We let the Bible set the agenda for our preaching and teaching. The point of the Bible passage is the point of the Sunday sermon, so we seek to explain the truths of Scripture and then apply them to modern life. Our typical approach to a sermon series is to preach through a book of the Bible from start to finish, studying books from both the Old and New Testaments. This main approach is supplemented periodically by sermons that expound the Bible’s teaching on various timely topics that Christians face as followers of Jesus today.
The main message of the Bible is the Gospel of Jesus, and from beginning to end, each part of the Bible contributes something to this story. Since the Bible centers on the Gospel, so does our teaching and our ministry emphasis at Harvest. We’re a Gospel-centered church that builds Gospel-shaped people for a Gospel-needing world.
The Bible teaches that the ultimate purpose of life is to glorify God, and that we are most satisfied when God is most glorified. Our lives are about Him rather than ourselves; and, as a church, we’re committed to building this truth into our everyday experience.
Churches are communities. God intends Christians to be in relationship with one another, so we aspire to be relational in everything we do. In the Bible, God tells us that we need one another in order to grow spiritually; our lives change when God’s Spirit opens our hearts to God’s Word in the midst of God’s People.
Joy cannot be superficial, so Harvest is a safe place where we deal with the real issues of life. People need answers to life’s hard realities and we believe God provides those answers in the Bible; so, we let God instruct us on all topics as we teach the Scriptures. And when we walk with God in all things what we find is that He is the source of true joy. We want this authentic joy to pervade our church as we celebrate God’s goodness with warmth and laughter. We take God very seriously, and ourselves not to seriously! And we have a blast doing it.