Our Beliefs

 

 

What We Believe...The doctrine, or beliefs, of The Church of the Good Shepherd are taken directly from the Holy Bible.

WE BELIEVE… That the Holy Scripture of the Old and new Testaments are the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are without error, infallible, and the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Holy Bible are the complete and divine revelation of God to humanity. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

WE BELIEVE… There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), in the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).

WE BELIEVE… God is a Spirit (John 4:24) He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the Father of all humanity by creation. He is the First and the last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah 44:6). There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after Him (Isaiah 43:10).

WE BELIEVE… Jesus is the son of God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:10,14); God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16); He which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8); the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when he said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:7-11) and “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30)

WE BELIEVE… in water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Through baptism, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38).

WE BELIEVE… in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4). It was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), purchased by the blood of Jesus, and promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:16). The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and later upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; 19:6). “The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).

WE BELIEVE… that salvation is a gift of God given to humanity by grace and received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is more than mental agreement, intellectual acceptance, or verbal profession. It includes trust, reliance, and commitment. We cannot separate saving faith from obedience. People are saved by repenting of their sins, being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (the infilling of the Spirit of God). (Acts 2:38, 39; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 13; James 2:17, 18; 1 Peter 3:21)

 

 

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