Goal: To explain in greater detail what
Biblcal Counseling is and why it makes the claims it does
Review of Assumptions
- God is and He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6)
- God has spoken through the Laws and the Prophets in the past and now speaks tio us through His Son (Heb 1:1-2)
- We are people who have received faith by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1)
- The Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, infallible Word of God, a divine revelation,
the original writings of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. They
are the supreme and final authority of faith and conduct.
- We will assume that mankind (male and female) are made up of two parts-the inner man and the outer man (2 Corinthians
A look at 2 Peter 3:3-11
- Jesus has given us everything we need for life and godliness
- Character traits of the partakers in the Diviner nature
- Reasons for increasing in those traits
- The Result
A Description of Biblical Counseling
Biblical Counseling is applying the Scripture
to life as the Holy Spirit guides us.
Read 2 Timothy 3:1-17
Fundamental Principles of Biblical Counseling
God has spoken through His Word, the Bible. In His Word “He has revealed to us everything we NEED to know about Him, about
ourselves, and about the world around us.”- Dr. Edward Welch
What this means is that we have
- We can choose to take the Bible as a book that was designed by God to help us counsel others in whatever problem it
may be that they are facing
- We can take the Bible and add principles and practices that were created by man. These are the theories brought about
by Sigmund Freud and others in order to try and understand our place in this world and how we function in and around certain
environments all with the idea of treating psychological problems.
- We can reject the Bible altogether as a book that can be sued for counseling and seek to treat Christians using the
same methods and practices as secular counselors.
Who Does Biblical Counseling?
The answer is simple Read the following
verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 18; 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; Romans 15:14
You will find one unifying theme running through these verses: the idea that we are all to be listeners
of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This means to listen with the idea
of helping and understanding their needs. Therefore since counseling is listening
we are all meant to be Counselors of one sort or another. It is amazing
how many people will pay $75 to $95 and hour to let other people listen to them.