Our Beliefs

  Our Beliefs  

Our Beliefs

"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).

This is the sum of our Christian faith.  On the basis of this and many other passages in the Bible, we believe, teach and confess that:

  • There is one God, who has revealed himself in the Bible as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The entire Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God.
  • God created the entire world and humanity.
  • All people are conceived and born in sin, commit sin throughout their entire lives, and therefore are under God's condemnation.
  • God sent his own Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to be the Savior of all people.  Jesus lived a perfect life for us and paid for the sins of the entire world with his innocent death on the cross.
  • God raised Jesus from the dead.
  • By faith in Jesus as our Savior we have the forgiveness of all sins and a sure hope of eternal life in heaven.
  • At the end of the world, Jesus will return, taking all who have faith in him  to live with him forever.
If you would like to read more about our teachings and beliefs visit WELS - This We Believe.

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If you have any questions about our beliefs or becoming a member, please feel free to contact the church office.  Our Pastor will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

WELS LogoGood Shepherd is a part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
Wisconsin
because it was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1850. The synod now has 400,000 members in 1200 congregations and is currently active in all 50 states and 20 world mission fields.
Evangelical
because it is dedicated to spreading the good news of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. (Evangelical comes from the Greek word for 'good news.')
Lutheran
because it reflects the freeing message rediscovered by Martin Luther in the reformation of the Christian church in the 1500s.
Synod
because this Greek word means 'walking together' and WELS is a fellowship of over 1200 congreations working together to train pastors, build home and world missions, and guard the pure teachings of God's Word.
The WELS is the third largest Lutheran church in the U.S. The WELS' passion for children and outreach has given it a strong history in education and missions. The church body's congregations support 370 elementary schools, 313 early education programs and 23 high schools, as well as more than 100 missionaries and more than 200 national workers sharing the gospel worldwide. Learn more at: www.wels.net