Biblical counselors have been trained to utilize the Bible in a counseling context by applying practical and hopeful biblical principles to real life situations and problems.
These counselors believe the Word of God to be sufficient and essential for counseling. In other words, there is no other work or resource in counseling that has the same authoritative position to assist both counselor and counselee than God’s Word. To be clear, this does not mean that other resources are not to be used, but their submissive stance to Scripture must be maintained.
Biblical counselors believe in the faithful proclamation of God’s word through preaching (corporately), as well as, the faithful counsel and ministry of the Word individually. It is important for church leadership (pastors, elders, etc) to not be saddled with all of the counseling within the church body. They should be utilizing qualified, trained individuals for counseling purposes – in this endeavor they should walk hand-in-hand.
Romans 15:14 states, “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.”
Biblically trained and experienced lay counselors can be effective in solving problems biblically under the authority of the local church.
Finally, below is a “list of essentials” to be found in every biblical counselor:
- The foremost goal of every biblical counselor must be to please God. (2 Corinthians 5:9)
- Biblical counselors must strive for excellence in their personal knowledge of God. (2 Timothy 2:15)
- Biblical counselors also must develop the skills necessary to administer and apply the Word of God accurately. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Quotes taken from Hope & Help through Biblical Counseling; Focus Publishing; Mark Shaw, author.