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What is Biblical Counseling?

Biblical Counseling approaches counseling from a God-centered anthropology, the belief that God created the universe and all of humanity, in contrast to a man-centered anthropology commonly found in secular therapy. This difference has tremendous implications on the goal and process of counseling.

 

Biblical counseling begins with the gospel - the truth that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins; therefore, securing our place in the family of God for all eternity (John 10:28). Once this foundation is laid, the goal of biblical counseling becomes real-life discipleship: understanding and living out the reality that God has promised to use all things in our lives for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28-32). Our counselors are careful not to trivialize the trials of those suffering by simply giving "bible-verse-bandaids," but instead we seek to bring weight and meaning to suffering by walking in the reality that for the Christian, suffering is never in vain. The reality for the Christian is that the Lord meets us in our suffering and purposes to bring eternal beauty from it (Genesis 50:20, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 30:5b). 

Our counselors view the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, and believe it to be sufficient for the task of counseling (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

If you would like to hear an in-depth discussion regarding the nature of Biblical Counseling, click here for a podcast by Dr. Dale Johnson and

Dr. Samuel Stephens from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. 

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