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What is Biblical Counselling

In Short, biblical counselling, as well as a biblical counsellour, is driven by a focus on the Triune God, which operates within a framework that consciously tests the insights of theology and the Human Sciences against the Scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:21). This person also submits themselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The counsellour will observe the realities and relationships of life and shines a biblical perspective on it to help find solutions.

Biblical counselling may be a new language concept, but its application thereof is not. The new Testament was written in Greek, from which the noun “nouthesia” (verb, noutheteo) is used. The word, used in the New Testament primarily by the apostle Paul, is translated as “admonish, correct or instruct.” This term, which probably best describes Biblical counselling, occurs in such passages as Romans 15:14:

 “Personally I am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge, and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another.” (Amplified)

Because this New Testament term is so much larger than the English word “counsel,” we only translated the biblical term into English. The three ideas found in the word “nouthesia” are confrontation, concern and change. Simply put, biblical counselling exists to lovingly confront people out of deep concern to help them make the changes that the Lord expects of us.

The temptation today, especially within the Christian community, is to act worldly and to make someone or something the primary focus of counselling other than the Triune God. The challenge, therefore, arises for a biblical counsellor to always commit themselves to scriptural truth, teaching and living, which will translate into the starting point of confrontation, other than with a worldly remedy. (2 Timothy 3:16-17):

“ All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of Godmay be complete, equipped for every good work.”

With the referring to concern, it should mean that that counselling is always done for the benefit of the counselee. His/her welfare is always in view in biblical counselling. The apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 4:1that there is always a warm, family note to biblical counselling which is done among the saints of God who seek to help one another become more like Christ. Counselling forms part of the sanctification process whereby one believer helps another to examine problems that hinder him/her from moving forward in his/her spiritual growth.

Biblical counsellors (contrary to ordinary (worldly) counsellors) understand that the client’s greatest challenge is to become more Christ-like. Biblical counselling is done by Christians who are convinced that only the Trinity can make the changes necessary. Christ is the only way to our redemption and salvation; And that only he can accomplish full healing in our body, soul and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23). We believe change should happen holistically: in people’s spirit (relationships with Jesus) as well as in their hearts (relationships with others). Colossians 3:10 explains:

“and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

Although Biblical counsellors do not diagnose or treat mental illnesses, the road to recovery is embraced with fellow believers. Spiritual resources are available to those who are moved by God’s will. Through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the believer, through the Holy Spirit, is able to face adversity, grow in grace and strength, and to live their lives in peace and joy. (John 1:12; John 3:16).

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