Who We Are
The Institute for Reformed Biblical Counseling (IRBC)
is a church-based ministry firmly rooted in the Bible. The Bible provides for us a Spirit-inspired “pattern of sound words” given to us by the prophets, apostles, and Jesus Christ. These words, and they alone, are the substance of “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3) We firmly believe that the Bible is entirely sufficient to meaningfully and relevantly address all of mankind’s spiritual needs in every situation in every period of time.
An earlier version of the Holy Bible translated by Martin Luther
Our unwavering commitment to the divinely inspired nature of the Bible and its associated sufficiency to meet all of our needs is reflected in our name: The Institute for Reformed Biblical Counseling. The term “Reformed” points us back to the historic Protestant Reformation. One of the central themes of the Protestant Reformation was Sola Scriptura, which when translated from Latin means the Scripture Alone. We firmly believe in the sufficiency of Scripture!
We at IRBC believe that among the instruments that God has graciously provided to sustain the “pattern of sound words” of the once-delivered faith in the canon of Scripture, are the historic Reformed confessions. The historic Reformed confessions are hard won and time-tested faithful summations of the Biblical faith which keep us on track. They provide a protective “doctrinal fence” for the safety of member congregations, counselors, and counselees alike; an important fence in these exceptionally deceptive times in which we live. One cannot even register for a course through IRBC, let alone receive an IRBC counseling certification, become a member church, or be involved in any aspect of the ministry without subscribing to one of the historic Reformed confessions.
All Truth is God’s Truth!
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork; Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2
Along with our firm belief that the Bible is sufficient to address all of mankind’s spiritual needs, is our belief in the sufficiency of Scripture to be used as a lens to discern truth from error in all of the fields of knowledge; particularly the sciences. The “Spectacles of Scripture” alone provide for the human mind a world and life perspective which will enable one to think correctly about and critically evaluate information and actions from any human source, whether that be a thought or a system of thought derived from an individual or a collective entity. At IRBC we both recognize and affirm with our Reformed forefathers, that God is the author of all truth (revealed in the realms of both special and general revelation). We furthermore believe we have an obligation to bring relevant truth revealed in general revelation to bear in the lives of those who struggle with ASD, dementia, and other mental or bodily conditions which function to eclipse the reception of God’s Word and/or obstruct meaningful fellowship with God’s people.
Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation… .
— Westminster Confession of Faith 1:1
The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might.
— Westminster Confession of Faith 21:1
“In the reading of profane authors, the admirable light of truth displayed in them should remind us that the human mind, however much fallen and perverted from its original integrity, is still adorned and invested with admirable gifts from its Creator. If we reflect that the Spirit of God is the only fountain of truth, we will be careful, as we would avoid offering insult to him, not to reject or condemn truth wherever it appears…. if the Lord has been pleased to assist us by the work and ministry of the ungodly in physics, dialectics, mathematics, and other similar sciences, let us avail ourselves of it.” — John Calvin
The Institute for Reformed Biblical Counseling believes that both counseling and associated training should arise from within the local congregation and be conducted under the oversight of elders. IRBC functions under the oversight of Cornerstone United Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan, which partners with conservative reformed confessional congregations in the United States of America and Canada. This partnership involves actively praying for the mission and vision of IRBC and supporting the organization financially so training in biblical counseling and the establishment of regional biblical counseling centers can occur. Please consider partnering with us in this important gospel ministry.
Dr. Jeff Doll is the Director of IRBC. Along with the specialized training he has received in biblical counseling, the Lord provided him with additional insights into the process and discipline of counseling while he counseled in the context of serving as the Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach at the First United Reformed Church of Chino, California. He received insight into the psycho-therapeutic dimension of counseling while serving as a Preadolescent / Adolescent Teacher on a multi-disciplinary team at Pine Rest Christian Hospital and as a Client Instructor for traumatic brain injured clients at the Sojourners program of Hope Rehabilitation Network. His greatest joy is derived from serving the Lord in the capacities of husband, dad, church member and Pastor of Biblical Counseling at Cornerstone URC; his immediate and church families which he dearly loves.
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