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Counseling Ministries

The mission of the Counseling and Care Ministry of SHORELINE Church is to provide biblical counsel to get your life back in line with the Word. One thing we will not do, is hand-hold or prolong the process of helping you to line up with the Word of God. If you are not serious about following the Word, all the counsel available will be of no help.

We follow a very simple principle; The Word has the answer to all the issues of life. Any other type of prolonged counseling is usually of no benefit to you, except in the case of severe addictive behaviors, in such case, prayer for deliverance would most likely be recommended.

  1. The first meeting is to get to the reason for Biblical counsel.  The Pastor or minister will listen to the issue(s) then lead you to the biblical answer. The next step is to provided you with a plan to get you back on Biblical track.
     
  2. A second meeting may be necessary to clarify any unresolved issues and to help guide you to resolution.
     
  3. We believe that nearly all problems have solutions that be readily available through proper biblical application.  Any furtehr meetings will be to help keep you on course to complete victory. 

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Christians are in a spiritual battle and the fight doesn't rage with any more vigor than in the home.   And yet the home was originally God's idea, His creation.

For that reason, we at SHORELINE Church believe we need to take a stand for godly homes. And we believe the wedding ceremony is one of the best times for us to take that stand.

With that in mind, the following are criteria is followed that will both uphold a Biblical view of marriage and give a couple the best opportunity to experience a Biblical marriage.

 

 

  • NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED The Bible counsels against a Christian being joined to an unbeliever in any partnership (1 Corinthians 7:39; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1). Therefore, both individuals must be believers in Jesus Christ and must give testimony of their relationship to Him.  (Two unbelievers may be married if all the criteria are met.)
  • BAPTIZED. We strongly recommend that Christian couples have been baptized by immersion as believers in Jesus Christ. (This should be one of the first steps of faith and obedience in a new believer's life.) (Matthew 28:19)
  • IN CHURCH. While it is assumed that believing couples will be active in a local church, we also expect that unsaved couples will be faithful in attending worship services in a Bible-teaching church during the time of pre-marital counseling and until the wedding ceremony.
  • GROWING IN CHRIST. Both individuals must show lives that are committed to God's plan for marriage and must be convinced that God's desire and timing are the most important considerations for their marriage (Colossians 2:6-7; Matthew 6:33).
  • PARENTAL BLESSING. Except for some rare circumstances, both parents must favor the marriage. God institutes all authority and desires that all men be in subjection to the authorities over them (Romans 13:1-7; Proverbs 23:25; Ephesians 6:1-3). Parents are the closest human authorities over their offspring.
  • COUNSELED. The man must be preparing himself as the head of the family and the woman must be preparing herself to be in subjection to him (Ephesians 5:18-31). This preparation must include completion of an approved pre-marital counseling program.
  • MORAL PURITY. The Bible makes it clear: sex belong in marriage and only in marriage (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 13:4). This is not a matter of "meanness" on God's part. Rather it expresses His wisdom and His love for us. Pre-marital sex is often motivated by characteristics that are unstable, unsocial and immature. It reveals a primary interest in what one can get out of another in the way of selfish pleasure rather than what can be done for the other. It spoils the significance of the honeymoon and reduces it to hollow insignificance. The guilt feelings tend to destroy the courtship aspect of the relationship. The couple begins to find fault, to blame each other, and to drift apart. The fact is: self-control works. It produces happy marriages and more fulfilling sexual relationships. Therefore, it is expected that couples will be sexually pure. If couples have been sexually active they will be expected to refrain sexually until after the wedding. If couples are living together they will be asked to live separately until after the wedding.

(If previous divorce has been involved with one or both parties, all of the above criteria are required, plus the evaluation of the divorce situation of the involved party.)
 
Marriage, as planned by God, is an exciting and fulfilling adventure. As with most adventures, how well you start will have a lot to do with how well you finish. If you are contemplating marriage at SHORELINE Church, contact one of the Pastors as soon as possible (even before a date is set) to arrange for pre-marital counseling.

If you desire that Pastors outside SHORELINE be involved, again, be prompt about contacting one of the Pastors at SHORELINE for approval and for coordination in use of the facility.

Pre-Marital Counseling at SHORELINE

        SHORELINE Church offers an exciting Pre-Marital Counseling program through its Pastoral staff. It includes the following aspects:

  • Comprehensive study on the Biblical plan for marriage, including the roles of husband and wife.
  • Read at least one relevant book on marriage.
  • Assigned studies to do on your own and with your partner.
  • And more (some aspects are personalized for each couple).

This program generally requires at least six sessions and includes planning for the wedding ceremony itself. We believe it provides a great opportunity for couples to discover God's best for them in marriage.

 

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