What is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical Counseling is the process where the Bible, God's Word, is related individually to a person or persons struggling under the weight of personal sin and/or the difficulties with suffering so that they might genuinely change in the inner person to be pleasing to God.
Three Key Beliefs
First, we believe that the Bible, given by God, is sufficient for life when correctly interpreted. It reveals to the believer all the data necessary to understand his need for Christ, how he can please the Lord, and how to live in a God-honoring way regardless of the circumstances, whether comfortable or oppressive.
Second, the Bible is also the authoritative source with which all truth claims—including claims made by science and history—must be evaluated. As a result, we reject all counseling theories that use presuppositions, principles, and/or methodologies inconsistent with the proper interpretation of the biblical text.
Third, we believe that genuine heart change depends on the Holy Spirit's ministry. Thus, our view of counseling practice includes the importance of prayer, dependence on God, a thorough knowledge of the Word of God, and an understanding of ministering to people.
For a more detailed explanation of biblical counseling, please see the confessional statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
The Confessional Statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition