Our Vision & Mission
Harvest Presbyterian Church: Reaching people with the gospel
To be a church in Howard County so that those who do not go to church and have not experienced God’s salvation through Christ would hear the message, see the beauty, and witness the impact of the gospel through our ministry so that they would trust in the gospel for the glory of God.
Key Passage: Matthew 9:35-38
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
This passage more than any embodies the essence of the vision of this church. There are too many people in the crowd of our contemporary world who are harassed and helpless, who have never experienced the healing power of the gospel. These are people who do not go to church and have no interest visiting the churches they know, but these are people who want to know the truth and are yearning for peace. We want to be a church that encourages and equips believers with the power of the gospel to be authentic disciples of Jesus so that we would engage with the unbelieving world for the glory of God and the good of the lost.
We want to be the kind of church that exudes the unconditional love and acceptance generated by the power of the gospel. A place where anyone and everyone has the freedom to just “come as they are,” and in coming that they would hear and experience the hope of the gospel so they don’t just “stay as they are.”
Producing outward facing mature and equipped followers of Christ through gospel centered ministry and discipleship, impacting the world for the glory of God.
1. The Gospel (Rom 1:16-17)
Our primary mission as the church is to preach the good news of Jesus. The gospel is the only hope for eternal life and it is the only hope for godliness. (2 Pet 1:3-4)
- We will preach the gospel through our words (Word ministry): The preaching and teaching at Harvest Presbyterian will be gospel based. We want everyone to hear the message of the gospel at every point in our ministry. Rom 1:16-17
- We will preach the gospel through our deeds. (Deed ministry): We will be a community committed to experiencing and exemplifying transformational hope of the gospel. It is through our good deeds that non-Christians will see the living gospel. (Matt 5:13-16)
The radical love that was demonstrated to us in the gospel through Jesus was given so that we would be radically transformed. We believe Gospel transformation (discipleship) happens in community, but more importantly true community happens only when we are growing as maturing disciples of Christ.
Gospel transformation is the only way we will be able to be a community that is open, inviting, and accepting to everyone regardless of race, culture, accomplishments or even religious background. When we say we are reaching the world with the gospel we mean that we intend to reach the world through our community rooted in love that is able to love because of the sanctifying work of the gospel. (John 17:20-23)
- Spiritual Journey. Everyone is on a spiritual journey and we believe our role as a community is to assist people to progress on that journey. (Col 1:28-29)
- Loving one another. It is through love that people will receive the care and the accountability that helps them grow in the gospel. We are called to love one another deeply. (1 John 4:7-8)
- Speaking the truth in love. “…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph 4:15)
3. Worship (Rom 12:1-2)
Worship is the natural and necessary response to the mercy that has been lavished on us in the gospel. We will seek to create an environment where believers are encouraged and inspired to love God passionately, one another authentically and the world compassionately.
- Worship is when we reach up. We believe that the number one priority in our worship is to bring glory to God. We will do everything we can to be obedient to the scriptures in the expression of the outworking of the gospel in us for His pleasure. (Eph 1:3-14)
- Worship is when we reach in. The second priority in our worship is to speak and sing to one another. The scriptures command us to continue meeting publicly and to encourage one another with songs and spiritual songs. We will direct and design our worship to inspire reflection on the awe and majesty of God in order to posture outward expression of our love for God. (Eph 5:19-20)
- Worship is when we reach out. We believe the final priority of our worship is to attract unbelievers to experience the beauty of God. Through passionate authentic communion with God we will embellish the beauty of Christ’s love and draw all people to Him. (Matt 5:13-16; 1 Cor 14:16-17)
4. To Impact the world (Matt 5:13-16)
Jesus said that we are the salt and the light of the world. The expectation was that by the power of the gospel the church would make a lasting impact (for good) in the world. We believe we have been commissioned to be Jesus’ hands and His feet to bring about healing and wholeness in our community and the world through the gospel.
We will be a church that will make an impact on the world by serving our communities and dealing with the social problems that plague our generation. We will not be inward focused and isolated. We will not be selfish and self oriented with our resources or our time and energy. We will be a church that leaves a lasting imprint of love and reform, and we will encourage our members to leave a lasting imprint with their lives.
We believe we have been commission by God to improve the world in 4 ways
- To make an impact by reaching the un-churched (non-Christians or Christians who have fallen away or simply don’t attend church) God has placed in our lives by engaging with them with gospel love, inviting them to experience gospel community and sharing with them gospel hope.
- To make an impact by serving the needs of our local community.
- To make an impact by alleviating suffering in the world caused by poverty, injustice, sickness and death. James 1:27
- To make an impact by planting new churches supporting church planting movements so that we would fulfill Jesus command and commission.