OUR PURPOSE IS TO GLORIFY GOD THROUGH THE FULFILLMENT OF THE GREAT COMMISSION IN THE SPIRIT OF THE GREAT COMMANDMENT.
What is the Great Commandment?
In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus says the Great Commandment is this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind… and your neighbor as yourself”.
What is the Great Commission?
The Great Commission is when Jesus tells those who are following Him to “go and make disciples.” It is found in Matthew 28:19-20.
What is a Disciple?
A disciple is a learner, a follower, a person, who is eager to apply the truths Jesus teaches. Disciples aren’t people who think they have it all together and have everything figured out. They’re people in progress – desiring to grow in love, grace, peace, hope and truth.
At Harvest, we describe a disciple by using three simple words: Worship, Walk, Work. No matter which Harvest you attend – in the United States, Canada or abroad – we all use these same words to help us accomplish our purpose.
We believe the disciples of Jesus Christ should minister to one another in the local church. It’s not about one or a small number of pastors bearing the total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. It’s about all disciples using their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry in the context of the vibrant and strong local church (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Our Doctrinal Statement
Our Teaching on Specific Issues
Communion is the commemoration by believers of Christ’s death and a reminder-through the bread and the juice-of the Savior’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is to be a time of confession of our sin and should be preceded by careful self-examination (Acts 4:13; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
The commission is fulfilled as disciples of Jesus Christ are made and grow in their relationship with Him and likeness to Him. God is glorified as we manifest His presence as we do His work (2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
In seeking to act upon the church’s purpose, we recognize the extraordinary value in multiplying the reach of His ministry by planting local churches and by associating with existing, like-minded local churches. God is glorified when Harvest Bible Chapels and other like-minded churches associate with one another in order to foster relationships that edify, protect, encourage, support and admonish.
The governing members, serving as directors of the Harvest Bible Chapel Elders Council, lead the association of Harvest Bible Chapels and affiliating churches and oversee church planting. The Elders Council assists affiliate churches to more effectively spread the Word of God and the ways of God in order to build His kingdom. The Elders Council desires to bless all affiliate churches through the mutual exchange of pulpit and music ministry, consulting services, research, conferences and seed money devoted to church planting and pastoral education programs.
Current Displays of the Gift of Tongues:
- Give unwarranted prominence to the gift, which is described in the New Testament as being only one of many spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
- Emphasize speaking in tongues as the primary manifestation of the Spirit’s work in a person’s life, while minimizing the Spirit’s work in producing a holy life (2 Corinthians 3:17-18; 2 Timothy 1:9), and a life that displays the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
- Often suggest that speaking in tongues is a required proof of being Spirit-filled or of possessing salvation in Christ, even though the Scriptures do not teach this.
Harvest Bible Chapel seeks to prevent the propagation of doctrines that would cause divisions within an individual church. Therefore, members to and adherents of Harvest Bible Chapel are not to propagate the teachings and emphases of the current charismatic movement. Although we do not control personal, individual interactions with the Lord, the expression of tongues and other sign gifts are not to be overtly expressed at meetings that are under the organization and authority of Harvest Bible Chapel.
When psychology and other social sciences step beyond observing human behavior and seek to explain the causes of human behavior, they enter spiritual territory. Only the God of the Scriptures can explain causes and offer solutions that lead to godliness and a fruitful, joyful life. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He changes us as we discipline ourselves through obedience to the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 4:7; 2 Peter 1:5-11).
Each Christian’s passion should be to become more like Christ and fulfill the Great Commandment to love the Lord with the entire heart, soul, mind and strength (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2, Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:30; Matthew 22:37-38).
The Christian who learns and applies the Word becomes mature and, in turn, can help others mature (2 Timothy 2:2).
God chose to create the universe and all that is in it to reveal His glory, divine nature, eternal power, infinite wisdom and supreme authority (Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 19:1-2; Jeremiah 10:12; Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11).
We deny the theory of evolution, which states that nonliving substances gave rise to the first living material, which then reproduced and diversified to produce all living creatures. We believe that all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, whom God created personally and individually and as complete human beings (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:21-22; 1 Corinthians 11:8-9). The fall of Adam and Eve infected all people with sin and death, but the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives the opportunity to receive God’s gift of eternal life (Romans 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
God rules over His creation and cares about and is involved in the lives of individual people (Job 12:10; Acts 17:25; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:13; Ephesians 4:6).
Eternal security in salvation relies on the Lord’s guarantee of each believer’s adoption as His son or daughter (Galatians 4:4-7), and His seal of the believer by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14), and the conviction that God gives the Holy Spirit to each believer as a down payment toward future bliss in heaven (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). A person who professes genuine faith in Christ immediately becomes His possession (Luke 23:42-43; Acts 2:40-41; Acts 16: 30-34), and nothing can snatch that person out of His hands (John 10:27-29). Having been bought with the price of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as complete payment for sin, Christians are not their own. They are Christ’s possession (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). This assurance is absolutely certain, reserved in heaven, protected by God’s unlimited power (1 Peter 1:4-5).
Although it is appropriate to pray in Jesus’ name for protection against demonic activity, the Scriptures do not instruct the Christian to “bind Satan in Jesus’ name.” Rather, the Scriptures instruct the Christian to combat Satan by:
- Humbly drawing near to God, knowing that He will give grace, mercy and strength (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; Hebrews 4:15-16; James 4:8; 1 Peter 5:6-10).
- Resisting his temptations (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
- Rightly applying the truth of the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11; John 8:44; Ephesians 4:24-27).
- Forgiving offenses (2 Corinthians 2:10-11).
- Putting on the armor of God’s truth, righteousness, readiness to share the Gospel, faith, salvation and prayer (Ephesians 6:11-20).
- Demonstrating faithfulness to the Lord by enduring trials (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 2:13; Revelation 3:9-10).
Several tenets guide our worship. We seek to:
- Lift high the name of Jesus Christ (John 4:22-26; John 12:32; John 14:6) Lead God’s people to lift their hearts and voices to Him, giving Him praise and thanks in music and lyric (Nehemiah 12:45-46; Psalm 66:1-4; Psalm 95:1-2).
- Prepare hearts to hear the Lord speak through the proclamation of Scripture (Psalm 95:6-9; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42).
- Emphasize fresh and contemporary expressions while retaining traditional elements that recognize the richness of our heritage in the faith (Deuteronomy 32:7; Psalm 33:3; Isaiah 46:8-9; Ephesians 5:19; Revelation 5:9).
- Pursue excellence in worship, knowing that God is worthy of our best (Exodus 12; Deuteronomy 17:1; Psalm 33:3, 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Hebrews 11:4).
Meeting at a small conference room in September 1988, eighteen men and women came together to form a different kind of church. By God’s hand, Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois has now grown into a healthy, functioning Christian fellowship of over 12,000 individuals meeting in five Chicago area campuses. In 2000, Harvest Bible Chapel began a church planting initiative which has led to growing churches throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world.
In early 2000, a small gathering of people was meeting as a church in Barrie. With no pastor and no building of their own, the group faced the prospect of closing down the ministry. Instead, God birthed in them a vision for greater ministry that would impact not only Barrie, but the whole of Canada. Through a series of God-orchestrated events and meetings, Harvest Bible Chapel Barrie came into being in January of 2001. It was soon followed by Harvest Bible Chapels in Oakville (2004), London and York Region (2006), Muskoka and Cambridge (2008), and Brampton (2009).
IN DURHAM REGION…
In the Durham Region in 2005, a group of young men began to meet regularly to study God’s Word together. The group began to see significant growth as God transformed their lives through His Word. As a result of this season, God gave some of them a desire to be trained for ministry and to plant a church in Canada. In 2006, while some of the men were being trained at The Master’s Seminary in California, a relationship was formed with Harvest Bible Fellowship at a recruitment meeting. This relationship led to the prospect of another Harvest Bible Chapel in Ontario.
At the same time, numerous believers from Durham Region – including many who were a part of that initial Bible Study – began to attend Harvest Bible Chapel York Region in Markham. In 2008, the leadership of Harvest York Region, aware of the large number of people attending from Durham Region and of HBF’s desire to plant in Durham, expressed their desire to play a significant role in this new church plant. In the fall of 2009, the planting of Harvest Bible Chapel Durham was announced and a Launch Team began to form and prepare.
Meanwhile, God had been preparing many in the Durham Region to be involved in this work, and over the course of 2010 many dedicated followers of Jesus Christ made the decision to commit their time, money, energy, prayers, and families to this new work. By the grace of God, Harvest Bible Chapel Durham launched on September 19, 2010 at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School in Whitby. Our passion is to see “lost people saved, saved people matured, and mature people multiplied, all to the glory of God”.
Organization and Charitable Status
Harvest Durham is an incorporated charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Each year the church files an Annual Information form with the Charities Directorate in compliance with federal regulations.
Annual Budget Process
Each fall an operational budget is prepared for review, analysis, questions, and approval by the pastoral staff and elders. Each ministry is required to present a budget alongside a ministry plan for the year. The operating budget is fundamental to our accountability, transparency, and integrity. Staff compensation is approved by non-staff elders and is compared with industry standards in North America to ensure it falls within acceptable parameters when compared to the overall budget of the church.
Monthly Financial Review
Monthly financial statements are prepared and compared to the operational budget to ensure spending is in line with the fulfillment of Harvest Durham’s mission, and approved by the board of directors.
To ensure maximum transparency and assurance Harvest Durham retains an independent auditor to conduct annual audits of its financial statements. These financial statements are audited in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
Confidential Donor Information
Donor information is kept in strict confidence. Per our policies, elders and pastors do not have access to donor information as our Treasurer and Financial Administrator keep this information in strict confidence.
Any questions regarding the budget or the financial statements can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us every Sunday morning at 9am and 11am as we worship our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Donald A. Wilson Secondary School
681 ROSSLAND RD W.
Whitby, Ontario L1P 1Y1
Sunday at 9am & 11am
What to Expect?
Generally speaking, our service begins with worship, led by a band. Most people stand during this time, however, there is complete freedom to be seated if you prefer. The words of all of the songs are projected onto a screen at the front of the worship center. Our hope is that you’ll hear songs you know or can relate to, even if you haven’t been to church in years.
Like most churches we take an offering in our service. If you are a guest, please do not feel obligated to participate in the offering. This is intended for our regular attendees who consider Harvest their church home.
As our guest, we only ask that you take a few moments to complete our Connection Folder which is found at the end of each row. The Connection Folder is used to help us get to know you a bit. It is a place where you can request information, ask for prayer, let us know your thoughts, or just indicate your presence with us. In any case, we use it to pray for you during the week.
Harvest provides practical Bible messages that help you deal with real life issues. What you learn on the weekend, you’ll be able to use during the week.
What should I wear?
At Harvest Bible Chapel, we focus on the heart more than the outward appearance. When you come to one of our weekend services, you will find people dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans or shorts, to as formal as suits and dresses. However, most people find themselves somewhere in the middle–most often wearing business casual.
We do ask that people wear clothing that does not draw attention to themselves. We think that what you wear to church should not detract from the worship experience of others around you. We want all of the attention to go to Jesus Christ.
How can we serve you?
If there is any way that we can be of service to you, or pray for you, please let us know!
31 Baldwin St Unit #3 Brooklin, ON L1M 0A7
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