Harvest Baptist Church of Warren County was incorporated in November of 2013 with a handful of founding members and a pastor with a heart for Warren County. The church's first service was held on Sunday December 1, 2013 in property leased from Dutchman Hospitality, at the site of the former Carlisle Gifts Building. The property had been abandoned since the tragic fire in the kitchen of the landmark Der Dutchman Restaurant, located within yards of the Carlisle Gifts building. The Lord blessed us with a landlord that wished to see the Lord's hand at work in the area, and with a large amount of prayer and faith, the church purchased the 42 acre property in February of 2016. The congregation has since grown strong and vibrant, in ages from birth to retirement, with the Lord's blessings.
We believe that we worship the Lord individually all week long as we read our Bibles, pray for others, serve in our communities, and acknowledge His Lordship over every aspect of our lives. But there’s something special that happens when we come together to worship. We are encouraged by one another, and we can bear each other’s burdens. We can celebrate what God has been doing in our individual lives since the last time we met to worship together.
We believe the worship of the Lord through music and song is quite similar. We believe that when we gather at church to worship together, it should be a celebration of the musical worship that has been offered individually all week long.
At Harvest baptist church, we revere and celebrate the timeless truths and encouragement of time-tested, traditional hymns of the faith but we also embrace the God-honoring worship music being created by today’s worship leaders and songwriters. It moves us into honest, heartfelt worship in our cars and homes, and we believe it can do the same in the church.
That is why you have our pledge that each worship service will seamlessly blend both old and new music, treating both as the equals. Our prayer is that you will incorporate these songs into your individual worship throughout the week, so that when we come together on Sundays our musical worship can truly be a celebration of what the Lord has done in our hearts throughout the week.
what we believe
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the authorized version is without error, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. On that day they both died spiritually and every person born of man likewise. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, quickened and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized (spiritually) into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances are a picture of their salvation, done in remembrance of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. If man stays in his unregenerate state he is condemned already to spend eternity in a real lake of fire separate from his Creator. Whereas his children will spend forever in fellowship with Him ever to the praise of His glorious grace forever Amen.