At the Harvest We Believe…
there is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving, and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent.
the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.
the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s Kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven, and is now alive today, in the presence of God the Father and in His people. He is “true God” and “true man”.
we are saved by God’s grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through repenting, believing, and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.
in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life and minister supernaturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have God’s power to be his witnesses.
the victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy- sin, lies, sickness and torment.
the Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave his church the ordinances of Baptism and Communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, discipling the nations, baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.
in the ever increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule and reign with His overcoming bride- the church.
Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death.
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.
The verses and chapter breaks are placed in scriptures by man, so read by paragraph. These too are man-made, but they conform better to the original language. BEFORE YOU START forget all you’ve ever heard about Jesus, God, and the Bible. Don’t be influenced by what you “want” it to say. Pray first before opening God’s Word. Ask for guidance to be able to accept what is written and apply it to your life. JUST DO IT Begin in the New Testament. It’s too easy to get bogged down in the Old Testament. Don’t try to prove your belief in what you are reading. Human nature will want to take ideas out of context. If it doesn’t make sense, reread it. If it’s still unclear, write it down and come back to it later. Take one scripture at a time and ask God to help you understand what it means for you today. As you do, your hunger for the Word will grow more and more!
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!