Harvest Bible Church

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Of The Family

       We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

       Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant relationship until death. It is God’s unique gift to picture the union between Christ and His church. It also provides the man and the woman with companionship and the framework for intimate relations, the channel of sexual expression according to Biblical standards and the means for procreation of the human race.

             The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

       Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral (biblical) values and to lead them, through consistent example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

    Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; I Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 71:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6, 15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15, 17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; I Timothy 5:8, 14; II Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7.

Of Human Sexuality

       We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality (biblically identified as sodomy), lesbianism (also biblically identified as sodomy), bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, masturbation, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.

    Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5, 13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.

    Of The Sanctity Of Life

       We believe that man was created in the image of God and therefore we hold that the life of every individual is sacred. Human life begins at conception, and therefore the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions are acceptable for pregnancies due to rape or incest, birth defects (mental or physical), gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother.

       Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; Psalm 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 49:1,5;  Jeremiah 1:5; Jeremiah 20:15-18; Luke 1:44.

Of Lawsuits Between Believers

       We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians. The church, if necessary, is to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between its members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.

       I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32. 

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