Our Values...

We desire to be guided by God’s Spirit and rooted in Scripture in all that we do.
            Everyone needs a guide, a source of Truth.  We believe the Bible to be God’s infallible Word and is therefore our source of Truth for life (Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  Further, we believe God is present in our lives through His Spirit and He will guide us in our daily pursuit of being followers of Jesus (Galatians 5:16-25).

We desire to make faith relevant in a relaxed environment.
            God is the most relevant being in the universe.  Clearly, He’s also quite creative and comfortable with variety and with change.  Truth is necessarily communicated in different ways in unique times and places.  Our desire is to creatively live out and communicate truth in ways that are easily accessible and understandable in the time and place God has given us. (John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:20-22)

We want all to be welcomed here just as you are: the Church has always been a place in which being a mess doesn’t disqualify you.
            We are all pretty flawed people.  We are committed to authenticity so you will hear us tell the truth about ourselves.  We are also thoroughly committed to God’s passionate and costly investment in our transformation, but that is God’s business. We know ourselves, so we know no one shows up having already arrived and you will be welcomed here regardless of your baggage.  From the earliest days, the Church has always been a place where being a mess doesn’t disqualify.  You will be accepted here (Romans 14:1 – 15:7; Philippians 3:12-14).

People are the most valued resource given by God, therefore how we do ministry is as important as what we do.
            God is an extraordinarily generous giver of good gifts (James 1:17).  To us –  to the Church – God has given people.  Empowered by God’s Spirit, people make the work of the Church possible (Romans 14:4-8).  But people are never to be used, mistreated, manipulated, or treated badly in any way.  In God’s realm, how we treat each other exceeds in importance any of the ministry tasks we set out to accomplish (1 Corinthians 13).

We believe the Good News of Jesus is transformative and compels us to share our stories.
            The most well-known song of faith in the English language is a personal declaration of the hope we have in becoming transformed people: “I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see” (Amazing Grace, by John Newton).  This is the great hope for all of us: Being transformed into the people God wants us to be (Ephesians 2:1-10).  This is such good news we are compelled to share it.  At Horizon, we want to hear your stories and we love the opportunities to share what God has done for us (1 Peter 3:15).

We desire our lifestyles to reflect a growing faith in Jesus Christ.
            “Faith” is not a description of ten statements we believe; it’s a word that describes what we do in our daily lives and who we are becoming (James 2:1-26).  At Horizon, we teach a faith that is lived.  Our teaching and our opportunities to volunteer and to serve reflect our conviction that God is intent on growing us in visible and evident ways (Ephesians 4:14, 15; Romans 12:1,2).

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