Our Statement of Faith
We are Scriptures Inspired – The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:1517; Deuteronomy 4:2; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in the One True God – There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isaiah 32:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
We believe in the Diety of Lord Jesus Christ – The Lord Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully divine. He is the second person of the Trinity, God the Son. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27-35)
His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)
His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:38)
His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4)
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
His bodily, personal return for His Church (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 20:1-15)
We believe in the Fall of Man – Man wan created good and upright, for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” However, man sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death; thus, we believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners and apart from Christ shall be forever separated from God (Genesis 1:26, 2:17; Romans 3:23, 6:23).
The Salvation of Man
- Conditions of Salvation – The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Revelation 1:5). Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit, an heir of God to the assurance of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:3-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 1:12,
- Evidences of Salvation – The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12; James 2:17).
- Resurrection of Saved and Lost – There will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost: the saved to eternal life with Christ and the lost to eternal punishment (Saved: 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18. Lost: Luke 16:22-23, 27-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:5, 11-15).
- Water Baptism – Water baptism is commanded in the Scriptures (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47-48). All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. While we do not argue with our brothers and sisters who believe in the several modes of water baptism, we are convinced that the Scriptural examples and types of symbolism point consistently to baptism by immersion in water (Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38-39; Romans 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2). A service of infant dedication is earnestly recommended to all parents. When the child reaches the spiritual maturity to confess Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord, the sacrament of baptism will be provided.
- Communion – The Lord’s Supper is a provision of bread and the cup representing Christ’s broken body and shed blood. **Communion is open to divinely ordained opportunity for self-examination and repentance in order to escape the Lord’s judgment (1 Corinthians 11:23-30). This sacrament expresses our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16-17), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!” We celebrate Communion on the second Sunday of the month.
- All believers receive the indwelling Holy Spirit when they receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord and are born again into the Kingdom of God (Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 3:14-19; Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 4:4-6; Acts 15:7-9).
- The baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit – which comes with the enduement of power for life and service and with the bestowment of gifts and their use in the work of ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31) – may occur at the same time as the experience of the new birth or it may come as a subsequent experience at a later time (Same time: Acts 10:44-46, 11:14-16. Subsequent time: John 20:19-23; Acts 2:4, 8:5-19, 9:4-19, 19:1-6).
- All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the continual filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:31, 13:52; Ephesians 5:18).
- With the filling of the Holy Spirit comes a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43), an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:38-47), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (John 14:26, 15:20-27, 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).
Divine Healing – Health and wholeness are revealed in Jesus Christ to be God’s perfect will for His children. Divine healing – spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical – is an integral part of the Gospel and is provided for in the atonement. We believe in private and public prayers for the sick. We believe that God’s healing comes through His direct intervention, through natural bodily processes, and through physicians and medical science (Isaiah 53:4; 1 Peter 2:24; Luke 4:18-19).
Church And Its Mission – The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 12:23). Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason for existence of the Church of the Good Shepherd is:
- To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world and making disciples (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20).
- To be a corporate body in which people may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13).
- To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfect in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12).
Our Guiding Star
The greatest desire that God has for us, and that we have from him, is to live the abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10. We believe the way we best do that is to center, and build our lives upon the six points on our Guiding Star. These six priorities are the things the Bible says will bring us satisfaction, purpose, and great fulfillment. With these six focal points for living, both as individuals and as a corporate body, we will experience great joy and fruitfulness.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it. Psalm 37:3-5