4 Convictions that Underlie the Practice of Biblical Counseling

Today I will present 4 key scriptural convictions that underlie the practice of biblical counseling.  First, in our counseling method and content, we hold to the conviction that it is our presenting of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior through the use of His Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit that helps people in their personal and relational problems.  We lead people to a person: Jesus Christ, not a program, Who will ultimately change them and help them live victoriously.

Second, it is our conviction that we use the Bible to diagnose, explain, and solve our problems.  God’s Word alone is the book that provides true, authoritative and sufficient wisdom and guidance for every life situation.  It is superior to man’s wisdom and the competing counsel of secular and integrated forms of counseling.

Third, we desire to counsel as the Master Counselor, Jesus, by showing love, concern, care, and compassion for those who are struggling.  Our ministry should reflect these qualities as we speak the truth in love.

Finally, we are convinced that lasting change comes only when both the inner and outer man is addressed by our counsel.  Biblical counseling is not shallow, simplistic, or focused on behavior only, but on the heart also.  We seek to use God’s Word, which can uncover our beliefs and motives along with the ensuing behavior, to lead to true lasting change.