Jesus shows us what The Father is like.
Jesus restores intimacy with The Father.
Jesus shows us how to live.
Jesus is our brother and friend.
Jesus gives us hope.
The Father is good. He is for us, not against us.
The Father is loving, He is not angry.
The Father is forgiving, He is not condemning.
The Father calls us sons and daughters, not slaves.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a person.
The Holy Spirit is God’s promised gift to us.
The Holy Spirit is the abiding presence of God.
The Holy Spirit guides and directs us.
The Holy Spirit empowers.
The Church is the people, not the building.
The Church is a body, not an organization.
The Church belongs to Jesus.
The Church is a family.
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:
Relationally received the gospel of Jesus Christ with gladness. (v. 41)
Relationally submitted themselves to the equipping ministry and pastoral oversight of the apostolic leadership team. (v. 42)
Relationally engaged with the other members in frequent fellowship, communion and prayer. (v. 42)
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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