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)

A Preparation Phase

by: Ria Lucindo
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In Acts 9:30-31, the apostle Paul was sent off to safety in Tarsus by other disciples. At this time, he was probably very eager and fired up by the Holy Spirit. He was fresh from conversion, having heard the voice of Christ himself.

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Not My First Language

By:  Shiela Bernardo
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English is not my first language. I have had to study it, practice it and to keep on learning it everyday. There are a lot of times when I am at a lost for words – literally not able to find the most suitable term to express my thoughts on point.

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Confidence In Times Of Uncertainty

By:  Alan Bernardo
 
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Many days I catch myself thinking about the near future… mostly about how to provide for my family. I would love to give my wife and daughter whatever they ask for. But the reality is, it takes careful planning by way of budgeting. Nothing gives me more joy and satisfaction than seeing their faces light up when they get something; especially if it that something was what they really wanted. On the other hand, it tugs my heart to see and feel their expressions of slight disappointment as we justify why we can’t get something now. My wife and I know that we have to be wise in our decisions especially when it involves finances.

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In Times of Weakness

by:  Theresa Abad
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When I was asked if I can contribute to the church blog, I immediately said yes.  In fact I said I already have a message that God is pouring in my spirit at that time.  A few weeks later, I was reminded that they will soon publish my writing.  I am dumbfounded!  I’ve got nothing to write!  ‘Where is that message, Lord?’  More like our life.  One day we are happy, the next day we are sad. Some days we are strong, some days we can’t even get up.  One moment excited to write, another time our mind is blank.


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How To Pray For Someone You Don’t Like

By:  Ria Lopez
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For most women, finding the right salon/spa aesthetician can take a couple of misses. It’s like finding your soul mate, you get some duds and then finally a gem. So when I found my soul mate aesthetician, I was adamant to never let her go that I prepaid for a year’s worth of services. It was a big mistake because one day I found her flaw. Three words: last minute cancellations. After repeated last minute cancellations and with lots of minutes wasted in the waiting room, I have to finally break up with her. (Sob) 

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Yes or No

By:  Shiela Bernardo
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A ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer isn’t as straightforward in a culture that is quick to turn the tables from simple to complicated. It poses a horde of challenges to keep your word or stand by your principles when your soul is overextended. And when we factor in the volatility of our emotions as well as our conflicting desires, we selfishly maneuver our way into finding favorable outcomes for ourselves out of the situations we’re in.


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Seeking Deep Friendships

by:  Shiela Bernardo
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Sharing life together must mean more than just the casual hi’s and hello’s. Many seek closeness where you feel part of a family that carries each other’s burdens. We all want to connect at a deeper level with others who could relate, comfort, support and pray for us. We all yearn for a true confidant, to have one and to be one. 

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Finding Our Way Back

By:  Fatima Rowley

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We try to be on the path that God prepared for us but sometimes, we get distracted by our limited view of His plan. We therefore find ourselves in a situation we never wanted or imagined to be in, and yet there we are. Finding our way back seems impossible and on our own, it is.


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Not A Coincidence

By: Ria Lopez
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It has been about six months since we have pledged to take part in the Capture The Vision (CTV) campaign. It has been an enriching experience as we witness how faithful God is and how profound the lessons are.

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Thirsting For God

By:  Pastor Daniel Vaughan
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Do we long to be intimate with God? As a pastor, I often encourage others to spend time with God. This post is not another list of reasons to urge us to devotions. Instead, this post is to ask the honest question, “Do I thirst for God?” In the past six weeks, this simple question has been one that I have wrestled with. Psalms 63:1-4 is so clear, precise and reveals one truly thirsting for intimacy with God.


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Be Present In The Moment

By: Shiela Bernardo
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There seem to always be a million things going on in our minds at any given point. Even while you sit there, your thoughts can be traveling elsewhere. You’re here, but you’re not here. It takes no effort to space out and have our mind wandering off somewhere else and thinking of everything under the sun other than what’s right in front of us. It takes more effort to focus.

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Do We Have To Sell Everything?

 By: Shiela Bernardo

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The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking? Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” – Matthew 19:20-21


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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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