In the Fall of 2013 after years of prayer, preparation, and consultation Lawrence and Shannon met with 7 families in their home and presented the vision God had given him regarding a future church to be called Harvest Point Fellowship Church. They were reminded of what Jesus spoke in Matthew 9:37-38 when He said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” With this in mind, they envisioned a church that would equip workers for the harvest. A place where lives are changed and spiritual growth is common place.
With the vision in front of them, this core team began to pray day and night about this move of God. As they continued to pray and seek a place to hold worship services, an interest meeting was held at their home church (Bethel’s Family) for anyone who wanted to be a part of this local church plant. That day more families were added to their core team. In celebration of this move of God, this team was commissioned in January 2014 by Pastor Walter August and The Church at Bethel’s Family to go plant Harvest Point Fellowship Church in January of 2014.
The initial worship service was held in the current facility on February 16th 2014. Since then more than 700 people serve and worship together at Harvest Point. Harvest Point is a multi-generational group of people who love the Lord and love people. Our desire is to preach the gospel, teach the Word and reach people with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.
Please search our website to learn more about our local church and to find ways that you can connect and grow with us. If you have any questions, you can contact Pastor Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our MissionHarvest Point Fellowship Church exists to preach the Gospel, teach the Word, and reach the world.
The mission statement of Harvest Point Fellowship Church is based in Matthew 4:23:
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
His Proclamation of the Gospel. The Preaching of the Good News took place in the open and was not restricted to those who frequent the local synagogue. Instead, the Gospel was made available to all that He would come in contact with. We accept that as the people of God we must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and evangelize those who do not know Him.
His teaching in the Synagogue. Harvest Point accepts that preaching and teaching work together. When we teach, we not only equip the people of God to rightly divide the word of truth but the people are spiritually enriched better preparing them to use the gifts and talents that God has given to the work of the Kingdom.
His Healing ministry. Jesus was able to Reach people from various walks of life by not only having concern for their Spiritual needs but also addressing their physical needs. Harvest Point accepts that God has placed his Church here to be concerned about those who are in need. The point of the often mentioned miraculous works of Jesus was not simple that people be healed, but that through his healing hands that might know the authority of the messenger and His message.
Our Vision and Values
Harvest Point envisions being a church that multiplies by making thousands of disciples through the transforming of lives and communities by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What does this vision look like?
We see a church where people recognize their value to the kingdom and are operating within their giftedness. Where men and women desire to live out God’s purpose for their lives while growing together in authentic community. Where transformation is common place and those broken by life’s circumstances find peace, healing and restoration. Where forgiveness is expressed and hope is renewed. A church where children and students have a committed community of believers leading them to passionately pursue God in their youth. Where sharing the love of Christ is contagious and our positive impact on our local community and abroad is undeniable.
We believe that our God is supreme and sovereign. We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing. God is the focus of our worship and He is worthy of our worship, both individually and corporately.
Foundation: Romans 12:1-2
We believe in authentic fellowship that is relational and sacrificial in building up the body of Christ. This includes the concepts of discipleship, vulnerability, and accountability.
We are convinced that Christians must be intentional in sharing their faith with those who do not have a relationship with God. We value a lifestyle of sharing the love of God locally and globally by spreading His Good News through evangelism, missions, and community service.
We value strengthening the families of our church through clear biblical instruction defining and guiding marriages, singles and parenting relationships. Biblical families including: married couples, singles, parents, empty nesters, young and old, will reflect the image of God.
We recognize our church’s desperate need for God to guide, equip, and empower the church to accomplish its ministry aspirations. We believe that prayer is the foundation of all our ministries and therefore, His house must be a house of prayer.
We believe that God expects His people to grow spiritually. As a person is filled with the knowledge of God’s will, he or she will experience this type of growth, that will be beneficial as they navigate through life.
Foundation: Colossians 1:9-10; Galatians 5:22,23
Harvest Point Fellowship church is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). We are an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus–Israel’s promised Messiah–was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen