ABOUT US

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THE STORY OF HORIZON

Horizon Community Church started in 1975 at the Ramada Inn (now the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center) in Tualatin, Oregon. The pioneering pastors had a vision for it to be a Bible-based, Spirit-led, genuine, authentic group of Christ-followers who would reach out to others with the love of God. Within two years, the church had grown at such a rapid rate that it became obvious that a permanent location was necessary.

God led the people to purchase the Sagert Farm in Tualatin, still the location of our elementary and middle school. Here they took an existing barn and remodeled it to become the first building for the church. Through the years, the church body added on to that building and started an elementary school as the Spirit of God made it obvious that this church would lead in the community by providing a safe place for children to attend school. The vision for the school included a place for students to grow spiritually and academically.

Eventually the church and school would grow at such a rapid rate that the Sagert campus had to be expanded to accommodate hundreds of believers in the church and hundreds of students as well.

The growing fellowship would soon start on another adventure to secure land at another location and build again. God spoke to our pastor first and said that he wanted to, “Build a great high school to glorify My name.” This new endeavor that the Lord sent Horizon Community Church on would bring about many remarkable miracles as the Lord brought provision to validate His will. Today we have a second, larger campus where our church, high school and pre-school/daycare meet, located on forty acres on Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin.

The story of Horizon Community Church is a great God adventure, in which the people have trusted God and followed by faith in an effort to help others become followers of Jesus. Thousands of people have come to know Christ in the years of the church’s existence and hundreds of people have answered the call of God to give their lives in ministry for the sake of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

There is nothing like being a part of something bigger and more important than you are. If you are looking for a home church, we invite you to become part of the next exciting chapter that God is writing for Horizon Community Church.

STAN RUSSELL

SENIOR PASTOR

“God wants you to know that you are uniquely created and He has a special purpose for your life. He wants to touch you with His love and encourage you to embrace the great things He has planned for you. Reach out to Jesus. As you follow Him, you will experience great blessings.”

STAN RUSSELL

BELIEFS

GOD

We believe in God, who is three distinct Persons in one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, whom has revealed Himself through the Bible, His Word.(Mark 1:10-11; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29-30)

The Father
He is the loving Creator of all things.
(Genesis 1:1-2; 1 John 3:1)

The Son, Jesus
He is God come to Earth in the form of man, the only Son of God. It is only through faith in Him that man can have relationship with God and be assured of eternal life.
(1 John 2:2; Ephesians 1:7; John 1:14; Romans 3:25-26)

The Holy Spirit
He is the Spirit of God Who exalts Jesus and dwells within all those who have been born again. He is our Comforter and Guide, revealing God to us, and empowering us to be witnesses.
(Titus 3:5; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Luke 24:49)

BIBLE

All of the Bible is the written Word of God. It is the first authority for our life and faith in Jesus Christ.(2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 15:4; Acts 17:11-12)

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

All spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament are available for the church today.(1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 14:1-2, 12

PURPOSE

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO FOLLOW JESUS WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART

Are you following Jesus?  Do you want to start?

FOLLOW JESUS

UNIQUE CALL

God gives a unique call to each believer and each church. That call encompasses the purposes God has for us to fulfill. At Horizon Community Church, we understand our call to include:

…To be a place of new beginnings, where people regularly have the opportunity to connect or reconnect in relationship with Jesus.

…To be prodigal friendly, a people who are nonjudgmental, accepting, loving and welcoming.

…To be Word and Spirit-oriented, where the Bible is taught and the Spirit draws hearts and changes lives.

…To be a generous place, where the needs of others are considered and where we give beyond ourselves following the example of Jesus.

…To build an interdenominational Christian school that serves the greater community.

…To build great ministries to children and youth.

SHARED VALUES

JESUS

Our focus is on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

  • John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (NIV)
  • John 12:32 “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (NIV)
  • 1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV)
  • Ephesians 5:1-2 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (NIV)
  • Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (NIV)
  • John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (NIV)

PEOPLE

People are God’s focus. We are His creation. He loves us, wants to save and bless us and He wants us to fellowship together.

  • Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NIV)
  • 1 Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. (NIV)
  • John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)
  • Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (NIV)
  • 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)

 

TRANSPARENCY/AUTHENTICITY

We are committed to being real people with a real Jesus.

  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (NIV)
  • 1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)
  • Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (NIV)
  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)
  • Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (NIV)

BALANCE

This is a safe place where the Good News is shared in balance, grace and truth, word and Spirit.

  • John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… (KJV)
  • Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV)
  • Ephesians 2:6-9 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. (NIV)
  • Romans 8:14 …because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (NIV)
  • Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (NIV)
  • John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (NIV)
  • Acts 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

GENEROSITY

God wants us to be good stewards of the resources He gives us for the purpose of building His Kingdom both locally and globally.

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (NIV)
  • Proverbs 19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. (NIV)
  • Proverbs 22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. (NIV)
  • 1 Chronicles 29:14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” (NIV)
  • Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. (NIV)

CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY

God wants us to care and show His love to all around us, especially the poor.

  • Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (NIV)
  • Matthew 28:19-20 19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
  • Psalm 140:12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. (NIV)
  • Proverbs 14:31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. (NIV)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (NIV)

HELPING PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO GOD

We believe in a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all.

  • Acts 28:2-3 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. (NIV)
  • Luke 15:20 “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (NIV)

ENJOYABLE

We believe part of God’s plan for us is to laugh and enjoy life.

  • Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (NIV)
  • Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. (NIV)
  • 1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (NIV)
  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)

RELEVANT

We are committed to engaging our culture while showing the love of Jesus. God wants us to be current without compromise.

  • 1 Chronicles 12:32 …men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do-200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command… (NIV)
  • Acts 13:36 “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.” (NIV)
  • Acts 17:23 “For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” (NIV)