The ministry of the church requires competence, compatibility, conviction and character. Fundamental to our ministry is the moral integrity of the members and servants of the church, an important part that builds our character and is the essence of true faith. A true believer is a person who is born again and who lives by the Spirit and not by the flesh, always seeking to have a high moral standard without compromise or character deviations. When the believer sins he is called to repentance and helped to rehabilitate through the process of spiritual recovery presented at the end of this material.
The priority of family
In a fast-paced society, overcrowded and drowned in a reversal of values, family is quite often sacrificed for the sake of career, enrichment, or even ministry. We believe, according to the teachings of Scripture, that man’s priorities should be: 1. God 2. Family 3. Work / ministry. Because of sin and our flesh that always tries to distort divine values and priorities, the believer is in a constant struggle to understand and maintain these priorities. Given the fact that believers usually keep in mind that God holds the ultimate place in their lives, but at the same time seeing the struggle to prioritize family, we want to help, so in our church we fight together to maintain family as a priority in front of other things and human temptations .
Living with purpose
God has always given a vision to His believers, and therefore His church. Vision is simply contextualizing the way in which the ultimate goal of every believer / church can be fulfilled – to glorify God. Therefore, at Harvest Metanoia we want to glorify God by making disciples and in this sense, we will give any mission, project or initiative this priority having a clear orientation towards the fulfillment of this goal.
Unity in diversity
The Church is universal, but is also made up of local believers who come from different cultures and generations, but who, though different, are united around the same goal and the same essence. The purpose is to glorify God, and the essence of the gospel is Jesus Christ. Therefore, we recognize the principle of unity in diversity, stating that the function – to glorify God – is more important than form – the way in which churches and believers choose to glorify in the context that they are in. We will focus on function and will respect the form, even if they differ from what we are used to. So we want to avoid the two extremes – liberalism that denies the importance of the gospel, a function that is not negotiable and should unite us, and- legalism, which denies diversity and raises form to the highest level of importance, arguing for uniformity in conformity rather than unity in diversity. Both movements have been criticized in the Scriptures and that is why we will fight to avoid them.
The gospel message was always addressed in cultural forms relevant to the social and historical context in which it was presented. To the Greeks, the apostles spoke in a certain way, to the Jews in another way, not just for the sake of relevance but for the sake of fulfilling the goal of their work. Therefore, without compromising the essence of the truth of Scripture, we seek to be relevant so that we can transmit a meaningful biblical message to people that can be easily comprehended and can put into practice in their lives. Thus the focus of our church will be more contemporary because God has called us to serve this generation.
God has always worked in a team. Take the Trinity for example, and continuing with the example of the family (man, woman, child), until the formation of the church (a body with many members) or church leadership (elders not only one pastor/priest) and even in his disciples’ work (who were sent out two by two) – you always find team spirit present in Scripture. Teamwork requires unity in diversity in the work of the church, which means we are united in achieving a common goal following the model left by the Holy Spirit. In the church/ministry, He gives different gifts, functions, responsibilities and authority. A harmonious combination of all these aspects contribute to fulfilling the purpose of God in his church.