As Christian ministry helpers, you must be living by the truth and exemplify a Christ-centered life. Crabb (1977) developed a counseling model that teaches us how to develop individualized life maps that will guide people to spiritual growth, maturity, and a long-lived Christ-centered life. It is essential as Christian counselor’s we are able to bring people to understand that the elucidation to their problems God has the answer prearranged scripturally. Furthermore, enlighten the client that their inclusive security is in Christ Jesus that our negative life events have no precedence, as HE will accept us no matter the circumstances. Scripture offer direction to lay helpers “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).
All counselors need to use the methods that work. This is especially true of Christian counselors. If a Christian had made a chose to visit a Christian therapist, that therapist should use Christian tools to help their client. This article has offered great information into the world of therapy with the incorporated prayer and scripture. However, I believe that more research needs to be completed to prove that incorporating a Christian approach helps people.
The congregation becomes the example of the Gospel by faithfully responding to the call to be the incarnation of God 's story that calls for the world to come to know the truth of the Gospel. The implication of this is a responsibility placed on the Christian leader to live this out for the community and willingly guide the community and its unique individuals to fulfill their call in the mission of God. This all can be accomplished because the Gospel provides us confidence because it call us to participate in the will of God. Newbigin concludes with this, “He knows what he is doing, and we can trust him. Such experience is a summons to self-searching, to repentance, and to fresh commitment.
The authors make it clear that preaching the Word of God is at the core of the pastoral ministry. They suggest that the call to preach is a calling from God, which may result in the obedient one pastoring a church; but, will always result in that man preaching the Word of God. All that is needed is a commitment to the Word from the one whom God has chosen. “You make the commitment. God will make away.” (Bryant and Brunson 2007, 15) “The call is something that is an indescribable joy and an indefinable burden at the same time.” (Bryant and Brunson 2007, 32).
In our hermeneutics class textbook “Christ Centered Preaching, Redeeming the Expository Preaching” by Byran Chapell; states the one key element of a sermon is “Unity.” The sermon should hopefully communicate God’s truths and not just thoughts that would disconnect the audience. Also, it states when a sermon has unity, a preacher has the ability to focus on a depth of the subject. This is profound because no matter how you structure a sermon it has to bring home the heart of God. The one passage that betrays, what Expository preaching can do is John 1:1-4. “The beginning was the Word… He is God…Through Him all things are made…In Him is life!
Fellow preachers will hopefully be encouraged by this and want to devote their life to prayer, so that they will better their preaching. Bounds exemplifies through his work that preaching has no power without prayer. He also sets forth the idea that prayer is the life-giving force behind our work for God. In reading this book, it inspires one to pray more and be able to be more effective in their ministry. In the beginning of the book, Bounds expresses that we depend on God just as much as he depends on us.
The book is, however, not written only for academics or full time pastors, but is aimed for all Christians to understand. The book is practical; therefore, it is structured and worded in a way that it can be applied to the reader’s life. Through reading ‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’, believers can live a way of life that brings glory to God. The most important spiritual truth that I learnt is that law is not the opposite of grace, but grace is the fulfilment of the law (Smith 2012:10-11, 13-15). In many church circles, ‘law’ is viewed as archaic and constraining.
Dr. Larry Crabb’s book is very informative for Christians who are interested in counseling. Dr. Crabb presents many different thoughts of counseling in a secular view and a Christian view; in doing this he also shows his own thoughts and views. Dr. Crabb is very respectful when it comes to the other views, and come at them in a Biblical aspect and so that as Christians we can see how to appropriately counsel them in that setback. The Bible informs us how counseling should be handled as well, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”, one other scripture that is great for counseling is Proverbs 15:22 “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed”.
What Is Biblical Counseling? Biblical counseling is the sharing of information found in the Word of God with the goal of improving the life of another person. The Bible contains excellent material for counseling. Knowledge of scripture is essential for the person of God who wishes to help others achieve a better life. Biblical counseling is the application of the principles of relationships found in the Bible and is often given to other Christians experiencing difficult circumstance.
Thinking about a decision before you make it and weighing the pros and cons increases the chances of making a rewarding choice. I do believe, as a Christian using common sense is fundamentally spiritual discernment. Considering God instills a sense of direction within His people, it encourages direction on a path of righteousness and purity. Evident enough, my decision making process is influenced by evaluating my own capabilities to asses my purpose in each situation. Consulting with God and wise counselors to offer me wisdom to make Godly decisions follows this process.