Our Core Values will help you understand the heart of our mission, as it pertains to our theology and practice. The first grouping of values layout for you our understanding of theological doctrine. The second grouping of values present to you our view of Christian counseling.
Our Statement of Faith
The following is a brief summary of the doctrinal core beliefs of The Counseling Solution Group. It is not an exhaustive statement, but a framework to give you a point of reference regarding our beliefs about God and those who live in His world:
About the Bible: We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore, is the true center of the Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct and beliefs should be judged.
About God: We believe the One and only true God is triune; He exists as three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; all three are eternally equal in nature, attributes and perfection and as such are equally worthy of our worship, love and obedience.
About Man: We believe man was created in the image of God, but because of man’s fall into sin, this image is marred, his nature depraved, and he is separated from God and thus, can be said to be spiritually dead.
About Jesus Christ:
- His birth: We believe Jesus of Nazareth was conceived of the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary and Jesus received a human body and a sinless human nature.
- His life: We believe Jesus Christ experienced all the normal temptations of human existence, yet was without sin. We believe He showed Himself to be the Messiah of Israel and the divine Son of God by His teachings and His miracles.
- His death: We believe when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He provided the substitutionary, vicarious atonement for man’s sin.
- His resurrection: We believe Jesus Christ arose physically and bodily from the grave after being dead for three days.
- His return: We believe in the visible and personal return of Jesus Christ.
About Salvation: We believe salvation is by grace, plus nothing and minus nothing. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith, which are granted by God as a part of His divine kindness to those whom he chooses.
About the Local Church: We believe the local church is God’s primary instrument for His work today; that every believer should be an active member in a local assembly, supporting its worship, ministry, fellowship, discipleship, and evangelism by his/her time, talents and offerings. The ordinances of the local church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and belong exclusively to the local church.
About the Eternal State: We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. –Rom. 12:1-2.
A Christian counseling ministry is unique in mending relational and/or situational difficulties in which people are exposed. The unique components of a Christian counseling ministry are set apart from secular or integrated models by the following ways:
- We recognize the essential workings of the mercies of God in the life of the believer. The most important of these workings is salvation through Jesus Christ—what fellowship has light with darkness? –2 Cor. 6:14c.
- We believe these mercies God gives to a believer refers to the promise Jesus makes to send the Comforter, Who ministers to us as well as teaches us in our sanctification. (See Jn. 16:7-13)
- We strive to help the believer to think and live a lifestyle acceptable to God. We do this by helping him/her recognize a proper view of God and how that view should manifest itself as we grow in knowledge, confess our sins, repent, seek forgiveness, and put on Christ. A proper view of God will, among other things, facilitate His desire for us to be conformed to the image of Christ. The secular approach strives to show their counselees a void of sin while becoming conformed to an image of self.
- We believe lives can be transformed by the renewing of the mind. We believe first, because God tells us so and second because of what we have witnessed in our own lives and the lives of others.
- We believe God uses Christian counseling to help prove what the will of God is. We believe Scripture shows us that the will of God is always good, acceptable and perfect.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. –Col. 2:8-10
The essential core value of a Christian counseling ministry is Jesus Christ and the teachings of Scripture. This value is contrary to the philosophy and traditions of secular counseling which are based on some very specific principles:
- Man is his own god; therefore, man is the source of his own answers.
- There is no God—at best a higher power.
- There are no absolutes.
- Guilt is not real, merely a feeling, which has been projected by the out-of-date mores of the church.
- The self-actualized, self-gratifying person is the desired result of counseling.
There are other views, but these will suffice to demonstrate the difference between secular and Christian counseling. Our answers to the secular on these points are the following:
- Man is a sinner in need of a Savior and, as such, is powerless to initiate or implement a complete, life-changing direction on his own. –Rom. 3:10-12, 23, 5:5-8; Eph. 2:8-10
- There is a God—the God revealed in the Bible, Who, in His manifestations as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, can create complete, life changing directions in a person’s life. –Gen. 1:1, 26-27, 2:7; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Tim. 1:12-17
- God, in His grace and mercy, has established certain absolutes, which guide us in our walk in this life. –Ex. 20:2; Jn. 3:16, 14:6; 1 Jn. 1:7-10; Gal. 6:7
- Guilt is a real entity, experienced when we sin against God and/or our fellow man. It can only be eliminated by humble confession, repentance, and by seeking restoration of fellowship with God and/or our fellow man. –Rom. 2:14-15; 2 Cor. 7:8-10; Jas. 4:10; 1 Jn. 1:9
- The desired result of Christian counseling is to see the individual live a life conformed to the image of Christ. –Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 1:28; Eph. 4:22-24; 2 Cor. 3:18