What Type Of Counseling Is This?
The biblical counseling at Calvary Baptist Church is based on principles found in God’s Word. Bible-based counseling differs a great deal from other popular or secular counseling (“heavenly wisdom vs. human wisdom” James 3:13-18). Its paramount goal is to search God’s Word for the principles and methods He has already provided. Its premise is that God’s instruction is always needed immediately, consistently, and without contradiction in the counseling process. God’s Word is needed to guide individuals through their problems (and “blocks”) in a God-honoring manner and on to a healthy walk with the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17; Rom. 8:28-29; 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17- 5:20). Biblical counseling acknowledges that people may become confused, ill-adjusted, defeated, and hopeless relative to the issues of life. This may result from a crisis situation, the sin of others, lack of biblical understanding, their own personal sin, and/or, sometimes, an organic (medically proven) illness.
What is the Goal of Biblical Counseling?
Biblical counseling has as its primary goal to help a person or family become “God’s kind of person.” The goal in biblical counseling is not necessarily to make the person feel better or simply to remove the problem. This will hopefully take place, but the goal is bigger than that. 2 Cor. 5:9 says “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” The goal in biblical counseling is to come along side a person who is struggling and seek to apply the principles in God’s Word in such a way that the person responds in an obedient and godly manner to the problems they are facing.
What Are The Tools Used In The Process?
Biblical counseling utilizes: thorough data gathering (Prov. 18:13), health considerations (James 5:13-16), biblical instruction with application (2 Tim. 3:16-17), independent counselee Bible study and application (2 Tim. 2:15; I Pet. 2:1-3), accountability with and help from other believers in the church (Phil. 4:2-3; Heb. 10:24-25), prayer, and practical homework (Mt. 19:21; Mk. 5:19).
What Makes Biblical Counseling Effective?
Biblical counseling relies upon: the power of the principles that God has provided in His Word (Heb. 4:12; Psalm 19), the work of the Holy Spirit (Phil. 2:13), the faithfulness of God to answer prayer (Mt. 7:7-12; James 5:17-18), the mutual encouragement and exhortation of the Body of Christ (Heb. 10:24-25), and the disciplined effort of the counselee (I Tim. 4:7).
How Can An Appointment Be Made?
An appointment can be made by calling the church office at 812-273-2289.
Click the link below and complete these forms prior to your first appointment: