To encourage, exhort, and equip…
“…that we may present every man mature in Christ.” — Col. 1:28
We believe that the Bible was designed for our practical instruction and is sufficient to equip and mature believers. Being the defining authority for doctrine and discipleship, the Bible, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit and the caring body of Christ, is sufficient for every spiritual, relational, or emotional problem.
Offering biblical counsel is one component of the church’s commission to make committed and competent disciples of Christ. Our goal in counseling is not to remove any and all difficulty from life, but to offer comfort, hope, and wise counsel in order to help people respond to trials in a way that glorifies Christ, and causes the believer to grow to better know, love, and obey Christ.
As with discipleship in general, the majority of counseling is done informally, on an ongoing basis, in the daily life of the body of Christ. But if you would like to meet for counsel for a specific circumstance, or if you are counseling someone and have any questions, please feel free to contact me at quietlifeministries [at] protonmail [dot] com.
If you are interested in learning more about what biblical counseling is, what it’s about and for, and why we’re committed to it, I would encourage you to consider these helpful resources:
David Powlison helpfully summarizes what biblical counseling is all about in this statement of affirmations and denials.
Here, Paul Tripp and Tim Lane succinctly lay out a biblical theology of change.
Introduction and Theology of Biblical Counseling
- A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry, by Heath Lambert
- Sufficiency: Historical Essays on the Sufficiency of Scripture, by Heath Lambert, Wayne Mack, Doug Bookman, and David Powlison
- Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically, by the Masters College faculty
- The Christian Counselor’s Manual, by Jay Adams
Topics and Case Studies
- Blame it on the Brain? Distinguishing Chemical Imbalance, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, by Ed Welch
- Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture, edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert
- Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness, by Ed Welch
- When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man, by Ed Welch
- Anger, Anxiety and Fear: A Biblical Perspective, by Stuart Scott
- Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, by Heath Lambert
- What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?, by Ed Welch
- Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety: Becoming a Woman of Faith and Confidence, by Elyze Fitzpatrick
- Intro to Biblical Counseling—classes by Nicolas Ellen
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