What We Believe

From Pastor Mark

We believe in that there are some things of faith that are essential to agree on; things that make us distinctly Christian. We believe these theological essentials are outlined in the creeds of faith from as early as the 300's A.D. One creed we profess with regularity at Good Shepherd is the Apostle's Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, 
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, 

his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,

and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, 

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
These theological statements about God are, for us, essential to our faith. There are other matters of faith that are important, yet less important than the person of God, and God's role in our lives. Examples might be gun control, abortion, homosexuality, how/when to practice baptism or communion, politics, etc. These are important matters of faith, but less important than who God is and what role God plays in our lives. Individually, we may have definite opinions on these matters (and many more!) but we choose to remain unified by not making these theological positions the main thing. We call these non-essentials, and believe in practicing liberty of thought in regards to these non-essentials.
We believe that in all things spiritual, we should recognize God has created each of us differently, and yet each of us in God's image. Which means we should approach each other with charity, or goodwill. Our world is divisive enough. God's churches shouldn't model the rest of the world. We invite you to join us in practicing unity in the essentials of our faith, liberty in the non-essentials, and in all things, charity.

For more on the Apostle's Creed and how it affects our faith,
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All are welcome.

We hope for you to feel accepted & welcome.
We don’t pressure or judge; we invite and encourage.