Harvest Evangelical Church of San Diego Statement of Faith

We believe…

  1. That the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, infallible Word of God, inerrant in its original autographs, and is the necessary and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humanity, and is the ultimate authority for Christian faith and life. (Ps 119:60 etc.; Jn 17:172Tim 3:16-171Pet 1:20-21)
  2. In the one true and living God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:18-19Mark 12:292Cor 13:14Eph 4:4-6)
  3. That the triune God is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Ruler of Creation, but is prior to, and distinct from Creation. (Gen 1:1Ps 8, 33:6Isa 45:18Jn 1:1-31Cor 8:6Col 1:16Heb 1:2Rev 4:11)
  4. That the first man, Adam, was created by God in His image, but fell from his original state by sinning against God, and hence incurred upon himself and all his posterity the guilt of sin, condemnation, and death; therefore, all humankind are in need of salvation, but are totally incapable of saving themselves. (Gen 1:26-28, 2:16-17, 3:1-13, 6:5Ps 14:1-3, 51:5, 53:1-3Jer 17:9Jn 3:6, 6:63Rom 3:9-18, 23; 6:231Cor 15:50)
  5. That after the Fall, God, in His mercy and love, made provision for humanity’s redemption through the establishment of the covenant of grace with His people by the promise and the actual giving of the Savior Jesus Christ, on whom to believe is justification and life. (Gen 3:15Isa 7:14Jer 31:31-34Mic 5:31Cor 11:23-26)
  6. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, sent by the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless and obedient life, suffered and died on the cross vicariously for the sins of His people who believe in Him; that God raised Him from the dead, exalted Him both as Lord and Christ, and gave Him the promise of the Holy Spirit for His Church. (Isa 7:14Matt 1:23Jn 1:12-13; 14:19, 26Lk 24:48-49Acts 1:4-8, 2:33Rom 5:6-19Eph 1:131Cor 15:3-72Cor 5:21Phil 2:1-11Col 2:11-14Heb 4:15, 7:361Pet 2:221Jn 3:5)
  7. That people are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ in response to the Gospel preached, or otherwise presented, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and that through Christ ransomed sinners become the children of God and heirs of eternal life. That Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and humanity; through Christ and only through Him the believer has access to the Father. (Mk 10:45Jn 1:12-13Rom 5:2Eph 2:8-9, 3:11-121Tim 2:5-7Heb 4:16, 10:19-221Pet 1:17-19)
  8. That every believer is a new creature in Christ, and is called to walk in the Spirit, to die unto sin, and to live unto righteousness, and thereby manifest the fruit of the Spirit, being conformed to the image of Christ; and that good works are the fruit of the Christian life, and are not ways of justification. (Rom 6:1-23, 8:29Gal 5:16-23Eph 2:8-102Cor 5:17)
  9. That God alone is the Lord of our conscience, and that the believers are free from the commands of people, which are contrary to, or in addition to the Scriptures in matters of faith and conduct. (Acts 15:28-29Rom 14:4-12Gal 4:8-10Jas 4:11-12)
  10. That the church, consisting of all true believers, being Christ’s own and indwelled by the Holy Spirit, is the Body of Christ, the invisible church; that the church is holy, universal and one in Christ; that the invisible church manifests itself in the visible church, the local congregations consisting of all who profess to believe in Christ and are baptized; that as the people of God and a kingdom of priests, the church is called to grow unto the stature of the fullness of Christ and to fulfill her missionary work through the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, in worship, sacraments, fellowship, discipline, and services. (Matt 18:15-20Rom 12:5-81Cor 5:4-5; 12:12-27Eph 1:20-23, 4:3-10Col 3:14-15Heb 10:24-25)
  11. In the priesthood of all believers, and the parity of the ministers and the laity. (Eph 4:121Tim 2:5-61Pet 2:4-5, 9)
  12. That in the last day, as the consummation of redemption, Christ will come again personally and visibly to the earth, to judge the living and the dead; that there will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believers through the Holy Spirit unto the inheritance of eternal life, and of the unbelievers unto condemnation; and that a new heaven and a new earth will be ushered in. (Jn 14:1-3Rom 8:19-23, 11:25-271Cor 15:51-522Cor 5:8Phil 1:23, 3:201Thess 4:13-182Thess 1:7-91Tim 4:1-32Tim 3:1-5Titus 2:11-14Jude 6-7Rev 20:1-3, 11-15)

Based on the EFC General Assembly Statement of Faith
Last modified by Nick Hsieh on 6/29/13