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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.

    Fear fell upon them all

    Fear fell upon them all

    Why are we so uncomfortable with the idea that we’re to fear God? Whenever it comes up, we get responses ranging from, “That’s just wrong; God is a God of love not fear” to “When it says ‘fear’ it means ‘awe’ or ‘reverence’” when in fact, the real response to the presence of God by sinful humans, even believing ones, is terror. There’s no escaping that, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Not reverence. Not awe. Fear. Bone-rattling terror. We see it when Moses, Isaiah, Paul, and John came somewhat close to God’s presence. “Woe is me!” said Isaiah, “For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Daniel recounted what he saw in his vision of the throne room of God, and no one would deny the frightening nature of the scene (Daniel 7:9-10). In our passage this Sunday, “Fear fell upon” the residents of Ephesus because there were some who were toying with the name of Jesus and with evil spirits. Ultimately, “The name of the Lord Jesus was extolled” and the gospel had its effect and people were converted. As we study Acts 19:11-20 together, we’ll see what is means for us to truly fear God.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 52 – Fear fell upon them all
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 19:11-20
    June 9, 2024

    If I truly feared God…

    …I would perhaps see more miracles (v. 11-12)

    The miracles wrought by the apostles are never presented as ends in themselves but always as opportunities, assistance to faith and commitment.
    John B. Polhill

    …I would not be so flippant with his name (v. 13-14)

    Exodus 20:7

    What does it really mean to take the Lord's name in vain
    Kevin deYoung

    Matthew 15:8

    …I would worship him more intensely (v. 15-17)

    Fear – a state of severe distress, aroused by intense concern for impending pain, danger, evil.
    L&N 25.251

    It's very important that we learn to fear God in order that we may fear nothing else.
    Elisabeth Elliot

    The fear of the Lord is the humble recognition of who God is and the appropriate human response to him.
    Wendy Widder

    …I would be done with anything remotely evil in my life (v. 18-19)

    …I would witness the Word of God’s powerful effect all around me (v. 20)

    John 5:39

    The fear of the LORD is such a reverential awe of God that grips your heart that you're willing to listen to His wisdom, you're willing to submit to His commands, you're willing to surrender your will to His will, and you're willing to rest in the awesome promises of His grace. The fear of the LORD makes you run toward Him, not away from Him and causes you to live in a way you would not live apart from Him. It's the fear of the LORD that caused David to walk into that valley of Elah and to challenge that great warrior, Goliath. It's the fear of the LORD that made Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego unafraid of the threats of Nebuchadnezzar. And, it’s the fear of the LORD that has propelled all of His saints to live as soldiers of light in a darkened world.
    Paul David Tripp

    There is a Holy Spirit

    There is a Holy Spirit

    Some Christians are quite into the Holy Spirit. Some Christians act like they don’t even know there is a Holy Spirit. In this week’s message in Acts 19:1-10, we’ll see a small group of believers who had no idea who or what the Holy Spirit was. It provides us with an opportunity to see how we do at recognizing and inviting the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in and through our lives. This message will be a primer on our pneumatology, the study of the Holy Spirit.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 51 – There is a Holy Spirit
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 19:1-10
    June 2, 2024

    There is a Holy Spirit who…

    …indwells me at conversion (v. 1-2)

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    John 3:5

    Romans 6:3–4

    …blesses me through baptism (v. 3-5)

    …empowers me in serving (v. 6-7)

    As throughout Acts, there is no set pattern. The Spirit came at various times and in various ways. What is consistent is that the Spirit is always a vital part of one’s initial commitment to Christ and a mark of every believer.
    John B. Polhill

    Cognitive Scientist Ted Talk

    1 Corinthians 12:7

    The essence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit is when a person, who is already a believer, receives extraordinary spiritual power for Christ-exalting ministry.
    John Piper

    You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit - resource by John Piper

    Holy Spirit chart: https://www.hbc.info/holyspirit

    …leads me while on mission (v. 8-10)

    The way of God

    The way of God

    There should be no debate that the way of a Christian is the way of God. We’re not making anything up on our own, instead, it is the Scriptures that lay out the path that every faithful believer will walk with the Holy Spirit’s help. In Acts 18:18-28, the Apostle Paul makes his way back to Antioch, his sending church, to report on his mission. Meanwhile, a man named Apollos enters the scene and ministers in Ephesus. The two episodes provide a picture of what it means to both teach and live out “the way of God.” What we’ll see in the passage is that embracing the way of God changes everything for us. It changes what we worship, how we walk, the work we do, and what we witness to. Those four W’s should be familiar to you if you’ve been around Harvest for any length of time.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 50 – The way of God
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 18:18-28
    May 26, 2024

    Embracing the way of God changes everything (v. 18-23)…

    Deo volente – If God wills

    …It changes what I worship (v. 24-25a)

    Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.
    David Foster Wallace

    Everyone has to live for something, and if that something is not God, then we are driven by that thing we live for.
    Timothy Keller

    Everybody Worships Something - Timothy Keller

    Romans 12:11

    Ephesians 5:1–2

    Revelation 2:4

    Some of us love what we do for Jesus more than we love Jesus. We love our small groups. We love our ministry. All wonderful stuff, but these have replaced him. Thus, Jesus says, you have LEFT, not lost, your first love because LEFT implies distraction.
    We’ve become distracted by things that are not him. Not our first love. Now, this is not the sequential or orderly term for “first” (do this, then this, and then this, etc.), it’s the essence-term for “first.” It is that which establishes and judges the priorities in your life.
    What Jesus says is, you have LEFT your first love. You have chosen to love something more. And the dastardly irony is this: it’s the right stuff that you love more.
    paraphrased from a sermon by Crawford Loritts

    …it changes how I walk (v. 25b-26)

    …it changes the work I do (v. 27)

    Ephesians 2:8

    …it changes what I witness to (v. 28)

    Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
    Henry Thomas Buckle

    A true disciple of Jesus worships Christ, walks with Christ, works for Christ, and witnesses for Christ.

    I have many in this city who are my people

    I have many in this city who are my people

    Where do you go in times of discouragement, desperation or spiritual dryness? There are many things that the world would tell us will help us with those things, all of which lead us to deeper despondency and distance us from the only one who can really satisfy. Maybe you’re feeling that discouragement and despair these days, maybe you’re in that place, struggling to find your way through.

    There’s every indication that this is exactly where the Apostle Paul was as he made his way to Corinth. This second missionary journey that he had been on was rife with challenges; he had been imprisoned in Philippi, chased out of Thessalonica and Berea and mocked in Athens. Despite the way the Lord had been working, he was feeling the effects of the challenge of gospel ministry. As we turn our attention to Acts 18:1-17 this Sunday, we’ll see the Lord encourage Paul in a profound way through all the ups and downs of his time there. We’ll consider how we’re seeing God work in our own lives and the way that should encourage and motivate us to mission, just like it did for Paul. As John Calvin put it many years ago, “No one will calmly and quietly submit to bear the cross except those who have learned to seek their happiness beyond this world.”

    Series: The Book of Acts
    Jordan Coros
    Message 49 - I have many in this city who are my people
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 18:1-17
    May 19, 2024

    1 Corinthians 2:3

    As I work for the kingdom, am I seeing God work in…

    1. …the people? (v. 1-5a)

    Romans 16:3–4

    Ministry Partners

    2. …the challenges? (v. 5b-6)

    Mark 16:15

    Matthew 5:11

    3. …the successes? (v. 7-8)

    Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing.
    And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philipp and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.
    Martin Luther

    4. …the promises? (v. 9-11)

    1 John 4:18

    Romans 8:28

    5. …the unexpected? (v. 12-17)

    To be cast down is often the best thing for us...It is an unspeakable consolation that our Lord Jesus knows this experience.
    Charles Spurgeon

    He is not far from each one of us

    He is not far from each one of us

    Too many people, even Christians, have a mistaken notion that God is distant. It’s “The Big Man in the Sky” idea. Some go so far as to see God as distant and detached. Something that’s know as Deism. But the God of the Bible is anything but. Yes, he is transcendent in the sense that he is “other” than us. Yet he is also immanent; close; personal. In Sunday’s passage, Acts 17:16-34, the Apostle Paul finds himself in Athens in a place called the Aeropagus, meeting with the city’s thinkers and philosophers. He spends considerable time there meeting with them and discussing the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he makes the statement that God is “not far from each one of us.” What a reassuring thing to know! God is close. Even in the depths of our sin and even with the sense that we might have that we are “so far from God,” yet he is right there. We’ll unpack all of that from the passage this Sunday.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 48 – He is not far from each one of us
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 17:16-34
    May 12, 2024

    So that people who don’t yet know Jesus would come to see just how close
    they are to him, I must…

    …first, show genuine concern for their spiritual state (v. 16-21)

    Provoked; παροξύνομαι: to be upset at someone or something involving severe emotional concern. In some languages the expression must be rendered idiomatically as ‘his heart was eating him’ or ‘his stomach was hot.’
    L&N 88.189

    Epicureanism – materialists; what is seen is relevant; no afterlife; not atheistic, but gods are not involved with humanity; “if there’s a god, why so much suffering?”; religious skeptics; value happiness and see it stemming from the absence of pain, suffering; “a good life is a pleasurable life.”

    Stoicism – believe in divine providence; pantheists; divinity found in all nature, matter; “divine spark” binds everything together; pursue reason, logic; high ethic; believe in self-sufficiency and a universal brotherhood.

    …then relate the gospel to their specific situation (v. 22-26)

    The gist of the speech is...thoroughly rooted in Old Testament thought throughout. The main theme is God as Creator and the proper worship of this Creator God. The language often has the ring of Greek philosophy, for Paul was attempting to build what bridges he could to reach the Athenian intellectuals.
    John B. Polhill

    …presenting Jesus as the clear alternative (v. 27-28)

    Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.
    Dumb Quote by Someone

    Romans 10:14–15

    …and not equivocating at all on the error of their ways (v. 29-34)

    The big 3 of the gospel:
    (1) Everyone must repent;
    (2) There is a coming judgment; and
    (3) Jesus’ resurrection from the dead secures our salvation.

    When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.
    C. S. Lewis

    Examining the Scriptures daily

    Examining the Scriptures daily

    The Jews of Berea never imagined that they would become the poster children for diligent study of the Scriptures, and that 2000 years later camps, churches, colleges and more would be named after them for that very reason. As we look at Acts 17:10-15 this Sunday, we’ll be inspired and challenged by these who, “were more noble” and who, “received the word with all eagerness.” Oh God, let that be us too! Read the passage ahead of time and come ready to hear, believe, and act upon the Word of God.

    Series: The Acts of the Apostles
    Todd Dugard
    Message: 47 – Examining the Scriptures daily
    Harvest Bible Chapel
    Text: Acts 17:10-15
    May 5, 2024

    Love for Christ, love for God’s Word, and love for the church. Remove one, the other two will fall in time. All three together, operating in healthy mutual reinforcement, make a supernatural Christian before whom the devil trembles, however ordinary they may appear otherwise.
    Dane Ortlund

    How do I receive the Word of God?

    Open-mindedly? (v. 10-11a)

    noble — a willingness to learn and evaluate something fairly; to be open-minded.
    L&N 27.48

    Response to the Word:
    • I hear and believe and act upon
    • I hear and reject the truth and don’t act upon
    • I hear and believe but don’t act upon

    Acts 17:3

    The Christian Scriptures:

    P75 Manuscript:

    Eagerly? (v. 11b)

    Diligently? (v. 11c)

    Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus and Israel:

    Luke 24:44–48

    The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me...A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a cardinal without it.
    Martin Luther

    Practical ways to be diligent in the study of the Word:
    1 – Get a Bible
    2 – Use a pen
    3 – Subscribe to a reading plan
    4 – Use additional resources


    Transformationally? (v. 12)

    2 Timothy 2:15

    Bravely? (v. 13-15)

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