the church. We teach that the disciples of Jesus Christ should minister to one another in the local church, rather than one or a small number of professional pastors bearing total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. God has given spiritual gifts to all of His people to provide mutual ministry in the context of the healthy and strong local church (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Satan and his demonic servants viciously oppose the work God performs in and through His people (Genesis 3:1-7; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8). God, who by His nature is infinitely more powerful than Satan, in due time will have complete and total victory over Satan (1 John 4:4; Revelation 20:1-10).
Although it is appropriate to pray in Jesus’ name for protection against demonic activity, the Scriptures do not instruct the Christian to “bind Satan in Jesus’ name.” Rather, the Scriptures instruct the Christian to combat Satan by:
1. Humbly drawing near to God, knowing that He will give grace, mercy and strength (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; Hebrews 4:15-16; James 4:8; 1 Peter 5:6-10)
2. Resisting his temptations (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9)
3. Rightly applying the truth of the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11; John 8:44; Ephesians 4:24-27)
4. Forgiving offenses (2 Corinthians 2:10-11)
5. Putting on the armor of God’s truth, righteousness, readiness to share the Gospel, faith, salvation and prayer (Ephesians 6:11-20)
6. Demonstrating faithfulness to the Lord by enduring trials (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 2:13; Revelation 3:9-10).
Sufficiency of Scripture
We hold to the verbal, plenary inspiration of that Scriptures and the conviction 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), and are 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 3:16-17). We teach 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.
Women in Ministry
Harvest Bible Chapel affirms the God-ordained and significant role that women should play in establishing and leading in the local church. Every leadership opportunity is open to women except those that are excluded by Scripture. The Scriptures clearly state that men are to serve in the office of Elder and that women are not to be serve in church positions in which they exercise authority over men or in which they teach doctrine to men (1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Timothy 3:1-2; Titus 1:6-9). We do not see this as an issue of equality, for men and women are equal under God. The Bible is clear that men and women do not have the same roles. Qualified women should serve in any leadership position that is not forbidden in the Scriptures.
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).
Several tenets guide our worship. We seek to:
1. Lift high the name of Jesus Christ (John 4:22-26; John12:32; John 14:6). Lead God’s people to lift their hearts and voices to Him, giving Him praise and thanks in music and lyric (Nehemiah 12:45-46;Psalm 66:1-4; Psalm 95:1-2);
2. Prepare hearts to hear the Lord speak through the proclamation of Scripture (Psalm 95:6-9; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42);
3. Emphasize fresh and contemporary expressions while retaining traditional elements that recognize the richness of our heritage in the faith (Deuteronomy 32:7; Psalm 33:3; Isaiah 46:8-9; Matthew 13:32, Ephesians 5:19; Revelation 5:9);
4. Pursue excellence in worship, knowing that God is worthy of our best (Exodus 12; Deuteronomy 17:1; Psalm 33:3, 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Hebrews 11:4).
Harvest Bible Chapel Governance
Harvest is committed to the Bible’s teaching that men who hold the offices of Elder and Deacon are to oversee various functions of the local church. The Bible’s teaching on the subject of two church offices is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9. Although there are three terms used for the offices of the church, i.e. bishop, elder and deacon, analysis of these terms indicates that bishop and elder are used interchangeably.
Above reproach, able to teach, husband to one wife, not addicted to wine, temperate, not antagonistic, prudent, uncontentious, respectable, free from the love of money, hospitable, manages own household well, not a new convert. (Titus 1:6-9)
The Scriptures show that the Elders “serve by leading” and that their responsibility involves the spiritual oversight of the congregation. All Elders are equal in authority but not necessarily equal in influence.
The Elders’ Primary Responsibilities:
DOCTRINE- Ensuring that the doctrine of the church is biblical; all doctrinal issues in the church will be settled by the Board of Elders;
DIRECTION- Ensuring that the direction of the church is consistent with the Harvest Bible Chapel statement of purpose and the four pillars;
DISCIPLINE- Administering in love and humility the process of church discipline as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-4; Titus 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 5:17-25; 1 Corinthians 5;2 Corinthians 2:5-11 and Romans 16:17.
Plurality of Elders
The Scriptures teach that a plurality of elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23;Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor and leader. A plurality of godly elders, exercising their individual gifts, squares with the Scripture’s teaching that wisdom is found in a multitude of godly counselors (Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:6). This truth does not eliminate the possibility and likelihood that one or more elders will stand out from the others as more public in their ministries or more influential in their workings on the Elder Board.
The Senior Pastor automatically serves as an Elder and, because of his public presence and responsibility before the congregation, may be considered “first among equals” as a member of the Elder Board. The Senior Pastor should be gifted primarily as a preacher/teacher and as a leader.
The Bible teaches that Deacons “lead by serving” (Acts 6). The qualifications for Elders and Deacons are the same regarding an individual’s character, but they differ in aptitude. The elders are to be “able to teach” while the deacons are to be “able and proved as servants.”
Individual of dignity, above reproach, not double tongued, first tested as servants, not addicted to wine, spouses must be faithful, dignified, temperate, not fond of sordid gain, holding to the mystery of faith with a clear conscience, husband of one wife, manages household well. (1 Timothy 3:8-12)