Jesus’ teaching from John 4:23-24 serves as the biblical foundation for Harvest’s philosophy of worship:

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worshiping in Spirit

At Harvest, corporate worship is highly participatory. We invite our people to worship with passion and energy. We don’t want to be lazy or lethargic when it comes time to worship. Instead, we want to be enthusiastic and demonstrative. Scripture allows for a great deal of freedom in worship (clapping, kneeling, raising hands, etc.), but we should never lose sight of the object of our worship—we worship God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

Emotions are an acceptable part of worship, but should never be manipulated or fabricated. Healthy and appropriate expressions of emotion are part of what it means to worship genuinely in the Spirit.


Worshiping in Truth

The Bible is the ultimate authority when it comes to worship. At Harvest, therefore, we strive to worship in truth—the truth of who God is as revealed in Scripture. Strict attention is paid to theological content, ensuring that every lyric that is sung, every word spoken, and every art form expressed is biblically sound and supported. We also look to God’s Word to discern how God desires to be worshiped rather that follow the wisdom of man or the latest cultural fad.


A Worshiping Church

Finally, we’re committed to being “true worshipers”—those who worship in spirit and truth. As the Lord scans the planet “seeking such people to worship him,” may he see and hear in us a people who are serious about worshiping him – people who really mean business when it comes time to worship.

“When a believing community amplifies worship as their

ultimate priority, they are shaped by that adoration into

the most powerful human force possible.”

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