CREATED FOR WORSHIP - JESUS. LORD. KING. SAVIOR 
 
 
Our goal is to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.
The enriching experience of being part of a church is not just highlighted on Sundays-
it’s a daily adventure, best explored alongside others who will offer you support and encouragement.
As you take a look around we hope that you would be drawn to embrace the true essence of community. 
 
We’re here for you in love and service, and we’d love to be a part of your journey.

We are The Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

We’d love for you to become part of the family!
 
 

2019 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 
For Pre-K to 5th Graders
 
August 5th-9th, 2019
Monday to Friday
6pm to 9pm
 
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
2274 Porter Road Bear, DE 19701

Click Here to Register.

We are hosting a free summer kids’ event called Roar VBS, where kids discover that God is good even when life gets wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, enjoy a yummy dinner, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.

 

 
 
 
The GSBC Community Yard Sale has become a real Community Event.  It was started as a way to give those in Trailer Parks a way to have a Yard Sale, which most Trailer Parks prohibit.  Depending on how the first yard sale went was going to determine if we would continue our planned “Once a Year” event.
 
As it turned out, it was such a huge success, that the Community asked us to hold it twice a year, and so we have.
 
Our Yard Sale is held the first weekend in June and the last weekend in September, on the Saturday, from 8 am – 2 pm.  Setup usually begins at 7 am.
 
We ask for a donation of only $5.00 per table/space.
 
We have limited tables on a first come first served basis, or you can bring your own.
 
We usually have donuts and coffee in the morning and a food outlet during the day.
 
We advertise in several local papers, on local radio, social media, this web site, as well as posters hung in many local establishments who support our goals.
 
What do we get out of the deal?  
 
We get to meet the great people in our community and you get to know us in a non-threatening, no pressure way.  We get to share our facility with you, and show the Love of Jesus without preaching or teaching, just meeting and greeting, in an inviting way, with no strings attached – Guaranteed!!!
 
So come out to buy, come out to sell, or just come out to browse and grab a bite to eat.
 
It’s a great time!  See you there!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Donate per space/table here or at the event





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Join us!

Sunday School starts at 9:00 AM. Sunday Service starts at 10:00 AM

2274 Porter Road, Bear DE 19701

 
 

 

Verse of the Day 6/25/2019

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. — Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)

Prayer War Room

I aim to have a strong prayer life. I want to learn how to navigate prayer as a potent spiritual tool in a believer’s arsenal. I want to be in tune with God’s voice and depend on Him to light up my path in the direction He is leading me to go. He sees the end from the beginning and knows what is good for me. I can trust in Him. What remarkable statement in John 14:14 when Jesus said: “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”


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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

 

 
This month we lost one important part of our family. She was beautiful, elegant and very young when she came into our family back in 2002. She was our partner in raising our children from their very young age to their adulthood. She was there with us every time we took our children to school, parks, doctor visits, parties and other places they need to be. She took a lot of care of us as she brought us to places near and far.

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A Tribute To Nanay (Mother)

by:  Cecil Zaballero
 
 
We celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday.  I was so surprised that until Monday at work people were still greeting each other a Happy Mother’s Day.  I don’t ever remember Mother’s day so special like this before.  But I am glad because I get to benefit from it as well.

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The Joy of Stillness

by:  Ria Lucindo
 
While I am soaking in the beauty and fragrance of spring, my inner self also is basking in calmness and serenity. This is not my own doing. In fact, the circumstances surrounding me is quite the opposite.

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Solid Foundation

Luke 6:49 “…but the one who hears (Jesus’ words) and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

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Anxious Anticipation

by:  Pastor Paul Vaughan
 
Have you ever anxiously anticipated going on a planned vacation or reuniting with a loved one that you have been apart from for a while?

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5 Ways To Spruce Up Your Quiet Time

 
When the alarm clock rings and you wake up to a brand new day, do you get a moment’s peace to internalize how great this day might turn out for you? Perhaps you belong to the other end of the spectrum where there’s just no extra time to pause. You’re so used to scrambling your way around a rambunctious morning routine.

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Perception

Last week a co-worker of mine shared with me a concern he had regarding my leadership style. The conversation went like this: “You know Melissa, you are too friendly with your Sailors.” Okay, it wasn’t much of a conversation as I simply sat there and received his honest assessment of my character. All I could do is say, “Thank you for that. However, not all leadership styles are the same, and I lead differently than most.” 

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Who Are My Friends?

 
At times, how God planned for me to be where I am is so fascinating that it defies all understanding. Just as all the hairs in my head are counted, the friends that I have around me are planted at the right time, all serving a purpose. I’ve mourned over friends I had lost, relationships built over the years and gone in a second.

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Quiet Time in 30 Minutes

 
Having a strong devotional life is the most fulfilling, richest experience of all. You are in tune with God’s voice and can follow His leading. You gain clarity on things that matter. It refines your perspective to look at situations and opportunities through a divine lens. It produces a sense of trust and security that you’re right in the center of God’s will. You can also discern if your actions are misaligned with what He wants for you.

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React or Recognize and Respond?

by: Daniel Vaughan

 

Just the other day I sat with a close friend who reached out to be encouraged and prayed for. He found himself in a season and place that we all can relate, a valley. That low place in which Scripture uses to symbolically describe a depressed state. As we talked, he shared his struggles and shared the following:


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God Sustains Me

 

Psalm 33:16-17 “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.” Truly understanding what this verse means because it’s been instilled in your life is something that so few will ever experience.


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Small Group Connections

Please watch this video and be encouraged to get connected to a small group today!
 
 
What does it feel like to be part of a Small Group?  Click here to read about what you can expect in a Small Group. 
Do you want to know what others think about being a part of Small Group?  Click here to read some personal testimonies.
Join a group today!  Click here to plug-in to our existing groups or click here to start a new one.

 

The Goal of Ministry

DSC06245Ministry is an overflow of God’s love that is demonstrated by service to others. There’s intentionality in meeting people where they are at and ushering them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. But it is only effective when you start with God. He is the One who empowers and enables you to be a spring of blessing for others. It is very much an inward process of filling up the heart before any outward expression occurs.  
 
Ministry is never one-dimensional nor should it ever be. It’s not just evidence of elbow grease for the sake of busyness – it’s more meaningful than that. It is relational and personal in nature. As J.R. Briggs puts it: “Faithful ministry isn’t a project. Ministry is people. The administrative elements of ministry should only be tools that lead us to building relationships with others.”   It calls for compassion as you work out peeling away the layers of people’s instinctive barriers. It is a continual commitment to stand by a person, waiting for them to become receptive to what you are teaching or sharing. It is discipleship in action.
 
DSC06296It may sound as though it requires much from you. And so often we find ourselves wrung out of energy and we reason out that we don’t have the time to commit to something that will pull us away from our already beefed-up schedules. But every burnt out soul needs refreshing. And in Proverbs 11:25, it says: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.   So inspect closely the order of your priorities. See if there are any honest opportunities to re-align them, because there is truly nothing more fulfilling than taking part in the work that God is doing through people and toward people.  
 
There are many opportunities from where you’re standing. Go ahead, and look around you. Ministry can purposefully be accomplished in the home, in church, in school, in your place of work. Wherever your mission field is, you are to display and magnify the very character of Christ in your interactions with people.

 

Every believer is called to ministry. And every ministry should be doing The Great Commission.  This, below, is the goal of ministry. Are you on point?  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age – (Matthew 28: 19-20).
 
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Every believer heard about Christ’s offer of salvation from another person.  It could be from a friend, a family member, an evangelist, a missionary, or even a stranger, who at one point they had shared a conversation with, and planted the seed. Think about that person who God used in your own life to come to know Christ. Just as we were recipients of this life-changing blessing, we as a church also support several outlets of blessing to spread the gospel locally and in the far corners of the globe.
 

They are as follows:

  • Truth Helpers – a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Tom Berry that sends support to a school in Haiti and a bible school in Romania;
  • Timothy Initiative – an international church planting organization with the purpose of training pastors and church planters specifically in Nepal, India, and Africa;
  • International Ministries (Missionary Duane Binkley) – one of the first Baptist mission agency in the USA that started in Myanmar and has now active missionaries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas;
  • Crossover World – a non-profit organization ministering to Filipino children ages 4-14 and sharing the gospel using the basketball paradigm;
  • Kapatid Ministry – a Philippine-based non-profit organization ministering to impoverished families, children whose parents work abroad, and also to prison inmates in Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan;
  • Delaware Baptist Association – a local group of Baptist churches aimed at strengthening each other while supporting church planting efforts; and
  • Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware – a group of Baptist churches from MD and DE, who are working together on ministries such as missions work, disaster relief, ministry training and support, church development, and evangelism.

 

It is through these kind of ministries that the good news circulate to people groups of countless areas of the world that we wouldn’t otherwise physically travel to.  But we are able to take part in the sending of missionaries, and in Romans 10:15 we read:  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  Perhaps some of them are extraordinary people, but most likely they are just regular people like the rest of us. Surely, the apostles were not that special by human standards. But God uses people like us to share His love and to do extraordinary things with eternal value. Everyday, He blesses us with the resources and strength to empower us to do His important commission. So let’s make sure that these blessings trickle down to others just like it did for us.  
 
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