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How can biblical counselors use Scripture according to God’s purposes in their ministry to others? While there are many places where God describes the uses of His Word (see Psalm 19:7-11 and Psalm 119), one passage stands out.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “all Scripture is breathed out by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” This passage says a great deal about the Bible’s source: it is from God. To encounter God in His Word is to hear Him speak. God speaks, and what He says is the most important thing for a person to know. His Word supplies all that we need to know Him rightly and to live a life pleasing to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Biblical counselors strive to look to the Word of God to help counselees embrace such truth so that their lives might, in turn, glorify Him.
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But this passage also details four specific ways the Bible is profitable, or useful, for our lives: “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” These four uses of Scripture give biblical counselors a clear roadmap for ministering God’s grace to others. They emphasize the importance of what we believe as the foundation for how we live, in turn showing us where our ministry focus should be in helping others. Together, these purposes of Scripture establish clear objectives for pursuing a life that pleases God.
First, Scripture is useful for teaching us what is true: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching.” The Bible teaches us comprehensive truths about God, people, sin and its effects, and the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Scripture speaks of God’s character, love, and grace, and of the enduring joy that comes from...
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Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.