Bible Study Certificates

Counseling 01

Biblical counseling Lesson 1


Four Soils Ministry's view of "Biblical counseling"

A Biblical Counselor's understanding of God and Man must be derived from the Scriptures. They must base their counseling upon the inspiration, infallibility, inerrancy, and absolute sufficiency of the Word of God. One is not a Biblical Counselor if they say that the Bible is sufficient for salvation, but that we need psychological solutions for sanctification. True Biblical Counseling is based upon nothing but the "Word of God". However there are many skills and much procedural knowledge to be gained from other sources. While we can learn from general observation of human behavior and the physical world, we must never elevate this knowledge to be equal with Scripture.

A Biblical Counselor must have a high view of the sovereignty and power of God. Psychotherapy thrives in Christian Counseling because Christians have allowed a weak view of God to infiltrate the Church. Jesus addressed this very problem in Matthew 22:29, when he said, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God." To suggest that God can get us to heaven, but in the meantime, He is powerless to transform our lives and heal our minds is faulty thinking.

Four Soils Ministry believes that mankind's emotional and relational problems all started in the "Garden of Eden". Please read chapter three of Genesis about Adam and Eve's fear, guilt, hiding, covering-up, blaming others, etc. All of these were a result of their sin.

It is Four Soils Ministry's belief that genuine Biblical Counseling is based on solid Biblical study. A sound systematic theology and Biblical method of interpretation is essential for the genuine Biblical counselor. There is no substitute for the counselor having an in-depth knowledge of the Scriptures and how to apply them to the problems of daily living. Biblical Counseling is focused on truth. Jesus prayed for us when he prayed "Sanctify them by thy Word, thy Word is Truth" (John 17:17).

As Biblical counselors we must arrive at a true understanding of God and how He works in our lives. We also need to know the truth about the person we are counseling in order to help him acknowledge and respond to the truth. Four Soils Ministry focuses on Bible instruction and relies on other ministries for much of the knowledge on human relational skills and counseling techniques. Many of our following Counseling lessons will refer to outside resources.

Four Soils Ministry believes that Biblical Counseling is dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit. Biblical counselors must realize that they cannot read the hearts of those they counsel. Only God is able to understand the deepest thoughts, motives, confusions and sins of the counselee. A Biblical counselor does not rely upon his own "expertise", but rather, he relies upon the truths of the Scripture as the Holy Spirit convicts with power (Jn. 16:8, Acts 2:37).

Biblical Counseling should lead toward repentance and restoration. To relieve guilt without dealing with the issues of the rebellious heart is a disservice to a fellow believer. Paul writes to the church at Corinth: "Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it. I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while-yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." (2Cor.7:8-10).

Our goal for training Biblical Counselors is that they will become Spiritual mature. And the goal of our Biblical Counseling is to encourage the person we counsel to seek spiritual maturity. Paul writes in Ephesians 4 that our goal should be "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (vv.12-13).

Four Soils Ministry's Certificate Program does not lead to a license or certification. We believe that Biblical Counseling should be church-based, not profit-motivated and is practiced under the authority of and accountable to a local body of believers and the pastor and elders. Most states do not require a license or certification when provided under a church's authority.

This is the first of twelve lessons on Biblical counseling which supplements our foundational Biblical instruction. We desire feedback on every lesson therefore please send your comments and a brief description of your goals and desires for this study. Keep a copy for yourself and at the end of the study let us both compare these with the results.

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