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Archive for the ‘Counseling Theology’ Category

Why Biblical Counsel?

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Why Biblical Counsel?

In this article I will investigate the distinctives of a biblical orientation to counseling. While models are numerous in both biblical and nonbiblical traditions, examples from both will be limited. In particular, a discussion of the nouthetic model of biblical counsel will be addressed as an example of a well-developed approach. A general discussion of biblical counsel including distinctives, goals, and the role of the Holy Spirit will also be included.

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The Godward Focus of Biblical Counseling

Posted on: January 4th, 2010 by Matt No Comments

By definition, the biblical counselor is one who is persuaded of and allegiant to a Christian worldview, that is, one who functions within a frame of reference that consciously sees all of the realities and relationships of life from a perspective that is biblically coherent and consistent, and thus honors the God of Scriptures. The one element of such a worldview that most dramatically distinguishes it from all pretenders is the commitment to a theocentric perspective on all of life and thought. Thus any model of counseling that is authentically biblical will be framed, designed, and executed in happy submission to the biblical demand that our lives be lived out entirely for the glory of God! In short, biblical counseling is animated by a godward focus.

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The Holy Spirit is the Principal Person

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Jesus Christ now dwells invisibly in His church in the person of the Holy Spirit. Before leaving His disciples, Jesus assured them that the Father would send them “another Counselor … the Spirit of truth.”1 The Greek word that is translated “another” is a specific term meaning literally “another of the same kind.” For three and one-half years, in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prediction that He would be called a “Counselor” Jesus guided, instructed, rebuked, encouraged, and taught His disciples.2 He was truly their Counselor. During His ministry, of course, Jesus counseled many other individuals as well.3

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The Holy Spirit and Counseling

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Counseling Is the Work of the Spirit

Counseling is the work of the Holy Spirit. Effective counseling cannot be done apart from him. He is called the paraclete1 (“counselor”) who in Christ’s place came to be another counselor2 of the same sort that Christ had been to his disciples.3 Because unsaved counselors do not know the Holy Spirit, they ignore his counseling activity and fail to avail themselves of his direction and power.

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The Counseling Session as Relationship Building

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

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The Work of the Spirit and Biblical Counseling

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

A recent book titled I’m Dysfunctional, You’re Dysfunctional, by Wendy Kaminer, debunks much of the mystique of modern psychology.1 The author does not purport to be a Christian. In fact, she describes herself as “a skeptical, secular humanist, Jewish, feminist, intellectual lawyer.”2 Yet she writes as a bitter critic of the marriage of religion and psychology. She notes that religion and psychology have always more or less deemed one another incompatible. Now she sees “not just a truce but a remarkable accommodation.”3 Even from her perspective as an unbeliever, she can see that this accommodation has meant a change in the fundamental message Christians convey to the world. She writes:

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Union with Christ: The Implications for Biblical Counseling

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Counseling is about change.1 It is necessarily so because gospel ministry proclaims that in Christ there is a future hope and a present reality of renewal.2 The concept of change is central to the gospel, as J. Gresham Machen states: “It is inconceivable that a man should be given this faith in Christ, that he should accept this gift which Christ offers, and still go on contentedly in sin. For the very thing which Christ offers us is salvation from Sin—not only salvation from the guilt of sin, but also salvation from the power of sin.”3

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Counseling and the Sinfulness of Humanity

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

John MacArthur, Jr.

No concept is more important to the gurus of modern psychology than self-esteem. According to the self-esteem credo, there are no bad people—only people who think badly of themselves.1

For years, educational experts, psychologists, and a growing number of Christian leaders have championed self-esteem as a panacea for all sorts of human miseries. According to the purveyors of this doctrine, if people feel good about themselves, they will behave better, have fewer emotional problems, and achieve more. People with high self-esteem, we are told, are less likely to commit crimes, act immorally, fail academically, or have problems in their relationships with others.

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The Need for Theology in Counseling

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

From the beginning, human change depended upon counseling. Man was created as a being whose very existence is derived from and dependent upon a Creator whom he must acknowledge as such and from whom he must obtain wisdom and knowledge through revelation. The purpose and meaning of his life, as well as his very existence, is derived and dependent. He can find none of this in himself. Man is not autonomous.

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A Biblical Foundation for Counseling

Posted on: January 2nd, 2010 by Matt No Comments

Article by John MacArthur

We are about to embark on the most exciting part of this book. It isn’t enough merely to condemn integrated counseling systems; hurting people need to know that there is a more powerful alternative—a counseling philosophy based on the eternal Word of God. For in the Bible God has in fact provided for our every need. Joy, freedom, and recovery from damaged lives are all available to us! Christians don’t have to go through years of intensive therapy to experience genuine inner peace. Breathe deeply, relax in the Lord, and take time to read this article to confirm in your heart and mind that God has provided everything—yes, everything!—we need for our physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.

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