our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might
become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21
Frequently Asked Questions
|What is Sunday morning like at Horizons Baptist Church?|
- Sunday mornings at HBC begin at 10:30 AM with a Bible
study. Questions and discussion are encouraged.
- Following the morning Bible study there is a brief
intermission. During this time, everyone is encouraged to fellowship
and enjoy some refreshments in the multipurpose room.
- Our worship service begins at 11:15
AM. We open the service with a selection of hymns and worship songs.
The worship service features
the public reading of the scriptures, hymn and worship song singing by
select special music, and Gospel preaching. The sermon
generally takes up the majority of the service, usually 30-45 minutes.
the conclusion of the sermon, the people sing a hymn or worship song
selection in response to the Word.
What should I wear to the services?
- We celebrate the Lord's Supper (Communion with wine and unleavened bread) on the second Sunday
of each month.
- We do not expect anyone wear a suit and tie or a
Sunday dress. However, should you choose to dress up, that's fine.
Likewise, you are free to dress casually. You'll find folks wearing
jeans and others wearing dress shirts and ties. Sometimes, Pastor Jason
even wears a preacher's collar! At the end of the day, we are much more
interested in teaching you the true Gospel than enforcing a dress code.
Does Horizons Baptist
Church have an official Bible translation?
Is Horizons Baptist
Church part of a denomination? What are some of your distinctives?
- Horizons Baptist Church uses the English Standard
Version as the translation of choice for public reading and
preaching. Of course, members are entirely free to utilize
other Bible versions should they desire. The English Standard Version is
one of the best English translations available today, easy to read
while remaining faithful to the original manuscripts. While choosing the
English Standard Version as our official
translation, we still acknowledge that there are other reliable English
translations of the Scriptures. We do not take an "ESV only" position.
- Horizons Baptist Church is an independent
Church. The 1646 London Baptist Confession of Faith is a
good summary of what we believe. We are not part of a larger
denomination or hierarchy.
- We are Sovereign Grace or Particular Baptists
that God is in complete control of everything, including the salvation of sinful mankind.
- We do not generally call ourselves "Reformed,"
although we do hold much in common with the historic Reformed faith. We
hold to many of the great doctrines of the Protestant
including total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement,
irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints.
- We reject the modern-day Charismatic movement and
believe that all revelatory gifts of the Spirit (speaking in other
tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, revelation) were given during
the Apostolic age (the first century AD) in order to establish the church until the written
revelation (the Bible) was finalized. These special enablings of the
Spirit are no longer in operation. Today, the Gospel of Christ is
preached in the Power of the Holy Spirit from God's complete revelation
to man, the Bible.
Why don't you have a "youth" ministry or
special programs for children during the Worship service?
- For details regarding our doctrine, please visit our "doctrine" link.
What is your church
on Contemporary Christian Music?
- We believe that
children should be included in the corporate worship of the church. One
of the great weaknesses
of the modern church is its tendency toward the compartmentalization of
church ministry. The
Scriptures give no warrant to segregate the family of God during
worship based on age. The best way to teach children the practical
of church worship is to have them involved in the worship of God with
their mothers, fathers, and older siblings. Small children need to
develop the necessary skills to remain quiet and attentive during the
sermon. Jumping and playing about in a romper room environment is not
proper preparation for this weighty task. Children may not understand
every single detail of the worship service, yet it is important for
them to have a model for the proper worship of God. Allowing children
to "grow up" exposed to the corporate worship service, sheilded from
the rank commercialism and over-stimulation of children's church fads,
come-ons, and gimmicks, is in our view more closely aligned to the
scriptural way of conducting corporate worship.
do not judge music by its age, but rather by its
appropriateness and faithfulness to the Scriptures. There are many
wonderful, God-honoring songwriters in the world today. We sing both
classic and carefully selected modern hymns. We also utilize piano,
organ, percussion, and other instruments during our worship services.
We do not assume one musical instrument is somehow more spiritually
acceptable to corporate worship than another.
- Church music, however, should have a distinct sound
which separates it from the mundane, trite, and sensual sounds which
have come to dominate much of the secular music industry.
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otherwise noted, Scripture quotations come from the English Standard