What is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical counseling is based on the premise that the Word of God provides the only authoritative rule for what we are to believe and how we are to live. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Understanding God’s grace and love, through His Word, helps us develop a proper attitude toward life. This brings peace even in the midst of trials. It also gives us a desire to be obedient to Him. Many of us know intellectually that Christ died on the cross for our sins, but we often don’t comprehend that His death and resurrection should affect our daily lives; our emotions, our actions, our relationships with others, and our mind-set about the ups and downs of life. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to give us a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Biblical counselors are trained in the use of Scripture, and the principles of biblical counseling. Biblical counselors deal with a wide range of problems including wounded marriages, parent-child relationships, fear, grief, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, and other problems resulting in broken hearts and mental anguish. Grace and peace can be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2).
How Can Biblical Counseling Help Me?
Your counselor will use all of his or her insight in applying biblical principles to help you in whatever problem deprives you of the peace and joy that God has promised to you in His Word. Your counselor will concentrate on three basic foundations from God’s Word:
Hope - because God showed us His great love by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Through faith in His love, even in times of trial, we can have hope, and hope does not disappoint. As we humble ourselves before God, realizing what He has done on our behalf, our fear (reverence) for Him will be the beginning of true wisdom (Romans 5:1-8; Proverbs 9:10).
Change - because in Jesus Christ we can learn how to be renewed in the spirit of our mind and put on new ways of thinking and living that are worthy of the Lord. We desire to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in good works, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 1:10).
Practice - because we need to prove ourselves to be doers of God’s Word, lest we be merely hearers, forgetting and deluding ourselves. Only in effectual practice of the Scriptures will we be blessed in what we do (James 1:22-25).