Our community at Good Shepherd is first driven by the love of God and His word. In response, our decisions and leadership are guided by the Purpose, Mission, and Vision of our community
Our purpose is simple: Disciples making disciples
Our vision is inspired by the purpose and mission of this house. For our detailed vision statement, click the link above or reach out to one of our pastors on our leadership team
What we believe
The following are the core beliefs of Good Shepherd Baptist Church | Bear, DE based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
The Bible Itself
as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe for purposes of Church's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline.
there is one true god
who has revealed Himself in the Bible as three Persons sharing one indivisible essence in the mystery of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
is the unique person having two natures – the perfection of both God and Man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life but suffered and died in the place of sinful man, was buried and resurrected, ascended bodily into Heaven and is preparing to return bodily to earth a second
the holy spirit
is God who is actively at work in the world. He dwells permanently in every Christian, helps us to pray, equips and empowers us to serve God, strengthens and molds us to be more like Christ, and protects us to guarantee our eternal life.
are the innumerable and unseen creatures who serve the causes of God and His people. Satan and demons are fallen and doomed angels who, with the help of other evil spirits, promote wickedness and oppose God’s purposes.
MAN is god's creation
who bears His image and was originally sinless but through the first man Adam, all mankind sinned, became separated from God, and totally unable to gain God’s favor of forgiveness and eternal life by self-effort.
is God’s act of forgiving sins, reconciling people to Himself, and giving eternal life to those who believe in Jesus. Salvation is not a reward for good works but a free gift of God received by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
is the universal Body of Christ consisting of all born again Christians made one by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Local Church is a group of baptized believers who have voluntarily assembled themselves together to fulfill the Great Commission.
jesus christ will come back again
to reign on earth and to reward God’s people with life with Him forever in the new Heaven and Earth and to judge unbelievers with eternal separation from God and suffering in Hell.
have a duty to honor and pray for those in government authority, to pay taxes, and to help promote the general welfare of society. Marriage is sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.