Praise Principles

As Worship Pastor of Beachside Community Church I’ve put together some main points that reflect what we as Beachside Worship aspire to live out each day. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but it will give a good idea about who we are and what our focus is.

POINT I – The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, The Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Short Version: Believe in God our Creator and His Word, the Bible. This is the common thread that binds us.

We take this Creed very seriously and will be reciting or singing it as a congregation from time to time. We hold to this because our salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is what brings us together, holds us together, gives us a purpose and our only goal in all of our rehearsals, performances and worship sets is to glorify God alone. For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. Romans 11:36

POINT II – A Worshipful Heart

Short Version: Be humble.

Isaiah 66:2 My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.

First and foremost at Beachside we need hearts and spirits that are peaceful, loving, caring and genuinely worshipful. In the verse above God is speaking through the Prophet Isaiah about sacrifice. If the people offered sacrifices with repentant hearts God would bless them, but if they chose their own way of doing things (66:3) He would not accept their sacrifice. And since God never changes we must strive to offer our sacrifices of praise with humble and contrite hearts; Hearts that come penitent and confident in Jesus Christ for salvation and healing.

Psalm 51:16-17 16You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

1 Tim 2:8  I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

1 Kings 8:54   When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven

Ps 149:3-5  Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. 4 For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. 5 Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.

Ps 47:1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

Rev 19:6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”

Philippians 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

POINT III – Strive for Excellence

Short Version: Sing well. Play well. Endeavor to do better.

We want to take what God has given us and reach a quality of music that is inviting and worshipful; a level of expression that will build up the Body of Christ and inspire people to focus on who God is. This only happens if we take the time out of our schedules to practice individually and with the team.

A certain skill level is also important. Music is personal – to each of us. I understand, really I do. I know what it is like to be judged and critiqued while doing something I love.  With that said, I must insist that people be able to sing a melody (hold a tune) before they join our vocals. We need people who are capable of standing up with mic in hand and sing out with confidence and skill. Thanks to American Idol, we know there are those who want to but just cannot. In the end it is my job to tell them, in love, to seek out another form of ministry. For the sake of the whole team I must be allowed to do this.

On the instrumental side there must be a certain level of proficiency as well. I can teach singing and others of us in the band can teach instruments, so there is opportunity for training, but the main point here is that you need to be able to sing or play your instrument with a quality and style that fits our sound before you can join the band.

Ephesians 4:7-12However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ… 11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ

Exodus 36:1 “The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary. Let them construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has commanded.”Exodus 36:1

Psalm 33:3 Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.

Job 37:16 Do you understand how he moves the clouds with wonderful perfection and skill?

POINT IV – Stay Flexible

Short Version: Be willing to sing or not sing, play or not play, “hurry up and wait” and “go with the flow.”

Please understand that with multiple singers and instrumentalists there has to be some give-and-take when it comes to rotations, instruments played and number of Sundays in the year. I like to keep in mind, “There is always another Sunday. When there is not – it won’t matter. As believers we’ll be present with the Lord.” As Director I need your buy-in to do what is best for the team. I will try to be as fair and upfront about giving everyone an opportunity to use their talents for the Kingdom. And I need you to encourage others even when they get to do what you want to do, knowing that your turn will come eventually, and I need you to step-up when your opportunity arrives.

In any given band there are going to be voices and instruments that work well together and may become “defaults” if you will, and I need you to be O.K. with that even if it is not you. I always try to find a spot somewhere for everyone. I need you to be flexible enough, patient enough, and yes honest enough to talk to me before you allow any form of jealousy, divisiveness or malcontent to arise in your spirit. Let’s resolve these attacks of our own desires (James 4:1) and the enemy before they arise. Only with peaceful, contrite hearts can we achieve the worshipful atmosphere we aim to accomplish each week.

Ephesians 4:2-4 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

James 4:1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?

POINT V  – Praise and Worship Music

Short Version: Our worship service is filled with Praise and Worship style music.

I consider myself a music appreciationist (new word) and over the years have enjoyed quartet music to choir to country to rock to pop music. All of which has its place and time. Here at Beachside we are going to be playing what is commonly referred to as “Praise and Worship music”. A lot of the music will be coming from the top CCLI charts of what other churches are singing and what can be heard on contemporary radio stations. Some of the well known artists of this music style include: Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Matt Maher, Casting Crowns, Kristian Stanfill, Paul Baloche and so many others of that genre.


We are a WORSHIP TEAM fixated on lifting the Name of Jesus high above anything and everything that exists. I aspire to keep our teams focused on that one endeavor. This devotion to Christ is, and must remain our first and greatest denominator.

 Russty Hoke – Worship Pastor

Ephesians 4:20-24  20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

2 Corinthians 5:11-21     We Are God’s Ambassadors 11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us,[b] so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.[c] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.[d] 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.