A small group of people meet in October, 1969 to see if there was interest in starting an evangelical church in the community of Barnesville. Enough interest was shown so in January of 1970 the group decided to organize a home mission church of the Lutheran Brethren Synod, called Barnesville Lutheran Brethren Church. They met in the city hall until October of 1971 when the newly built church was dedicated at the present location. In the mid 1980's the church needed more space and built a new sanctuary which was first used on April 15, 1990. In January of 2006 the church voted to change it's name to Hope Lutheran Brethren Church. Some people after visiting our church feel that we are not really Lutheran. The pastor does not wear a collar or garments and the service is informal with the singing led by a worship band instead of an organ and piano. We feel a kinship with other denominations who believe that the bible is absolutely trustworthy and that we can ( and need to! ) know Jesus in a personal and intimate way as Savior and Lord. We also feel that the historical way that Lutherans have understood the Scripture is a good one and are not ashamed to align ourselves with that as well. So, yes we are Lutheran and yes, we are evangelisticgo figure! 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.