Let’s begin by asking an obvious question: Is Jesus back? Not yet? In that case, the simple answer to the title question is YES! As long as we remain in this fallen world there will always be a need for biblical counseling. We are surrounded by suffering, pain, confusion, sadness and more. It’s a far cry from God’s original design for us. Therefore, we all need help! And that is why we need biblical counseling.
What exactly is biblical counseling? Jay E. Adams said that, “biblical counseling is a form of evangelical counseling based solely upon the Bible and focused on Christ.” Biblical counseling uses God’s word to help others navigate their situations, identify their needs and make the proper corrections to their lives.
We see in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and Hebrews 4:12 just how powerful God’s Word is. God’s Word is alive! It is fully sufficient to guide and direct our lives in every way, and through every circumstance of life. Not only is God’s Word alive and sufficient, but we have a High Priest, Jesus, who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb 4:15) and He is sufficient for all of our needs.
Biblical counseling is often described as discipleship that is focused on an issue or problem. Whether it is a sin issue, grief, anxiety, or a marital problem, the goal of biblical counseling should always be to bring us to the cross of Christ! It is because of Jesus that we are dead to sin and have new life, and all biblical counseling should point to those truths.
We all have needs, and since the body of Christ is made up of different people, we see differing needs within the body. We seek counsel because we need help. Maybe we are struggling with a difficult situation at home, or dealing with sinful addictions or temptations. Perhaps we have already sinned, and that sin is creating a stronghold in our lives. We often need help to overcome these struggles. How often have believers sought that help from the world instead of from Jesus and the Word of God?
Biblical counseling, on the other hand, is about Christ-centered, heart-level change – change that is rooted in the truths of God’s Word. We need a biblical perspective of our problems and struggles and we need biblical strategies to overcome them. Biblical counseling happens when a brother or sister in Christ offers godly wisdom or reproof or even rebuke, speaking the truth in love. Christians shouldn’t be ashamed or fearful to seek counsel from godly and mature Christians, and we shouldn’t shy away from offering that kind of help to others. It is the way God has designed things!
We are not called to do this life alone. We are called to love one another and bear with one another (Colossians 3:13); to speak the truth in love, to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16). We are called to build one another up in love and be built up by one another!
One of the best biblical counselors, second only to Jesus, is Paul. Paul’s letters are filled with counsel to Christians: answering spiritual questions, bringing peace to conflicts, giving instructions for how to live with one another well. Paul constantly points to the teachings of Jesus and reminds his readers of the gospel! This is biblical counseling at its finest.
From time to time we all need help. Biblical counseling points us to the one who brings real healing: Jesus Christ. He is able to meet all our needs. We have everything we need in Jesus and the Word to do this life well. So let us, arm in arm, take hold of His wisdom and apply it to our lives, so that we may endure and finish the race that is set before us, to the praise of His glory!