What is Biblical Counselling?
Biblical counselling is the process whereby the Bible, which is God’s Word, is related and individually applied to a person, couple, or family struggling with the weight of personal sin and/or the difficulties of suffering from various problems, but leading to a genuine change in the inner person which is ultimately pleasing to God.
Biblical counselling is practical and effective. The Biblical counsellor sees each person as a physical, emotional, cognitive, and relational being, as well as a spiritual individual in spiritual crisis.
Biblical Counselling Is Based On Three Important Beliefs
- That the God-given Bible is sufficient for life in that, when properly interpreted, reveals to the believer all the data necessary for understanding their need for Christ, how to please the Lord, and how to live in a God-honouring way regardless of the circumstances whether comfortable or oppressive.
- The Bible is also the authoritative source with which all truth claims must be evaluated – including those made by science and history. As a result all counselling theories are removed which use presuppositions, principles, and/or methodologies that are inconsistent with the proper interpretation of the Biblical text.
- Genuine change is necessary on a heart-level and is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
When people hear the word ‘counselling’ they are sometimes threatened by the idea of therapy and the stigma often attached. The Bible however teaches that counselling is part of the normal process of discipleship that all Christians are called to as we live life together and experience all the pain that is part of this life. I believe that it is the job of Christians to minister the grace of Christ and the Word of God to those in trouble and in pain.
If Biblical counselling is for Christians, then as such it should be Christ-centred, Bible-based and Church-focused with an understanding that it is basically a ministry of reconciliation and sanctification. Good Biblical counselling practice includes dependence on God and a thorough knowledge of His Word, the importance of prayer and an understanding of ministering to people.