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The ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel is focused on glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). We welcome you to find life in Jesus Christ at Harvest. As a church community we are passionately seeking to know our God in a deeper way, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit.

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The ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel is focused on glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). We welcome you to find life in Jesus Christ at Harvest. As a church community we are passionately seeking to know our God in a deeper way, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit.

    A people for his name

    A people for his name

    I recently saw a picture of a clever church sign that I think rings true. It said, “Acting like the perfect church is like dressing up for an X-ray.” Despite all of our best efforts, the perfect church does not exist, and as much as we might try, we can’t hide our flaws. As communities of redeemed sinners, conflict and controversy are a given. This has been true for most of us in our personal experience. It has been true throughout church history and it was true of the early church in Acts 15 as they sought to deal with conflict surrounding circumcision and how to handle the influx of Gentile converts. This was an issue with massive implications and was also a pivotal moment in the history of the church. This Sunday we will be looking at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15:12-21, and the wonderful example it provides of how to address and deal with conflict in the church.  As we investigate what happened there, we can identify a pattern that we can apply when dealing with conflict in the church today.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16)
    Nathan Hooper
    Message: 40 – A people for his name
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 15:12-21
    February 18, 2024

    During conflict and controversy, I will…

    …listen to the counsel of godly leaders (v. 12-14)

    Satan's greatest ambassadors are not pimps, politicians, or powerbrokers, but pastors. His priests do not peddle a different religion, but a deadly perversion of the true one.
    Tim Challies

    Four tests to help us discern godly leaders:
    1. The test of the fruit of behaviour
    2. The test of sound doctrine
    3. The test of submission to Scripture
    4. The test of teaching the pure gospel of justification by faith

    …believe the teaching of God’s Word (v. 15-18)

    Our teachers, our friends, our science, our studies, even our eyes can deceive us. But the Word of God is entirely true and always true: God's Word is firmly fixed in the heavens; it doesn't change. There is no limit to its perfection; it contains nothing corrupt. All God's righteous rules endure forever; they never wear out.
    Kevin DeYoung

    Councils have no authority in church unless it can be shown that their conclusions are in accord with Scripture.
    John Stott

    Ephesians 4:31-32

    …move forward together in unity (v. 19-21)

    Romans 14:17-19
    Philippians 2:3-4

    Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful - Christian community is the final apologetic.
    Francis Shaeffer

    Much debate

    Much debate

    If you’ve never been in a church that experienced conflict and controversy, you’re the very definition of a unicorn.

    Such things, sadly, are a normal part of church life. Whereas some would look at contention in the church as an indication that our faith is bogus and the church a sham, it is, in fact, a legitimizing of who we are and what we’re in this world to do. The first church conflict in history happened in the first church ever established. It was likely just weeks after the events of Pentecost that launched the gospel mission and the church in Jerusalem that serious challenges arose. First, the deaths of a couple who were lying about their giving (Acts 5) and then complaints about certain widows being forgotten in the distribution of food (Acts 6). Right out of the gate, the church was facing conflict and controversy. By the time we get to Acts 15, we have a conflict that is widespread and struck at the theological core of the gospel with the implication that reaching the Gentiles with the message of Christ was being compromised by doctrinal error.

    Over the next four messages, we’ll look at the Jerusalem Council that was called to address the controversy and deal with the conflict. The fourth message will look at a separate conflict that came between the Church’s two leading missionary, church planting, evangelists, Paul and Barnabas. These four messages will help us all make sense of these conflicts and controversies and respond biblically when they inevitably happen. We’ll get a start on it this Sunday with a look at Acts 15:1-11.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16)
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 39 – Much debate
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 15:1-11
    February 11, 2024

    When conflict and controversy hit the church, I will…

    …recognize the error (v. 1)

    Matthew 5:17

    …respond appropriately (v. 2)

    dissension; also dispute, argument;
    to engage in intense and emotional expressions of different opinions - to quarrel - L&N 33.448
    a lack of agreement respecting policy leading to strife, discord, disunity - BDAG

    …remain on mission (v. 3-4)

    …respect the process (v. 5-6)

    …return to the Word (v. 7-11)

    Top 10 terrible ways to navigate controversy and crisis in the church:
    10. Denial
    9. Being conflict-averse
    8. Putting relationships first
    7. In my opinion
    6. Past experience
    5. Prejudices
    4. Majority rule

    A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.
    Brooker T. Washington

    3. Loudest voice
    2. Emotion
    1. Listening to rumours and gossip

    Through many tribulations

    Through many tribulations

    I don’t feel like I hit the ground running most days. There are pressures and challenges, decisions that must be made, aches and pains (betraying my age), and scar tissue from relationships that went badly. I face temptation and too often give in. In a word, I am weak. I am, like every other human being, in need of strength for each day. Some admit it. Others are in denial. We all need to be strengthened to face a world that takes and does not give back in the same proportion.

    In this Sunday’s passage, we’ll see Paul and Barnabas backtracking along the route they had followed on their first missionary journey. Along the way, they returned to the cities in which they had previously preached the gospel, “strengthening the souls of the disciples.” What follows is what that strengthening looks like in the life of a believer: continuing in the faith, enduring every trial, under the care of spiritual leaders, growing in prayer, and on mission to share the gospel with others. That’s what it means to be strong as a Christian. And that’s what we’ll look at together in Acts 14:19-28 this Sunday.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16)
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 38 – Through many tribulations
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 14:19-28
    February 4, 2024

    I’ll be strengthened as a Christian—no matter what—if I am… (v. 19-22a)

    …continuing in the faith (v. 22b)

    2 Timothy 3:10–12

    One can know a great deal about God without much knowledge of him.
    J. I. Packer, Knowing God

    Those who know God...
    • Have great energy for God
    • Have great thoughts of God
    • Show great boldness for God
    • Have great contentment in God
    J. I. Packer, Knowing God

    Knowing God: https://a.co/d/3YUL0dE

    …enduring every trial (v. 22c)

    James 1:2–4

    2 Corinthians 11:23b–28

    …following spiritual leaders (v. 23a)

    Hebrews 13:17

    …praying and seeking prayer (v. 23b)

    James 5:16b

    …telling others about Jesus (v. 24-28)

    Turn from these vain things

    Turn from these vain things

    Vain. Meaningless. Empty. Useless. Futile. That’s the word that the apostles used to describe the worship to which the people in Lystra had devoted themselves. They were so wrapped up in their own ideas, passions and traditions that they missed an obvious work of God that happened right in front of them. Even when they were challenged to see it differently, they doubled down on their own narrative rather than believe the truth. I don’t even need to draw a line from that account to our own day. The suppression of truth is standard operating procedure in our culture. It is an artform. And it is dogma…not to be disputed. As we look at Acts 14:8-18 on Sunday, we’ll be challenged to see what’s truly of value and what is vanity, meaningless, empty, useless and futile. Come ready to hear God’s Word and respond.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16)
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 37 – Turn from these vain things
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 14:8-18
    January 28, 2024

    One man’s trash. Another man’s treasure.

    When I turn from what is worthless in life…

    …to what is truly of value (v. 8-13)

    Matthew 13:45–46

    …it humbles me (v. 14-15a)

    …and compels me to share this truth (v. 15b-17)

    The Living God is...
    (1) One God;
    (2) Creator of all;
    (3) Patient and merciful;
    (4) Sovereign over all.

    Vain – Persons or things that are of no use; idle, empty, fruitless, useless, powerless, lacking truth.
    BDAG

    …even as many remain ignorant to it (v. 18)

    If there is a story, it is driving toward a conclusion...if history is unfolding in a deliberate and controlled way, you can be certain that what happens in the world is not just a series of isolated, disconnected, arbitrary events. Instead, there is a purpose moving forward toward a conclusion. This story never runs off-script. It continues deliberately and perfectly toward its satisfying closing scene.
    Tim Challies, Josh Byers, Visual Theology

    When I turn from what is worthless in life to what is truly of value, it humbles me and compels me to share this truth even as many remain ignorant to it.

    Speaking boldly for The Lord

    Speaking boldly for The Lord

    We continue our study in Acts this Sunday, and we’ll be starting chapter 14 looking at Acts 14:1-7.  Here we find Paul and Barnabas in Iconium preaching the gospel (as usual). Though they continue to face repeated opposition this week’s passage makes a point of letting us know that in light of this, these two apostles spoke with great boldness for the Lord.  This is a very different reality for many of us who, when there is any kind of backlash or hint of negative repercussions to sharing the good news, will often fall flat on our faces. The fact remains that in spite of the great number who reject Jesus, people who don’t know him need to hear the gospel preached. So, the questions we are faced with are these: are we truly committed to the mission? Are we passionate enough about Jesus that we will keep on when things don’t come about as “easy”?

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16)
    Patrice Charade
    Message: 36 – Speaking boldly for the Lord
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 14:1-7
    January 21, 2024

    When I boldly share the gospel with others…

    …some are drawn to the Saviour (v. 1)

    Romans 1:16
    Romans 10:17
    Romans 10:14–15

    …conflict with others is inevitable (v. 2, 4-6)

    Cling to Jesus under pressure because you can count on his promises, and he will give you the stability you need.
    Darryl Dash

    As one sees the apparent defeat of the right, and the triumphing of might and the wrong... it seems as though Satan were getting the better of the conflict. But as one looks above, instead of around, there is plainly visible to the eye of faith a Throne... This then is our confidence: God is on the Throne.
    A.W. Pink

    …lines will be drawn (v. 4)

    Ephesians 4:14

    …and the mission must continue (v. 7)

    Why do we desire the spread of the gospel throughout the world? Not out of a sinful imperialism or triumphalism, whether for ourselves or the church or even “Christianity.” Nor just because evangelism is part of our Christian obedience (though it is). Nor primarily to make other people happy (though it does). But especially because the glory of God and of His Christ is at stake. God is King, has inaugurated His saving reign through Christ, and has a right to rule in the lives of His creatures. Our ambition, then, is to seek first His kingdom, to cherish the passionate desire that His name should receive from men the honor which is due to it.
    John Stott

    Mark 16:15

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    When the gentiles heard

    When the gentiles heard

    Whenever you see a list of the top reasons for fights between couples, money is always at or near the top. It makes sense. A spender marries a saver and they fight. A spender marries a spender and they fight. When two savers get married, I’m thinking they probably get along just fine as they shop at their favourite thrift store. Because money can be such a flashpoint in our homes, it makes sense that “Handling the Money” needs to be part of our family series. God’s plan for your home to be awesome includes principles of managing your finances.

    Take advantage of the resource page we have set up with books and videos, as well as the previous messages in this series and information on the Biblical Soul Care sponsored events that we have put together on parenting. If you have any questions about the family, email them in to us at thefam@harvestbible.ca or text to 705.999.7788, and in the message on March 3, Pastor Roger and I will do our best to answer them.
    Sermon Notes
    Series: The Acts of the Apostles (Chapters 11-16)
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 35 - When the gentiles heard
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 13: 42-52
    January 14, 2024

    When the Word of God is preached…

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    …I want more (v. 42- 44)

    Do not taste what you do not want to hunger after. Psalm 19: 7-11

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    …I see the opposition to it (v. 45-47, 50-51)

    When facing opposition to sharing the gospel:

    1. Accept it as natural consequence

    2. Shake it off

    3. Keep preaching

    …I respond in worship (v. 48) Romans 12: 1-2

    …I want others to hear it too (v. 49) John 1: 45 John 4: 29 1 Corinthians 1: 23-24

    …I am filled with joy and the Holy Spirit (v. 52)

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    Psalm 19: 7-14

    • 43 min

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