Keys to Biblical Counseling
Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care and Visitation Ministries
INTRODUCTIONI. ESTABLISH INVOLVEMENT
A. Biblical Examples
“Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of threeyears I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”
1 THESSALONIANS 2:7-8
— “But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well-pleasedto impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become verydear to us.”B. Definition
Building a relationship with the counselee where you put yourself in a position to help
“…So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.”The counselee needs to see the counselor as a trusted
or advisor.Recognize that the counselee may never have had such a relationship before.C. How Involvement Is Established1.
Be available (Acts 20:31; but keep balance of Gal. 6:2 and 6:5).2.
Take counselee seriously.4.
Express confidence in counselee’s ability to obey Scripture.5.
Receive counselee’s disagreements without being defensive.6.