We believe that God has given us a vision for where we need to go as God’s people in this place. By God’s grace, guidance and blessing we will see this vision become a reality.
Good Shepherd by the Lake Vision Statement: “Everyone a maturing disciple. Everyone a witness.”
“Everyone a maturing disciple.” The Apostle Peter wrote: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). The Bible pictures growing in faith and love for Christ with the image of an infant growing into mature adulthood. God’s desire for us as followers of Christ is for us to become more and more like Him—to think like Jesus, to talk like Jesus, and to live as Jesus lived. All believers are a work in progress. As the Holy Spirit works in our hearts and lives as we read, study, and take to heart the Word of God, we grow and mature in our faith. The vision for Good Shepherd by the Lake is that every member would be growing and maturing in their faith and walk with the Lord.
“Everyone a witness.” The Bible instructs us: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). We have good news, life-changing news to share. God’s love for us in Jesus is not meant to be kept to ourselves but shared with others. As we all readily share good news about what’s happening in our lives with others, so we can and need to tell others who Jesus is, what He has done for us in His life, death, and resurrection, and how He desires a close and intimate relationship with us. The vision for Good Shepherd by the Lake is that every member would be growing in their skills and commitment to sharing with others the reason for the hope they have in Jesus.