Faith And Practice
We believe in the Gospel – the Good News – of Jesus Christ as set forth in Scripture, and summarized in the Ecumenical Creeds (Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed) and the 39 Articles of the Christian Religion. Our church constitution is here. We worship reverently, traditionally, joyfully, liturgically, simply – receiving the Word and the Sacraments as set forth by our Lord in Scripture. We also enjoy each other’s fellowship, sharing good food, good conversation, ideas, hospitality. We seek to minister to those who are alone and needy. We desire to be a beacon of Light and Truth for a dark world.
Ministries – Sharing The Love Of Christ
Good Shepherd exists with a recognition that God’s Grace is our all in all, our only comfort in life and death. His means of providing Grace to us are our only way of living and growing in Him. Thus, the means of Grace are our three essential ministries: the preaching of God’s Word, the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, and unity in prayer. All of us are vital to these three ministries as we worship and fellowship together.
We are seeking to provide a place where families, singles, and seniors can encourage each other in love and good works without becoming fragmented by programs that divide worship and fellowship into exhausted compartments. We seek to encourage ministering to each other across the life span, where younger believers can learn from experienced elders. Children worship with their parents. All ages are important.
As we grow, we are looking for ways to reach out to the wider community as well as increasing spiritual growth in our members. Wednesday evening home fellowship studies are one way of doing this. We participate in prayer vigils with 40 Days for Life. We travel to conferences and retreats. We pray and seek to serve those who are hurting and in need. We want to help meet their immediate needs, love them, and above all share with them the Love of Christ.
We are seeking to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission in a Great Commandment way:
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
We’d be honored to pray for you. If you have a prayer request, please email it to us or phone 803-257-4323.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Epistle to the Hebrews 4:16