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But I’M Not a Counselor … (Part 3)

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Your friend comes to you for help. She says she is depressed and has no motivation and is very anxious. You know she has a commitment to Christ and she expresses a desire to follow Him. As you listen to the challenges she faces in her relationships with her family and some of the recent losses she has faced, you realize that she has much to be anxious about. What do you do? Read More »

But I’M Not a Counselor … (Part 2)

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In Part 1 (which can be viewed here) I expressed my belief that we are all counselors, whether we want to be or not. I also provided a challenge to purpose to learn and minister Scripture as God gives you opportunities to provide counsel. One of the biggest obstacles when we consider counseling is a sense of inadequacy.  “I don’t know what to say” or “How could I help somebody like that?” or “I have never experienced anything like that, I can’t imagine how to help” are statements and thoughts that might run through our minds. The great advantage to counseling with Scripture is that the focus is not on you. Whether you have had a similar experience or not or whether you have specialized training or expertise or have studied the issue is insignificant in comparison to the fact that you have been transformed by the Living Lord Jesus Christ and you have the treasure of His sufficient, superior, eternal Word. The indwelling Holy Spirit will guide you as you minister His incomparable Word. Read More »

But I’M Not a Counselor … (Part 1)

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When most of us hear the word counselor we think of someone who has an advanced degree and who sits in an office providing a mysterious concoction of listening and help. Most Christians do not perceive themselves to be counselors. If you are a pastor you likely have been taught that if someone comes to you for counseling you should defer to the professional and refer to the professional. If you are a layperson and someone seeks your counsel you are likely somewhat intimidated and hesitant to help due to a perceived lack of training or competence. Read More »