What We Believe
As a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, Good Shepherd holds the beliefs outlined in the Westminster Standards, which includes the following:
The Triune God
There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
The Authority of Scripture
The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
The Fallen State of Man
All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
The Mercy and Grace of God
The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
Being Born Again
Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
Saved by Faith Alone
Justification is by faith, and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
Living for God
The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
Life After Death
At death the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God, and the unbeliever’s soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
The Covenant sign of Baptism
Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy, as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
The Return of Christ
Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
The Spreading of the Gospel
The Gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.
What We Value
Preaching all of the Bible (with a Christ-centered approach and working through whole books of Scripture from start to finish) gives us the full picture of God’s message for us.
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Prayer is vital to the life of the church and each believer, so we must seek God continually according to his commands.
Giving of our lives and resources is necessary for the growth of the kingdom of God.
Discipleship is required for us to conform more and more to the obedient life that glorifies God.
Community is believers encouraging one another so that we may be more like Christ.
Serving enables us to use our gifts to strengthen our church and bless those around us.
Sharing the gospel should be done in a way that meets people where they are with the love and grace of God in Christ.