What is biblical counseling?

All counseling is concerned with helping people change. We are unhappy with how our lives are going so we want something different. The difference between psychological counseling and biblical counseling is:

  • What we think the cause of the problem is
  • The standard used for what to change into
  • The method of that change.

What is Biblical counseling? 

It is the process of shining God’s Word (the Bible) into the lives of people struggling with the difficulties of life. The Bible teaches that our thoughts, motives attitudes, words and actions flow from the desires of our hearts.

The heart is filled with all sorts of things. It is impossible for us to understand fully because of its complexity. The Bible teaches that the heart is sick. It is from our hearts that our problems have their root.

Jeremiah 17:9 says

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”.

Who can understand it? The answer is in Jeremiah 17:10

“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

The Lord knows everything there is to know about us. He sees the root of our problems. Since only God can see the depths of our hearts it should be God that we consult when things go wrong in our lives.

What is biblical counseling and how is it different from psychology? Before there was the field of psychology, all counseling was done by the church and was biblical counseling. In this busy world that seems to rush to get everywhere, there is a place for the Bible to help us focus and cope with the pace troubles of life.

In Romans 15:14 we read,

“I myself am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and competent to counsel one another.”

Paul encourages all believers to counsel one another, but an individual who has been trained in how the Bible can be used to lead us to deal with our troubles and problems can speed the process along.

What is biblical counseling and what are its core concepts? Biblical counseling embraces three core concepts: confrontation, concern and change.

  • Confrontation occurs when a person seeking counsel is confronted by the Bible and what it has to say about the way they are dealing with things. Counsel is limited to what is found in the Bible, believing that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and useful for teaching, for conviction, for correction and for disciplined training in righteousness in order to fit and fully equip the man from God for every good task.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • By concern we mean that counseling is always done with the best interests of the person in mind. We come alongside another Christian and encourage them to apply God’s truth and power to transform them from the inside out.
  • By change we mean that people are called to change into the standards set in the Bible. The objective is for the person to be more like Christ when counseling is done. Christ is the standard we use in the process of change.

If you are dealing with some difficulties in life that you haven’t been able to overcome alone and would like to finally have victory over it please contact us and request counseling by going to our request counseling page or call us at (603)662-4339

American Academy of Biblical Counselors