A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Is “Counseling” Just Another Word for “Discipleship”? In it I addressed the reality that because we have the Holy Spirit and God’s Word, all Christians are counselors regardless of whether we make formal appointments with people or hold counseling office hours. The truth is that if you are a follower of Christ, you have everything you need to counsel people biblically.
Today, I want to suggest a simple practice that will enable you to wield the truth of God’s word with more precision in the counsel you give to others. The Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) has published a series of booklets (which they are continuously adding to) that give biblical counsel to a variety of specific issues people often struggle with. The booklets are about 20 to 35 pages long and CCEF currently has 75 of them in print. My suggestion for you is to read these booklets one at a time, marking them up and making note of the Scripture texts that are used. In doing this, you will begin to hone your skills as a counselor and more readily make connections from God’s Word to your heart and the hearts of those you are seeking to help.
- Anger: Escaping the Maze by David Powlison
- Bipolar Disorder: Help for Extreme Mood Swings by Edward T. Welch
- Depression: The Way Up When You are Down by Edward T. Welch
- Freedom from Resentment: Stopping Hurts from Turning Bitter by Robert D. Jones
- How Do I Stop Losing it With My Kids: Getting to the Heart of Your Discipline Problems by William P. Smith
- I’m Exhausted: What to Do When You’re Always Tired by David Powlison
- Pornography: Slaying the Dragon by David Powlison
- Renewing Marital Intimacy: Closing the Gap Between You and Your Spouse by David Powlison
- Single and Lonely: Finding the Intimacy You Desire by Jayne Clark
- Single Parents: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job by Robert D. Jones
- Suffering: Eternity Makes a Difference by Paul David Tripp