Good Shepherd Statement of Faith
We Believe . . .
The Bible is God’s divinely inspired Word without error in its original manuscripts, infallible in all matters for our lives pertaining to faith, doctrine, and conduct.
In one true God and that He is infinite, eternal, free from sin, unchangeable in essence, but exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
That God created man (male and female) in His image free from sin and by man’s own free will he sinned; thus all human beings are born with a sinful nature. This sin has separated humans from God’s love and grace and thus we stand under the judgment of God and incur not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is eternal separation from God.
In the deity of Jesus Christ; that He is the only son of God begotten by the Holy Spirit; was born of the virgin Mary; and is the true God and true man.
In Christ’s sinless life; His substitutionary sacrifice for our sins; His death on the cross; His victorious physical resurrection from the grave on the third day; that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood; that He ascended into heaven; that He sits at the right hand of God the Father; and that He intercedes on our behalf.
That all who come by grace through faith to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God and are free from the penalty of sin and that salvation comes through grace by faith apart from works; it cannot be bought, sold, or earned and is a gift that must be accepted personally.
In the Holy Spirit and that He is the third person of the Godhead and that He was sent by Christ to indwell and empower the believer and implement Christ’s redeeming work in our lives so that our lives might reflect God’s love and peace.
In the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will receive the everlasting reward of heaven (living in God’s presence eternally).
In the judgment of God on sin and for those who reject Him, eternal separation from God and conscious punishment in hell.
In the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ to this earth.
That Christ is the head of the church which is a living spiritual body made up of all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and that the church is responsible for the task of evangelism, Christian nurturing and discipleship.
That all Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit when they are born again; that water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit is the biblical testimony.
GREAT COMMANDMENT: Matt 22:37-39 - Jesus said to him, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (NKJV)
GREAT COMMISSION: Matt 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (NKJV)
THE SENSITIVITY OF TRUE WORSHIP: We live in an age and culture whose church is as confused and varied as its choices for carpeting in its auditoriums. For many churches, worship has become more closely associated with that which will best suit the attendees or best attract the hesitant church-goers, rather than that which is most pleasing to God. What are the motives and methods that govern much of what we do in worship today? Good Shepherd Community Church will stand on Scripture with the goal to teach and share the Word of God.
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“For God so loved you that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that if you only believe in Him you will have eternal life. God did not send Jesus Christ to judge you, but He sent Him to save you.” (John 3:16-17)