As symbolized by the logo, the Boardwalk Chapel is preaching the cross of Christ along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. What joy there is in seeing men and women respond to that message.
WHEN IT ALL BEGAN: In the early 1940’s, Rev. Leslie Dunn stood on the beach of Wildwood, NJ with a vision: a vision to reach, with the Gospel, the thousands of tourists who were visiting the shore each summer. Originally called the “Gospel Pavilion,” the Boardwalk Chapel conducted its first services in July of 1945. Now, (following two weeks of training) a staff of assistants and volunteers testify on the boardwalk, on the beaches and during the nightly services. The work is a ministry of the Orthodox Presbyterian Churches of New Jersey.
GOALS: It is the goal of this work to glorify God by proclaiming the Gospel so that people are brought to Christ and added to the church. Specific goals for this year:
- To train 25 people in the work of evangelism
- To distribute 10,000 tracts
- To distribute Bibles and Christian books
- To present the Gospel through personal contact to a least 2,000 people
- To have our home missionaries follow-up meaningful contact
THE BASIS FOR EVANGELISM
1. We believe that man is spiritually deaf, spiritually blind, and spiritually dead, and therefore God must do something before man can hear, see, or live. God receives all the glory for man’s salvation. (Eph. 2:8 & 9)
2. We believe that God, of His own purpose, has from eternity determined to save a definite number of mankind, from every tribe, tongue, and nation as individuals, not for any merit or work of theirs, or any value to Him of them, but by His own good pleasure. (II Tim. 1:9)
3. We believe that Christ suffered for all the sins of all His sheep in the whole world, and none of them will be lost. (John 10:26-28)
4. We believe that God’s almighty power is such that He can overpower man’s will in such a way as to cause sinners to willingly come to Him. (Ps. 110:3)
5. We believe that God powerfully keeps those whom He saves. (Rom. 8:35-39)
6. We believe in summary, that faith is man’s duty but it is not within his ability (John 6:44); that eternal life is a gift that is in the hands of a sovereign giver (John 17:2); and that man’s decision is a result of what God does by His Word and Spirit, and thus men lay the crown of their salvation at God’s feet and not at their own, so that none should boast. (I John 4:19) (Adapted from “Today’s Evangelism” by Ernest C. Reisinger)