INTRODUCTION: BIBLICAL COUNSELING
That general statement came back to cause me to prove that statement. Usually a preacher will say, "Well, go read your Bible and you will be transformed, or find a remedy to all your problems in life." Or they will say, "My counsel is in my preaching and teaching, listen." We say all these things because we really don’t have a clue how to deal with people’s problems.
Christians don’t need to go to a secular Psychologist. Well, that might be true, but if we say that, then we need to be able to take a person to the Scripture and show them how Christ wants us to deal with life’s problems.
After I preached that message, I had the occasion to have a person in our church who asked me to counsel them biblically. Now up to that point, I had no real idea how to do that.
TRAINING: 80 and 90's
- The Biblical Counselor: from NANC
- Christian Counseling Newsletter: Gary Collins
- Christian Mental Health For The Professional Therapist:
- Lifetime Guarantee: Bill and Anabel Gillham
- The Menninger Letter: Topeka, KS
- Minirth-Meier Christian Psychology For Today Publication. Paul Meier and Frank Minirth
- The Christian Journal of Psychology and Counseling AACC Gary Collins
- And the Journal’s Psychology and Theology
Now what is interesting here, the above list of works of study were done in a period while I was pastor/teacher at First Baptist Church in Altoona, Kansas from 1980-1996. I don’t think I had heard a lot, if any, about Christian or Biblical Counseling prior to the 1980's. In my youth, I didn’t know what counseling was by that term. But in the 60's and 70's I spent a lot of time one on one talking to teenagers and adults about their lives as Christians. The Bible was generally my only textbook. I believe for the most part the Bible does work in giving a lot of good advice and solutions, and principles for living life free from depression, and a lot of worry and a lot of hurtful stress. Some depression, discouragement, worry and stress is normal for all Christians. I remember saying, "I schedule worry for thirty minutes a week."
PREFACE: THE OBJECTIVE OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING: Wednesday