One true evidence of a church growing the right way (numerically, biblically, and spiritually) is the growth of the counseling load. I probably counsel anywhere from 1 – 5 students a week. I love to see people come in for counseling because it means the gospel preached is revealing sin, God’s holiness, our need for repentance, and the necessity for Christ to be glorified.
As our last KTL preacher spoke on Job 2 – 37 “Oprah and Other Christless Counselors”, I taught our college Sunday school class the next Sunday on Biblical vs. Psychological Counseling. Here are a few points I made sure to get a cross.
Biblical and psychological counseling are completely different. Biblical counseling starts with a set of presuppositions, such as: there is a God, all humanity struggles with sin, the Bible is the only true source for solutions to sin, salvation in Christ is necessary for life change, Christ died for sin and rose from the dead for our salvation, eternity with Christ is the ultimate goal for humanity. Biblical counseling continues with identifying the true problem with every situation: sin and personal evil (James 1). Biblical counseling identifies its method: mind transformation through God’s authoritative Scriptures (Rom 12:2). The tool in which biblical counseling exercises its method is through the Scriptures and the church. And the goal for every counseling scenario is that Christ would ultimately get the glory from every situation. Continue reading