WHAT IS BIBLICAL COUNSELING?
The Biblical Counseling model is founded on the principle that God truly has given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Biblical counselors believe that God’s word discerns and diagnoses the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12–13). The Bible is a sufficient manual to teach, reprove, correct, and train believers in right living (II Timothy 3:16–17). We adhere to a holy and sovereign view of God and a biblically-accurate view of man. The counseling is Christ-centered and practical. It is about loving people by taking the time to understand them: interpreting their life situations through the grid of Scripture, confronting them with God’s framework, and challenging them to engage in a life-transforming renewal of their minds (Romans 12:1–2). Biblical Counseling is a fluid process whereby one or more theologically and relationally qualified persons provide spiritual, emotional, and behavioral guidance in love through the truth and power of God’s Word under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Biblical Counseling involves walking patiently with someone, while wisely connecting them to Christ through the grace-centered message of the Bible. This is done in the community of the church where both the normal and complex problems of daily life can be addressed. We believe Scripture provides hope for even the darkest of human sin and suffering. Biblical Counseling takes seriously the physical, social, and developmental nature of life’s challenges. We believe that people can be healed, strengthened, and encouraged as they grow in their understanding of the gospel and in their relationship with Christ. Therefore, there is extraordinary hope and help through Biblical counseling.
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