What is Christianity Explored
Christianity Explored is a 7 week journey that offers you time and space to think about life’s biggest questions. Throughout the 7 weeks you will discover more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith: Jesus Christ.
What Happens At Christianity Explored
We will meet every Thursday night from April 12th to May 24th. Each session is relaxed and informal, running from 7-8:30p. You will have the opportunity to ask questions or just sit and listen to others. You are able to participate as much or as little as you’d like and you will never be asked to pray, sing or read aloud. You also don’t need to know anything about the Bible to participate!
True to its name, Discover Harvest is a great way to begin to get connected at Harvest Bible Chapel Durham. We invite you to come learn more about our church, hear the vision we share, and meet some of our ministry leaders.
Come join us at one of our upcoming Discover Harvest events, we welcome your whole family.
At Harvest Bible Chapel Durham our passion is to see Lost people saved, saved people matured, and mature people multiplied – all to the glory of God. We invite you to come check out Harvest 101 where we will look at what it means to be a mature disciple of Jesus Christ who Worships Him, Walks with Him, and Works for Him.
If you’re looking to learn more about being baptized, joining a Small Group, serving at Harvest, and what it means to be a member of our church, Harvest 101 is the class for you!
If you’ve not been baptized since placing your faith in Jesus for forgiveness of sins, the Word of God says that this is the initial act in a life of worship.
What We Believe About Baptism:
The Practice of the Early Church: This reveals the application of the Lord’s words by those who heard Him speak. We read concerning the converts on the Day of Pentecost: “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41). Additional examples of apostolic practice include Acts 8:33-38; 10:44-48; 16:31-33; and 18:8.
Believers –“those who received his word were baptized” (Acts 2:41 ). The eunuch confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Philip baptized him (Acts 8:30-28). The jailer at Philippi “was baptized at once, he and all his family… he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.” (Acts 16:33-34 ).
Receivers of the Holy Spirit –While Peter was preaching to Cornelius, “the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:44-48 ).
Note: We conclude that baptism is limited to disciples, believers, or those who have received the Holy Spirit. These different designations refer to the same people –namely, Christians. Therefore, all who were baptized before conversion must be baptized again, since baptism is a post-conversion act of obedience.
Identification with the Church –“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41).
The Example –The examples of baptism recorded in Scripture imply immersion (Mark 1:10; Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38-39).
Upcoming Baptism Services
Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire of our next baptism service.
I Would Like to be Baptized
Disciples Striving Together Toward Maturity
God’s word tells us that we are to walk with Christ in community. Therefore, the purpose of Small Groups is to minister to and encourage one another in our walk with Him. We like to think of our Small Groups as disciples striving together toward maturity…
I understand the importance of leading an orderly life. I will come to my Small Group meeting prepared and therefore ready to participate.
I understand that God has gifted me to serve others. I will come to Small Group not merely to receive but to give of myself to benefit the body.
(1 Pet 4:10; Eph 4:11–12; 1 Cor 12:7)
I understand that trustworthiness and showing honour are critical. I will not engage in gossiping personal information that is revealed in my Small Group. (Pro 11:13; Rom 12:9–21)
I understand that we are all works in progress. I will not judge others with harshness nor hypocrisy. (Phil 3:12; Eph 4:2; Matt 7:1–5)
I understand the importance of mutual accountability in striving toward holiness. I will welcome insight into my own life and will give insight into others’. (Ps 141:5; Pro 27:6; 28:23; Matt 7:1–5; Rom 15:14; Gal 4:16; 6:1)
I understand that others should have the opportunity to be blessed by a Small Group the way I am. I will be willing to welcome new members and multiply groups to further God’s work. (Phil 2:1–11)
I understand the power of prayer. I will pray for our church, our leaders, and the members of our Small Group. (2 Cor 1:11; Eph 6:18; Phil 1:19; 1 Thes 5:25)
I understand that seeking God is vital. I will spend regular time in God’s word. (Deut 6:4–9; Ps 42:1; Ps 63; Ps 119; 1 Pet 2:2)
I understand that the watching world needs to hear about The Lord. I will pursue opportunities to share the good news of Jesus with those who don’t know him. (Matt 28:19–20; Col 4:2–6)
Serving In The Church
The Apostle Paul commands the body of Christ to “serve one another” through love (Galatians 5:13). When we work for Christ by putting to good use the gifts and abilities He’s given us, He is glorified as we look more and more like Him for the good of others…
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)
- Anywhere there is a need
- Facilities set-up/tear-down
- Resource Centre
- Worship Team
- Harvest Kids
If you desire to make Harvest your home, where you’re connected with others who worship, walk with, and work for Christ, join with us in making a formal commitment.
I affirm, believe and support the teaching of this church. And God says the believers had all things in common including devotion to the Apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42–47). I desire to associate with people of like mind and conviction and embrace the authority of God’s Word in my life and the life of the church.
I share the same ministry goals as Harvest. And God says that believers are to be committed to one another for the sake of spiritual impact (Ephesians 4:16). I believe that Jesus has work to do in the Durham Region and around the world, and I am willing to join with others who have the same vision to see that it gets done.
I accept responsibility for a group of fellow believers in the family of God. And that is God’s plan as well (Galatians 6:1–2, 10). I want to be part of a caring network of people, sharing one another’s joys and sorrows, and helping one another grow through worship, Bible study and fellowship.
I am accountable to mature brothers and sisters in Christ for my walk with God. And God warns against spiritual autonomy (Hebrews 13:17, Matthew 18:15–20). I want to receive the guidance, equipping, and assistance necessary to remain on target and I do not want to go it alone in standing for Jesus Christ.
I accept responsibility for how things are done here. And God says that is how it should be (1 Corinthians 12:20–27). Elders, deacons, and other church leaders are called from within and serve the congregation. I believe every member needs to contribute their unique gifting and passion to contribute to a healthy body.
- I have, by faith, become a follower of Jesus Christ and I have been baptized as a visible way of demonstrating that commitment.
- Because a disciple worships Christ, I will seek to attend and fully participate in the weekly worship service of Harvest Durham.
- Because a disciple walks with Christ, I will seek to maintain consistent disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and personal witness. I will walk in fellowship with others at Harvest by participating in the Small Group ministry. To maintain our unity in fellowship, I will neither criticize nor listen to criticism concerning any member(s) of this body, and will, when personally offended, speak directly and lovingly with those involved.
- Because a disciple works for Christ, I will seek a place to serve within Harvest that corresponds to my spiritual gifts and passions. I will financially support the work of Harvest by faithfully giving back to the Lord a biblical portion of my increase.