What Sort of Church?

Anchor of Hope Community Church is a down-home church and the folks are friendly!  Sunday mornings (schedule below), we meet  at the Sons of Norway Hall in west Stanwood, next to Wells Fargo Bank  just off Highway 532. Our worship service is informal but structured, using both old hymns and new praise songs. We have Bible studies, kids' ministries, sing-alongs, Life Groups, and potlucks. 

Where's your anchor?
Do you feel as if you've slipped your moorings?  At Anchor of Hope,  you can learn how to anchor your life in the solid rock of God's Word.

Are the storms of life sometimes nearly overwhelming?
At Anchor of Hope, you'll find spiritual and relational support to help keep you afloat.

Do you know where you're going?
At Anchor of Hope, you can learn to chart your course with application of God’s revealed, unchanging truth to everyday living.

Do you want to make a difference?
At Anchor of Hope, you'll have opportunity to have a significant, creative role in finding ways to help others in the community.

Statement of Faith

  • The Bible, including both Old and New Testaments as originally given, is the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God and is free from error in the whole and in the part, and is therefore the final authoritative guide for faith and conduct.
  • There is one God eternally existent in three distinct persons in one divine essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • God the Father has revealed Himself as the Creator and preserver of the universe, to Whom the entire creation and all creatures are subject.
  • God created Adam and Eve in His image to live in fellowship with Him. They fell into sin through the temptation of Satan and thereby lost fellowship with God. Through their disobedience the entire human race became totally depraved, that is, self-centered sinners who oppose God, and who by nature are unable to trust, fear or love Him. They are subject to the devil, and are condemned to death under the eternal wrath of God.
  • Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son, is the image of the invisible God. To accomplish our redemption, He became fully human, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus Christ, who is true God and true man, by His perfect obedience and substitutionary death on the cross, has purchased our redemption. He arose from the dead for our justification in the body in which He was crucified. He ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father, as our interceding High Priest. He will come a second time personally, bodily, and visibly to gather the believers unto Himself and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead and make an eternal separation between believers and unbelievers. His kingdom shall have no end.
  • The Holy Spirit is a divine person eternally one with the Father and with the Son. Through the Word of God He convicts people of sin, persuades them to confess their sinfulness to God and calls them to faith through the Gospel. He regenerates, sanctifies, and preserves believers in the one true faith. He comforts, guides, equips, directs, and empowers the church to fulfill the great commission.
  • The knowledge and benefits of Christ's redemption from sin are brought to the human race through the means of grace, namely the Word and the sacraments.
    • Through the Word of the Law God brings sinners to know their lost condition and to repent. Through the Word of the Gospel He brings sinners to believe in Jesus Christ, to be justified, to enter the process of sanctification, and to have eternal life. This occurs as the Holy Spirit awakens them to see their sin and calls them to repent and believe, inviting and enabling them to accept God's grace in Christ. Each one who thus believes is instantly forgiven and credited with Christ's righteousness. The Word then teaches and guides the believer to lead a godly life.
    • In the Sacrament of Baptism, God offers the benefits of Christ's redemption to all people and graciously bestows the washing of regeneration and newness of life to all who believe. God calls the baptized person to live in daily repentance, that is in sorrow for sin, in turning from sin, and in personal faith in the forgiveness of sin obtained by Christ. By grace we are daily given the power to overcome sinful desires and live a new life in Christ. Those who do not continue to live in God's grace need to be brought again to repentance and faith through the Law and Gospel
    • Because the sinfulness of human nature passes on from generation to generation and the promise of God's grace includes little children, we baptize infants, who become members of Christ's believing church through baptism. These children need to come to know that they are sinners with a sinful nature that opposes God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, they need to confess their sinfulness, yield to God and possess for themselves forgiveness of their sin through Jesus Christ, as they are led from the faith received in infant baptism into a clear conscious personal faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior and being assured of salvation, rely solely on the finished work of Christ, and the power of the Gospel to live as children of God.
    • In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Christ gives to the communicants His body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. He declares the forgiveness of sin to all believers, and strengthens their faith.
  • Eternal salvation is available to every living human being on earth by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This salvation consists of an instantaneous aspect and an ongoing, continual aspect.
    • Justification is God's gracious act by which He, for Christ's sake, instantaneously acquits repentant and believing sinners and credits them with Christ's righteousness. At that moment, God gives each one who believes a new and godly nature and the Holy Spirit begins the process of sanctification. There is no place for human effort in justification.
    • Sanctification is God's gracious, continual work of spiritual renewal and growth in the life of every justified person. Through the means of grace, the Holy Spirit works to reproduce the character of Christ within the lives of all believers, instructing and urging them to live out their new nature. The Holy Spirit enables believers more and more to resist the devil, to overcome the world, and to count themselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit produces spiritual fruit in and bestows spiritual gifts upon all believers. He calls, empowers and equips them to serve God in the home, in the community, and as part of the Church Universal. The process of sanctification will be complete only when the believer reaches glory.
  • The Church Universal consists of all those who truly believe on Jesus Christ as Savior. The local congregation is the communion of saints or true believers in a certain locality among whom the gospel is purely taught and the sacraments are rightly administered. The confessing membership of the local congregation shall include only those who have been baptized into "the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," confess personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, maintain a good reputation in the community and accept the constitution of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. It cannot, however, be avoided that hypocrites might be mixed in the congregation; that is, those whose unbelief is not evident to the congregation.
  • The Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America practices the congregational form of church government and the autonomy of the local congregations. The office of pastor and elder is to be filled by men only. The Synodical administration has an advisory function as it relates to the congregation, and an administrative function as it relates to the cooperative efforts of the congregations.

Core Values

  • We Value Intimacy With God
    We were created to know Him and to reverence and love Him and enjoy Him forever. We Therefore practice the spiritual disciplines that bring us into the presence of God.
    • "As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God...": (Psalm 42:1,2)
    • "Jesus replied. . .the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life" (John 4:14)
  • We Value Application of God's Word
    We endeavor to make God's Word relevant so that the Holy Spirit can apply its truth to the consciences in such a way that enables Christians and pre-Christians to respond to the Good News of the life that is in Christ.
    • "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on the solid rock" (Matthew 7:24)
    • "And remember it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don't obey, you are only fooling yourself" (James 1:22)
  • We Value People
    People are important to God; He created us and redeemed us. Jesus lived and died for us. He puts great value on each individual. Therefore, people are important to Anchor of Hope. As a result we seek to build genuine relationships with all kinds and variety of pre-Christians which consummate with their becoming disciples of Christ.
    • "We have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them...What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him" (II Cor. 5:16-18)
  • We Value The Abilities God Gives His People
    • "God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well" (Rom. 12:6)
    • "God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you" (I Pet. 4:10)
  • We Value Authenticity
    • "We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have been honest and sincere in all our dealings. We have depended on God's grace, not on our own earthly wisdom. That is how we have acted toward everyone, and especially toward you." (I Cor 1:12)
  • We Value Service
    With God there are no little people, no small places, and no menial tasks.
    • "Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant...For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many" (Mat. 20:26,29).
    • "...David served his generation according to the will of God..." (Acts 13:36).
    • "For you...have been called to live in freedom---not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve on another in love (Gal. 5:13).
  • We Value Teamwork
    • "Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it" (I Cor 12:27)
    • "Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor (Eccle. 4:9)
    • "We are all parts of His one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others." (Romans 12:5)
  • We Value Excellence
    • "Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else" (Gal 6:4)
    • "But there is going to come a time of testing at the judgment day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone's work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value (I Cor 3:13)
  • We Value Communicating Good News to Contemporary Culture
    • "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere" (Mark 16:15)
    • "So Paul, standing before the council (in the middle of Mars Hill) addressed them. . .When they heard Paul speak of the resurrection of a person who had been dead, some laughed, but others said, 'We want to hear more about this later'. . .Some joined him and became believers (Acts 17:22,32,34).
    • "When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language" (Acts 2:6)

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