Practicing Our Faith
At Harvest Community Church, our beliefs are divided into four categories:
Absolutes are the unchanging foundations and fundamentals of the Christian faith. To deny these truths is to deny the essence of Orthodox Christianity. They are non-negotiable terms of our Christian theology and faith. In these absolutes, we will not compromise our positions. Some examples are the deity of Christ, His substitutionary death on the cross and resurrection, and Salvation by grace through faith.
Convictions are what we believe based on our interpretation of the Bible in areas other than the absolutes. Examples are: the mode of baptism, eternal security, end times events, and the filling of the Holy Spirit. Sincere, Bible-believing Christians can disagree on issues which are not essential for salvation. We allow for disagreement on convictions. Each believer must study the Scriptures and understand his position on such matters of the Christian faith.
Traditions have been instilled in all of us from our varied backgrounds. Because we were raised with certain traditions, we tend to make them synonymous with the truth. They may be carried on simply because we have grown accustomed to them. At Harvest, traditions have value only so far as they advance the gospel and promote the well-being of God’s church. We are willing to set aside any tradition at any time if it ceases to be edifying to the Church.
Preferences are the cultural beliefs or practices which are not based directly on our interpretations of the Bible. These include dress code, hair length, musical style, and forms of worship. In such things, we are all free in Christ provided we avoid sin.
At Harvest Community Church we are determined to keep the main thing – the main thing, to preach and teach Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen. We live in unity in the midst of our diversity. In absolutes we stand in unity. In convictions, we stand in love. In traditions, we stand in openness. In preferences, we stand in acceptance.
As we read the word of God, we seek to identify the meaning of the text as it was intended and what the Lord was conveying to us through this writing. Care must be used to learn to keep the teaching in context and applicable to today’s life.
Texts for Study:
I Chronicles 4:9-10; Romans 14:5-19; Colossians 2:8; Mark 7:8-9, 11; I Corinthians 2:2; Psalms 133:1; Ephesians 4:3, 13