Our Response + FAQ
CORE seeks to remove any and all stigma culturally associated with mental health needs. We know from experience that life is hard, issues are complex, and our Father loves us. Therefore, we welcome any insight that brings, “rest for your soul” (Matthew 11:28-30). As a supportive community, the CORE Family welcomes all as we “bare the burdens of one another” (Gal 6:2). For each of us has experienced the restoring and transformative love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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What is A Biblical pathway to mental health? What does it look like at CORE?
What do we mean by good mental health?
Feeling good about who you are, pursuing healthy relationships and meaningful work. This includes a functional thought life and habits that promote health in all areas.
Can Christians use medicine for mental health needs?
Yes, under the supervision and recommendation of a professional, medication can be an appropriate part of treating mental illness. In the same way that we believe that “every good and perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17). Be it medicine or technology or mathematics or science, we see God as the source of all good mental health practices and interventions. He can and does use tools like medication, therapy, counseling, psychological insights, and neuropsychology to bring us to completeness in Christ (Col 1:28).
Should Christians get therapy?
There is nothing that prohibits a follower of Jesus from seeking professional help. As previously stated, we believe that God uses many tools to accomplish his tasks and that all human advancement in a gift from God. If possible, we would recommend seeking a counselor that shares your faith and basic beliefs about the world. We at CORE believe that the Holy Spirit is the ultimate Counselor (John 14:26). We see the huge benefits of working with a Professional that is actively seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and Scripture as their main guide and source of knowledge.
How do I know when I should seek the help of a mental health professional?
This is a very complex and sensitive topic. Here are some simple tips:
Is my depression/anxiety a result of sin?
Is Satan causing my depression/anxiety?
We believe (Eph 6:16) that Satan could be a factor in mental illness. We know that he is actively at work to shape the world and our local and universal cultures towards hostility or ambivalence to God (Eph. 2:1-3, 1 John 4:4-6). Scripture routinely warns us of Satan’s power and desire to separate us from God (Acts 5:3, 1 Peter 5:8, Eph 6:16). We rest in the truth that, “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world is he that is in you” (1 John 4:4).
I became a Christian and still have depression/anxiety. What gives?
Giving our lives to Jesus and following him is not a fix-all for our current problems. Instead we enter into a relationship with God and allow Him to bring about change through His way of living (John 15:5). Well-being improves naturally with the pursuit of Jesus and intimacy with the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). Instead of thinking of our conversion as a teleportation to the end of our journey, think of it as an equipping, a transportation to the right road in which we follow Jesus as he leads us through life. Part of our journey will be facing hardships, but we are called to live together, in Christ-centered communities. At CORE we see each other a family of God’s children pursuing Him together.
A Mental Health & Vitality Resource of Core Church Houston
The Texas Department of Human Services launched a free and 24/7, COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: Call 833-251-7544 for anyone who is in need of Mental Health support during these strange times.