The Statement of Faith for Horizon Educational Systems
That God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are three in One, existing eternally. Jesus is the living Word from alpha to omega. He left heaven to be born in human flesh. being fully God and fully man, except without sin. The Bible is the inspired compilation of the Word of God given to mankind and that in its original form and autograph, is without error in whole and in part, including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical details. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher, who makes the Word come alive in us as we believe in Him and listen with Berean ears of faith and dedication. His counsel is wonderful and His wisdom great.
It is our God who has declared that Christians are all priests, all one in Christ. Therefore, our vision underlines the significance God has placed in each person. We do not recognize a division of clergy and laity, no super saints, no higher truths and no molds. We are all free to become all that God wants us to be. This is reflected in the freedom to choose how to dress, how we raise our families, how we minister out of our individual gifting and how we choose to share, sing, or participate in worship.
Our understanding of God’s grace as part of our vision gives us tremendous hope. It is in God’s grace that we find and experience the miracle of His agape LOVE. It is in this truth we experience the awesome reality of the commitment of love to one another, to serve one another and to live in unity as He prayed in John 17 for future believers.
It is in understanding His love for us and for our families that we realize that God has given parents the responsibility and authority of bringing up their children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” with realizing that “fathers are not to irritate and provoke their children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.” We are to encourage our children to “Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to them], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.” Children are to hear their father’s instruction and mother’s teaching. “Then you walk about they will guide you; when you sleep they will watch over you; and when they awake they will talk to you, for the commandment (of love) is a lamp, and the teaching is a light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life.
At the HES priority meetings and in our dealings between teacher and student, we shall “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” being reminded that “Those who walk with the wise men/women will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm (ungodly peer pressure]. We are encouraged in the Scriptures that the great commandments are of love and that these commandments shall “be on your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children and talk to them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Let us always remember that the “awe of the Lord is the commencement of wisdom and knowledge” as the Lord promises to be the One will “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; He will counsel you with His eye upon you.”
We have been entrusted by the Lord as stewards with the children whom “God has graciously given.”
“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness.”
– James Wilson (Lectures on Law, 1791)
Reference: Vindicating the Founders, West (100); original Works, Wilson,
Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized
Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.