Story and Beliefs
On May 1, 1977, more than a hundred people gathered together for the first time under the name of Good Shepherd Community Church. Born from a desire to be a community bound and held together by a common commitment to and following after Jesus Christ, it became abundantly clear that God was doing something special. Lives and families were changed as a faithful people shared the message of a faithful God Who loves and transforms us.
We have watched as the light of the gospel has been advanced by our body into the darkest places of our hearts, our communities, and our world. Lives and families continue to be impacted by the hope found in Christ. Many members of this family are leading the charge in caring for the homeless, fighting against human trafficking, and championing the dignity of life at every age. Others have followed a call beyond our community, sharing the love of God and hope of His gospel in some of the most treacherous places in the world.
We believe in the Bible. We believe the Bible—the Old Testament and New Testament which together contain 66 books—is inspired by God and is without error. Therefore we believe it to be our only true and reliable written source for understanding and obeying God’s will.
We believe you can understand the Bible. We believe there’s only one correct method of interpreting any portion of the Bible and that’s to take a “literal” approach. In other words, Scripture means literally or exactly what it says unless a study of the original grammar, culture and/or history indicates some figurative meaning was intended by the writer and understood by the reader. Therefore, Scripture is not subject to change from era to era nor is it a matter of “what it means to me.” An accurate understanding by the reader requires both diligent study and illumination by the Holy Spirit to determine what the Scripture was intended to mean to its original readers, not what it can be made to mean.
We believe God surely exists. We believe the Bible teaches there is but one true and living God who is one in His unchanging nature, and yet who has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though it’s hard for us as finite (limited) creatures to fully understand an infinite God, Scripture tells us each person of this trio—called the Trinity—has exactly the same nature and qualities, and each is equally worthy of our confidence, obedience and worship.
We believe man’s sins separate him from God. Man was originally created by God to enjoy close, personal fellowship with Him, but by his own sin and disobedience man has received the penalty of death and separation from God.
We believe God offers loving forgiveness. God, in His immeasurable compassion and grace, offers to save us from this condition through the death and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. We must understand this gift is freely offered but not automatically bestowed. God gives this gift of forgiveness and eternal life to those who humble themselves, confess their sinfulness, repent (turn around), and accept this sacrifice of Jesus as their only hope for salvation.