Biblical Counseling

  Biblical Counseling  
The Edgewood Bible Church pastors and Biblical Counseling team are available to those desiring counseling. But we do approach all counseling with certain presuppositions.

Since the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteous” (II Tim. 3:16); and since “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (II Peter 1:3); the pastors look to God’s Word for the solutions to all of life’s problems.

Counseling Presuppositions

  • God has given us everything we need in His Word to live life in a manner that pleases Him (II Peter 1:3,4). We must not integrate man's wisdom with biblical truth in order to solve our problems and live a victorious life. As a matter of fact, Scripture promises that when we degrade God's Word by placing it on a level with man's thinking, serious consequences occur (Proverbs 1:22-32; 14:12; 30:5,6; Isaiah 5:20,21; Romans 8:6-8; I Corinthians 3:19,20).
  • Biblical counseling is based upon the biblical teaching that we will each give an account of ourselves to God (Romans 14:12; II Corinthians 5:10) and that each one will bear the consequences for his own sin (Ezekiel 18:20; Colossians 3:25). Counselees are shown that they are responsible before God solely for their own behavior and that they are not responsible for changing anyone else's behavior.
  • In learning to assume responsibility for their own behavior, counselees need to understand the conflict between their old self and their new nature (Romans 6; II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16). Counselees must determine, by an act of their will, to lay aside their old way of life with its lusts and deception and to begin to act in a way which reflects the new nature God has given them (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:5-17). A counselee must develop godly thought patterns (II Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:8) if he is to have a renewed mind and be successful in living a life that corresponds to the new nature which is created by God in holiness of the truth (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23,24).
  • Any changes that a counselee makes must be made in order to please God and not to please himself, his parents, his spouse, or anyone else (II Corinthians 5:9,15; Colossians 1:10; I Thessalonians 2:4,6). This requires a commitment to obey God's Word and not to depend on or be ruled by feelings, regardless of how strong or persuasive they may be (Galatians 5:16-17).
Counseling Agreement Form

If you would like to pursue counseling, please review the Counseling Agreement Form and return it to the Church Office.

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