What is Biblical Counseling?

Firm Foundation Biblical Counseling holds to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which says “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness: that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.  In the above scripture passage, the Bible boldly declares that the scriptures in the bible are useful to teach, reprove, correct and training in righteousness and is in fact inspired by God Himself.  In Hebrews 4:12 it states “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit both joints and marrow, and able to judge the intentions of the heart”. The bible is what is used to counsel; the Holy Spirit is actual counselor that is living and active.  Biblical counselors are trained to listen, prayerfully discern and point the counselee toward appropriate scripture pertaining to the issue.

Firm Foundation Biblical Counseling does not use psychology to counsel. At Firm Foundation Biblical Counseling it is believed the bible is fully equipped to handle what is says it can handle. That is can do what it says it can do. The counseling approach that uses psychology and scripture is called Integration. Integration uses scripture with the help of psychology to counsel. We choose to omit the use of psychology based on what scripture says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Hebrews 4:12. Firm Foundation believes that God created the mind and provides principals, promises and direction regarding the mind through scripture. Psychology is the man made study of the mind. Since God created the mind, we look to God for His answers through scripture. Jesus said in Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.  Therefore, the bible, which is the inspired Word of God- His very breath, is able to handle the human mind and behavior.

Of course certain behavior patterns can be determined through psychologies study of the mind, but those same behavioral causes and effects are exemplified in the bible too. By studying the characters throughout the bible we can see causes and effects of behavior that lead to all sorts of issues including depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling addictions & adultery. You can look to Cain and Able to see root issues of the heart that caused Cain to kill Able. You can look to King David and his deep depression that was brought on by his sin with Bathsheba which spiraled out of control into murder. Throughout the bible there are countless examples to point to reasons for certain behaviors.

At Firm Foundation Biblical Counseling it is our goal to get to the root cause of all issues and to apply appropriate scripture that bring healing and restoration.

 

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