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Doctrines Of Faith

Harvest Center Church accepts the Holy Scripture as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rules of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts the following statements of fundamental truths:

  1. The Scripture Inspired
    The Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative Rule of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Peter 1:21)
  2. The One True God
    The One true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deu. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Matt. 28:19, Luke 3:22)
  3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
    The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son Of God. The Scriptures declare:
    a. His virgin birth. (Matt 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)
    b. His sinless life. (Heb. 7:26, I Peter 2:22)
    c. His miracles. (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
    d. His substitutionary work on the cross. (I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21)
    e. His bodily resurrection from the dead. (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39)
    f. His exaltation to the right hand of God. (Acts 1:9; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:3)
  4. The Fall of Man
    Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby, incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Gen. 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)
  5. The Salvation of Man
    Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    a. Condition to Salvation
    Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7)
    b. The Evidence of Salvation
    The inward evidence of salvation is direct witness of the Spirit. (Romans 8:16) The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12)
  6. The Ordinances of the Church
    a. Baptism in Water
    The Ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4)
    b. Holy Communion
    The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements--bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing in the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (I Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (I Cor. 11:26); and enjoined on all believers "Till He comes"!
  7. The Baptism in the Holy Ghost
    All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; I Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost, comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43, Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost.
  8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost
    The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same, in essence, as the gift of tongues (I Cor. 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
  9. Sanctification
    Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. (Rom. 12:1,2; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12) The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord". (Heb. 12:14) By the power of the Holy Ghost, we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy". (I Peter 1:15,16)

    Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12,13; I Peter 1:5)
  10. The Church and Its Mission
    The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First Born, which are written in heaven. (Eph. 1:22,23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23)

    Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-of-being of Harvest Center Church as part of the universal church is:
    a. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world. (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19,20)
    b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. (I Cor. 12:13)
    c. To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. (Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:28; 14:12)

    Harvest Center Church exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to their reason-of-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience:
    a. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs. (Acts 4:29-31; Heb. 2:3,4)
    b. Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God. (I Cor. 2:10-16; 12:13,14)
    c. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Gal. 5:22-26; I Cor. 14:12; Eph. 4:11,12; I Cor. 12:28; Col. 1:29)
  11. The Ministry
    A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by Our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
    a. Evangelization of the world. (Matt. 28:19,20)
    b. Worship of God. (John 4:23,24)
    c. Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. (Eph. 4:11-16)
  12. Divine Healing
    Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16,17; James 5:14-16)
  13. The Blessed Hope
    The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alone and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. (I Thess. 4:16,17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Cor. 15:51,52)
  14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
    The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one-thousand years. (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27,30; Rev. 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6)

    This millennial reign will bring salvation of national Israel (Ezek. 37:21,22; Zech. 3:19,20; Rom. 11:26,27), and the establishment of universal peace (Isa. 11:6-9; Ps. 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4).
  15. The Final Judgment
    There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)
  16. The New Heavens and the New Earth
    "We, according to His Promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (II Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:21,22)
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