MISSION & VISION
We are a community based congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua the Messiah, dedicated to proclaiming and advancing the gospel of the Kingdom of God though faith in Yeshua and Spirit-led, Torah based discipleship in order to lead people into a life giving, transformational, and sustainable experience with the only true and living God. Mark 1:14-15; Matthew; 28:18-20; John 17:17; Luke 4:18-19
By the grace and providence of God we purpose to replicate and plant new community based congregations of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua the Messiah who are dedicated to our Mission. We aim to influence every realm of society, in this generation and for generations to come, for the glory of Messiah and His Kingdom until He returns to judge the living and the dead.
ESSENTIAL STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. THE SCRIPTURES – We believe the Bible (The Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures in their original autographs) is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. The product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit and we accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (II Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
2. THE UNITY OF GOD - We believe that there is one God, YHWH, revealed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Gen.18; Is. 48:16; John 1:1-2, 14-18; John 10:30; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-15).
3. YESHUA THE MESSIAH - We believe in the deity of Yeshua HaMashiach (John 1:1-18), in His virgin birth (Is. 9:6; Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25), in His sinless life (Is. 53; II Cor. 5:21; Lk. 1:35), in His miracles (Matt. 4:23-25), in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood (Is. 53; Dan. 9:24-27; Rom. 3:21-31; Heb 9&10), in His bodily resurrection (Zech. 12:10 & ch.14; Matt. 28), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Ps. 110; Ps. 16:10; Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 1:1-3), and in His personal return in power and glory (John 14:1-4 Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15:20-28; Hebrews 9:23-28).
4. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION - We believe that man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." Yeshua, the Messiah, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; I John 3:8). We believe that salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law (Rom. 3:19-25), and is made operative by grace through faith in Yeshua, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8). Moreover we believe that Yeshua is exclusively the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6; John 6:29, 40, 44; I John 5:11-12).
5. RITUAL WATER BAPTISM – We believe in the mandate to be baptized (immersed) in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as a public act of ritual conversion from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, from Satan’s domain to God’s domain. In regards to salvation it is not efficacious, but is intended to signify our repentance of sin and our turning to God by His grace through faith in Yeshua as Lord and Savior. This ritual water baptism is the believer’s public identification with the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-38; Rom. 6:1-8).
6. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by Yeshua the Messiah to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38, 39). The gift of tongues is one of the many manifestations of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4; I Cor. 12:1-11). We believe in the operation of all the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in God's Word. We embrace all of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
7. THE TORAH AND SANCTIFICATION - We believe that the Torah (five books of Moses) is a comprehensive summary of God's foundational laws and ways, as found in both the Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures (Ex. 19 & 20; Deut. 5; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:17-19; Matt. 28:18-20; I Cor. 7:19; II Tim. 3:15-16; Heb. 8:10; Rev. 14:12). Additionally, the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see God. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Heb. 12:14; I Thess. 5:23; II Peter 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor. 1:30; Rev. 14:12). Therefore we encourage all believers, both Jews and Gentiles, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational laws and ways as clarified through the teachings of Messiah Yeshua (Matt. 5:17-19; Matt. 11:28-30).
8. ISRAEL - We believe in God’s everlasting covenant relationship with the Jewish people including the physical (Land of Israel) and the spiritual blessings (Genesis 12:1-3, 17:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-37). In the end times, after tribulation, all of Israel will be saved (Zechariah 14, Romans 11).
9. THE GENTILES – We believe Gentiles who place their faith and trust in Yeshua the Messiah as Lord and Savior, are grafted into Israel through a born again experience. This new birth results in a new identity. This new identity is a child of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As a result, this new child is adopted into the family and ethnos of Israel and becomes a full member and fellow heir of the covenants of promise and blessings made to Israel. The Gentiles who are grafted into Israel do not replace her. Rather, they participate with her as the chosen ones from among the nations who are also called to be a part of His treasured people Israel. In terms of their adoption into the household of God, these newly adopted Gentile children are to be treated as if they were native-born descendants of Jacob. As adopted Gentiles, they shall be accorded all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being full members of the commonwealth of Israel and fellow heirs of the covenants of promise made to her. They do not replace Israel but neither are they excluded. Like the mystery of the unity of God, the two groups are one in Messiah and yet distinct (Ex. 12:37-38; Deut 29:10-15; Deut. 31:9-13; Eze. 47:21-23; Isa. 56:1-8; Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 10:1-18; Acts 15:11; Romans 9-11; I Corinthians 7:17-19; Eph. 1-3).
10. THE RESURRECTION - We believe in the personal, physical return, in power and glory, of Yeshua the Messiah to judge the living and the dead (John 14:1-4 Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15:20-28; Hebrews 9:23-28.) We believe in the physical resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation (Matt: 10:28; John 5:19-29; Rev. 20:11-15)
Commonly, but erroneously called the Old Testament and New Testament.
Although The Harvest is not dogmatic on this pronunciation, significant scholarly opinion holds that YHWH was in Moses’ time approximately pronounced Yahweh or Yahuweh. (Exo. 3:15)
Yeshua: “Salvation”; A shortened form of Yehoshua meaning (Yahweh’s) salvation.
TEN CORE VALUES
The Kingdom: The Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
a. The Kingdom of God is the realm of His rule and reign in heaven and on earth and through all of creation. It is manifest in various ways for all to see (Romans 14:17; 1st Corinthians 4:20).
b. A person enters this glorious and powerful Kingdom through repentance of sin and faith in Yeshua as Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-10; Colossians 1:13-14).
Transformation: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in a Transformed Life.
a. Kingdom citizens are transformed as they yield to the power of the Holy Spirit in them and renew their minds by embracing and trusting in the Holy Scriptures (Rom 12:2; 2 Thess. 2:13; 2 Cor. 3:17 - 18).
b. The gifts of the Holy Spirit enable each believer to effectively represent Yeshua and His Kingdom in unique and powerful ways(1st Cor 12-14).
Localism: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in Vibrant Local Congregations/Communities.
a. The local congregation/community is the Body of Messiah in that location.
b. The local congregation/community is the fundamental manifestation of the greater corporate people of God in the world.
Order: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in Biblical Order.
a. Hierarchy is seen primarily in three Biblical institutions
Civil Government and
The Ecclesia (The Church, beginning with Israel at Sinai and led by Moses)
b. There are levels of balanced and accountable leadership in the Ecclesia (Exo. 18).
c. This is seen in the Apostolic Scriptures in the designations Bishop/Overseer, Elder/Shepherd, Deacon.
Worship: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced thorough Worship in Spirit and Truth.
a. Worship contains formal and structured patterns of liturgy as well as informal and spontaneous forms.
b. It involves our heart and intellect (Jn. 4:23-24).
c. It is restrained and informed by the Truth (Holy Scriptures) (Deut. 12:28-32).
Torah: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in a Yeshua Centered, Spirit Led Observance of Torah (the Yoke of Messiah).
a. Torah is the bedrock of all the Scriptures (Psalm 19:7-11).
b. It is God’s instruction concerning righteousness (Psalm 119:142; 160; 172; 2nd Tim. 3:16).
c. It is interpreted and applied through the lens of the teachings of the Messiah (The Apostolic Scriptures – Matt. 5:17-19; Matt.11-28-30).
Unity: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced Through a Practical Unity.
a. The observance of Torah affords Jewish and Gentile believers the opportunity for practical unity (1st Corinthians 7:19; Heb. 8:10).
b. From observing the annual Holy days to the weekly Shabbat we connect with each other and our nearly 4000 year old ordinances (Exo. 19-20; Exo. 31:12-18; Lev 23; Deut. 5; Rev. 12:17; Rev. 14:12).
Covenants: The Kingdom is Present and Experienced in the Covenants of Promise (the following list is not exhaustive).
a. Adamic/Edenic: Dominion over this World (Gen. 1:26-30).
b. Abrahamic: Justification by faith alone (Gen 12-1-3; 17:1-14; Is. 51:1-2; Rom 4).
c. Mosaic: Nationhood and Sanctification (Exo. 19-20; Deut. 4:13; Exo. 19:9).
c. Davidic: The privilege of Ruling and Reigning (2nd Sam. 7:4-17; Jer. 33:17-26).
e. The New Covenant: A renewal of the promises and provisions of the prior covenants, which were lost through unbelief and disobedience: (Jer. 31:31-37; Lk. 22:1-20; 1st Cor. 11:23-26; Heb 8).
Globalism: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in the discipleship of the Nations (Peaceful Dominion-Missions).
a. Nations are to be discipled not just individuals (Matt.28:18-20; Matthew 25:32).
b. Nations will interact with the New Jerusalem in the future (Rev. 21:24-26).
Phases: The Kingdom is Present and Advanced in Two Phases: Redemptive (Past/Present) and Glorious (Future).
a. Redemptive: (Matt 12:28; Colossians 1:13-14).
b. Glorious: (Rev 20).