Last week we noted that good theology is requisite to good psychology and that because we are created by God in His image, then it stands to reason that our lives are valued, fulfilled and blessed to the degree we reflect His image. So, what is the process by which we are conformed to His image? How is Christ truly seen in us?
First, one needs to become a Christian, to be redeemed by the blood of Christ and regenerated by His Holy Spirit. The process of becoming a Christian is known as salvation. The process of maturing in Christ is called sanctification. Biblical Counseling, simply stated, is Christian discipleship, assisting in the sanctifying process, that is problem-based. Biblical counseling is a Christian helping another in the practical integration of godly living skills as revealed in the principles and precepts of God’s Word.
Bible studies alone are not biblical counseling, neither is counseling without sound theology. Biblical Counseling falls within the discipline of practical theology.
Level 5 without levels 1-4 is not biblical counseling. You see, biblical counseling is not simply the integration of some secular psychological model sprinkled with Scripture verses. Biblical counseling begins and ends with Christ. He is the author and the finisher of our salvation. Hence, the more aware and informed the biblical counselor is of levels 1-4 the sharper more effective instrument they are in facilitating another’s sanctification.
Levels 1‑4 without level 5 is incomplete and ineffective. Theology was never given in a vacuum. The Church calling is not to simply dispense the Word, but to minister the Word. The biblical counselor is a specialist within the Church in applying the Word of God to life’s difficulties.