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Counseling 02

Biblical counseling Lesson 2


What Material is needed for Biblical Counseling?

Many today affirm the inerrancy and authority of Scripture in matters of faith and practice, but have not affirmed the sufficiency of Scripture for understanding and resolving the spiritual and emotional problems of man. Four Soils Ministry believes in the sufficiency of Scripture in the area of counseling. Scripture is not silent about its own sufficiency for both understanding man and his nonphysical problems and for resolving those problems. My belief in Biblical inerrancy includes an affirmation of Scripture's sufficiency for understanding and resolving the non-physical problems of man.

Biblical Counseling that is truly Christian must be Christ-centered, church-centered, and Bible-based. Many contemporary approaches to counseling question the sufficiency of Scripture, and teach that the traditional biblical resources for dealing with man's problems are not enough. However, they fail to take into account the finiteness of man's knowledge, the depravity of human nature, and the sufficiency of Scripture.

Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, and 2 Peter 1:2-7 affirm clearly the sufficiency of Scripture and Christ in dealing with man's problems. God's Holy Word is true and should therefore serve as our standard for all matters of faith and practice (Isa 8:19-20). God's Word being both truthful (John 17:17) and authoritative calls us to humble and faithful obedience in every area of which it speaks. There is no authority that is higher than that in Scripture. Wherever and on whatever subject the Scriptures speak, one must regard them as both inerrant and authoritative.

These comments are a paraphrase taken from the following article;

Introduction to Christian Counseling

Please read this free resource. Pay close attention to his illustration from John MacArthur's book "Our Sufficiency in Christ".

Do God's people (Christians) need anything more than the Scripture to minister effectively to the people living in the world he has described? Is anything else really necessary? Absolutely not! Scripture can thoroughly equip every believer. In Scripture, Christians have everything they need to understand people and their problems and to help them resolve the same.

John Murray draws the following conclusion from 2 Tim 3:15-17: "There is no situation in which we (as men of God) are placed, no demand that arises for which Scripture as the deposit of the manifold wisdom of God is not adequate and sufficient."

Perhaps there is no better summary of the Bible's teaching about our complete sufficiency in Christ than the one given by the apostle Peter when he wrote that "by His divine power God has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness" (2 Pet 1:3).

Peter proceeds to define "everything pertaining to life and godliness" as "becoming partakers of the divine nature" (2 Pet 1:4-8). It involves being born again or from above, becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus, receiving from God a new nature with new dispositions, desires, interests, potential, and power; putting on the new self; and being renewed in the image of God (John 3:1-8; Rom 6:1-11; 2 Cor 5:17; Col 3:10; 1 Pet 1:23; 2 Pet 1:4). It involves the capacity to "escape the corruption that is in the world caused by evil desires" (2 Pet 1:4). It involves developing the qualities of faith, moral excellence, true knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and Christian love (2 Pet 1:4-7) so that you might live a useful life for Christ (2 Pet 1:8-10).

Life and godliness also involves being able to deal successfully with issues that are present in the lives of people who seek counseling. People who need counseling lack the qualities that Peter mentions in 2 Pet 1:4-7 and need help in developing them. Notice that Peter says that God has, by His divine power, "granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness" (2 Pet 1:3, emphasis added). Everything that is needed to develop this kind of life and acquire this kind of life and acquire the qualities in verses 4-7 has been granted to us by God.

All of the above thoughts come from the referenced link. Please read. This article in regard to the Sufficiency of God's Word and Christ is in total agreement with Four Soils Ministry's beliefs.

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