We know that people are often at different places in their faith journey. All are welcome to begin or continue that journey here. We hope this overview will provide an introduction to the teachings Hope on the Beach Church believes.
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We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, handed down to us in order to point us to the truth that we are saved from our sin and eternal death by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is completely reliable and without error. In it, we learn everything we need to know about God's love and His gifts to us. 2 Timothy 3:16
The best statement of belief that summarizes what Scripture teaches about God is the Apostles Creed. This statement of belief was developed in the 4th Century.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God
the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
There is only one true God - the Triune God - who exists in three separate but equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father is our maker and the creator of all things. By the Father's Word, all things were made, and we are His most beloved creation; we are closest to His heart. The Son is Jesus Christ, who came to earth as the perfect bridge between God and humanity. He has redeemed us, or bought us back, from sin, death and the devil. The Holy Spirit gives us faith to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, keeps us in the one true faith, and equips us for living out our faith. The Bible describes the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as being on the level of the One True God. While the Trinity is a man made term, it is a wholly Biblical understanding. (See Genesis 1:1-3, Matthew 3:16-17, and Ephesians 1 for a glimpse at Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the same place at the same time.)
We all fall short of God's expectations because we are all born "sinful". Sin can be summed up as all the things we say, think, do, and don't do, that don’t measure up to the holiness of God’s commands. Sin was brought into world when Satan lured the first people God created (Adam and Eve) into temptation through their own free will and weakness, breaking the perfect relationship between God and us (Genesis 3). From that point on, sin became part of our very existence. Because God also demands perfect obedience, our ultimate punishment became death (Romans 6:23).
Yet God is a loving God whose will is not for us to live in eternal punishment. That's why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life He requires and to become our substitute. Christ never sinned - not even once - but He took our sin upon Himself and died on the cross on our behalf. When we believe, have faith, in Jesus Christ as our Savior, He bears our sin and gives us His forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
means of grace
We believe, based on God’s Word and actions, that He has given Means of Grace for the growth and development of Christians in the Church. These means of grace, or spiritual gifts with physical elements, are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Jesus instituted and created both of these gifts in Matthew 28:19-20 (baptism) and during His last meal with the disciples as recorded in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22, and as summarized by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11. These gifts deliver forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation to all who receive these gifts in faith.
Hope on the Beach Church is a part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Denomination. This is a conservative denomination that is faith alone, Scripture alone, and Grace alone at its core. If you would like more information please contact Pastor Jason or go to https://www.lcms.org/about/beliefs
and learn about the beliefs of our Lutheran denomination. You may also find it helpful to compare differences in understanding who we are and our beliefs. May the Lord bless your learning and your growth in His grace wherever your local faith community. However, we hope it can be among us!