We continue our focus on counseling and the local church with Pastor Jeff Bartz. Today’s post is a “bullet point” review of a message Pastor Jeff preach this past summer here at Grace. Space does not permit a full transcript of his message but you can contact Pastor Jeff if you are interested in hearing the full message.
I Need Counseling (and so do you!)
By Pastor Jeff Bartz
We start this Biblical Counseling series with a disclaimer and warning that some bold assertions are going to be made. I don’t believe they are new; God authored these assertions long ago. But to some, they do seem to elicit shock. If we find the assertions in this series shocking to us, then perhaps this reflects that, at least to some measure, we have conformed to the world, rather than being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2).
As was mentioned when this series was preached, any feedback or interaction related to the topic of Counseling is more than welcomed!
“I Need Counseling (Biblical Counseling) and so do you.”
“Whoa, wait a minute,” you say. “Things are pretty good, no major crises, really, I don’t need counseling.”
I mean, “counseling” does have a stigma to it.
But if we think this way about Biblical Counseling, then we are likely viewing “counseling” through the distorted lenses of the world.
What follows are 4 reasons we need Biblical Counseling as a part of our lives with 4 more to follow in the next installment.
1. Because of What God Teaches Us About the Priority of Scripture.
- God’s Word Is My Foundation (Matt. 7:24-27)
- God’s Word Is My Guide (Ps. 119:105)
- God’s Word Changes Me (John 17:17)
2. Because of What God Teaches us about Jesus.
- Jesus Is My Greatest Counselor (Isa. 9:6; Heb. 4:15)
- Jesus Calls Me to Counsel (NT “one anothers”)
3. Because of What God Teaches About the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit Illumines (1 Cor. 2:9-16)
- The Holy Spirit Convicts (John 16:18)
- The Holy Spirit Gives Hope (Rom. 15:13)
4. Because of What God Teaches About the Church
- Counseling Belongs to the Church (Matt. 16:18 and NT “one anothers”)
- Biblical Counseling Strengthens the Church (Acts 20:32)
As with Biblical Counseling, so goes the church. In the churches I’ve been in, you can measure the spiritual vitality and strength by the presence or absence of biblical counseling. Is it possible that the same thing might be of true of individual Christians – you and me?