OUR BELIEFSAt Harvest Point Church, we want to be united around what we believe. We find the following truths to be clear in the Bible and agree to unify around them.
Faith & Message
The Bible is God’s message to man, recorded without error in the original manuscripts. Both the individual words and the whole Bible (66 books), is inspired by God through human authors. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) The Scriptures all find their fullest significance in the person and work of Jesus Christ and are useful for teaching, correction, encouragement, and training in righteousness. (Romans 15:4; Deut. 32:47)
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality and with each having specific work to perform. We believe that God is a personal being who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
(Matthew 3:16; John 10:30; 14:10; 14:26; 15:26; Ephesians 1:3-4; 6-7; 13-14)
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who was born of a virgin and literally rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. He is undiminished deity and perfect humanity permanently united in one person. It was through His sacrificial death on the cross that He removed once and for all the barrier of sin between man and God. Our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His physical resurrection from the dead. After He rose up from death, He ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God.
THE Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God and that He has come to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict sinners of sin, righteousness, and judgment, to regenerate, indwell, seal, and baptize believers into the body of Christ, impart gifts to believers, and to enable them to live holy lives. (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 40:13-14; Matthew 1:18- 20; 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:13; 3:3-8; 6:63; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15, 13; Acts 2:1-4; 5:3-4; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:9,10, 12; 6:19; 12:13; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:22; 4:30; 5:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; 2 Timothy 3:16- 17; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:14; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 John 2:20, 27)
Both male and female, were created in God’s image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God’s creations. Man was created in God’s image, yet he is fallen in his sinfulness, born into this world without any hope of salvation or eternal life apart from the provision of God’s grace, available only through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. (Gen. 1:26; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-19; 8:6-8)
Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace that comes only through faith in Christ. At the moment of salvation, the believer is granted the perfect righteousness of Christ, declared righteous of all sin, past, present and future, made a new creation and indwelt by the fullness of the Holy Spirit. (John 5:24; Gal. 6:15; Romans 5:9; 1 Cor. 6:11) Changes in lifestyle, surrender to Christ as Lord and the bearing of fruit are results of salvation and are not conditions for gaining or keeping God’s free gift. (John 6:47) The eternal security of a believer’s salvation is a clear teaching of Scripture. Once an individual places faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, their eternal salvation cannot be lost due to sinfulness or changes in personal belief. (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 7:25)
the universal church
The Universal Church is the visible expression of God’s kingdom in this age and is distinct from Israel. Membership in it is based solely upon a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
the local church
The Local Church is an assembly of believers gathering together in communion with each other to give praise to God, exhibit visible expression of Jesus Christ’s body to their community and to stimulate spiritual growth in each other’s lives.
Leadership consists of pastor(s), Elders, and Deacons. The numbers of each may vary depending on growth and need. There shall be one lead pastor who is the principal communicator of God’s Word in public worship and ensures that the church is growing in maturity in Christ through the Spirit-anointed teaching of sound doctrine. Elders are responsible to know the spiritual condition of the flock and to pursue the goal of seeing that each person who is part of this flock is being nurtured toward greater spiritual maturity. Deacons assist the elders by assuming responsibility for overseeing facilities and physical needs within the church. (1 Timothy 3: 1 – 13, Acts 6:1-7)
purpose of our church
We believe the vast majority of our local community in Johnson City is unchurched and has not yet been saved. We believe through obedience to God, discipling our local community, introducing and bringing them to Christ is very important and is a significant part of our purpose. (Matthew 28:19 – 20)
The church shall welcome into its membership any person (a) who testifies in their belief Jesus Christ is the son of God, who was sent by God to die on the cross for our sins, (b) who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and (c) who accepts and affirms the teaching of God’s Word.
The Ordinances are to be observed commemorating Christ’s works for the church: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion is practiced by individuals as a symbolic expression of personal identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is practiced corporately as a symbolic reminder of His provision for salvation.
Growth in Christ-likeness is God’s will for each believer and is progressive in nature because we retain the sinful nature. (1 Thess. 4:3; John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Thess. 5:23) Progressive sanctification is accomplished by God’s grace. (Titus 2:11-13)
the second coming of christ
God will fulfill His promises to Israel and establish a literal thousand-year kingdom of Christ on earth. (1 Thess. 5:1-6; Rev. 20:1-3)
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