"For 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

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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 the congregation, select special music, and Gospel preaching. The sermon generally takes up the majority of the service, usually 30-45 minutes. At the conclusion of the sermon, the people sing a hymn or worship song selection in response to the Word.  
  • We celebrate the Lord's Supper (Communion with wine and unleavened bread) on the second Sunday of each month.
What should I wear to the services?
  • 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?
  • 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.
Is Horizons Baptist Church part of a denomination? What are some of your distinctives?
  • 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 because we believe 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 Reformation, 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.
  • For details regarding our doctrine, please visit our "doctrine" link.
Why don't you have a "youth" ministry or special programs for children during the Worship service?
  •  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 aspects 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. 
What is your church stance on Contemporary Christian Music?
  • We 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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Horizons Baptist Church of Piketon, Ohio - 768 State Route 220 Piketon, Ohio 45661
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations come from the English Standard Version.