ABOUT BLESSED HOPE
Blessed Hope Baptist Church is located at 1704 North 17th Street in Sheboygan. Their senior pastor is Pastor Herman Hass. They do not have a website as far as I am aware, but their worship schedule is posted under a comment on Google.
WHAT THEY BELIEVE
Because Blessed Hope Baptist Church does not have a website the following statements of belief were obtained directly from Pastor Hass through e-mail in December 2010:
“I believe that Hell was created for the Devil and his angels (demons) and that it is a place of eternal fiery torment. When man followed the Devil and disobeyed God, he warranted the same penalty (Matt 25:41).
The Bible says “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezek 18:4) which speaks of more than just physical death (for all of us have an appointment with death and judgment) (Heb 9:27). Every man and every woman is born with a sin nature (Rom 5:12) and they willingly choose to sin, thus bringing the condemnation of Hell upon themselves. Once condemned they are powerless to extricate themselves from the penalty of Hell by their good deeds, by inaction, etc. – they are without strength and without hope (Rom 5:6-8) doomed to eternal torment…”
BUT THERE IS HOPE
“That’s why the Gospel is such good news; what we could not do, the Father sent His Son to do for us:
The Gospel in a nutshell is found in 1 Cor 15:3-4:
1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
JESUS’ SACRIFICE IS SUFFICIENT
“The Lord Jesus Christ has always been the Son of God and He always has existed in this relationship with the Father. The Father sent His Son down to Earth to satisfy our sin debt and reconcile us to Him.
When Christ was miraculously conceived in the womb of Mary by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit and without the aid of a man (virgin birth), the child in her womb was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God Who became the Son of Man – the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the World. (The One who was without sin and without a sin nature, whose substitutionary sacrifice would satisfy the sin debt of all men who trust in Him as their Sufficient Savior.) There is no other way to escape the condemnation of Hell than to place all of your trust in Christ, that “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” (Acts 4:10-12) There is no other way whereby man may obtain a home in Heaven but through Christ.”
HOW YOU CAN KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO HEAVEN
“The Philippians Jailer asked “What must I do to be saved?” to which Paul and Silas responded:
Ac 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Ac 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Ac 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Salvation comes by God’s grace, through faith in Christ’s sufficient sacrifice for sinners at Calvary (Eph 2:8-9); believing that He died in our place, experiencing the judgment we deserved, that His precious blood was shed as the propitiation for our sins (Rom 3:25) – fully cleansing us from all sins and appeasing the wrath of the Father towards those who believe on His Son, allowing for God’s grace and mercy to flow towards the believing Saint. It would not be good news if Christ stayed in the grave, for then death would have had the victory over the Savior, but Christ rose the third day and 40 days later ascended up to the right hand of the Father in Heaven and He ever lives to make intercession for the Saints. Those who truly believe the Gospel will simultaneously turn from their sins in their heart, despising their sins and the Holy Spirit will give them the grace to find power in turning from sins (repentance in outward deeds) in their day-to-day life and will also motivate God’s Children to seek to follow the Lord in obedience to His Word.
Once a Believer has placed their trust in Christ for salvation, they cannot lose that salvation, for this would call into question the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice and His power to keep us saved:
Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Joh 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
ABOUT THE SACRAMENTS
“I do not classify our church as Protestant, for Protestant Churches came out of the Reformation Period and unfortunately kept some or much of the doctrinal error of the Roman Catholic Church (i.e. the sacraments, baptismal regeneration, pedo-baptism, priestly hierarchies, synods, diocese, etc.) It is a corruption of the Gospel to add the sacraments (works) to Christ’s finished work at Calvary. If you add the sacraments to Christ’s finished work in order to be saved, you have implied that Christ’s work at Calvary (His dying in our place and His precious shed blood) were not sufficient to fully satisfy our sin debt. Those who trust wholly or partially in their good deeds for entrance to God’s Home (Heaven) are left “yet in their sins” for having relied at least partially on your works, versus wholeheartedly upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His Finished Work; Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).”