The Principles Guiding Our Local Church

“You are the salt of the earth….” “Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

— Jesus Christ, as recorded in Matthew 5:13 and Mark 9:50 KJV.

From its beginnings in the 1980s and through several early location and name changes, Harmony Seventh-day Adventist Church has endeavoured to provide an environment that presents the uncompromising Gospel of Jesus Christ in a manner both accessible and relevant to contemporary lives. As we establish connections and build relationships, we extend an invitation to participate in the challenges of our common vision and shared values.

Mission Statement

We aim to create a Christ-centred fellowship where people become fully committed disciples of Jesus.

Statement of Purpose

We believe that the Church exists for the purpose of WorshipDiscipleshipEvangelismService, and Fellowship.

Worship

The Church Existing for Christ

“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, … and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

— Philippians 2:8–11 NASB

The purpose of the church begins with the recognition that we do not belong to ourselves, having been purchased by the death of Jesus Christ, and that He alone is Lord. Enthroned with all authority. He is the head of the Church, the One to whom entire allegiance is due. We thus should seek in all things to follow His will as revealed in the Scriptures, and bring glory to His name. (Philippians 2:8–11; Ephesians 1:22–23; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 1:18–19; John 19–21; Mark 14–16; Matthew 27–28)

Discipleship

The Church Existing for Itself

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

— Ephesians 4:11–13 NASB

One of the primary goals of the Church must be the life transformation of each of its members. This requires a strong program of Bible teaching and of training in discipleship and personal evangelism. Believers are to be committed to one another. The body of Christ is thus composed of interdependent members, each having received from the Holy Spirit gifts which are to be exercised for the up building of the whole body and for the bearing of each others spiritual and temporal burdens. We thus desire to encourage in one another the development and use of each other’s abilities, knowing that the “whole body, as a harmonious structure knit together by that which every joint supplies, grows by the proper functioning of individual parts to its full maturity in love.” (Ephesians 4:11–13; 2 Timothy 4:2–4; Titus 2:15; Galatians 6:1–2; Deuteronomy 6:1–2; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12–14; Romans 12:4–8; Acts 4:34–35; Hebrew 10:24–25; Titus 3:14; Joshua 1:8; Ephesians 4:16)

Evangelism

The Church Existing for Proclamation

“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

— Matthew 28:19–20 ASV

We accept this commission as a priority of the Church collectively and of each believer individually, and it is our desire to share as widely as possible the news of God’s forgiveness m Christ. God equips and calls believers into a variety of vocations and ministries, and within that context each person is to be a witness by word and deed to the Lord Jesus Christ. God offers His love to all without distinction and is concerned that believers achieve their full potential in Christ. The proclamation of the Gospel should be accompanied by genuine love and concern for all, and for the whole person. (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; Colossians 4:3–6; Mark 16:15; Matthew 5:13–16; Romans 10:14–17; Matthew 22:37–39; Ephesians 3:16–19; Ephesians 4:13)

Service

The Church Existing for Action

“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’”

— Matthew 25:34-36 RSV

In addition to the proclamation of the Gospel, the church has been commissioned by Christ to extend in the world His own ministry of compassion and of a prophetic protest against evil. The church can never settle for its own comfort in a world cracked by problems such as moral decay, political corruption and oppression, violence and crime, unjust resource use and wealth distribution, and other social scourges that require solutions and interventions informed by Scriptural imperatives. Without manipulating political power to impose Christian standards on a secular and pluralistic society, the church is commanded to act as a conscience to the world by demonstrating the love and righteousness of God in both word and sacrificial deed. (Luke 3:10–14; Luke 4:16–21; Acts 4:34–35; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Galatians 6:10; James 2:14–26; James 5:1–5; 1 John 3:16)

Fellowship

The Church Existing for One Another

“And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common…. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. …”

— Acts 2:44–47 NASB

The New Testament presents a picture of definable groups of people who, once committed to the Lord, identified themselves with and committed themselves to a particular local body. Membership in the body of Christ requires submission to Christ—a desire to bring each phase of ones life under His Lordship. It therefore involves obedience to the Scriptural principles of commitment and accountability to the body of Christ. Regular fellowship with other believers is vital to a healthy Christian walk. Therefore believers should be willing to adjust their schedules to give priority to meeting with the body when it corporately assembles. Furthermore, because Christ expended Himself on our behalf, we should be willing to give of our tune to build His kingdom and pursue those things of eternal significance. As members of the body, we should continually seek to develop a spirit of mutual love, concern, encouragement, and the bearing of one another’s burdens. We are to be concerned with each other’s spiritual well being, stimulating each other to a deeper walk and commitment to Christ. (Philippians 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Psalm 133; Romans 12:10; Galatians 6:2; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:24; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 8:1; Philippians 1:1; Acts 11:26)