Since 1998 we have strived to live out our vision, mission, and values. Read on to see what we're all about.
VISION, MISSION & VALUES
OUR VISION: WHAT WE HOPE TO BE
Our vision is for us to experience the goodness of our Heavenly Father as we are transformed by the Spirit in our relationship with Jesus into a community of faith that can love and flourish.
1 John 3:1: "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
2 Cor. 3:18: "We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory."
John 13:35: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John 10:10: "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."
OUR MISSION: WHAT WE HOPE TO DO
Our mission is to become a people who mature in Christ, by becoming students of Jesus, living in spiritual community, and engaging the part of God’s plan of redemption that he assigns to us.
Colossians 1:28: "He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."
Matthew 28:19: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Acts 2:42: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All believers were together and had everything in common."
Isaiah 1:17: "Learn to do what is right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."
OUR VALUES: THE “DISTINCTIVES” OF HORIZON
HONEST: Because it is so easy to fall into the trap of "play acting" when it comes to faith, authenticity has become a key value at Horizon. We are learning to be honest with each other as we grow in faith and love. (John 8:31-32)
ON THE WAY: We believe the best metaphor for the Christian life is “pilgrimage”. We are learning to patiently travel together through the highs and lows of this life on the path towards God and his coming kingdom. (Psalm 84)
REAL PRESENCE: At Horizon, we believe we can know God and walk with Him in our lives as a present reality. Thus, we seek to experience Him, hear His voice and sense His direction, moment by moment and day by day. (John 15)
INTENTIONAL: At Horizon, we take seriously our pursuit of leaning from Jesus how to live our lives. His words are not just spiritual platitudes, but wisdom for life. We are learning to intentionally structure our lives in order to do the things He taught us to do. (Matt. 11:28)
ZEST: Scripture make it clear that it is God's desire to bring together a diverse people into the church and teach them to love and serve each other and the world. At Horizon, we seek to center our life on Christ, and appreciate the fullness that comes with a diverse community, learning patience and grace with those who are different than us. We also want to celebrate our families, so we enfold our children and youth into all we do. (1 Cor. 13)
OPEN: At Horizon, we believe we are to love the Lord with all whole self, including our minds. We need to be ready to think and engage with the culture. Thus, we train ourselves to be good thinkers, committed to learning from the scriptures and from history, and open to all of God's truth. (Mark 12:30)
NEIGHBOR: At Horizon, we believe it is vitally important to love our neighbor, so we seek to be rooted in our local community, as well as partnering in both regional and global mission’s projects, seeking to be a blessing to anyone we encounter on the road we travel on as a church. (Luke 10:25-37)
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our story begins in 1998, when a group of six adults and one infant moved to Roseville to embark on a grand adventure. We wanted to plant a new church. We didn’t know anyone, and we certainly didn’t know what we were doing, but we felt called, we trusted God, and we dedicated ourselves to this new work. Within a year, God had brought together about 30 people, most of whom were trusting Jesus for the first time. In a setting that was more coffeehouse than church, this small group of people began to read the scriptures, pray, and worship together. From this time on, a new community of faith was born.
In its first decade, this small church grew and blossomed as more people felt called to become part of our new church community. In time, we began to discern the specific things God was calling us to do. We launched small groups and birthed lots of new ministries. God also began blessing us with lots of kids, so we developed a thriving children’s and youth program. We embraced local, regional, and global missional projects, including helping launch a regional effort to provide emergency housing to the homeless, starting a nonprofit to advocate for foster youth, and partnering with a group in Rwanda to help work for reconciliation. It wasn’t all good times. We also experienced our share of suffering and heartache, and learned how to journey through the pain, finding God was always faithful through it all.
Now, in the middle of our second decade, we believe a new chapter is being written. In early 2015, God opened the door for us to move into a permanent facility. We purchased the historic 1st Baptist Church of Roseville, which had not been used as a church in some years. Since it was built over 100 years ago, it has a traditional feel that we love, including stained glass, a baptismal, and even a bell tower. Though the structure is great, what we love even more is that it sits in the middle of a neighborhood, which gives us a chance to bless neighbors, schools, and businesses. We have already formed a partnership with the local elementary school and are looking for new ministries to begin as we identify the needs around us.
But we have not abandoned the things we have always felt called to. Prayer, worship, and the Word are the foundation that allows the Spirit to re-form our inner lives. As new people join us in this adventure, we expect each person to put their fingerprints on our church community and mission.
Church is never to be a static thing, but always growing and changing, even as its remains committed to retaining its unique essence. As you continue in what God calls you to, know that you’ll find a home with us at Horizon.