WHO WE ARE

Harmony Community Church was planted in 2004 and has existed to make the name and Gospel of Jesus Christ known ever since. We love the people of the community and our message for Harmony is clear. For we believe that the hope for Harmony and the nations is the Gospel. We believe that the Gospel is the “power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”. We desire to saturate the community and the world with the good news of Christ’s Gospel by proclaiming it with love and clarity, and by practicing good deeds that glorify Jesus. We desire to serve and be a blessing to Harmony with our words and with our actions.

CORE BELIEFS

The Word of God

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It tells us of God’s initiative to rescue us from sin and its consequences through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the key to the interpretation of the whole Bible. The Holy Spirit of God directed human authors to write down just what He wanted. When the Bible was originally written, it was without error. The Bible is true and trustworthy, telling us everything we need to know to please God and find meaning and fulfillment. It is the highest authority for everything we believe and do. (Mk 13:31; Jn 8:31-32; Acts 20:32; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21)

The Trinity

There is only one true God, and God simultaneously exists in three persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally deserving of worship and honor. The three persons of the Trinity have distinct, but complimentary roles in the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan. (Gen 1:1,26; Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; Jn 1:1,3; 4:24; Rom 1:19-20; Eph 4:5-6)

The Father

The Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is infinite (having no beginning or end) and knows all things (past, present, and future), yet He wants to interact with you on a personal level. The Father is perfect in every quality and virtue. He has the power and integrity to keep all of His promises. (Mt 23:9; Lk 10:21-22; Jn 3:16; 6:27; Rom 1:7; 1 Tim 1:1-2; 2:5-6; 1 Pet 1:3; Rev 1:6)

The Son, Jesus Christ

Jesus is the second person of the Trinity. He is the unique Son of God who always existed with the Father. Jesus entered human history: God became man, was born to Mary while she was still a virgin, and had no original sin. He then lived his entire life free from any sin. He performed miracles and taught with authority, giving evidence of His position in the Trinity. Jesus was murdered by being nailed to a cross. He died willingly and His blood provides the perfect and only sacrifice for sin. Jesus was buried in a tomb. On the third day after His death He came back to life, demonstrating that His sacrifice for sin on our behalf was accepted by the Father. Jesus returned to heaven and is our advocate in the presence of the Father. (Mt 1:18-25; 20:28; Lk 1:26-38; Jn 1:1; 20:28,30-31; Acts 1:11; Rom 5:6-8; 6:9-10; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 1:4-5; 1 Pet 2:21-24; Heb 7:25; 9:28)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is the One who shows people how they violate God’s standard of perfection. He shows them what is good and right and lets them know there will some day be a judgment. He gives God’s people spiritual life and special abilities for service. The Holy Spirit lives in every person who has their sins forgiven by Jesus Christ. He is consistent in His help, teaching and causing people to change from the inside out until they are just like Jesus. (Jn 3:6-8; 14:14-26; 15:26-27; 16:7-14; Rom 8:8, 13-14, 26-29; 12:4-8; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:11,19; 12:1-31; 2 Cor 3:16-18; Gal 4:29; 5:18; Eph 3:16; 4:1-13; 2 Th 2:13; 2 Tim 1:7; Tit 3:5; Rom 15:16)

The Nature of the Atonement (The Person and Objective Work of Jesus Christ)

Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Isaiah 64:6 tells us that “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” to God. It is because of the sin that entered the world through the first man Adam that man is separated from God. Thus, man asks how a person might be reconciled to Him. The answer is that there is only one way to be reconciled to God and that is through His Son, Jesus.

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He came in the form of man, but was fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect and sinless life even though He faced the same temptations people face every day. Then after a thirty three year earthly ministry, He at His own will suffered and died on the cross. On the third day after His death, Jesus rose from the dead, thus defeating death and showing the ultimate evidence that He was who He claimed to be, God and Savior. For the next forty days Jesus allowed himself to be seen by many before He was ascended in bodily form into heaven. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father where He makes intercession on behalf of the believer.

By the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Christ, God made it possible for any person who put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to be reconciled to God. This was made possible because at the cross Jesus was made the propitiation (wrath absorbing sacrifice) for the sins of those who would put their trust in Him as Lord and Savior. It is because of this that when a person places their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they become a beneficiary of the great exchange. This is where the believer receives the righteousness of Christ, while Christ takes on the sin of the believer.

Salvation to Individuals, Including Faith, Repentance, Justification, Sanctification, and the Holy Spirit’s Role

We believe the following regarding the salvation of an individual. In order to be saved one must have faith in God and repent of their sins. Faith is a sincere belief and trust in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Repentance is the turning away from sin and turning to Christ.

Once a person has believed the gospel and put their trust in Christ, turning from sin and turning to Him, that person is immediately justified and then progressively sanctified. Justification is when the now believing sinner is declared no longer under the penalty of the law, but is instead now restored to God’s favor. Sanctification means to be set apart. Sanctification is a process in which God makes the believer more Christ like.

The Holy Spirit’s role in all of this is that it is He who regenerates (Titus 3:5), baptizes (1 Corinthians 12:13), indwells (1 Corinthians 6:19), seals the believer (2 Corinthians 1:22), and fills the believer (Acts 2:4).

The Nature of Biblical Revelation, Including its Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority

We believe that the Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God. The Bible informs us that God has spoken to men through angels (Genesis 18,19; Daniel 9; Luke 1,2; Matthew 28; Acts 8,12), through dreams (Genesis 28; Matthew 1,2), through visions (Genesis 46; Daniel 10; Acts 9,10; Revelation), through the casting of lots (Acts 1). In addition, God has spoken to man directly in a verbal manner (Genesis 3, 6, 12; Exodus 20; Joshua 1; 1 Kings 17; Jeremiah 1). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Thus God speaks to men through His word, the Old and New Testament.

We believe that the Bible is inspired by God, as we believe that it was the Holy Spirit who gave man the words to jot down. Thus we believe that because the Bible is the actual Word of God, we believe that it is authoritative, trustworthy, and without error.

The Nature of the Church, Including its Mission and Purpose

We believe that the church is the total body of Christ (living and departed believers). Christ Himself is the head of the church. The purpose of the church is to love, worship, and glorify God. The mission of the church is to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28 19-20).

The End of Time

One day Jesus Christ will make a bodily return to the earth to set up His kingdom. Every person who has ever lived will be brought before God for a final judgment. Those who have not come to faith in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Hell, separated from God’s loving favor where there is nothing but evil and endless suffering. Those who have experienced spiritual birth will live in the joyous presence of God forever. (Mt 16:27; Mk 14:62; Jn 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 4:5; 15:20-24,35-58; Phil 3:20; 1 Th 4:14-18; 2 Th 1:6-10; 2 Tim 4:1; Tit 2:13; Rev 20:4-15)

VALUES

Gospel

Preaching and teaching that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, the central message of the Word of God.

Family

Empowering families to grow in Christ, together.

Serving

Sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways by meeting the needs of individuals and the community.

Mercy

Ministering to the orphaned and oppressed in a way that reflects the Glory of God.

Missional Living

Communal responsibility for Gospel sharing with the community and to the nations.

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