Let’s prepare for our worship service together by prayerfully reviewing our church covenant and meditating on the Scripture text for this week’s message.
At 10:15 Sunday morning, the service will begin. Please click this link to participate live online.
Kevin Simmons, who is performing a refresh for our website, will be coming to take photos and videos on Sunday. He will try to be as inconspicuous as possible, but feel free to keep right on doing what you’re doing, whether that be singing, talking in the hallways, or listening to the sermon. These kinds of candid shots help capture the church doing what it normally does, which will give our website visitors a better idea of what to expect. Please note, he won’t use any pictures that are unflattering or any of minors without parental consent.
Order of Worship
Prelude: Ariel Gilley
Song of the Redeemed
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Welcome and Announcements – Alex Crain
Focus on the Names of God – Chief Shepherd
Invocation & Prayer of Confession – Alex Crain
Fairest Lord Jesus
His Mercy Is More
Missions Highlight & Worship Through Offering – Shad Gilley
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
Worship in the Word / Prayer – Joshua 4:1-24, “A Memorial Forever” (Pastor Kyle Smith)
Moment of Silent Reflection and Prayer
Christ Is Mine Forevermore (Reprise)
Benediction – Ephesians 6:24
Next Week’s Scripture – Joshua 5:1-15, “Getting Back to the Basics” (Pastor Kyle Smith)
More about Harvest Christian Fellowship
Because the Lord Jesus Christ mediates His sovereign rule through His Word rightly interpreted and applied, Harvest Christian Fellowship endeavors to proclaim the whole counsel of God through verse-by-verse expository preaching of Scripture at each weekly gathering.
We are somewhat unique among Baptists* in that we are led by a plurality of elders, yet, our church government is congregational. This means that in matters of church governance, discipline, discipleship, and doctrine the congregation collectively has decision-making authority within the guardrails of every Christian’s responsibility to be faithful stewards of God’s Word.
At Harvest, we believe and teach that a proper understanding of God’s righteous demands (the law) leads to a proper appreciation of God’s good news (the gospel). Simply put, perfect obedience to the law is what God requires of every person. The gospel is the free gift of righteousness that God gives to those who trust in Christ alone (Romans 8:1). That is good news!
As beloved children who have been rescued from spiritual death and raised to new life, God the Father does not leave any of His redeemed ones to themselves but permanently adopts them and His Holy Spirit abides in them, giving them completely new desires to live joyfully for God and His glory continually (Psalm 34:1). Formerly the enemies of God, those who are rescued become spiritually united with Christ and are, thus, able to live transformed lives (Romans 12:1-2) and worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
When we gather (Hebrews 10:24-25), we realize that each gathering will contain a mixture of redeemed and unredeemed people—the redeemed being those who humbly bow to the authority of Scripture and the Lordship of Christ. We recognize that unredeemed people may call Jesus their “Lord.” Still, in reality, when pressed with the choice of exercising faith and doing God’s will versus doing their own will and whatever feels most comfortable, they will choose the latter (Matthew 7:21-23).
Our aim is to maintain a church membership roll filled with people who genuinely love the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 16:22). Therefore, in our gatherings, we call unredeemed souls to turn from sin to Christ even as we emphasize the edification of those who are redeemed—singing God-centered, gospel-focused songs, pouring our hearts out to the Lord in prayer, celebrating the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and attending to the faithful, expositional preaching of God’s Word.
We desire to live as joyful, “Psalm 1 people” who meditate on God’s Word and who walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). Our aim is to display the active rule of the Lord in and through us. Empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, we seek to manifest His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-25) in tangible ways among our family, friends, co-workers, community, and throughout the world.
If you have questions about the Bible, God, and what He says about how to lead a life of purpose, meaning, and joy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through the contact form on our homepage; someone will gladly get in touch with you.
To learn more about our beliefs, read our Statement of Faith and Church Bylaws.
For those planning to attend in person this week, please take the following precautions for the sake of each other:
(1) Please verify at home that your temperature is not elevated above normal.
(2) If you have any symptoms of illness, please remain home and join us online.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONNECTING TO THE LIVE STREAM WORSHIP SERVICE:
1) The live stream will not be active until 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. Prior to that time, you will see a splash screen containing the HCF logo.
2) To start the live stream after 10:00 AM on Sunday, you may need to click the play arrow at the center of the video box.
3) If we are having technical difficulties with streaming the service, you may see a spinning indicator overlaid on the video box. Please wait a few minutes to see whether we can resolve the problem. If not, we will have a full recording of the service available for playback later in the week.
Note: Please be advised that the above link will lead you to YouTube. YouTube automatically suggests other videos to watch when you pause the above recording and when it runs to completion. This feature of YouTube’s platform is beyond the control of Harvest Christian Fellowship, as well as its leadership and staff. Thank you.
*We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.