Biblical Counselling

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Course Overview

Biblical Counselling

Biblical counselling has never been published as broadly as it is today, nor is it more critical and sadly misunderstood. To some, the idea of biblical counselling concerns itself with melding the Bible with psychology and other popular forms of secular technique. Biblical counselling, by definition, focuses on the two words that define it: “biblical” and “counselling.”. By biblical, we mean taking the Bible as the reliable, sufficient, and trustworthy Word of God. By counselling, we mean walking alongside one another. Biblical counselling is concerned with taking the truth of Scripture and applying it to the lives of the people of God by walking alongside them with the Word of God.

The Bible, not any secular ideology or philosophy, reigns supreme in biblical counselling. For example, when counselling a struggling married couple, biblical counsellors do not begin with secular teaching on marriage therapy but with God’s Word. Nor do biblical counsellors, when working with a fellow Christian struggling with anxiety, doubt, or other issues, begin with what the culture says but with what Scripture teaches. Biblical counselling focuses on the truth of the Word of God and seeks to apply the Word through faith and practice to the people of God.

Biblical counselling thrives when it is centered on the Word of God as a whole, not in part. Biblical counselling functions best when it operates within what the Bible teaches about a New Testament church, where biblically qualified male elders oversee the ministry of biblical counselling. While biblical counselling outside of the church may be needed at times, biblical elders are to care for and oversee the life and health of the people of God. Biblical counsellors outside of the local church should be vetted by the elders of the church to ensure their soundness and compatibility, and rejected if they cannot offer help.

Biblical counselling is a discipleship ministry of the church. Biblical counselling is concerned with addressing issues in the life of a disciple of the Lord Jesus in a focused manner. There may be times when there are long seasons of discipleship for fellow Christians. Biblical counselling has a clear focus on helping the Christian within a defined length of time to address his/her issues. Further help may be needed, which is why biblical counselling doesn’t leave the disciple on his/her own but helps them connect with older, more seasoned men or women, depending on their gender.

Biblical counselling falls within biblical discipleship. Every Christian is to be a student of Jesus, which means every disciple must grow to be like Jesus. Biblical counselling is concerned with helping Christians grow in every phase of their lives in Christ.

The biblical counselling ministry in the local church is not opposed to the pulpit, but rather compliments it (or is even an extension of it). Preaching is the public ministry of the Word, and biblical counselling is the private ministry of the Word. A biblical church ensures the balance between the two compliments rather than competes with each other. The preaching of the Word of God is central in all aspects of the Church. The preached Word, through the work of the Holy Spirit, tills the soil of the heart. Biblical counselling is concerned with coming alongside the preached Word and helping instruct the heart in a focused way.

As you read and study this issue of Theology for Life, you’ll discover a wide variety of subjects covered from why biblical counselling is vital, to how it is connected to the life of the local church, and much more. As you read and fellow this lessons over here, my prayer is that you’ll not only be introduced to biblical counselling; but counselling that is grounded in the reliable, sufficient, and trustworthy Word of God, but that you’ll desire to grow in and through the practice biblical counselling in the local church.

In Christ Jesus Alone,

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