Faith and Belief Are Not the Same

Faith and Belief Are Not the Same

Our faith is not just belief; it is about living in response to that which we believe. It is about our response to the profound reality that whereas we were once “dead” in our “trespasses and sins,” we are now “made alive in Christ” (Ephesians 2:1-7). We are new creations with a new purpose, growing in our passion for the lost and love for others that led Jesus to the cross. If we have faith in the saving action of Jesus on the cross, we then live toward that conviction! This is how our faith becomes complete. This is what God desires for us.

God's Favorite Seat at the Table

God's Favorite Seat at the Table

How often do you take the time to get to know someone different from yourself? It can be uncomfortable to do, but it just may be what we are being called to. If we disregard a person because of our assumptions, or the choices they have made, or even the ways they annoy us, could it be that we are missing out on bringing God’s love to the world? There is something incredible about seeing others through God’s eyes. People can be messy, and that makes it very difficult to open our hearts to them, but God has a big, big heart for people, and with every passing day we walk with Him, He enlarges our hearts too.

Where Faith and Action Collide

Where Faith and Action Collide

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.

More Than a Sunday Service

More Than a Sunday Service

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.

Draw Near to Jesus - Arrive at Community

Draw Near to Jesus - Arrive at Community

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.

Waiting for What

Waiting for What

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.