Attracting: We hope to partner with other living churches to point people to Jesus Christ. That means intentionally opening our arms to new friends and believers wherever they are on their spiritual journey. Connecting: We want to be neighborly church that helps people build relationships that matter.
Teaching: We love the Bible and want to know it better. Come and learn with us! Serving: We are a church driven to make disciples in obedience to the call of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20. We’re here for a reason – to care about people and the community of Camarillo. We’re not here just to watch. Want to serve with us?
Good Shepherd doesn’t want to be just another Lutheran church. We want to thrive and grow and point people to the hope found in Jesus Christ. What are we really aiming to do? The following goals describe what we’re trying to accomplish as a free and living Lutheran congregation:
Small Groups: We want to help people build relationships by establishing dozens of new small groups in the next 10 years.
Grace for the broken: You don’t have to be perfect to be here! Jesus offers grace to people who are broken.
Solid Biblical Teaching: We offer a steady diet of Scripture study in everything we do here.
Open Arms: We believe that Jesus wants us to reach out to people outside of Christ, and we want to welcome them into a saving relationship to Christ -- and experience the changes God always brings to true followers of Jesus. We enjoy the diversity of the whole family of disciples saved by grace.
We’re not the only church in Camarillo doing that. But we want to be among the many churches here that are building believers and drawing new friends into the family. Thanks for praying with us.
Fundamental Principles of the AFLC Established in 1897 1. According to the Word of God, the congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth. 2. The congregation consists of believers who, by using the means of grace and the spiritual gifts as directed by the Word of God, seek salvation and eternal blessedness for themselves and for their fellow men. 3. According to the New Testament, the congregation needs an external organization with membership roll, election of officers, stated times and places for its gatherings, and other similar provisions. 4. Members of the organized congregation are not, in every instance, believers, and such members often derive false hope from their external connection with the congregation. It is therefore the sacred obligation of the congregation to purify itself by the quickening preaching of the Word of God, by earnest admonition and exhortation, and by expelling the openly sinful and perverse. 5. The congregation directs its own affairs, subject to the authority of the Word and the Spirit of God, and acknowledges no other ecclesiastical authority or government above itself. 6. A free congregation esteems and cherishes all the spiritual gifts which the Lord gives for its edification, and seeks to stimulate and encourage their use. 7. A free congregation gladly accepts the mutual assistance which congregations can give one another in the work for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. 8. Such assistance consists partly in the mutual sharings of spiritual gifts among the congregations through conferences, exchange visits, lay activities, etc., whereby congregations are mutually edified, and partly in the voluntary and Spirit-prompted cooperation of congregations for the accomplishing of such tasks as exceed the ability of the individual congregation. 9. Among such tasks may be mentioned specifically the training of pastors, distribution of Bibles and other Christian literature, home missions, foreign missions, Jewish missions, deaconess homes, children's homes and other work of mercy. 10. Free congregations have no right to demand that other congregations shall submit to their opinion, will, judgment, or decision; therefore, domination by a majority of congregations over a minority is to be rejected. 11. Agencies found desirable for conducting the joint activities of congregations, such as conferences, committees, officers, etc., cannot in a Lutheran Free Church, impose any obligations or restrictions, exert any compulsions, or lay any burden upon the individual congregation, but have the right only to make recommendations to, and requests of, congregations and individuals. 12. Every free congregation, as well as every individual believer, is constrained by the Spirit of God and by the privileges of Christian love to do good and to work for the salvation of souls and the quickening of the spiritual life, as far as its abilities and power permit. Such free spiritual activity is limited neither by parish nor by synodical boundaries.
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