Our Beliefs

Biblical Authority

The Bible is our only authority of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16). We believe the Scriptures have been preserved through the Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus of the New Testament, and that this is confirmed historically by the believing church (1 Tim 3:15, John 17:17).  These are the texts that underly the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.  We believe the KJV is the best English translation of these manuscripts.  We use the KJV to study, preach, and teach the Scriptures in the English language.  We reject the critical text and all translations created from the critical text.

Autonomy of the Local Church

We are a self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating local church (I Corinthians 6:1-4; I Timothy 3:15).

Priesthood of the Believer

Every born-again believer has personal access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Two Church Officers

The Pastor and the Deacons are servant leaders in the local, visible congregation of believers (I Timothy 3:1-13).  The Bible does charge the Pastor with the administrative oversight of the congregation, but he is not to lord it over his fellow believers within the congregation (I Peter 5:1-4).  Deacons are servants primarily to the physical needs and concerns of the congregation (Acts 6:1-7).

Individual Soul Responsibility

Every born-again believer is responsible before God for the choices he makes, but this does not override the institutional government of a local church to which an individual willingly submitted himself when he became a member of that local church (Romans 14:1-12).

Saved Church Membership

A credible profession of the new birth experience must proceed membership in a New Testament local church (Acts 2:41, 47).

Two Church Ordinances

Baptism by Immersion (Acts 2:41; 8:36-39) and the Lord’s Table (I Corinthians 11:20-30) are the ordinances of this church.  These are symbolic in nature, not sacramental.


By this we mean the personal separation of the individual Christian from a love for the world in those areas where it is at enmity with our Heavenly Father (I John 2:15-17), ecclesiastical separation from all churches and ministries which proclaim or represent positions and dispositions which are contrary to the teaching of Scripture and the character of God (I Timothy 6:3-5). 

*By the word “Independent” we mean that as a local church Harvest Baptist Church is not affiliated with any convention, association of churches or ecclesiastical hierarchy system. Harvest Baptist Church is a self-governing body of Bible-believing Christians.  Among those who call themselves “Independent” Baptists there is a broad range of beliefs and practices. Therefore, a position or attitude which one “Independent” Baptist church may condone or practice may well be unique to that church and does not necessarily represent the position and attitude of another “Independent” Baptist church.