Truths that Guide Us
As we try to define our practice of faith at Harvest, we see three primary sections.
ABSOLUTES. These are the unchanging foundations and fundamentals of Christian faith, and to deny these absolute truths, is to deny the essence of Christianity. You will find that they are non-negotiable terms of Christian faith and theology. These Absolutes we have codified in our Constitution and we refer to them as our Statement of Faith.
CONVICTIONS. These are based on our interpretation of the Bible in areas other than the absolutes. We would take the stand that Bible-believing Christians can disagree on these issues without causing a question of salvation or commitment to the Absolutes.
TRADITIONS and PREFERENCES. You will find that a lot of what has been instilled in all of us over time will fit into this category. Because we were raised with certain traditions, we tend to make them synonymous with the truth. They may be carried out simply because we have grown accustomed to them. While these issues may have value with the individual, we are not bound by them. You may initially find that many things that would be a cause for disagreement will actually fit into this category. We use the scripture as the guide to consider each of these sections.
At Harvest, each believer is expected to study the scriptures and form an understanding of matters of Christian faith. We will, at times, use traditions and preferences within the activities at Harvest Community Church. These traditions and preferences should only find value in each of our lives to the degree that they promote or advance the gospel and the well-being of God’s church. At Harvest, we are willing to set aside traditions and preferences at any time if they cease to edify the church.
Here at harvest, we are determined to keep the main thing, the main thing. We must put the preaching and teaching about Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection in front of all other things. We seek to live in unity in the midst of diversity. Our Absolutes are absolute, our Convictions are shared and considered in love, and our Traditions and Preferences are viewed with grace, openness and acceptance.