HarvestBell Academy’s Doctrine Statement
The Torah (Hebrew word Torah means “divine teaching”) is the Guideline by which we live. We believe that God reveals doctrine to us in the scriptures, concerning what we ought believe, how we ought behave, and when we ought react. The original word has an answer for every problem, covering all aspects of our lives, past, present, and future. We firmly believe that the very first Bible had no flaws, that it was the PERFECT divine breath of God. We believe that humans, no matter how carefully and diligently they work at it, will always produce imperfect translations of His Words. We are committed to the Bible in its original form as inerrant and authoritative Word of God. It is reliable and true from cover to cover. Matthew 5:18
11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so Acts 17:11 Let us strive to be like the Bereans, doing daily Bible study. The more we study, the more we allow God to work in us and help make things click in our minds and nudge us to investigate further on other passages. We must base our curriculum on the Scriptures.
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 God knows the right way to live. We can ask Him to help us understand. We won’t understand simply by studying the Scriptures, we must prayerfully petition to God to make us understand his perfect precepts. If one could understand instantly after reading the Word, why would David himself need to plead to the Lord to “make him understand?” It’s a two-fold process from what I’ve seen… to take the Bible literally within its original context with God at your side showing you the right way. Then test, test, and test it against other parts of the Bible. If it does not mesh anywhere else, try again because you misheard God. You must plead to God to make you understand.
17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth John 17:17 Scripture is pure and provides clarity, in other words, it sanctifies us. It illuminates the darkness of the world’s flaws and gives us wisdom in how to handle all kinds of issues; moral, ethical, and spiritual. God will light the candle and then we can shine it in dark corners to find out things. If it muddles and confuses you, that is not of God. The Bible will provide clear clarity. There are even verses pointing to this concept, like the psalm about lamp on feet.
16 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 See the middle part…. “The gospel for it ***IS*** the power of God….” The gospel is how God’s power gives us salvation, the gospel is how we can come to believe in Jesus Christ, in Yeshua the Messiah. His name echoes throughout the Bible over and over.
16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16 When we have the mind of Christ (by studying His Word), dilemmas become clear. Life itself is confusing and chaotic, but when we look for answers from God, the right answer will leave no doubt. We humans cannot claim to understand what the Lord meant to say, therefore how can translations be inerrant? But by inviting Christ into our study, are we able to have the mind of Christ and then gain glimpses into the mind of Lord himself, so that he may instruct us.
12 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 There is NO spiritual weapon superior to the Bible. The Word of God is living and within us. That makes it unique. It becomes our inner being and our natures. It’s able to pierce deeply and cleanly, exposing our inner hearts to be naked for the world to see. This is another reason I stand reassured that the original word of God is inerrant. How can it be alive, sharper than a sword and able to slay souls and bring them to redemption if it isn’t true?
25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:25 “The perfect law of liberty”. The Bible is our liberty. If we do, we will be blessed. If we see and not do, then we won’t be fulfilled. Bliss and satisfaction is part of what we do with the Word of God, with our obedience. The law that God handed down to Moses, whispered to Solomon, nudged Hosea, and many more is PERFECT. Let me be a doer that act. Let me not forget to put this into action.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation– 1 Peter 2:2 What is the pure spiritual milk in this verse? The Bible? I think so. I admit I do not understand the context and nuances of this phrase just yet. I have more digging to do. I feel the Holy Spirit pressing me to investigate this further. Another example of asking Him to make me understand.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuternomy 6:4-9 The Word of God has always been all we need and we are required to pass them down to our children every moment we possibly can. God’s Word is THE resource for life and godliness. We are to ensure we focus our children’s attention on the words of the living God and make HIM the centerpiece of their lives. This is the basis of my decision to homeschool my daughter. If I cannot afford to send her to a Christian school where the curriculum is centered on the Scriptures, I must obey the Lord by taking it upon myself to seep her life in the Scriptures to provide her with a firm foundation in life.
15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 15-17 If we say the Bible isn’t inspired by God, we call him a liar. The Bible must be our backbone of the school. It gives us what we need for teaching, for disciplining, for training, for raising our children. The Bible will help my children become competent equipped disciples of Christ. The Bible has EVERYTHING we need to provide our children with a grounded education.
28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28 I must get my children used to keeping the Word of God at the center of their lives. I wasn’t raised in a Christian household and it took a huge learning curve of how to properly place God in charge of my life. I kept on taking control back from him. I must allow my Messiah to bear the yoke of my burden, and if I desire for my children to experience this blessing, I must teach them obedience and how to keep his word.
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:33-34
130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119
1 John2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie–just as it has taught you, abide in him.
Eph 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, ** unschooling is not Biblical. One must have teachers to equip them.**
Proverbs 312 For the LORD corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights
1 Corinthians 1:20=2120 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.
Wisdom is a gift from God; it is not something that the world can give us through secular education. True wisdom comes from an education rooted in God’s Word.