At Good Shepherd we are shaped by, and deeply connected to, three great streams of classic Christian belief and practice:
Our focus on Scripture mirrors the "evangelical" tradition within Christianity that emphasizes the authority of Scripture, the proclamation of the Gospel, the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, evangelism and outreach/missions. The Anglican Church believes and upholds eternal truths revealed by God through His Son and His Word. We recognize Scripture as the final authority in matters of faith and practice and proclaim Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God, believing that salvation is found in His sacrificial death and Resurrection alone, which we attain by grace through faith in Him:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
Good Shepherd embraces the sacred nature of the historic faith and sacramental life of the Church – God has set the Church apart as holy. Sometimes termed the "catholic" tradition, we understand the sacred as embodying that which has been taught and believed within the one holy catholic apostolic church throughout the centuries, as expressed in the Creeds and 39 Articles of Religion. Liturgy (forms of worship) and our practice of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Holy Eucharist) are rooted in the earliest Christian church and express these truths.
We celebrate the power of God's Spirit at work in the Church and the world, a focus often associated with the "charismatic" tradition. The Anglican Church believes God's Spirit was poured out at Pentecost and continues to move in a mighty way by demonstrating His presence through powerful acts and the transformation of believers. We believe the Spirit of God guides, instructs and equips believers for works of service: "I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Together, the three streams of the Scripture, the Spirit and the Sacred define the core values that shape our identity and guide the expressions of our faith – our words, our actions and our worship. We are committed to extending the kingdom of God through evangelism by the power of the Holy Spirit through calling people into a saving relationship with Christ and making disciples who make disciples. We build congregations through relational ministry that express the love, intimacy and unity of God as revealed in the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.