We’ve summarized our Better Living values in seven simple statements we hope are easy to remember. We hope, and we work towards seeing the people of Horizon Church experience growth in all these areas:
The best and the worst moments in life take place in the context of our relationships. It’s no surprise that the Christian faith focuses on relationships: Jesus taught that the obligations of our faith could be summarized in the two commands, love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). Building and maintaining relationships characterized by honesty, openness, compassion, and accountability is necessary.
We’ve all known selfish, self-absorbed people and there’s nothing attractive about being one. While we’re never expected to become doormats, learning to serve other people is the best antidote to selfishness. Jesus defined his own life mission as an effort to serve rather than be served (John 13:1-17). He demonstrated and taught that effective and influential living required a willingness to learn to serve other people.
In an age of tolerance, it’s easy to be intimidated by the prospect of telling other people about your faith. However, God has always had a passion to seek and to find people who do not yet know him. Jesus described his own life mission as “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). In his final statement to his followers, popularly called the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Go to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples…” (Matthew 28:19).
People dream of living full, meaningful lives. To do so requires being involved. According to Scripture, God designed you specifically to be a gift to the world and to the Church (1 Corinthians 12). He has equipped you with gifts, talents, interests and passions in order for you to make a meaningful contribution. To contribute, however, it’s necessary to jump in and be involved.
Zeal for God
Men and women motivated by a passion for God have accomplished some of the world’s greatest discoveries and achievements. (Tragically, some of the world’s worst brutality has been rooted in the same, however misguided.) Simply put, the Bible teaches that a person’s greatest obligation and purpose in life is to love God (Deuteronomy 6:5). Most of us know, however, that love can’t be commanded. Therefore, the Bible teaches that we’re able to love God only because we discover the extent and depth of His love for us.
Offering our Resources
Perhaps the most well-known sentence in the Bible teaches that God loved the world so much, he gave… (John 3:16). Giving has always been recognized as a virtue. Generosity is encouraged in our culture and, of course, in the Bible. Giving is offered not only as the chief antidote to selfishness, but as a way to express our affection for God and others, and as a way to contribute to the advancement of God’s plans and purposes for this planet.
If given the chance, just about every person would express the hope for growth and change in some areas of living… there’s always room for improvement. God’s purpose for every human being is character transformation (Romans 12:1,2). His passion is to rescue us from the destructive influence of sin and empower us with the desire and ability to become new, redeemed human beings. His plan is to develop the character of Jesus Christ in each one of us. Although we won’t experience the entire end result until heaven, the process begins now.