The Concept of Biblical Counseling
Biblical counseling is committed to the position that Scripture provides the only authoritative guide for what we are to believe and how we are to live (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The Biblical Counselor is trained in the use of Scripture and the principles of Biblical counseling. He does not base his counsel on man’s wisdom, opinions, experience, or concepts of behavior, (Isaiah 55:8-11) but seeks to bring the full range of Biblical truth to focus on the counselee’s need (Hebrews 4:12).
The Scope of Biblical Counseling
Biblical counseling deals with the entire range of problems confronting mankind including: broken marriages, parent-child relationships, fear, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, tension, anxiety, worry and any other problems that may result in mental and/or physical immobility. In short the Biblical Counselor is equipped to deal with any problem dealing with ourselves, our relationship to God or our fellow man (2 Peter 1:3).
Materials Needed and Expectations
You will need a notebook and your Bible at all sessions, including the first session. Be sure to bring them each time. Come with high expectations. You will find hope and encouragement even during your first session. We are absolutely confident that the Word of God has solutions to all of life’s problems (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:3) and that includes an answer to the difficulty that prompted you to come.
Counseling is a ministry of the Body of Christ. Cost should never be a barrier to a member of the Body of Christ in becoming all that God wants them to become. For this reason, there is no charge for counseling. The Scripture, however, teaches that the laborer is worthy of his hire and that the person who is taught the Word of God should share with the one who teaches the Word (1 Timothy 5:18; Galatians 6:6). Many that receive benefit from the ministry of God’s Word through counseling wish to respond by supporting that ministry. If you wish to make a contribution to support the counseling ministry here at Grace, talk to your counselor. Checks should be made out to Grace Baptist Church.
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Pastor Joe Gruchacz: 559-924-1767