10 Distinctives of Biblical Counseling
by Paul Tautges | July 1, 2011 1:05 pm
Biblical counseling believes:
1. The Bible is the all-sufficient source of Truth.
- Scripture is pure truth (Ps. 119:140, 160).
- Scripture is sufficient to identify man’s needs (Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- Scripture is the instrument means God uses to change lives (John 17:17).
2. Man is totally depraved, accountable to God, and responsible for his thoughts and actions.
- Man’s heart is wicked and deceitful (Jer. 17:9).
- Man’s heart is addicted to sin (Gen. 6:5; Rom. 6:13).
- Man will give an account of himself to God (Rom. 14:12; 1 Pet. 4:4-5).
- Man is responsible for temptation and sin (James 1:13-16).
3. God’s goal for every believer is to be like Jesus Christ.
- God has predestined believers to become conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29).
- God is renewing the believer’s new self into the image of Christ (Col. 3:9-10).
4. The Holy Spirit is the agent of heart change, which produces change of behavior.
- As believers focus on Jesus, in His Word, the Holy Spirit transforms us into His image (2 Cor. 3:18).
- The Holy Spirit trains us in godliness and develops new attitudes and a new lifestyle as we obey His Word (Gal. 5:22-25).
5. Every Christian is fully equipped in Christ for godliness.
- God’s power is sufficient to live a life that is pleasing to Him (2 Pet. 1:2-7)
- God will finish the sanctifying work that He began at salvation (Phil. 1:6).
6. Sanctification is a process requiring ongoing repentance and the personal discipline of godliness.
- Discipline the thoughts of the mind (Rom. 12:1-2).
- Discipline the desires of the heart (James 4:1-3).
- Discipline the habits of life (Eph. 4:22-32).
7. Biblical love and compassion motivate believers to restore one another.
- Love restores sinning brethren to fellowship (Gal. 6:1-5).
- Compassion implores people to follow God’s ways (1 Thess. 2:10-12).
8. God’s wisdom is necessary to minister to a variety of people experiencing a variety of problems and needs.
- Some are unruly and need to be rebuked (1 Thess. 5:14).
- Some are fainthearted and need to be encouraged (1 Thess. 5:14).
- Some are weak and need to be helped (1 Thess. 5:14).
- We must be patient with all (1 Thess. 5:14).
9. Body and spirit affect one another.
- Distress, grief, weariness of body, loss of strength, and physical deterioration can all be results of spiritual problems (Ps. 31:9-10; 38:1-10).
- An unrepentant heart can cause many physical problems (Ps. 32:3-4).
- Anxiety can cause mental, emotional, and physical stress (Prov. 12:25).
10. The local family of God is the ideal place for this one-another ministry.
- Pastors must equip others to counsel the Word (Eph. 4:12).
- Biblical ministry leads others to maturity in Christ (Col. 1:28-29, 3:16).
- All believers are expected to counsel one another (Heb. 10:24-25; Rom. 15:14).
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