The Need and Imperative of Self-Counsel

The Aquila Report | 1/20/2020 | Staff
In many ways, you can think of biblical counseling as a four-legged stool. One leg is theology—the dynamics of biblical change. Another leg is methodology—methods consistent with biblical theology that promote change. The third leg is the context of biblical counseling—the body of Christ in the local church. The fourth leg is the practitioner participating in conversational ministry—the consistent lifestyle of a believer in Jesus Christ.

People often ask what the differences are between biblical counseling and all other forms of counseling. The answer, of course, includes multiple aspects related to theology, philosophy, and practice. One aspect that many forget is the consistent lifestyle of the counselor. In biblical counseling, the role the counselor plays is integral to the overall model of true biblical counseling.

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In many ways, you can think of biblical counseling as a four-legged stool. One leg is theology—the dynamics of biblical change. Another leg is methodology—methods consistent with biblical theology that promote change. The third leg is the context of biblical counseling—the body of Christ in the local church. The fourth leg is the practitioner participating in conversational ministry—the consistent lifestyle of a believer in Jesus Christ.

Without the fourth leg—the consistent lifestyle of a believer in Jesus Christ—the model of biblical counseling falls. Consider how this makes biblical counseling so different than any other method of counseling. No one ever asks a psychologist or psychiatrist about his or her marriage. The faith and obedience of the counselor’s children are taboo. Church life does not matter...
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