Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original
manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all
matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are
equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of
creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; John 1:1,3;
Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  
We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and
answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; 17:1-5; Ephesians 1:3-6)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His
virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings.  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily
resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return
to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14-18; Romans 3:25, 9:5; I Corinthians 15;
Titus 2:13)

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin,
righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.  
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper,
teacher and guide. (John 3: 1-8, 16:4-15,15:16; I Corinthians 3:10-13, I Corinthians 12,
Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16-25)

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under
condemnation.  We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are
regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (John 3:5-7; Romans 3:23-26; 8:9-17; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6;  Ephesians
2:8-10; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; Peter 1:23)

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all
regenerated persons are members.  We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers
in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith and associated for worship, work, and
fellowship.  We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of
giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Matthew 16:13-28; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12:14;
Hebrews 10:24-25)

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their
conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their
possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity
in Christ. (John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Matthew 25:31-46; Ephesians 2:10; 4:17-5:21;
Philippians 2:1-18)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and
the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the
name of the triune God to show forth our solemn faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior -
signifying our death to sin and resurrection to new life.  We believe that the Lord’s supper was
instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and should be preceded always by solemn
self-examination.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the
return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; 10:47-48; 18:8; Romans 6:3-5;
I Corinthians 11:23-28; 12:13)

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all
matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any
ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having
different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

We believe that the local church can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one
another in a denominational organization.  Such an organization, whether a regional or district
Conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches.  Cooperation in a Conference is voluntary
and may be terminated at any time.  Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational
fellowships on a voluntary basis. (Acts 15:22-31)

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of
His kingdom.  We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the
righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Matthew 24:36;
2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 John 3:2)

We believe that all true believers who are born again by the Spirit by God the Father for Jesus Christ
and sealed by the Holy Spirit. (John 3:16,10:28-29,20:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians1:6;
Ephesians 4:30; Jude 1: I John 5:13)

By fostering false teachings that deny the blood of Jesus Christ and salvation by grace alone and
ruthless in his efforts to destroy God’s plan of salvation.  We believe he counterfeits the work of God by
fostering false teachings that deny the blood of Jesus Christ and salvation by grace alone. Furthermore,
we believe that he is destined to the judgment of eternal justice in Hell. Furthermore, we believe that
he is destined to the judgment of eternal justice in Hell. (Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12; II Corinthians 4:
3-4, 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2, 6:10-12; II Thessalonians 2:3-4; I Timothy 4:1-3; Revelation 20:10)

We believe and teach the literal, inerrant, historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief
that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation is six days and that man was created by the
expressed Will of God and not by evolution. (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)

We believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.  That God instituted
marriage as a great unifying blessing, bonding the male and female in His creation and together share
in the divine nature of God.  We also believe that a homosexual lifestyle (as in any other sin) and same
sex marriage are not congruent with the Holy Scriptures. (Geneses 1:26-30; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark
10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 6:8-10)
Harvest Church is a part of the
Minnesota - Iowa Baptist Conference
Converge Worldwide
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