Frequently Asked Questions

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The gospel is all about Jesus Christ. The gospel is good news, but… in order to understand this good news you must first understand some bad news. The bad news, simply stated, is that every person is a sinner and deserves to be eternally separated from God while experiencing the eternal wrath and condemnation of God. We all stand guilty and condemned before a holy and perfect and just God. Consider what the Bible says:

Isaiah 53:6 – “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…”

Romans 3:23 – “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

1 John 1:8 – “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

James 2:10 – “…whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”

The gospel is such good news because Jesus is the answer to man’s sin problem. Jesus, who was God in the flesh, came to earth over 2,000 years ago to live and die as man’s substitute. Jesus lived a perfect and righteous life and then died as the sacrifice and substitute for sinners. Jesus is the only way to eternal life, forgiveness and reconciliation with God! Consider what the Bible says:

John 1:1, 14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”

John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’”

Jesus has lived the perfect, sinless and righteous life. Jesus has died as the substitute for sin. Jesus rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. The question is: How will you respond to Jesus? What will you do with Jesus? Will you believe in Him? Will you turn to Him in faith? Will you repent (turn from) your sin and embrace Him as Lord and Savior? This is precisely what God asks you to do. Consider what the Bible says:

John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the word, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

Romans 10:9-13 – “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ‘whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

The Gospel is good news because the Gospel is the means to finding eternal life and eternal joy in Jesus Christ! Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you received forgiveness and eternal life from Him? Have you confessed and repented of your sins and trusted in Jesus? If not, we’d invite you to do so. It is the greatest and most important decision you could ever make. Consider what the Bible says:

2 Corinthians 5:20 – “…we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Acts 16:30-32 – “‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.”

Acts 17:30-31 – “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

If you have any questions about the Gospel or about what it means to repent, believe and place your faith in Jesus Christ, don’t hesitate to call (317.984.5552) or email ( us at Harbour Shores.

The address for Harbour Shores is:
8011 E. 216th Street,
Cicero, IN 46034
We are located in Noblesville very close to Cicero.
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If you are a visitor, please park in our visitor parking spaces conveniently located near the main entrance.


On Sunday mornings, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., there are many Adult Bible Fellowships (ABF’s) for you to choose from where you will enjoy solid Bible study, discussion and fellowship with other believers.

On Sunday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., please join us in the worship center for our corporate worship service where we worship through song, through giving and through the proclamation of God’s Word.

On Sunday evenings, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., there are many Pathway to Maturity Classes (PTM’s) for you to participate in. These classes are designed to help you grow deep in your knowledge and application of God’s Word.

For assistance with finding any of these classes, please see any of our greeters and they will be happy to assist you in getting to the right class.

On Sunday mornings, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., there are nursery and Sunday school classes available for children and teenagers of all ages, nursery through high school.

On Sunday mornings, from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m., during our Sunday morning worship service, there is nursery care available and children’s church for children 4 years old through 4th grade. Those attending children’s church are encouraged to be in the main worship service with their parents until they are dismissed to children’s church about 30 minutes into the service.

On Sunday evenings, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., there is nursery care available, Awana (Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks, Truth & Training) for children pre-K through 6th grade, and Student Ministries (The Shore) available for Jr. High and High School age students.

For assistance with finding any of these classes, please see any of our greeters and they will be happy to assist you in getting to the right class.

Yes! Typically our elders and pastoral staff are around and available to meet, greet and speak with you before and after the service. 

If you would like to set up and schedule a meeting with any of the pastors or elders, please call (317.984.5552) or email ( the church office.

Harbour Shores has six core values that serve to guide and direct our pattern and philosophy 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)

About the Bible…

We believe the Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.

Scriptural basis:2 Timothy 3:16-17, 16 and 2 Peter 1:19-21

About God…

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Scriptural basis:Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6 and Revelation 4:11

About Jesus…

We believe that Jesus Christ is the virgin-born Son of God, Who lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death, rose in bodily form, ascended into heaven where He now ministers as our High Priest, and is coming back to this earth to establish His earthly kingdom.

Scriptural basis: Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4; Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:2-11; Hebrews 12:2; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; Isaiah 11:4-5 and Revelation 20:6

About the Holy Spirit…

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the agent in the new birth; and baptizes the witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

He bestows spiritual gifts, some of which were of a temporary nature designed as signs to authenticate the message of the apostles, and have ceased. Among these gifts are the gifts of tongues and healing.

Scriptural basis: John 14:16-17, 16; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:16 and Romans 8:26-27

About Satan…

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

Scriptural basis: Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10 and Revelation 20:2

About Creation…

We accept the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct work of God, and not from previously existing forms of life, and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. We reject both theistic and naturalistic evolution.

Scriptural basis:Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17 and John 1:3

About the Fall of Man…

We believe that man was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; that he is totally depraved, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

Scriptural basis:Genesis 3:1-6; Genesis 3:24; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18 and Romans 1:32

About Salvation…

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

Scriptural basis: Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3 and 2 Corinthians 5:21

About Regeneration and Justification…

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again (regenerated); that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that is, is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift from God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that it involves more than mere assent but is the personal reception of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; that it’s proper evidence appears in the Holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

We believe that justification is the act of God whereby the believer is declared righteous upon the basis of Christ’s imputed righteousness.

Scriptural basis: John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; 1 John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8; Romans 3:21-28, 21; Philippians 3:9 and Galatians 2:16

About Eternal Life…

We believe in the security of the saints; that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father and Jesus Christ.

Scriptural basis: Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39 and Jude 1

About the Local Church…

We believe that the local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by the covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors, elders and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

Scriptural basis: Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 5:23; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Colossians 1:18 and Acts 15:13-18

About Separation…

We believe that obedience to God’s Word will not allow cooperation in spiritual efforts with those who deny the historic Christian faith. We specifically repudiate the assumption that cooperation with apostates is justified if commendable spiritual results are obtained by so doing. We believe the Bible requires a church to be completely separated from associational fellowship with groups which permit the presence of theological liberals.

Scriptural basis: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 16:17-18 and 2 John 9-11

About the Righteous and the Wicked…

We believe that there is a radical difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; which all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among man both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

Scriptural basis:Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17-18; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 6:25; Matthew 25:34-41 and John 8:21

About End Times (Eschatology)…

We believe that the imminent rapture of the church is the next event to occur according to prophecy. Christ’s coming for His church as outlined in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:51,52 will announce the beginnings of Daniel’s seventieth week (Daniel 9:24-27), which includes, “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7), the Great Tribulation, and the Battle of Armageddon. At the close of the Great Tribulation period, Christ will establish His earthly kingdom and occupy the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32, Isaiah 9:6,7; Acts 2:29,30) and reign for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6).

At the close of the Millennium, Satan will be loosed to deceive (Revelation 20:8). Fire from God out of heaven will end this battle (Revelation 20:9).

After this, the Great White Throne Judgment occurs. All the wicked dead of all ages will appear before this throne (Rev 20:11-15).

About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Ordinances of the Local Church)…


We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior; that with its symbolism in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, it is prerequisite as a first step of obedience to the privileges of church relationship.

The Lord’s Supper:

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

Scriptural basis: Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

About Civil Government…

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests of good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of this earth.

Scriptural basis: Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:20; Acts 4:19-20 and Daniel 2:17-18

There are many places for you to serve and use your giftedness here at Harbour Shores!

If you know your giftedness and where you would like to serve, please feel free to contact any leader within that area of ministry to see how you might serve for God’s glory. If you do not know who the leaders are within your ministry area of interest, please feel free to contact the church office (phone: 317.984.5552; email: ( so we can steer you in the right direction.

If, however, you do not know your giftedness or where you would like to serve, please contact our Assimilation Team ( and they would more than happy to help you discern your gifts and discover where you might serve.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Harbour Shores Church, we would strongly encourage you to take our new members/informational class called HSC 101. Through taking this class you will learn much about the church including what we believe, what our core values are, how we are governed/structured, how you might serve, etc.

HSC 101 classes happen throughout the year. To enroll or find out when the next one will begin, please contact the church office by phone (317.984.5552) or by email (