Truth & Grace Counseling Statement of Faith

You don’t have to affirm this Statement of Faith to become a client fully. However, this is the perspective the practice operates from.

The scriptures

We believe the Bible is God’s Holy Word; verbally inspired, without error in the original manuscripts, infallible, and sufficient for life and doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; Acts 20:32)

The Trinity:

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing as three equally divine persons that know, love, and glorify each other. We believe that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; yet The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit, the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:13)

The Father:

We believe that God the Father is an infinite personal spirit. We believe that He is eternal, all-present, all-powerful, and all-knowing. We believe He sovereignly works all things according to His plan. We believe He mercifully sent His Son to ransom sinners from every people group.  (John 4:24; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 193:7-10; Jeremiah 32:17; 1 John 3:20; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 3:16)

Jesus Christ:

We believe that the Son, remaining what He was (God), became what He was not (man). We believe He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived sinless, and performed miracles. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension and session at the Father’s right hand, His intercession for His people as great High Priest, and His future return. (Romans 9:5; John 1:1-2, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28)

The Holy Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe He regenerates sinners and unites them to Christ. We believe He indwells believers, sanctifies them, and seals them to the day of redemption. (John 14:15-16, 26; 16:8-15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14)

The Fall:

We believe that in Adam, man who was created in the image of God, fell and now inherits both Adam’s guilt and corruption and is therefore now hostile towards God, dead in his sins, in bondage to sin, and unable to save himself. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 5:12; Romans 3:9-20, 23; Colossians 1:21; John 8:34; Ephesians 2:1-3)

The Gospel and Salvation:

We believe the gospel is the good news of what God has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience for us and died a penal substitutionary death for our sins. We believe salvation is a gift that comes only by God’s grace and that all who trust in Jesus Christ alone are justified and are eternally secure, unable to lose their salvation. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-20)

The Church, Her Ordinances, and Her Leadership:

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, comprised of all regenerate persons. We believe the local church consists of persons baptized upon a credible profession of faith covenanting together to be faithful to their Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the Lord gave two ordinances to His church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the baptism of believers by immersion. We consider a church to be elder-led and deacon-served. We believe the office of elders is limited to qualified men. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:19; Acts 6:1–7; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Titus 1:5–9; 1 Corinthians 14:33–35, 1 Timothy 2:11–12)

Manhood, Womanhood, and Marriage:

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His image with equal dignity and worth but differing gospel-communicating roles, whether single or married. We believe marriage is the covenant union of one man and woman before God. In obedience to the Lord, husbands reflect Christ by loving leadership, and wives reflect the church by respectful submission to the Lord. (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18–25; Matthew 19:3–12;Ephesians 5:22–33; 1 Corinthians 6:9–20; Hebrews 13:4)