What We Believe

At Harvest we…

Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to: Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, believers and agnostics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, those of all classes and abilities. 
Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.
Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes.
Strive for peace and justice among all people.
Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth.  God’s creation matters to us and it’s beauty and natural resources are important to us as a congregation.
Commit to a path of lifelong learning, compassion, and selfless love.
We welcome all races and ethnicities and realize that there is so much to be done to heal the systematic and historical abuses perpetuated against the BIPOC community.
We are not a political church.  We don’t support one party or the other.  We don’t believe either party is the Christian party.  We believe most issues are nuanced and require much thought and careful consideration that most religious environments don’t make space for.

Our Tips On How To Read The Bible

The Bible is its own best teacher! It’s not arranged like an encyclopedia. You can’t go to chapter 1 and read all about God, then go to chapter 2, to read all about Jesus, etc.

We process the Bible with a  progressive hermeneutic which means we generally read the Bible through a lens that values the dignity of all of God’s creation.

To get you started…

Read “Mark.”(It goes chronologically)
Read “Matthew.” (It has detailed events & adds more about Jesus.)
Read “John.” (It contains a lot of the life of Jesus, especially his last two weeks before the crucifixion.)
Read “Luke” then “Acts.” (Both written by Apostle Paul’s traveling companion Luke. Acts is a continuation of Luke. It describes the early church.)
Read “Galatians.” (Explains why we’re not bound by the laws of the Old Testament.)
Then read the rest of the New Testament, starting at Romans and going to Revelation.

Your voyage through God’s Word will be the best journey you take!

You will laugh and you will cry. It has everything that makes a very good book, and lots more. The Bible will teach you the most important things for this life and the one to come. It is what you live by!

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