core values

Harbour Shores has six core values that serve to set the spiritual direction and pattern of ministry:

  • God’s Word Is Our Exclusive Foundation
  • Worship Is Our Passionate Life Priority
  • Discipleship Is Our Lifelong Commitment
  • Outreach Is Our Joyful Mission
  • Fellowship Is Our Collective Responsibility
  • Prayer Is Our Constant Resource 

God’s Word Is Our Exclusive Foundation

God’s Word, the Bible, must be recognized and upheld as the sole, authoritative foundation for the Church, which is the Body of Christ. The eternal, inerrant truth of Scripture magnifies God, establishes right belief, exposes sin, corrects error, and reveals the path of righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through preaching, teaching, studying, and meditating on the Bible, we receive the Living Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12, II Timothy 3:16-17).
God’s Word is unchangeable. It is everlasting and is to be understood according to God’s original intent and is not subject to private or ever-changing cultural interpretation. It is absolute truth (I Peter 1:25; Psalm 19:7-9; Psalm 119).
When applied. God’s Word totally transforms our inner man through the renewing of our minds. It is the primary tool of the Holy Spirit for our sanctification, resulting in a sincere love for God and one another. The Word of God must be our exclusive foundation if we are to become spiritually strong and live lives that glorify God. Teaching that is centered on God’s Word is a primary catalyst for spiritual transformation in individual lives and the church. (John 17:17; I Corinthians 2:14-15; Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:22-23)

Worship Is Our Passionate Life Priority

Worship is our passionate life priority – to give God the glory He demands and deserves. “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Worship is the humbling of the heart to acknowledge the greatness of God. It is both the ultimate duty and the source of ultimate joy for man. Scripture expresses the worship of God by His people both as a way of life and as a planned corporate experience. As a fellowship, we seek to foster worship as a manner of life. We who have experienced the unbelievable mercy of God in salvation are to see our lives as a “living sacrifice” that is to be presented to God as an act of worship. With grateful expressions of prayer and godly perspectives from the Word, we see all components of our lives as sacred, no matter how mundane.
As each individual life has experienced fellowship with and devotion to God, we gather regularly to multiply our expressions of praise that we may “with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, our corporate worship is an outworking of our individual worship. Worship, as a planned corporate experience, is the coming together of the people of God to express the ultimate value of and love for God. Both the Old and New Testaments bear out the fact that God wants His people to come together to worship Him corporately. We desire our worship to be God-centered, Christ-exalting, Scripture-directed, and Spirit-led worship that pleases God and transcends style or atmosphere. We are committed to lives of worship that are passionate and sincere, coming from thankful and obedient hearts.

Discipleship Is Our Lifelong Commitment

Discipleship is the process of communicating spiritual truth from one believer to another, so as to grow spiritually as we mature together as followers of Jesus Christ. Scripture describes this as progressive sanctification. (2 Tim 2:2, Matt 28:18-20, Romans 6:12-19)
Discipleship is the process of applying truth to life, and it is only effective when we become obedient to that truth. Biblical discipleship fosters spiritual maturity. (Colossians 1:28). We as individuals are committed to participating in the lifelong discipleship process in our own lives. (Hebrews 5:11- 6:1) We desire to become doers of the Word, not just hearers of the Word. While discipleship occurs in formal teaching, it is most effective through relational mentoring and modeling. It is the responsibility of every believer to disciple other believers. We are committed to godly involvement in the lives of others that results in the building up of one another. (Eph. 4:11-13, Heb. 10:24-25)

Outreach Is Our Joyful Mission

Outreach is our passionate mission, both as individuals and as a community of believers, to joyfully join God’s plan to reach men and women of all people groups with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Genesis 12:2-3; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Revelation 5:9).
(2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Acts 2:41; 4:18; Romans 10:15).
God is greatly glorified when His people show Christ-like mercy to those in need, whether they be widows, orphans, poor, sick, imprisoned or hurting (James 1:29; Luke 4:18-21; Matthew 25:34-40). Genuine compassion may be a point of connection for the Gospel. Extending mercy to those in need communicates the nature and love of God. However, because God is most glorified when individuals from all people groups become worshippers of God by faith in the Son of God, compassionate outreach must be accompanied by the message of the Gospel. (Romans 15:8-9; Revelation 5:9; Luke 4:18-21; Rom 15:8-9; James 2:14-17)
We believe that a pattern of outreach and missions was established and demonstrated by the early church, whereby they went out, proclaiming and making disciples, and establishing churches of new believers. Our outreach responsibility begins locally and extends globally. This pattern is God-originated, Christ-centered, and Spirit-empowered. It is our joyful responsibility, individually and corporately, to be equipped to share the Gospel as we nurture loving relationships with the lost, consistently identifying and demonstrating compassion for those in need. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 11:22 13:1; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 1:8)

Fellowship Is Our Collective Responsibility

Fellowship is the collective responsibility of believers to share with one another the common pursuit of growing in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It implies a dependence upon God and connection with all believers in the church body, regardless of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Because all believers are in Christ, our fellowship with one another and with God is part of and is based upon the fellowship that exists between God the Father, Son and Spirit. (John 17)
Fellowship with God and one another is cultivated as we live the truth of God’s Word. This requires confessing sins and obeying God’s word. True fellowship includes loving one another, meeting one another’s needs, praying for and with one another, admonishing one another for the purpose of maintaining and restoring this precious fellowship, studying God’s Word together, encouraging one another, honoring one another, being patient with one another, grieving with one another in times of pain and loss, and rejoicing with one another in times of joy. We, the members of Christ’s body, are called to fellowship by utilizing the gifts of grace given to each individual. We recognize there are many gifts, all of which are important to the functioning of the body. We are expected to encourage each other to discover and use our gifts to help equip one another to do God’s work in the world and to build up Christ’s church. As we do this work together, the body will grow together in unity of faith and knowledge of Christ. We will truly represent Christ, in all His fullness, to the world.
(Heb 10:12, Romans 4:25, Matt 27:46, John 17:20-26, I John 3:16-18,1 John 4: 7-8, Matt 18:15-20,1 Thess 5:11,1 Cor 12:24-25,1 Thess 5:14, John 17:24, Romans 12:15, I John 1:3,1 John 1:7, Phil 3:10, Gal 2:9, 2 Cor 13:14, Psalms 55:14, Acts 2:42,1 Cor 1:9, Phil 3:10, Eph 4:16)

Prayer Is Our Constant Resource

Prayer is the resource by which we constantly communicate and fellowship with the living God. Through it, we acknowledge our need of the help of the Holy Spirit in adjusting and aligning our minds and our hearts to God’s good and perfect will for us. While Scripture commands us to pray, we also see prayer as our God-given privilege. It is the “offering up of our desires to God for things agreeable to His will in the name of Christ with confession of our sins and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies.” (Luke 18:1, 1 Thess. 5:17, Romans 8:26)
Prayer is our individual and corporate declaration of dependence upon God. The prayer life of a follower of Christ is a measure of his intimacy with God, an intimacy which is to be deepening as time passes. It is our corporate responsibility to ensure that all aspects of ministry and fellowship be preceded, under girded, and empowered by prayer as modeled by Jesus Christ. This must be exemplified in the practice and teaching of prayer. (Matthew 7:7-12)
Through prayer we glorify God by honoring His name, seeking His Kingdom, and submitting to His will. God desires to accomplish His will and purpose through the prayers of His people. Therefore, we are committed to hold prayer as a high and ever-existent priority. (Matthew 6:9-13, John 17)