Earlier today we posted Pastor Jeff Bartz’s first 4 reasons for the need and purpose of biblical counseling. Here he gives us 4 more.
I Need Counseling (and so do you!)
by Pastor Jeff Bartz
We need biblical counseling because of
5. What God teaches us about People
Basically, I need counseling because I have a problem. Isn’t that where counseling starts, “I have a problem and I need help!”
- My Heart Is Deceived (Jer. 17:9)
Sin has so permeated our being that it colors everything we say, do, and think. It affects our perspective, the way we interpret events, circumstances, the motives of others. It clouds our judgment and colors our conclusions and decisions. It keeps us from understanding the truth to the point that we cannot understand spiritual truth apart from the Spirit of God intervening in our lives and revealing it to us. Humanistic Psychology denies this truth about the human heart or psyche!
- God’s Word Helps Me Change and Grow (Heb. 4:12-13; John 17:17)
It’s a good thing, because we’re not very good discerners of our hearts.
- Other Christians Help Me Grow and Change (NT “one another” passages)
Christian Growth Is a Community Endeavor.
If you say, “I’m growing,” but your growth does not include helping others to grow closer to Jesus Christ – then it’s not growth! Christians grow best as biblical counselors. Because engaging people with biblical truth will grow you like nothing else.
6. What God teaches us about Problems
Our problems are not therapeutic in nature, they are profoundly and thoroughly theological. Our response to our problems, whether physical or spiritual is a theological matter. It’s important that we see the heart of our problems in light of the heart of God’s solutions:
- God always has a purpose (Rom. 8:28).
- God makes problems opportunities (Jas. 1:2).
- God always desires a biblical response (2 Cor. 5:9). Conflict + Commitment = Change.
- God is with us in the midst of problems (Matt. 28:20)
7. What God teaches us about Pastors
- Responsible for Soul Care (Heb. 13:17)
- Minister the Word (Acts 6:4)
- Equip Others for Ministry (Eph. 4:11-12)
It’s not a counselors job to change anyone. We’re responsible for equipping people to change and equipping them to help change others.
8. What God teaches us about Psychology (Col. 2:8-10)
Scripturally, there is no alternative for biblical counseling! You cannot derive subjective truth about the inner man apart from the Bible. That’s why you can’t trust psychology. We don’t put our hope in man to solve our problems. More on this point later.