What We Believe

At Horizon we are committed to living out the implications of God’s radical grace in every area of our lives, and believe that all of life: at home, at work, at play, is to be lived to the glory of God. Here is a brief description of some distinctives of our faith.

 

The Human Condition

Because of the fall, we are more sinful than we could ever imagine (Jeremiah 17:9). Not only have we been charged with Adam’s sin (Rom 5:12-19), but we’re also responsible for our own sin. In our fallen state, and without God’s saving help, we are spiritually unable to choose to love and obey God (Rom3:9-20, 8:5-8). We are all in this same boat—desperately in need of God’s grace.

 

The Initiative of God, the Father

Because of our inherent brokenness and sin, we need God to pursue us, which He certainly does. Why does He do this? Because, while we are more sinful than we could ever imagine, we’re also more loved than we had ever dreamed! By His grace, God takes the initiative in establishing relationship with us, reaches down, captures our heart, and invites us into an irresistible relationship with Himself (John 6:37-39, II Thessalonians 2:13-14).

The Work of Jesus, the Son

God didn’t just come up with the idea of salvation. He actually provided the way of salvation through His Eternal Son – Jesus Christ. (John 10:14-15, Ephesians 5:25-27). On the cross of Jesus, we see God’s astounding mercy for all who believe (I John 4:10, Romans 5:10, Galatians 3:13). In other words, the cross was not just an act of goodwill with great potential – it was a fully effective act of redemption for all who believe.

 

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Through the Holy Spirit’s ministry God transforms our lives. How? By convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ and capturing our hearts with His love and mercy (Ezekiel 36:25-27). The Spirit of God opens our eyes to the beauty of Jesus Christ. (John 6:44-45, Philippians 2:13).

 

The Promise of the Gospel

He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it (Phil. 1:6). In other words, the One who captured your heart will never leave you or forsake you. Through the gospel of Christ, God has promised His love for you — and He will keep that promise. He will never let you go. How do I know He has embraced me? I have embraced Him. (I Corinthians 1:8-9).

Horizon is connected with other like-minded churches in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

For a comprehensive summary of our beliefs see The Westminster Confession