Q: I’m struggling with _________ (marriage, alcohol, drugs, pornography, depression, anger, adultery/fornication, finances, relationships, forgiveness, etc.) – can you help me?
A: We believe the Bible, the Word of God, is sufficient to address all of life’s problems. So, yes, we believe we can help – not because wisdom resides in us, or that we have all the answers – but because we are confident answers can indeed be found in Holy Scripture. If you are willing to learn and to grow, then please read the Ministries/Counseling page, and then Contact Us to set up an initial appointment.
Q: What is your philosophy of counseling? Are there counseling books or authors that you would recommend or not recommend?
A: We believe the Bible, the Word of God, is sufficient for all areas of a person’s spiritual life (2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). We don’t want to merely give lip service to Scripture, but actually give it its authoritative place in our lives. We dare not wander from the wisdom of God and replace it with the wisdom of man (which is really foolishness before God). We reject the attempted integration of man’s secular philosophies with the Word of God, and we reject integrationist beliefs and practices. Instead, we strive to practice a distinctly biblical approach to counseling. Thankfully, there are many excellent authors that are trustworthy and have excellent resources. Some of them include: Jay Adams, Wayne Mack, Randy Patten, Steve Viars, David Powlison, Lou Priolo, Bill Piatt, Stuart Scott, Paul Tripp, Ron Allchin, George Scipione, Jim Newheiser, Bob Smith, Rob Green, Kevin Carson, Timothy Lane, Ed Welch, Martha Peace, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Laura Hendrickson, and many others. See our Resources/Links page for some excellent biblical counseling links. Our Resources/Books page has a handful of excellent books listed, some of which are related to biblical counseling.
Q: How does GBC handle finances?
A: The Bible has so much to say about the topic of money! From a church perspective, we are committed to honoring God with the way funds are handled. Here are a few principles:
Giving is often done by check, so the deacon/treasurer and his assistant will see amounts given by individuals. However, they will never discuss amounts with anyone – their wives, or other deacons, or the elders. Confidentiality in giving will be maintained.
Funds will be conservatively managed – never put in risky investments. Generally, this means monies will be in an FDIC-insured checking account or savings account of some sort.
Debt, though not forbidden by Scripture, is always discouraged. The church should avoid debt, perhaps even have a firm commitment to never have debt, or if used, at least use it only very moderately for short periods of time.
Accounting should be simple, straight-forward, and easy to understand. Most details of church finance will be made public, though things like giving records and salaries will remain confidential. (Salaries will never be set by the person receiving the salary! All reimbursable expenses will be reviewed and approved before reimbursement.)
Q: What is offering money used for?
A: According to the New Testament, the primary uses for funds collected in the church are for the support of the ministers of the gospel (both local and on the mission field) and for the needs of the saints. Other uses, such as buildings, programs, etc., may be important, but they are secondary.
Q: Will GBC have its own building some day?
A: Maybe! Or maybe not. The ownership of the building where we meet isn’t the issue. A church owning its own facility can indeed be a blessing, but it is also time-consuming and expensive. This is a decision the elders and deacons of the church may have to make some day, Lord willing. For now, we can be content and thankful for whatever rented facilities God blesses us with – and we can remember to focus on things that are much more important than the walls and roof.
Q: There are so many versions of the Bible. Which one should I use?
A: Those of us who have English as our native language are indeed blessed to have such easy access to the Word of God. There are countless English translations, some of them better than others. The best translations are those that stick closest to the original languages. Specifically, those would include: ESV (English Standard Version), NASB (New American Standard Bible), HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible), and the NKJV (New King James Version). The KJV is good, too, as long as you recognize the challenge of reading 400-year-old English. The “old” NIV (from 1984) is also good, though we would recommend staying away from the newly updated (2011) NIV, as well as the TNIV (Today’s NIV), as both of them have abandoned acceptable translation principles as they moved toward being “gender neutral”.
Q: The internet has various dangers. Is there a way to protect myself and my family?
A: Just like most any other technology, internet use can be a good thing, but it can also be perverted and hurtful and sinful. Here are a things to consider. First, have the computer out in the open where the screen can be seen by others in the family. Children with laptops probably ought not to have them in their rooms with the door closed. Second, a good internet filter can be a valuable (though imperfect) tool. One good one is BSecure.com; seriously consider having only the wife/mom know the password to the account. Third, “surfing” for the sake of surfing should be avoided. Do the task at hand, but don’t just poke around the internet for no reason. The bottom line, though, is that internet use (just like everything else in life) is a heart issue. What the person needs most of all is a heart devoted to Christ – a love for Jesus that results in a strong desire to obey His commands (John 14:15). That is the best defense against the misuse of any tool or technology.
Q: Are you charismatic?
A: The commonly-used meaning of that word in our day refers to the sign gifts, primarily speaking in tongues. So to answer that question with that definition, no, we are not charismatic. See our About/Beliefs (Doctrinal Statement) for an explanation. However, the real meaning of that word in the Bible is “grace gifts” – the combination of two Greek words which give us our English word charismatic. We do believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer as He desires (Rom. 12:6-8). However, the sign gifts – tongues, gift of healing, and prophecy (in the sense of new revelation) – ceased in New Testament times, because the authentication of the gospel message was no longer needed after a few decades. The completion of the Canon of Scripture gives us all we need. This does not mean that we don’t believe in miracles. God may choose to heal, for instance, but that is done by Him in His sovereign plan, and not through a person with the gift of healing.
Q: Are you emergent? Emerging?
A: No, and no. We reject the influence that post-modern thinking is having in the church. Emergent/Emerging writers are (by definition) all over the map – some of them are dear brothers in Christ, but some of them have gone well off into heresy, denying the most basic and essential doctrines of historic and orthodox Christianity.
Q: Won’t all your talking about sin and repentance hurt my self-esteem?
A: We certainly hope so! Some modern-day false teachers refuse to even use the word “sin” in their sermons. This is tragic beyond description. Jesus talked about sin. It is discussed throughout the Scriptures. Without a realization of one’s own sin problem, there can be no salvation. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin. The Word of God (particularly the Law of God) shows us our sin. And it also gives us the one and only hope of forgiveness of sin – faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on our behalf. He bore our sins on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to pay the penalty (eternal hell) ourselves. This is incredibly great news!
As for your self-esteem, you would be better off esteeming Christ – boasting in Him and His cross – and by humbling yourself and counting yourself, as Paul did, as a bond-servant (slave) of the One who bought you with a great price. Much more on the self-esteem issue could be said, of course, but to summarize, the whole self-esteem movement of the last few decades is an unbiblical idea not supported in any way by Scripture.
Q: Do you have any job openings or employment opportunities?
A: Sorry, no jobs available, and we don’t expect any in the near future.
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