Every now and then I like to check the Location Map at harvestamerica.com to see what’s happening. It’s exciting to see how new locations are springing up all over the nation each and every week, and especially exciting to see churches represented from various denominations. When I click on those pinpoints on the map, I see church names that include labels like Baptist, Methodist, Calvary Chapel, and more—I even noticed one that was completely in Spanish.
An event like Harvest America reminds us that, regardless of our denominational handles, we are one church. Listen, if you have put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and received His forgiveness for your sins, you’re part of the church, and we are all members of the same body—the Body of Christ. We might have minor differences, but we have a lot more in common—the most significant of which is adoption by our Heavenly Father into the same family.
So we are one church, and any congregation is welcome to participate in Harvest America. This event is from the church, for the church, to build up the church. By that, I mean the objective of this event is not to grow the “Harvest” brand, or to build up any particular denomination, or to pursue any agenda other than the simple proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our objective is to spiritually build up the local church in any given community. We would be delighted to hear that your local congregation grew numerically as a result of this outreach, but it’s not the numbers that are important—it is the individual lives of those who hear and respond to the gospel.
So get the word out. Get your pastor involved. Pray. Take a step of faith and host Harvest America in your home, church, or community. Together, let’s build up the church of Jesus Christ until the day of His return.
Send an e-vite to your pastor or church leaders to let them know what Harvest America is all about.