Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Key Concepts of Biblical Counseling

1. The Premise of Biblical Counseling

To Help People establish a right relationship with God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.
To help people put off particular sins that keep them from loving God and loving others
To help people put on particular patterns of righteousness that produce a love for God and love for others.

2. The process of Change in Biblical Counseling

Confession of sin (1 John 1:9, James 5:16)
Repenting of sin (2 Corinthians 7:10-11, Proverbs 28:13)
Radical amputation of sin (Mathew 5:29-30)
Replacement of sin with right living in that area (Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:1-7)

3. The Points of change in Biblical Counseling

People will need to change in thoughts, attitudes, motives, desires and theology.
People will need to change in conversations and communication.
People will need to change in behavior and lifestyle.
People will need to change in how they relate to others.
People will need to change in the way they serve God and others.

4. The Parameters of Change in Biblical Counseling

People will need to gain a biblical understanding of God and submit to his will accordingly.
People will need to gain a biblical understanding of themselves and submit to God’s will accordingly.
People will need to gain a biblical understanding of others and submit to God’s will accordingly.
People will need to gain a biblical understanding of life’s situations and circumstances and submit to God’s will accordingly.

5. The Projects of Change in Biblical Counseling

a. Hope Homework – projects, activities and reading assignments given to help people gain a true hope in Christ in accordance to the problems they are facing.
b. Doctrinal Homework – projects, activities and reading assignment s given to help people gain a solid theological understanding of their problems so they can deal with them properly.
c. Awareness Homework – projects, activities and reading assignments given to help people become aware of their own sinfulness in the problem so that they can stop deceiving themselves about the problem they are facing and own up to it accordingly.
d. Action Oriented Homework – projects and activities given to move people into specific obedience towards God and specific expression of love towards others.

6. Principles to apply in Biblical Counseling

a. Submission or Acceptance of who God is
b. Entrusting oneself to God
c. Acceptance of what God allows
d. Thankful for what he has done or is doing
e. Submit to what he says
f. Worship
g. Prayer
h. Using Spiritual Gifts

7. The Personalities encountered in Biblical Counseling

Those who lack Knowledge yet once they receive it are able to work on their problems and honor God.
Those who have knowledge but refuse to apply what they know to work on their problems and honor God.
Those who have knowledge but don’t know how to apply it to their problems and honor God.
Those who lack knowledge and are not interested in getting knowledge to work on their problems and honor God.

Information taken from a handout by Nicolas Ellen

2 Comments:

At 2:29 AM, Blogger gbfluteman said...

Just as a slight addendum to point 3: It has been my experience as I have been counseled and have had opportunities to counsel others that often the unbiblical responses and patterns are a result of wrong theology. Theology, most simply, is an expression of how we think about or view God. So, if we think wrongly about God, then of course we will responsd wrongly. I think you should add something to the first statement of the Points of change in Biblical Counseling so that it reads "People will need to change in thoughts, attitudes, motives, desires, and theology." Thank you for this post, as well as the two part post of notes from your professor contrasting God-centered theology (and living) with the self-centered theology (which we often believe more than what we claim as our belief; otherwise, why would we live it?).

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger God Driven (Damion) said...

I have added the theology addition to the blog. thanks. You are certainly right. I have noticed a trend in the counseling situations I have come across. Just about everyone who comes in for counseling has a bad view of God or they don't read their bible or they don't know God at all. I would say for the most part of the people I have counseled is that they just have a bad view of God and I give credit to the all the junk media out their like the Purpose driven movement and the feel good movements that have totally replaced God as the center and focus of our lives with material about God. They usually don't view God as sovereign, caring and corrective. most people tend to focus on one aspect of God and miss his entire counsel. He is the entire scriptures not just forgiving or just wise. I just noticed you posted at 2:30 ... ha ha. Do you need a counseling session for trouble sleeping? :)

 

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