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STATEMENT OF FAITH

I am currently attending a Baptist church, and hold strongly to their beliefs. The following are my beliefs concerning God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, their relationship to one another, and the reality of the Word of God. It is my commitment and promise to you that I will never forget these beliefs during our work together.

I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the complete and only infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He has revealed Himself in creation, history, and in Jesus Christ.
I believe in God's creation of the world and humankind, and in humanity's rebellion and subsequent depravity.
I believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His deity, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His true humanity, His miracles, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father, and in His coming personal return in power and in glory.
I believe that for the salvation of the lost, sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. I believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as one's Savior.
I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to relate to God on a personal level, to live a Godly life, and to grow in the knowledge of God and Christian obedience.
I believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost---the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
I believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the importance of the church for worship, service and missions.
I believe in the sanctity of life, and that a child is a child of God at conception. We believe abortion takes a life, and is contrary to God's will and plan. I also believe that there are many women of loving hearts that have fallen victim to our society's propensity to terminate pregnancies, and resolve to remain non-judgmental, as I do with all who sin, and I resolve to serve these hurting women with my God-given gifts.
I believe in the covenant of marriage as a shadow of our relationship with Christ. Although the Bible states that divorce is permissible in two circumstances (adultery as described in Matthew 5:31, and abandonment of a Christian by a non-Christian as described in I Corinthians 7:15), I will do all that I can to preserve marriage, even in those circumstances. Should divorce become inevitable, I will do all that I can to help the parties remain as biblically-based as possible, preserve whatever relationship is possible for the protection of any children involved, and be ever-mindful that the glory of God is our final and predominant goal.
I believe that all psychological principles should be thoroughly evaluated through the grid of Scripture, and that Scripture always holds the final authority.


Sue McHenry, LCSW-C


 

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