17795 Wild Horse Creek Rd.
Chesterfield MO 63005
USA

636-394-4444

Sundays @ 10am

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@ 2018 Harvest Bible Chapel – St. Louis West | Chesterfield, MO 63005

what we believe

who we are

OUR MISSION

we exist to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. (Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 22:37-39)

Harvest Bible Chapel St. Louis West is a non-denominational Bible-believing community of followers of Jesus Christ. We are partners with the Highpoint Send Network, Vertical Church Europe, Global Missions Citadel Ministries and nurture other local and international partnerships with churches and like-minded biblical communities. – We depend on the Lord’s promise to build His church (Matthew 16:18), forsaking man-centered, entertainment driven church practices and embracing a Christ-centered, Biblical approach in worship, evangelism, discipleship and serving.

OUR DISTINCTIVES

  • Verse-by-verse expository applicational preaching

  • Passionate Christ-centered contemporary worship

  • Discipleship and Biblical Soul Care through small groups

  • Commitment to Biblical multiplication

  • Clear and direct communication

  • Loving and joyful fellowship

  • Enduring relationships through Biblical forgiveness

the Four pillars

Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology

Lifting high the name of Jesus through worship

Believing firmly in the power of prayer

Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness

The Four Ws

worship

walk

work

witness

The path of authentic discipleship commands a lifetime of following. Growing disciples embrace the process of continual sanctification. This simply means becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus in character and actions. We call the four main areas of focus “The Harvest 4 Ws.” 

 

Faithfulness and intentionality in our pursuit of God in these four simple ways makes possible the biblical goal for discipleship, "to present everyone mature in Christ" (Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 1:28)

Discipleship is to be worked out together in ministry to one another and with one another. Our aim is to package and give away ministry to every faithful follower to provide shepherding care for the entire congregation (Ephesians 4:11-12). When all disciples use their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry, the result is a vibrant and strong local church where everyone is cared for, as well as caring for others.

Our primary means to develop these gifts, and to build up and serve one another is through our Small Group Ministry. Everyone who calls Harvest St. Louis their church home is strongly encouraged to take part in a small group. This is where the primary action takes place as we study the Word together, pray, and hold one another accountable. It is from these home-based groups that we also venture out into the mission field to bear witness and do work projects to help others. The Small Group Ministry format governs our way of discipleship not only for the adults, but also for Harvest Student Ministries and Harvest Kids.

The obvious benefit is consistent spiritual growth. As our kids move from elementary school to middle school, then to high school and young adulthood, they become used to praying for one another, being transparent in sharing their lives, discussing Scripture, and equipping themselves to share their faith. Jesus said, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). We are passionate about both the opportunities Christ gives us as His disciples and the process of becoming equipped.

What We believe

 

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing. We believe the 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament are God’s completed and sufficient revelation for the total well being of mankind.

The SCriptures

God

We believe in the only true God (John 17:3): the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). He created all things (Revelation 4:11) and upholds all things by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). In Him, we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is a God of truth and without iniquity; just and right is He (Deuteronomy 32:4) and He shall judge the world (Psalm 9:8).

 

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 4:3-4).

We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. We believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe Him to be true God and true man (John 1:1, 14, 18; John 14:8, 9; I Timothy 3:16).

Jesus Christ

Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ during this age. He convicts us of sin and regenerates the sinner upon believing in Christ, baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head. He indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts, and empowers the believer for godly living and service through individually bestowed spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:27-31). While the Scriptures do not teach that certain gifts have ceased, it does seem to indicate that their usage would vary according to the need that each gift is designed to meet. Harvest Bible Chapel does not forbid the use of “sign gifts” (1 Cor. 14:22) as long as they are exercised according to the specific instruction in Scripture.

 

Our focus, however, is not on the gifts but rather the Giver. We emphasize the more excellent way of love and zeal through the more edifying gifts (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-12; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; I Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 4:1-4; II Corinthians 12:12). A fuller statement of the Church’s position on the charismatic movement is available upon request.

MAn

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but, by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but by choice and, therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe that without exception every man is totally depraved and needs a Savior (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32).

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that all who by faith receive Him as their personal Savior are justified on the basis of His blood shed on Calvary. They are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become eternally secure as children of God. We believe the Holy Spirit baptizes a person who believes into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation (Romans 8:37-39; II Corinthians 5:21; I Corinthians 12:13).

Resurrection, Heaven, & Hell

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing. We believe the 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament are God’s completed and sufficient revelation for the total well being of mankind.

The Return of Christ

We believe in the “blessed hope” of the personal, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Baptism & Communion

The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration by believers of Christ’s death until He comes and should be preceded by a careful self-examination (I Cor 11:20-29). 

The Church

Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, all believers have become part of His body, the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers (Ephesians 5:23; Romans 12:1; Acts 2:42-46; I Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20).

 

Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church – under the watch and care of elders and other supportive leadership. Its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 4:16).

Christian Living

(Concerning Personal Conduct)

The Bible teaches that all believers are saints set apart unto God and are thus responsible to live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord (Romans 21:1-2; I Peter 1:14-19; II Timothy 2:19; Titus 2) lest the Word of God be blasphemed (I Timothy 6:1; Titus 2:5). As Christians, we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things that are above, walk as He walked, and accept as our responsibility of the duty and privilege of bearing the Gospel to a lost world (I John 2:3; Colossians 3:1; Ephesians 5:23; Matthew 29:19-20). A victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who have presented themselves wholly to Christ and walk by the power of the Holy Spirit, which all believers are called to do (Romans 12:1,2; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6-7).

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

“Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

“Be not drunk with wine...but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18

Human Life

We believe that God created man in His image (Genesis 1:27) and authored all life through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:3-4, Hebrews 1:2). We affirm that life begins in conception (Psalm 139:13-16, Deuteronomy 30:19) and, therefore, must be cherished and protected (Psalm 82:3-4, Proverbs 31:6-9), including that of the unborn, the elderly, and the impaired.

Marriage

We believe that God ordained marriage at creation (Genesis 2:22-24) to be a sacred relationship between one man and one woman (Ephesians 5:22-30, Titus 1:6) intended for the duration of their life together (Matthew 5:32, Mark 10:9) to bear a visible witness to the relationship of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32-33, 1 Peter 3:1-7) through oneness, love, and submission.