Who We Are

Who We Are

Harvest Bible Chapel St. Louis West is a non-denominational Bible-believing community of followers of Jesus Christ currently unaffiliated with any formal association, but nurturing local and international partnerships with many Harvest Bible Chapels, Vertical Churches, and other like-minded biblical communities.

Our Mission Statement
The church exists to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. (Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 22:37-39)

We depend on the Lord’s promise to build His church (Matthew 16:18), forsaking man-centered, entertaining techniques and embracing a Christ-centered, Biblical approach.

Our Distinctives

  • Verse-by-verse expository applicational preaching
  • Passionate Christ-centered contemporary worship
  • Discipleship through small groups
  • Commitment to Biblical multiplication
  • Clear and direct communication
  • Loving and joyful fellowship
  • Enduring relationships through Biblical forgiveness

The Four Pillars of Harvest Bible Chapel

Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:2

Lifting high the name of Jesus through worship

"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." John 12:32
"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24

Believing firmly in the power of prayer

"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
"Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18

Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16
"And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:19-20

 

The Harvest "Four Ws"

The path of authentic discipleship commands a lifetime of following. Growing disciples embrace the process of continual sanctification. This simply means becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus in character and actions. We call the four main areas of focus “The Harvest 4 Ws”: 

  • Worship Christ
  • Walk with Christ
  • Work for Christ
  • Witness for Christ

Faithfulness and intentionality in our pursuit of God in these four simple ways makes possible the biblical goal for discipleship, "to present everyone mature in Christ" (Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 1:28)

Discipleship is to be worked out together in ministry to one another and with one another. Our aim is to package and give away ministry to every faithful follower to provide shepherding care for the entire congregation (Ephesians 4:11-12). When all disciples use their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry, the result is a vibrant and strong local church where everyone is cared for, as well as caring for others.

Our primary means to develop these gifts, and to build up and serve one another is through our Small Group Ministry. Everyone who calls Harvest St. Louis their church home is strongly encouraged to take part in a small group. This is where the primary action takes place as we study the Word together, pray, and hold one another accountable. It is from these home-based groups that we also venture out into the mission field to bear witness and do work projects to help others. The Small Group Ministry format governs our way of discipleship not only for the adults, but also for Harvest Student Ministries and Harvest Kids.

The obvious benefit is consistent spiritual growth. As our kids move from elementary school to middle school, then to high school and young adulthood, they become used to praying for one another, being transparent in sharing their lives, discussing Scripture, and equipping themselves to share their faith. Jesus said, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). We are passionate about both the opportunities Christ gives us as His disciples and the process of becoming equipped.

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