“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:31
Students should develop and use their God-given gifts and abilities to serve the school, church and community.
Students should be in a Christ-centered environment to best develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
Under the authority of the Good Shepherd Church Elders, the school leadership, faculty, staff and parents should work together for the best interest of the students.
The school should assist parents in preparing students to be responsible Christians while living in a secular culture.
The school participants should be learning together to live like Christ and reaching out in His name.
We believe that …
* The real author of the Bible is God.
* He has given us the Bible perfect, complete and free of errors.
* The Bible gives us God’s standards for how to live well.
* The Bible is the final authority for the family of Good Shepherd Community Church.
Because of this confidence in the Bible, we also believe its teaching that …
¨There is one God who has always been and will never cease to be and who exists in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
¨God the Father is in total control over every detail of the universe. Yet even though He is so great, He’s still lovingly interested in our lives so that He hears and answers prayer and saves from sin and death all who trust Jesus Christ.
¨Jesus the Son is totally God and at the same time totally human. He was born to the virgin Mary, lived without sin, died as a substitute for us, physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, is now sitting on His rightful throne in heaven and will return in the sight of all the world.
¨The Holy Spirit took an active role in the creation of the universe, the writing of the Bible and Jesus’ ministry on earth. His role now is to convince the hearts of men and women of their sin and their deep need of salvation before a righteous God and judge. He helps people come to faith and new life in Christ. Then He comes to live in believers; helping them grow, make right decisions, understand the Bible and find comfort in hard circumstances.
¨Mankind was created by God to enjoy God’s company and to obey His will. The first man and woman chose to disobey God, and all the rest of us have inherited the same rebellious nature. Because of our sin (before we trust Christ) we are separated from God; that is, we are spiritually dead.
¨Jesus Christ died to pay the price we owe for our rebellion against God, and then He rose from the dead as the final victory over death. There is no other payment, other than the sacrifice of Jesus, that is great enough to pay the price we owe. All who trust in the complete adequacy of Jesus’ death in our place will be forgiven for all past, present and future sins and will receive eternal life that can never be lost.
¨All who have trusted Christ have been born into a new life and are part of God’s family—the universal church, including all true believers of all times and places. God instructs each of His children to be an active participant in a local church.
¨One day every human being will be raised from death. Believers in Christ will enjoy eternal life with God, but those who haven’t believed in Christ will experience eternal separation from God