What’s in the name Baptist?
This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church: baptism and the Lord’s supper. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church: pastors and deacons. As Christians, we are to live a holy for the Lord in every aspect of our life.
What does it mean to be an independent church?
As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. We get to work with thousands of incredible churches and ministries all across America and the world. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body.
Do you have other questions?
If there’s something we missed, just contact us, or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Harvest Baptist Church will be great! We hope you’ll feel right at home from the very moment you step in the door!