So… You Want to Give Better Counsel?

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.

You can order the booklets individually or in variety packs of 17, 27, or 43.  Here are some of the different titles available:

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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