BIBLICAL COUNSELING

Ministering God’s Word faithfully to help people in need of change

Biblical Counseling helps people change through a 4-step process according to 2 Timothy 3:16 (Paul Tautges, Counseling One Another,  p. 109-114)

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”

Profitable: = We profit by counseling with the sufficient Word:  teaching us Biblical truth for living in difficult times:

ACBC- association of certified biblical counselors

What is Biblical Counseling?

From Dr. Heath Lambert

Step 1. Conviction from Teaching = Any educating and instructing activities that impart knowledge and skill from God. Pay attention to our theology:  “with purity in doctrine” (Tit 2:7)

Step 2. Conviction to Reproof = We allow teachers to use Scripture for criticism in our life, reveal sin and point to repentance (e.g. when Paul opposed Peter ‘to his face’ about the gospel Gal 2:11-14)

Step 3. Conviction to Correction  = correcting errors to get new and improved thinking (Rom. 12:2), replacing our mistakes with new  ‘standards’.

Step 4. Conviction from Training in Righteousness = forming proper habits in right living through Scriptural training and disciplines

Orthodoxy leads to Orthopraxy: Good Hermeneutics & Theology Leads to Biblical Practice 

“Focusing on [the top] and NOT [the bottom] is not Biblical Counseling.” (Dr. John Street)

For more information on how to receive Biblical counseling or to get trained please contact Pastor David Lupinetti: info.faithbibleaz@gmail.com.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Biblical Counseling?

Counseling used to be called ‘nouthetic’ counseling, because it derived from the New Testament term ‘noutheteo‘, which meant to place before the mind by ‘admonishment, warning, and exhorting’ believers (1 Thess. 5:12, 14; Col. 1:28).

Where should Biblical Counseling take place?

The local Church, a ministry of shepherding & discipleship (not autonomous or a para-Church ministry). A good sign that someone is not willing to listen or work on sin is isolation from the Church (Heb. 10:25-27).

When does Biblical Counseling occur?

Occurs Informally (Counseling One Another) and Formally (Counseling by Discipleship).

Does Biblical Counseling cost money?

We do not officially charge for counseling, however we do encourage gracious giving through the Church to help offset administrative costs.

Who receives and gives Biblical Counseling?

Biblical counseling is for Christians: The main person in Biblical Counseling is God the Holy Spirit who helps convict us and bring righteousness (John 16:7-9). Informally (Counseling One Another) – Of the 8 uses of Noutheteo in the NT, 4 are related to all members of the Church (Rom 15:14; Col 1:16; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Thess 3:14). All Christians will receive and give counsel at one point. All should be equipped to counsel based on the theological convictions expressed in the Bible. Formally (Counseling by Discipleship)– Of the 8 uses of Noutheteo in the NT, 4 are related to Pastoral ministry (Acts 20:31; 1 Cor 4:14; Col 1:28; 1 Thess 5:12). Those seeking formal counseling should seek to be counseled by certified Biblical counselors (e.g. Trained Men & Women) and/or as a form of Pastoral Care to provide structure, accountability, hermeneutics, and theological confidence. We are fully supportive in the training of  women through ACBC to provide 1:1 counseling by discipleship to women. 

Why seek Biblical Counseling?

For Christians to Grow in all things pertaining to life and Godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). Some specific ares of counseling we cover is pre-marital, marital, mood disorders, struggles in sanctification, sexual immorality, and many others.