Biblical Counseling is…
Taking God’s revealed Will (His Word,
The Bible) and applying it to life’s situations in my own life as well as others.
Who does Biblical Counseling I the earthly
- One who is a brother in Christ who desires to follow Paul’s exhortation in
Galatians 6:12: Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
- You who are spiritual restore= Spiritual in context, those who are walking by the
Spirit, who are exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in their lives: instead of provoking and envying, we should seek to gently restore/complete
the other person as in Philippians 2:1-5
- One who is gentle, Gentle points to controlled strength, not weak
- One who is looking at his or her own life. Seeing your life clearly before
you try to help someone else through his or her difficulties. Jesus says in Matthew 7 that we should not judge others; we
should not put ourselves OVER them, acting as though WE are the standard.
- 1 Timothy 5:1-2, Titus 2:1-8, 2 Timothy 2:2 – the principle= passing onto others what I’ve learned in an orderly, respectful
fashion (older to younger). These passages help us to understand relationship
and ways of relating in the body of Christ
Some things to keep in mind as we counsel
1. Because we believe that the body and spirit are inseparable, we must keep in the mind that body problems (outer man)
may exist. A physical ailment or injury or injury can have effects on a person
that may appear to be just a spiritual problem but is really more. I recommend
that a person have a complete physical before being disciples for problems such as being depressed, anxious etc.
2. God’s word is sufficient to us and mirror for us what need to change in our hearts. The one who studies God’s Word is BEST equipped to counsel others! STUDY IT WITH THIS IN MIND!
How does this work itself out practically
in the day-to-day relationships and situations in which I Live? Look at least one of the scenarios below. Remember that
you are a believer as you seek to counsel the other person/people in this particular situation.
Things to remember
1. Write down what steps you would take to go through the “counseling” process.
2. What might some of your goals be as you talk to this person/these people
3. Where might you go in God’s Word to help as you “counsel” this person/these people?
- A couple comes to you because the husband/wife has been unfaithful and it is tearing the marriage apart.
- A person has been suffering from depression and anxiety attacks for months and is blaming God for not taking away the
- Someone approaches you about a problem where their teens are running th house and they are
getting a little tired of it but do not know what to do.