We believe that God uses the church as a key community for the transformation of his people. It is in this context that the word of God, the Bible, can be brought to bear on the circumstances of our everyday lives. While the Bible does not use words like “depression,” “stress,” “withdrawn spouse,” or “sullen teen,” we believe it does provide a framework we can use to make sense of all of life’s struggles. We believe that help and hope are found not in a particular therapeutic technique, but in the person of Jesus Christ. In him we find comfort, wisdom, and salvation from sin and suffering. 

We believe that people are influenced by a range of factors, including the body, the family, relationships and society. We seek to be mindful of all of these factors as we consider each person’s call to faith and obedience. 

We understand that change is often slow and hard, and that Jesus provides the grace to persevere in the midst of ongoing challenges. We also believe that this change is best fostered amid intimate, Christ-centered relationships, where we can mutually encourage and support each other. We understand that life in a broken world is hard, and that we all need help from others to see ourselves and our circumstances clearly and to apply biblical truth wisely. 

We believe that real and lasting change is possible when people understand themselves and their problems in light of what God has done for us in his Son, Jesus Christ. Biblical counseling helps people to understand how the grace and forgiveness available in Christ can transform our daily lives, providing a way out of ensnaring habits and offering hope in the midst of suffering. 

Counseling is offered free of charge for members of Sterling Park Baptist Church. Counseling is also available to members of the community without a church who are interested in exploring how faith in Christ can make a difference in every aspect of their lives. Whether it’s a one-time visit or ongoing meetings, we encourage you to seek help through this vital ministry. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please email Brenda Pauken.