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)

Clear The Clutter

By: Glen Manio
 
It’s a snowy winter day, and I find myself playing outside and stuffing snow down my brother’s back. Well, that was before. Before there were things like Netflix, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook. Now on snowy winter days, I find myself binge-watching One Tree Hill and Friday Night Lights while feasting on some avocado toast (life-changing).

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Who Is In Control?

By: Ria Lucindo

My family recently had a weekend trip to New York City. My husband and I deliberated whether to drive around the city, spend most of the time in traffic and pay ginormous parking fees. Or whether to be adventurous, park the van at the hotel and take the subway with three kids around the city.


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Phone In

By:  Shiela Bernardo

 

Sometimes I find myself absolutely clueless on how to proceed in making an important decision. I tend to prolong the process to ensure I’m making the right choice. I wish I could literally just pull out my phone and dial in a number to heaven and talk to God directly where I would also hear His voice audibly. Wouldn’t that be easy?

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Turning Over A New Leaf

By:  Krystle Ramos

It’s that time of year when the leaves have turned beautiful new colors and the crisp morning air begins to bite. With Thanksgiving and the Christmas season approaching, I take in this time of reflection and thanksgiving and stand in awe. As beautiful as the leaves are, even more beautiful are our lives with Jesus Christ in our hearts.


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FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out

By:  Christopher Ramos

 

It’s that tingle you get on the back of your neck when you check your facebook timeline and see a close friend’s post about an amazing vacation they’re on or pictures of a perfectly plated dish in a fancy restaurant seconds before it was devoured. It’s that moment you realize that someone is doing something awesome and you’re not there. Social media has given people a platform to broadcast


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Long-Term Commitment

By: Shiela Bernardo
Commitment is not a one-and-done deal. There are many goals we pursue that don’t take overnight to achieve. The caveat of a long-term commitment could be likened to a match that sparks a flame; it burns brightest on the outset. And then it dims to embers until the light is eventually snuffed out.


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Are You A Part-time or Full-time Follower of Jesus?

By: Melissa Vaughan
 
Are you an unashamed, unabashed follower of Christ or do you sometimes conveniently leave your faith at the door depending on the circumstance? Do you struggle with being a “Follower of Christ?” I don’t know about you, but being in the military, I interact with people on a day-to-day basis who live their lives as though faith in God does not exist. Yes, I work with other believers, however, what happens on Sunday morning makes little to no difference in what goes on the other six days of the week. Being a follower of Christ is a difficult task, but God never meant it to be easy. He wants you and me to rely on Him in any and all circumstances fully.

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Generation To Generation

By: Daren Agui

I was always a church kid. God has always been a part of my life. It started with the Children’s ministry. I remember the old facility with its cold basement and cracked wood floors. It wasn’t the best place in the world, but it never felt that way. My early exposure to the church helped me cultivate my faith. But I eventually made my faith my own, and it is not something that is decided by my parents.


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Thirsty Thursdays

By: Jay Sevilla
 
My Thursdays used to be nights spent drinking with friends until sun up, dragging ourselves back home. Nothing extraordinary; just friends hanging out sharing the same old repeated stories of laughter. That’s why we coined it “Thirsty Thursday.”


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My Eyes Deceive

By: Shiela Bernardo
 
Being eight months pregnant, I’m regularly going for ultrasounds to monitor the biophysical measurement and movement of our baby. My husband and I always look forward to times when we can take a peek into the amazing enclosed world that cradles and sustains life, which requires specialized apparatus to explore.


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Where Does My Help Come From?

By: Cheri Adams
 
I can’t do all this; I just can’t. I can’t juggle all of this.” These words came out of my mouth, as I dissolved into tears at the kitchen table. My husband had just come home from another night of working on a project at the church. He probably wished he had stayed there because I was a mess.

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Forgiveness

By: Ava Cabalza
 
Forgiveness, what does that actually entail? I used to forgive with significant reservations, being very leery of what the person might attempt to do to hurt me again. In the past, when I don’t forgive, I never felt guilty. I justified my decision by recounting all the other times this person wronged me, whoever happens to be on the other side of that fence. At times, I don’t forgive merely because I don’t want to give the wrong impression and be called irresolute.


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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.
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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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