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In this episode, we will consider the topic of Church Life in Counseling God’s Way.
How have you seen God’s love displayed in your church body in the past few weeks? Have you been wondering how biblical counseling impacts the life of members within the body of Christ?
On this week’s episode, Jeff Christianson concludes this mini-series discussing church life as the context of biblical counseling. Pastor Jeff reviews the core principles to biblical counseling and care within the body of Christ. It is easy for believers to assume that change depends upon their own strength and ability to apply biblical truths to their lives. Pastor Jeff points our attention away from ourselves and toward God, the true biblical counselor. God the counselor ministers to counselees through four means: the Word, prayer, the Holy Spirit, and church life. As the wonderful counselor, God uses his Word to discern and address the contents of our hearts. This work requires the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings God’s counsel from his Word to bear spiritual fruit in our lives. Also, God works through Christians who seek him through prayer. Finally, God has designed the church as the location where believers can fulfill God’s instructions and live out God’s command to love one another.
After reviewing the two previous episodes, Pastor Jeff reminds us from 1 John 4:7 that biblical counseling is a ministry defined by divine love. In biblical counseling, we draw upon God’s love to seek God’s best for others. It can be difficult to fulfill God’s commands to love one another within the body of Christ. When God commands Christians to love one another and biblical counselors seek to help others grow in discipleship, God also supplies the power for Christians to fulfill this ministry. God’s love for us must mark our ministries within the body of Christ.
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