As we work our way through James, the title of our new series indicates what we are looking for: “wisdom for wholeness.” In fact, I would go as far as to say there is expectation that, for those of us who are Christians, we are to ultimately live as whole beings, able to withstand challenges regarding our faith because of who we serve.
Author: Cory Mandina (Cory Mandina)
In every facet of Church, we want Harvest to thrive in its role as the local church for the community of Troutdale and beyond, and you are a part of it. No Church is perfect, but at Harvest we desire to be faithful and true to God’s design. And our hope is that we can do this through the city outreach that serves as one of our five core values.
No matter which soil your heart resembles at this point in time, God will meet you there and till the soil of your heart to be ready to nurture your faith. But you must invite Him to do it. You must give Him permission to serve as your landscaper.
We want to stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ overseas and take the Gospel to the Nations through the people working there on the frontlines for His Kingdom. The thing is, as Christians, we have only two options: We are either goers or senders.
Christ-centered community is about a movement toward Jesus, wherever we might find ourselves. We might feel lost, or on the outside of any seemingly set boundary lines having to do with Church and Christianity, but we are not, and we never will be, again, because when we choose to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of our lives, this messy community we become a part of is rock-solid.
For us at Harvest, this means we choose to stand with God’s Word and plant our feet firmly on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Because our first core value is this: We are focused exclusively on Bible-centered teaching. To hear from God, we go to His Word first, and to everything else second.
This is who we are at Harvest, and this is what we want our mission, vision, and values to point to now and for eternity— in God’s Kingdom that is both here now, and not quite yet.
This is who we want to become together, and if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you too are an essential part of it.
Mediocrity need not apply. For while those who have decided to commit their lives to following Jesus were once lost, they are now inexplicably found! And it could not be a more magnificent existence to know this truth in the deepest parts of our soul.
So comes that same question our series has been asking these last few weeks: Now what? How do we continue to follow Jesus as our apostle brethren began to show us 2,000 years ago?
When we have accepted Jesus as our Lord, we have been given the gift of the promised Holy Spirit, or as Pastor Mike pointed out in his sermon, God’s actual presence now with us and available to share in. The only caveat is this: it needs to matter in our lives. We need to do something with it. If we want to truly experience God in the way He promised, we must go with Him in faith.