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)

The Small Things

By:  Shiela Bernardo
 
Do not let the small compromises chip away at the structure of your integrity. This put things in perspective for me. Sometimes we may find ourselves justifying what we may think to ourselves as harmless misconduct. Even if you label your actions as trivial or insignificant, it will eventually weigh you down.


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Detour

By: Pastor Daniel Vaughan
 
This past week was such a blessing to be able to go to Texas and celebrate my brother’s graduation and visit with longtime friends; however, in my eyes it didn’t start off to well. It was late Friday night (June 19
th) that I got the news that my flight the next morning from Baltimore to Dallas was canceled.

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Big Vision

By:  Shiela Bernardo
 

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re part of something bigger than yourself? Your mind may be gripped at a sense of grandeur of what God’s plans are for this world, and ask yourself, what is your part in it? You wonder if an individual such as yourself can really make that much of a difference. We are such a miniscule matter when you scope out the universe.


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God’s Great Love

By:  Ava Cabalza

One of my kids want to serve our country. The first time he told us, I bawled like a child, thinking about what might happen and how worried I would be every time he’s gone. I asked him not to go. He asked, “If not me, then who?”. I quickly replied, “Someone else’s kid”. I didn’t think of how selfish that sounded, I just wanted my child to be safe. 


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Wake up: The Importance of a Strong Prayer Life

By:  Eric Ladson
“….stay here and keep watch with me”
Matthew 26:38
 
 
That’s from our Lord Jesus Himself.  He wanted the inner-circle disciples (Peter, John and James) to join Him as He prayed at the midnight hour in the Garden of Gethsemane.  What did Jesus find after He returned from praying?  He found the very elect, inner-circle disciples fast asleep.  Jesus wanted to teach an important spiritual law in practice…the Law or Principle of Agreement (Unity).  Along with praying, being in agreement with the saints increases the power of our prayers.

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Traffic Light

By:  Elder Mike Agreen 

We’ve all been there. That busy intersection you go through five or more times a week. You may think about it as you prepare to leave the house, or as your trip approached the dreaded light, hoping you’ll catch it at just the right time so as not to have to wait too long. The anxiety of this event is even greater if you are running late.


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Only God Can Make A Tree

By:  Fatima Jamlig
 
I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree…A tree that looks at God all day and lifts it’s leafy arms to pray…Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.” This Joyce Kilmer poem ‘Trees’ is one of my favorites as it lovingly describes God’s creation, attributing its beauty to Him alone, the Grand Designer. 


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Full Circle

by:  Elder Alan Bernardo
 

A few days ago, my eldest sister texted me a picture from a long time ago. It was an image of the two of us on her wedding day fifteen years ago. As I reminisce, I thought about the events of that day. The sharply dressed wedding entourage, the many people that attended, and the good times we had with family and friends. But most of all I thought about how different things are now. Not only did we change physically, but also our lives are completely different. Most notably, my siblings including myself have children now and an ever-evolving family life.

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Challenges And Changes

By: Ria Lucindo
 
I recently met a high school friend of my husband. Even though I have known my husband since 4th grade, he moved to another school during our freshman year. I didn’t see or hear from him for four years. So, it was entertaining to hear his friend’s stories of their adolescent adventures. It was like hearing some of the same stories my husband would tell me but from another point of view. To some tales, I would exclaim, “He’s still the same!” and to some, “I cannot even believe we’re talking about the same person.”

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Prayer Is Action

By:  Shiela Bernardo
 

From the start of the year up to now, my devotionals have always pointed to the topic of prayer. I’d hear sermon messages that shoot straight to the heart of it. I’d attend women’s fellowship and find lesson emphasis in prayer. I knew God was building up a reservoir of faith through channels of prayer directed to the powerful One who I pray to.


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My Jewish Sandal

 

By: Elder Larry Dela Cruz
 
On one of my devotional reading from not so long ago, there is one phrase that got stuck on my mind ‘Jewish sandal’. It is based on Deuteronomy 29:5 The LORD says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.’ The Israelites lack of faith led to their 40 years of wandering in the desert. But still, God’s love and faithfulness to His people remained by providing their needs. The manna was good only for a day and usually spoils the next day but their clothing and sandal were meant to last the entire journey.

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Persistence In Prayer

By: Pastor Paul Vaughan
 
Do you ever feel like your prayers are never answered? Do you wonder if God actually hears your prayers? If God knows my needs, then why do I need to pray more than once or at all for that matter? Wouldn’t He just know and answer them?

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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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