Harvest Baptist Church

"The Lighthouse of Pasco County"

What We Believe

                                        WE BELIEVE IN:

1. The Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, their sufficiency and supreme authority in matters of faith and practice, and the right and duty of private judgment of their interpretation. (Psalm 19:7-11; I Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:16-21; John 16:12-16)

* Note: We believe that God's inspired Words are preserved in the King James Bible for English speaking peoples.

2. The unity of the Godhead and the divine co-equality of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit therein. (Matthew 3:16,17; John 1:1; John 20:28; Titus 2:13; Matthew 26:63, 64; Acts 5:3,4; I Corinthians 3:16; Matthew 28:19)

3. The Incarnation of the Son of God, whose work of atonement and satisfaction to God in substitution for sinners by His death on the Cross, His resurrection, ascension, and His mediatorial intercession for His people. (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:14; Matthew 1:18,20,23; II Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 2:9, Titus 2:14; I Peter 2:24; Romans 4:25; Hebrews 9:12,24; Hebrews 7:23-25; I John 2:1; Romans 8:34)

4. The justification of the sinner solely by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the responsibility of all to believe and obey the Gospel. (Romans 5:1; Romans 1:17; Romans 3:28; Mark 16:15; II Peter 3:9; Luke 13:3; John 3:18; Acts 10:43; II Thessalonians 1:8)

*Note: To obey the Gospel is to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31)

By faith, one must receive Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, and in so doing is born into the family of God. (John 1:12,13; John 3:3,7 ; II Corinthians 5:17)

5. The total depravity of Man's nature in consequence of the Fall and Sovereignty of God in the election, calling and final perseverance of the believer. (Romans 3:23; Psalms 58:3; Psalms 51:5; Ephesians 1:4,5; Romans 8:29-30; Philippians 1:6; I John 5:13; John 3:36; John 10:28)

*Note: God’s election is due to His foreknowledge (I Peter 1:2). God did not choose some to go to Heaven and some to go to Hell. God is not willing that any should perish (II Peter 3:9). He tasted death for every man because He so loved the world (Hebrews 2:9; John 3:16).

The perseverence of the saints simply means that one cannot lose his salvation once he has received it.  This is because God preserves the saint (believer) by giving him a new perfect nature (Ephesians 4:24; I John 3:9; II Corinthians 5:17). The saint (saved one), because he, on this side of eternity, still has his old nature (Ephesians 4:22) is still capable of doing wrong. God may need to chastise him (I Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:8) for disobedience, but it is impossible for him to go to Hell for his sin(s) because Jesus took care of that for him on the cross. God gives us eternal life not temporary life (I John 5:13).

6. The work of the Holy Spirit in conversion and sanctification in the ministry. (I Corinthians 6:11; John 3:8; Titus 3:5; Galatians 5:16; I Peter 1:2, 22; II Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 6:18; Acts 20:28; Acts 13:4)

7. The Pre-millennial Advent, the Reign and Judgment of our Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the Body, the everlasting blessedness of the righteous and the everlasting punishment of the wicked. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-54; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 19:11-21; John 14:3; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 20:11-15)

*Note: We also believe in the pre-tribulational rapture (translation) of all the redeemed to meet the Lord in the air            (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

8. The divine institution of the church, obligation and perpetuity of the ordinances of Believer's Baptism and the Lord's Supper. (Ephesians 5:23-32; I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:18-20)

*Note: Neither Believer’s Baptism nor the Lord’s Supper is necessary to receive or keep one’s salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10).