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)

Bible Study

By: Jay Sevilla

We are having a Bible study in our house tonight. Would you like to join?” Believe me, you will get the weirdest excuses you’d ever hear in your life coming from those who just aren’t interested. How many books have you studied in your entire life? From kindergarten to college, you have probably studied conservatively 4 books per year or maybe 10 books per semester. Remember those thick, heavy textbooks of modern chemistry in high school? And now, Facebook?! But let me ask you this question… Have you studied the Bible? Some may have read it from cover to cover but did they get really deep into it?


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Seasons Of Time

By:  Shiela Bernardo
 
There are things that only seasons of time can give clarity to. The outlook we held when we were younger could only develop with padded stratum of life experiences that lend us more wisdom and grace. How you feel in your 20’s about certain matters wouldn’t exactly remain the same in your 30’s. It constantly evolves. It changes drastically. And in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and so on – each chapter is a different story altogether.

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Lifestyle of Worship

by:  Elder Mike Agreen

 

As an Elder of GSBC, I have the privilege and honor to oversee our praise team, One Desire. A few months back, I arrived a few minutes late as they were finishing up a devotional session. They graciously asked me to join in as they continued their discussion.

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Truth & Discipleship

 

By: Eric Ladson
 
What is truth?  According to John 14:6 Jesus is the truth.  Jesus, as the incarnate Word of God (John 1:1) is the source of all truth.  As the truth in living form Jesus aimed to transform man’s sin nature into the same truth that was in Him through discipleship.  Jesus often gave those around Him the disciple test.  

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Reality Check

By:  Ria Lucindo 
 
It’s February. We just watched the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Winter will soon phase out and the anticipation for spring is slowly starting to build up. It is the perfect time to ask, how is your New Year’s resolution coming along?
 
 

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Commitment

By:  Shiela Bernardo
In the last three weeks, we have started a church-wide fasting campaign to last a full five weeks. We are to be in prayer about growth in our personal lives, in our family, church, and community. Fasting is a spiritual exercise that necessitates stripping off what you are accustomed to; to trade it for time spent seeking God. It is when revelations come, when breakthroughs occur.

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Cast Your Cares On God

By: Pastor Jessie Arce 
Let us pray” – Ready to lie down on our bed, my wife Mercy and I will hold hands together and start to pray. We pray in audible voice, the other one agreeing by saying ‘Amen’. We pray alternately for the many concerns and issues of our church. We pray for those who are in need of healing, in need of spiritual strength & restoration, in need of relational blessing, in need materially, as well as pray for the salvation of people.

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Prioritize Prayer

By:  Shiela Bernardo 
Mornings bring certain clarity. We wake up in hopeful anticipation that today is going to be a good day. When we consciously start it with prayer, we acknowledge that we could go past our limitations and exercise faith in the infinite power source that enable us to accomplish more.

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In God’s Perfect Time (A Testimony)

By:  Ava Cabalza
I never really bothered to know God as much as I desire now, although, there is that constant urge to do so. I grew up with the conviction that as long as I know that He is my God and my Savior, then I am better off than most. That is, until such time when going to church became a part of a routine I dreaded on Sundays.


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Word War

By:  Ria Lucindo

Mother scolding a naughty child at play.

       As I was hurriedly getting my kindergartner ready this morning, screams and grunts are audible just about anywhere in the house. I mentally prepared myself for the battle ahead before I even got out of bed.

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Lifesaver

by:  Shiela Bernardo
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There are so many things that I want to accomplish in my life. Maybe it takes a lifetime of work to see myself succeed in the way that I have envisioned. When I look behind, I see the prominent trailing of failure that follows me up to this point.

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What Does Christmas Look Like To You?

By: Shiela Bernardo
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The festive, colorful bright lights

The soothing ambience of the cool breeze of air

We take off on vacation and plan our travels

The yearning of the heart to connect and bond with family

The smiles of children, their excitement and gratitude for the gifts that they open


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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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