Welcome to the Connexion Family
Every family has their own unique history and stories. Harvest Connexion is no exception. We want to tell you about our history and some stories that capture who we are as a church because becoming a member of Harvest Connexion means you are adding to our story.
What is the purpose of the church?
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God (Connecting Upward) with all your heart, and with all your soul Connecting Inward, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (Connecting Inward). The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Connecting Outward). - Love God, Love Yourself, Love Others!
Connecting upward, inward, and outward to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Statement of Faith
We at Connexion Church engage people with the good news of Jesus Christ, equip people on their journey, and empower people to use their gifts, talents, and resources for the Kingdom of God.
Case for Support:
What’s in a name? Anything...everything! One of the most difficult things for churches and organizations is the ability to define themselves. I’ve heard it said, “Why does Amarillo need another church? Why does the world need another church?” The answer is, it doesn’t. It needs the church to be the church. Just as people have different personalities, values, and goals, churches have different personalities, values, and goals. Harvest Connexion has a life giving Spirit which is embedded in our DNA. We are biblical and uphold biblical values expressing God’s love, His wisdom, His correction, and His guidance for our lives. We are an equipping center and take very seriously Jesus’s command found in Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We will go where we are called and engage the people to whom we are called. We will make disciples through equipping them in teaching and baptism, and empowering them to take the gospel through out the world.
Values of Connexion
1.) The Word of God
We believe the Word of God as expressed in the Scriptures. All three forms of the Word of God must align with the written word.
Logos - the Living Word (Jesus)
Graphe - the Written Word (Bible)
Rhema - the Spoken Word (preach, prophetic, prayer)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 " All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
2) Prayer & Worship
We believe prayer is the ability to connect both upward and inward. We are a praying church. Worship is our offering to the Lord, but it also opens our hearts in such a way, He can write on it. Connecting upward through prayer and worship keeps us sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to the church.
John 4:23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers."
3) Healthy Relationships
Our ability to connect with one another is a reflection of God is connecting with us at the heart, soul, mind, and strength levels. Healthy people help one another. Hurt people, hurt people. Connexion desires for its member to connect inward so we can express the love of Christ outward. Healthy relationships within the body of Christ are an expression to the world of God's unfailing love for His people. Broken, hurt, and hopeless people throughout the world are in need healthy relationships, and the church should be an example of this. A place where people are told, "welcome home."
1 Peter 2:17 "Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king."
Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;..."
Proverbs 15:33 "The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility."
John 13:35 "By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another."
James 2:8 "If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scriptures, 'You shall love your neighbors as yourself', you are doing well."
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
A giving congregation is a fruitful congregation. When we give of our time, energy, and resources we provide a place for others. A giving congregation grows and a selfish congregation becomes an institution and eventually dies. Serving is giving, and the opposite of being a servant is selfishness. God will never honor a selfish person!
Acts 20:35 "In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Love: First and foremost, we offer Jesus' love to everyone. By holding everyone in a valuable way, we honor our leadership, the elderly, and our children.
Excellence: We give of our excellence. Our ability to do things in excellence sets the atmosphere for people to encounter Christ. The floors should shine, the carpets should be clean, and the light bulbs must all burn. When it happens, it creates an atmosphere for people to experience Christ. Excellence takes the Gospel to the world in a way that is tangible, experiential, and fruitful.
Finances: We give of our finances. Every time someone gives financially, they are trusting God to provide. "Without faith, it is impossible to please God." (Hebrews 11:6) Finances increase the ability for ministry. This is why Jesus spoke more about money than any other subject. We are simply stewards.
In 2009, our senior pastor, Curtis House was engaged by Harvest Christian Fellowship of Plainview to plant a campus in Amarillo. At the time, Curtis was serving a denominational church in Lubbock. Paul and D’Ann Cypert were the original planters of Harvest in Plainview, and through Paul’s leadership the church grew immensely. On September 21st, 2010, Curtis and Allison planted Harvest Christian Fellowship of Amarillo. We originally began in Jack and Darla Carthel’s home, moved shortly to a guest room at the Country Barn restaurant, and then renovated a three thousand square foot building on I-27. Within the year, we were offered our current building which consisted of chandeliers, pews, and orange carpet with the entire children’s wing being condemned. But, our God is a God of redemption, and has raised this building up from the ashes to what it is today, providing ministry to over six-hundred people per month.
Ephesians chapter four reminds us, that we as a church, should be an equipping center. Early on, Curtis would watch Kid City while Allison would lead the forty or fifty people in worship. When worship was over, she would relieve Curtis while he would then go and preach. However, as people were equipped they began to serve and the church was soon on its way. Bret and Kendra Huey would soon join the vision, and after our move to Bonham Street, would begin to put order to the madness! They volunteered to help equip people to work in Kid City, youth, and young adults. Bret would become our second hire in Amarillo, and today oversees and equips for the ministries of the church.
Today, Harvest Connexion has nine full time employees, anywhere from four to eight part-time employees, and eleven hourly employees. We currently have over 330 people in Life Groups and Focus Groups, and others who serve many ministries throughout the city and the world - but this is just the beginning. Our goal is to continue to grow so we can engage our culture, encourage them in a relationship with Jesus Christ, equip them, and empower them in service.
Who is Jesus in our Connexion?
Matthew 16:13-20 “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Jesus, both fully man and fully God, came into our culture, lived a sinless life, died a shameful death for the forgiveness of our sins (not to condone them), rose from a cold grave and is now in Heaven seated at the right hand side of the Father. Through Jesus alone we have salvation, life, and a right relationship to our heavenly Father.
At Harvest Connexion Church We Believe:
1. The Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is one God. Supreme over all, Omniscient and Omnipresent, leading us into a life of liberty, and ultimately to a life of holiness.
2. Jesus is God’s one and only Son - John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
3. Jesus came to save people from their sins - I Timothy 1:15 “It is a trustworthy statement, desiring full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
4. The only unpardonable sin is to reject Jesus - Luke 12:8-10 “And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. Those who reject His teaching, reject Him.”
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call Me “Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?”
Who is the Church?
The church is the body and bride of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:21-33 "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Revelation 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."
II Corinthians 11:2 "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him."
Throughout Scripture, the Greek noun “ekklesia” is translated “church”.
“ek” - a preposition meaning “out”
“kalo” - is a verb meaning “I call”
Literal Interpretation - The called out ones. The historical application was a legal term used to describe a group of people called out to establish government or to govern. We affirm theocratic government within Connexion Church.
Matthew 16:13-18 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Jesus builds His church, but we must steward it appropriately. We must seek Him above all things and uphold His Word as written in the Scriptures (Bible).
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
I Corinthians12:12-27 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
This is a picture of individuals or members coming together to form a single unit or “body”. This body is led by Jesus who is the head of His church. From this picture we must understand the value of each member. Each member must grow to understand the importance of their proper relationship to the rest of the body. Each member needs to function properly, communicate clearly, and fulfill their calling, following the vision and values of the church.
We must remember the church is the only organization that exists for those who are not yet a part of it. In other words, maturity in Christ is serving the world and giving an invitation for them to become a follower of Jesus.
Axioms of Connexion
Grace - “God’s Ability”: Righteousness - “It is as it should be”: Life together. Life Giving, Christ manifested, Spirit Filled, Bible Teaching Church.
Why the spelling? - The "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Christós (Χριστός). And that’s how we connect, with Christ being central in who we are!
Habakkuk 2:1-3 “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”
Vision needs to be written down, so it can be handed off.
If you don’t know where you are going, you are bound to get there. We must have vision. We must have vision statements so each one can know the target.
We connect through engaging the population regardless or race, age, male or female: Race - Ethnically diverse: There is only one race, the human race.
Age - Multigenerational: In a day and time when the expert is celebrated over the sage, we celebrate the sage! With age comes wisdom, and the scriptures are very clear about this. We honor those who have gone before us. It’s because of them, we are here.
Male & Female - We celebrate our differences and hold everyone in a valuable way. We believe there are only two genders, “male and female, He made them both in His image”.
Revelation 7:9 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes.”
The church should be an equipping station; teaching the Scriptures in a practical way and helping one another to apply God’s word to their lives.
Church - We equip through the Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason of the church.
Life Groups - We equip through doing life together and studying the Scriptures in our homes.
Events - Holy Spirit Class, Freedom in Christ, grief ministries, marriage ministries, men’s & women’s retreats are all ways we equip at Connexion.
Ephesians 4:11-13 "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."
As we are strengthened in our walk with our Lord, we become empowered to be His ambassadors to the world. When disciples are empowered, “the world becomes their parish”. We expect to see 10% of the population we serve to be connected to the church. We pray for the empowerment to plant churches throughout the Texas Panhandle, the nation, and the world... and this is happening!
Acts 1:8: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”