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Finding an authoritative source
of truth today is something that many believe is a useless pursuit. At Harvest
Bible Chapel, we believe just the opposite. God has given us a source of truth
called the Bible. We believe so strongly about the Word of God that we have
included "Bible" as the middle name of our church.
Plenty of people talk about God, analyze the text of Scripture, even dispense
Bible information, but finding anointed, passionate preaching that leads to
personal life transformation can be a challenge.
We believe and practice preaching where the preacher has been gripped by the
Spirit and then brings a message with power and authority, so that his hearers
are stilled by Almighty God as he grabs their souls with Holy Spirit
Throughout the gospel accounts of
Jesus' life, the people's response to his teaching was amazement at the authority with which he taught (Matthew 7:28-29). His servants who
proclaim the Word today carry authority from him to peach and be prepared
always to correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful
instruction (2 Timothy 4:2).
Jesus didn't couch his teaching with endless explanations of
the Bible to gain the hearers' respect. He didn't bury the truth beneath both
sides of the argument, multiple interpretations, and endless
qualifications. He was never evasive when dealing with the hard edge of the
truth. Above all, he did not try to make his hearers comfortable, and he never
chased after those who walked away remarking, "This is a hard saying, who
can accept it?" (John 6.60, 66).
The psalmist records that God has
exalted above all things his name and his Word (Psalm 138:2). People all around
us are grasping for answers and are looking for a place where equivocation is
out and absolute truth is in. We are trying to be that kind of
church. Though we are still learning about what it means to bring a biblical
message of authority and urgency - to really speak for God - we hold
that calling as one of the pillars upon which we rest.
Without this kind of preaching as a
component of our worship, we simply experience God the way we want him to be.
We write the songs, including the parts about him we like and we avoid the
rest. We speak to him (in our singing) thinking that we experience God more
when we speak to him than when he speaks to us.
But without careful exposition
of the whole counsel of God, alongside our singing to God, we are in danger of
worshiping a God that we have made with our own hands (Isaiah 2.8).
When attending a service at Harvest,
you can expect solid teaching from the Word which consumes about half of the
time we spend together. We encourage those who attend Harvest to bring their
Bible with them and to be prepared to follow along in our study of the Word and
even to make notes in their Bible. Generally we use the English Standard Version (ESV), but in our teaching we will often refer to verses from other