What is the faith tradition of Harvest Hills?
Harvest Hills is affiliated with the Church of God , the world’s oldest continuing Pentecostal denomination. According to Christianity Today, the Church of God is one of the fastest growing denominations in the world. Through this affiliation, Harvest Hills participates in a global network of churches committed to world evangelization. In a broader context, Harvest Hills enjoys affiliation with the National Association of Evangelicals, the Pentecostal World Fellowship and numerous para-church organizations.
What characterizes worship at Harvest Hills?
Wholehearted worship engages the stress of contemporary life, replacing fear, doubt and uncertainty with faith, hope and peace. Harvest Hills is a Pentecostal church, both in theology and experience. Because we are Pentecostal, certain dynamics characterize our worship. First, authentic worship finds its validity in the truth of scripture. Second, the person of Jesus Christ is exalted. Third, reliance upon the Holy Spirit is essential for meaningful worship. Fourth, an atmosphere for personal intimacy with God is encouraged.
What about the dress code for worship?
Whether formal or casual, one’s clothing should reflect good taste. Scripture teaches that one’s manner of dress should be modest (1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:3), however, modesty is not determined by a particular style of clothing.
What is the purpose for the lifting and clapping of hands?
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” (Psalm 134:2, NIV) “I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” (1 Timothy 2:8, NIV) “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” (Psalm 47:1, NIV)
What is the purpose for audible praise to God?
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1, NIV)
Why does the church pray corporately?
“When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.” (Acts 4:24, NIV)
What about the gifts of the Spirit?
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12: 7, NIV)
What about prayer for the sick?
“Is any one among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14, NIV)