What is Biblical Counseling
You probably have many things come to mind when you see the word “Counseling”, so let us explain what we mean by biblical counseling.
- Biblical Counseling seeks to discern those intentions of the heart which lead to wrong thinking and actions.
- Biblical Counseling uses God’s Word, by the Holy Spirit, to change desires, thinking, and behavior.
- Biblical Counseling seeks to see changed hearts and lives for the glory of God.
Elements of Biblical Counseling
The Counselor will concentrate on four elements from Scripture:
- Understanding the problem. Our goal is not to simply “fix feelings” or change circumstances. In a spirit of gentleness your counselor will make biblical inquiry into the various levels of your problems and help you gain God’s perspective on your difficulties.
- Your Hope. Even though you may be going through a difficult time, God has promised not to tempt you beyond your ability and to provide a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). He will use these trials for your benefit as you respond biblically (Romans 8:28-29).
- Your Change. You will learn how to put off the old way of living and put on the new (Ephesians 4:20-24). And by learning to change biblically you will begin to please the Lord and bear fruit in every good work while increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:9-12).
- Your Practice. You need to prove yourself to be a doer of God’s Word and not merely a hearer, thus forgetting what kind of person you are and deluding yourself (Hebrews 13:20-22; James 1:22-25; 1 John 3:22).
A commitment to trustworthiness is an important quality of a counselor (based on 1 Corinthians 4:2). Thus, although your counselor may talk with others about a particular situation, you may be confident that the discussion will be restricted to whatever is necessary to help you overcome your problems (Proverbs 10:18-21).