What We Believe
To be a place where God is glorified in all we do and people are eternally impacted.
Helping people to love God, grow themselves, and serve others.
We value Worshipping Together. Gathering to hear God’s Word.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
We value Being Connected. Doing life together.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
We value Community Impact. Being the Church.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 (ESV)
We value Authenticity. Real people.
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along takingeverything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail thetest, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put upwith our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives. 2 Corinthians 13:5-9 (MSG)
We value Being Multiracial. Matching the DNA of our locality.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV)
We value Simplicity. Don’t make it complex.
This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated. Ecclesiastes 7:29 (Good News)
Fundamental in Doctrine
We believe in the literal, historical and grammatical interpretation of Scripture (unless it is obviously symbolic, as in parts of the Book of Daniel and Revelation).
This does NOT mean that we do not rely on the Holy Spirit, but that we are not involved in the “Charismatic Movement”. We do not practice speaking in tongues in our worship services for two basic reasons:
- As the sign gifts were given by God mainly for the affirmation of the Apostle’s testimony, and since the apostles have already laid the foundation of the church and have passed off the scene – we hold that the primary reason for tongues has been fulfilled.
- Even during the Apostles’ ministries, Paul instructed the church to not participate in speaking in tongues when unbelievers are present – as they might misunderstand and reject the gospel, thinking the Corinthians were “out of their minds” (1 Cor. 14:23).
As to “faith-healing”, we believe that God heals when it is His will to do so, and that we are to pray for specific healing. However, we do not believe that it is always His will to heal in every case. We do not utilize the ministries of “faith healers” as it is evident that what is being practiced by healers of today is very different from that of Jesus and the apostles.
This simply means that we will not yoke up in any manner (sports leagues, evangelistic rallies, etc.) with a church that does not adhere to the fundamentals of the faith – the core truths.
Carefully Conscious of Biblical Role Distinctions
Our practice must be in keeping with the clear statements of scripture and not political correctness. While women at Point Harbor have great freedom to minister within their giftedness (i.e. leadership, administration, teaching, discernment, etc.). We understand from God’s Word that He intended pastors, deacons and teachers of men to, in fact, be men. This is not sexism, but Scripture. (Eph. 5:31-32; 1 Tim. 3; 1 Tim. 2:12)
Believers in a Sovereign God
Our God is in control of everything! He is in full control of our salvation, our lives, and our destinies. Man has responsibilities, but he carries them out under the sovereign oversight of God. How this works together in full harmony, we don’t even pretend to understand!