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)

Burst Of Colors

By: Shiela Bernardo
 
I eagerly wake up to a 4 a.m. dreamland and the moment I open my eyes I know I can tap into a sacred epicenter and have a flood of ideas rush over me as I write. I have creative freedom to render the song of my soul into a form that seals in its essence. I feel so alive when I find myself doing what I yearn to do, even just for a few hours at the top of my day.

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Expect Delays Ahead

By: Elder Larry Dela Cruz
 
OH NO! Those are the words that generally come out of my mouth when I am driving and suddenly see signs that say ‘Expect Delays Ahead.’ I dread seeing the red brake lights of all the cars ahead as I approach them. Of course, those two words are accompanied by grumbling, murmuring, random body movements and any other way I can express my frustration. My wife tells me that I completely transform to a different person every time it happens (sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde).


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Foremost or For Most?

By:  Lara Dela Cruz

 

Take a second, step back, and examine your life. Look closely at every detail and aspect of every thought, word, and action. Is God foremost in your life? Or is He there just for most of your life?

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Routinary or Necessary?

By:  Ria Lucindo

 

A lot of times, I mentally summarize a sermon or a Christian radio broadcast. The common bottom line is to pray and read the Bible. Both are effective ways to grow spiritually, they say. It’s ingrained in my mind just like the song. “Read your Bible, pray every day, pray every day.”

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Small Steps

By: Shiela Bernardo

We all want to improve ourselves. And what better way to do that than to adopt a good habit. Consistency is key. But consistency is hard. Sometimes I do beat myself up that I couldn’t keep up with what I’ve set out to do.


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Take Action

By:  Alan Bernardo
 
Have you ever wanted something bad enough that not a day passes where you don’t think about the new order of things in its future state?

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Clock’s Ticking

By: Shiela Bernardo
 

Don’t we act sometimes like we have all the time in the world? Think of the ways we’ve wasted away our days doing nothing, or something you’re regrettably aware has no value. We allow laissez-faire mindset, unwilling to steer our actions with intention. And the days slip away from our hands and we’re no better for it, not an inch closer to our life’s goals.


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Wow, God!

By: Christopher Ramos

I was briskly leaving a Wawa, when I passed a man to my right that asked for some spare change. I quickly dismissed him, told him I don’t carry cash, and headed straight to my car. As I sat in the driver seat I contemplated that seemingly minute interaction. Why would a gentleman like him be asking for spare change at the entrance to a convenience store? Bus fare? Drugs? It didn’t matter in that moment.


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Work is a Blessing!

by:  Pastor Jessie Arce
 
I just came back from the Philippines for the dedication of International Soo Jung Mission Center, a ministry dedicated to the Overseas Filipino Workers/Investors and to their families. For less than two weeks, my wife Mercy and I were moving from one place to another, passing well known traffic roads in Metro Manila, attending meetings after meetings, watching the construction of the center and making sure that it will be prepared on time for the dedication on June 4.

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A Child’s Mind

By:  Shiela Bernardo 
 
I was watching how excitedly our toddler wanted to play with her new toy. She laid out all the colorful mega blocks on the floor and stacked up a few single blocks into a vertical line and called it a castle. It was very simplistic but she took pride in what she had created. She asked us to play with her. So we jumped at it eager to come up with something more sophisticated than a straight line to excite her imagination.

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The Foundation of Fear

by:  Gio Lopez

Alright I’ll admit it: I don’t fully trust God with my future.  Phew, what a relief to get that off my chest.

 

It’s strange – though the vast majority of Christians I’ve ever met in life can empathize with fearing the future, I have found it rare for people to admit the root of their fears: a lack of faith.

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Photo Shoot

by:  Jay Sevilla

 

1, 2, 3, click! Smile! Say cheese!
 
It was almost 8 years when I started a hob- by of taking pictures. I got interested when my wife and I had our pre-nuptial photo shoot. From learning your subjects and incorporating them with their background; I say, it’s not that easy.

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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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