Authority and Application: A Pastoral Introduction to Biblical Counseling by Reagan Marsh, MATS, MDiv (eq.)
The Greater Heritage Ministry Helps series of booklets teach important and relevant biblical topics in practical ways to help ministry professionals and believers grow spiritually and walk closer with Christ.
In this Ministry Helps booklet Reagan Marsh provides an overview of biblical counseling for pastors and ministers that is rooted in the authority and application of God’s Word.
Whether at a coffee shop or in a counseling room, applying God’s word to people’s lives is an assignment for every faithful Christian, and especially for pastors and ministry leaders who are specifically responsible for the care of souls.
That’s where Authority and Application: A Pastoral Introduction to Biblical Counseling comes in.
This introductory guide to biblical counseling shows that ministers don’t have to go it alone. Instead, biblical counselors can trust in and rely on the sufficiency and authority of God and his Word to help them restore the emotionally bruised and hurt.
In fact, biblical counseling is theology at work for the soul’s good: biblically faithful, exegetically sound, expositionally plain, personally accountable, ecclesiastically rooted, and at every point practically and pointedly applied, with the goal that the Christian may be “mature and complete, lacking nothing” (Jas. 1:4).“Applying God’s word to people’s lives is an assignment for every faithful Christian”
It’s helping people find God’s answers to life’s problems in God’s Word, and counseling based on what God has said, not what man has seen.
Authority and Application encourages those in ministry to embrace the privilege of soul care by examining six main steps of counseling biblically, and by providing extensive additional resources for those wanting a deeper dive for further study.
1. A Different Authority
2. A Sufficient Authority
3. A Theological Authority
4. Biblical Counseling or Therapy?
5. Who, Me?
6. Six Steps of Biblical Counseling
Investigation: Gather Data
Interpretation: Grasp Problems
Involvement: Gain Traction
Inspire: Give Hope
Instruct: God’s Word
Implement: Give Homework
7. Additional Resources for Biblical Counselors
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