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OUR BELIEFS

  • WE BELIEVE that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired

    and therefore inerrant, Word of God. It is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

  • WE BELIEVE that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    And that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name. Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31; 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6.

  • WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God

    taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will, at the end of the age, be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels. Matthew 12:25-29; 25:41; John 12:31; 16:11; Ephesians 6:10-20; Colossians 2:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9; 20:10.

  • WE BELIEVE that Adam was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin

    In consequence of his disobedience, Adam’s posterity are born subject to both imputed and inherent sin, and are therefore wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God. Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18; 5:12-21;Ephesians 2:1-3.

  • WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man

    that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By the blood of His cross He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2.

  • WE BELIEVE that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone

    No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also enables us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7,9.

  • WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit

    in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15; Acts 4:29-30; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18.

  • WE BELIEVE that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper

    are the two ordinances of the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not means of salvation but channels of God’s grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21.

  • WE BELIEVE that the church is God’s primary instrument through

    which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.

  • WE BELIEVE that God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations

    and especially to remember the poor of the earth, especially orphans and widows and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God. Isaiah 58:6-12; 61:1; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:18; 21:1-4; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8.

  • WE BELIEVE in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of the age

    when He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom. We also believe in and are praying for a great end-time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious church that will experience an unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit. Psalms 2:7-9; 22:27-28; John 14:12; 17:20-26; Romans 11:25-32; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28,50-58; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 7:9-14.

  • WE BELIEVE that when the Christian dies he/she passes immediately into the blessed presence of Christ

    there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and glorious transformation of the body. The saved will then forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great Triune God. We also believe that when the unbeliever dies he/she is consigned to hell, there to await the day of judgment when he/she shall be punished with eternal separation from the presence of God. Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:19-26; 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-22:15.

CHURCH PARTNERSHIP

What it means to be a member of the New Testament Church of Jesus Christ can be seen through the story of its inception as recorded in Acts 2:40-47. This portion of scripture outlines a relational approach to community, which provides the biblical framework for church membership– which we at The Harbour Church call partnership.

The Lord counted the members of this New Testament family of believers to be those who:

  • #01RECEIVE

    Relationally received the gospel of Jesus Christ with gladness. (v. 41)

  • #02SUBMIT

    Relationally submitted themselves to the equipping ministry and pastoral oversight of the apostolic leadership team. (v. 42)

  • #03ENGAGE

    Relationally engaged with the other members in frequent fellowship, communion and prayer. (v. 42)

  • #04 CONNECT

    Relationally connected their heart to what the Holy Spirit was doing in their midst by the giving of their treasure, which was their time, talents and financial resources. (v. 43-46)

BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

Ephesians 4:11 says that Jesus has called some in the Body of Christ to function as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. According to the text, these gifts are given to the Body for two purposes: equipping the saints for the work of ministry and edifying the Body of Christ. As the following verses promise, when these gifts function in their correct purpose, “…we (will) all come into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).

We believe that God’s design is for a local church to be led and shepherded by a team of Ephesians 4:11 equippers; and we believe this takes place when a number of equippers function as a team of elders (Acts 14:23, 16:4, 20:17, 20:28, 1 Timothy 5:1, 5:17-21, 1 Peter 5:1-5). The members of this team are ordained and set in place by a lead elder, which in many church settings today is referred to as a Senior Pastor.

The lead elder’s role is to serve the other team elders by moderating, coordinating, envisioning and motivating, while functioning in the specific Ephesians 4:11 gift(s) that God has given him. This team works together to facilitate spiritual maturity in the life of every believer.

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