At Harvest Fayetteville, our ultimate objective is to glorify God.
We do this by making disciples.
Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology
"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:2
Lifting high the name of Jesus through worship
"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24
Believing firmly in the power of prayer
"Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18
Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness
"And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:19-20
WORSHIP • WALK • WORK
The path of authentic discipleship commands a lifetime of following.
Growing disciples go through a continual process—sanctification. This simply means becoming more and more like Christ (Romans 8:29). We like to describe that as worshiping, walking, and working for Christ. And when we become intentional about seeking to honor God in these three ways, we can't help but become "mature in Christ" (Colossians 1:28), growing deeper in our relationship with God and our relationships with others.
Disciple-making is to be worked out together in ministry to one another. We believe it's not about one or a small number of pastors bearing the total responsibility to care for the entire congregation (Ephesians 4:11-12). Rather it's about all disciples using their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry, in the context of a vibrant and strong local church.
Our primary means to develop these gifts, and to build up and serve one another is through Vertical Church Small Groups. Everyone who calls Vertical Church their church home is strongly encouraged to take part in a Vertical Church Small Group where the Scriptures are opened, lives are shared and prayer is upheld. Small group ministry will takes place within our Student and Children's Ministries. Many types and demographics of Vertical Church Small Groups are available, and new groups are continually forming.
The following beliefs are essential to the unity of the members of Harvest Fayetteville, so that we worship, walk, and work together without division (1 Corinthians 1:10). These beliefs are not simply for our own knowledge - they are the foundation of our instruction, which leads to personal transformation and love for others (Romans 12:2; 1 Timothy 1:5).
We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the full record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. Different men, while writing according to their own styles and personalities, were supernaturally moved along by the Holy Spirit to record God’s very words, inerrant in the original writings. Therefore, those applying themselves to study its literal, historical-grammatical context can accurately understand God’s Word. Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and sufficient authority for all of life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Triune Godhead
God We believe in the one living and true God, eternally (John 17:3) existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory and honor and obedience (John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4).
God the Father
We believe God the Father created all things in six literal days for His glory according to His own will (Revelation 4:11), through His Son, Jesus Christ. He upholds all things by the Word of His power and grace, exercising sovereign headship over all creation, providence, and redemption (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3).
God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love in accordance with the will of the Father, took on human flesh (John 1:1, 14, 18). Conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the virgin Mary. He, being fully God and fully man (John 14:8-9), lived a sinless life and sacrificially shed His blood and died on the cross in our place, accomplishing redemption for all who place their faith in Him. He arose visibly and bodily from the dead three days later and ascended into heaven, where, at the Father’s right hand, He is now Head of His Body, the Church, the only Savior and Mediator between God and man, and will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission (1 Timothy 3:16).
God the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ during this age. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new spiritual life to the believer, bringing that person into union with Christ and the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-12; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12).
We believe that God created mankind—male and female—in His own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship. Tempted by Satan, but in the sovereign plan of God, man freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation to all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are totally depraved by nature and by choice. Alienated from God without defense or excuse, and subject to God’s righteous wrath, all of mankind is in desperate need of the Savior (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ. Before Creation, God chose those who would be saved and granted this unearned grace solely based on His sovereign good pleasure. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sins, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath, for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Christ alone by grace alone. At salvation each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and secured as an adopted child of God forever. Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end (Romans 8:37-39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
We believe that upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and communion, service to the local body through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the world to make disciples (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20). Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church under the watchful care of a plurality of elders. A church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 4:16)
Baptism and Communion
We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s salvation in Christ, identifying with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection symbolized by immersion in water (Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-6).
The Lord’s Supper is the united commemoration by believers of Christ’s death until He comes and should be preceded by a careful self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
We believe it is the aim, duty, and privilege of every believer and local church fellowship to glorify God by responding as active participants in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe the primary focus and priority of this call is centered on efforts that establish, strengthen, and reproduce biblically-based churches, which will then plant churches that plant churches for future generations and God’s glory.
We believe in and expectantly await the glorious, visible, personal, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed hope of His return has vital bearing on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost will be raised to judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the new heaven and new earth in the manifested presence of God (Acts 1:3, 9; Hebrews 7:25-26).
We believe that God uses the message of the Gospel to transform individuals' lives, resulting in personal conversion (Romans 1:16). You do not get saved by behaving morally or obeying a strict set of rules - you are saved when you believe and profess that you are imperfect, that Jesus is perfect, and that you want him to apply his spiritual perfection to your relationship with God.
Every believer must be getting spiritual nourishment so that he or she may grow up into the person God has designed them to be. We believe that believers must be discipled. This is the process in which you as a new believer seek and recieve biblical instruction to apply to your life, transforming you inside and out. This is much more than simply coming to church on Sunday morning - it is consistently meeting with a more mature Christian than yourself who has agreed to help nurture your spiritual health with you. Not only is this essential for your own health, it was Jesus' method for reaching the world: from Him, to His disciples, through their disciples, to us, to our disciples, and through you, the world (2 Timothy 2:2).
Fayetteville and the World
We seek the good of our city, Fayetteville, Arkansas. We see a city in which all people can experience personal conversion and whole life transformation. Through personal life change then comes community formation, cultural engagement, and renewal. This movement of the Gospel does not stop in Fayetteville, but extends to our country and the world.
Jesus' method to reach the world was people. These were people who He considered faithful, to whom He entrusted everything, knowing that they were devoted to the mission of God. In order to reach the world, we start with people, just like Jesus. First, you reach out to someone who you consider a potentially faithful Christian. Then, you begin to teach them the biblical knowledge, character, skills, and vision needed to reach the world for Christ, and you give them responsiblity, all while modeling this behavior for them. Finally, you release them to reach new people. Sometimes this process is long, sometimes short. It is the primary way we partake in Christ's mission (Matthew 28:18-20).