Horizons Church
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What We Believe

 
 
THE SCRIPTURES - The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We believe the scriptures are inerrant in the original writings, and accept the scriptures as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16; I Thessalonians. 2:13; II Peter 1:21)

THE GODHEAD - Our God is One, but manifested in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in God the Father and infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son. We believe He is the true God Man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe that He lived a sinless life and died a death on the cross and that His sacrifice for the sins of all men satisfied God’s justice, and that all who believe in Him are freed from the penalty of sin and made acceptable before God. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into Heaven and His current ministry of prayer on behalf of His people, and His visible return from Heaven. We believe in the Holy Spirit. He is fully God, sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He enlightens the minds of sinners. At salvation, He permanently indwells every believer, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for building the Church. (Philippians 2:6; Matthew 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, John 16:23-27, Galatians 4:4-6, Ephesians 1:3, 17-23, Luke 24:1-8, 2 Corinthians 5:19-21, Hebrews 4:14-16, Matthew 28:19-20, John 3:5, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 4:10)
 
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION - Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 3:9-10; I John 3:8; Galatians 3:13,14). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8)

SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE - We believe the central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into relationship with Himself. Man's first step toward salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life. (II Corinthians. 7:10; I John 5:12; John 3:3-5, Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10)
 
WATER BAPTISM - Baptism in water is by immersion/sprinkling and is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
 
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is generally accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)
 

SANCTIFICATION - The Bible teaches that without Holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation. (Hebrews. 12:14; I Thessalonians. 5:23; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians. 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; I Corinthians. 1:30)
 
DIVINE HEALING - Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is the privilege of every member of the church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; I Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isaiah 53:4,5)
 
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD - The Angels said, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner."  His coming is imminent. When He comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians. 4:16-17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of kings, and the Lord of lords and together with His Saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years. (Rev. 20.6)
 
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION - The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance. The lake of fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in noting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27; Rev. 19:20; Hebrews 6:1,2)
 
COMMUNION – THE LORD'S SUPPER - We partake of the Lord's Supper to show the Lord's death till He comes (I Corinthians. 11:23-31). The bread symbolizes the Lord's broken body (Is. 53:5; I Corinthians. 11:24). The cup represents the new covenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness and relationship with God (Hebrews. 9; I Corinthians. 11:25). We judge ourselves and realize that this is our salvation and receive it (I Corinthians. 11:28-30) for if we receive it unworthily – without giving it honor as our salvation – we are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (I Corinthians. 11:27). 
 
 
LAYING ON OF HANDS - A simple belief that power or anointing or any other necessary quality can be transmitted from one person touching another. Laying on of hands was practiced by the Levitical Priesthood. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing, and is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism. Laying on of hands for healing (Mark 5:22, 23 and 41; Mark 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11, 12); laying on of hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6); laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-18): laying on of hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (I Tim. 4:14); laying on of hands for ordination to consecrate and receive the necessary ministry tools.
 
CHURCH - We believe that the Church is the spiritual body, with Jesus Christ as its head. We believe that the Church is made up of all those who have trusted Christ as their Savior and Lord. We believe that the Scriptures command believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, and observance of believers baptism and communion as ordinances established by Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41-47, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Ephesians 5:21, Colossians 1:18, Hebrews 10:24-25)