Good Shepherd’s foundation is God and His Word that describes the Father, Son and Spirit. We certainly believe God is God, and by that we mean that God alone is sovereign and in control. Yet, we believe more than just that God is God and in control, we also believe that God is good! God is loving, truthful, gracious, merciful, and just in His judgment of sin, yet One who offers forgiveness.
God created the world and continues to sustain it for His glory and our good. He is completing His gospel plan to save the lost and disciple the faithful. What is God’s gospel plan? Through the person and work of Jesus, God accomplishes salvation for us, rescuing us from judgment for our sin. By grace, we are saved through faith and included in God’s family, where we walk with God personally and with our church family.
Over a span of 1,500 years, forty authors contributed to the Bible. These forty authors included kings, fishermen, priests, government officials, farmers, shepherds and doctors. The Bible’s undeniable consistency and absence of error is due to ultimately having only one author — God Himself. The Bible is “God-breathed”. The human authors wrote what God communicated to them, and the result was the perfect Word of God.
From His word, we derive a statement of faith.
Statement of Beliefs
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.