Category: Discipleship

When Your Counselee is Stuck, Part 2

This is definitely not an exhaustive list of mistakes we as counselors might make. It is also true that, despite our best efforts, biblical counseling may not produce change, and there can be many factors involved there. It is always a grief to me when a counselee decides to stop coming, or I have to dismiss her because she is not participating or is not motivated to change. But God forbid that the failure would be on my part.

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Why Your Counselee Needs the Church

Church membership is vital for a believer, and counselees must be encouraged to be active in a church. If they don’t have one, I ask them to attend my church during the course of our time together. This way, I know what they are being taught, and I can encourage them to get plugged in and start seeking a discipling partner. Biblical Counseling has its distinctive advantages for a season, but it can’t work as it should without the church.

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Important Thoughts on Growing and Changing

Discipline is an important aspect of growing and changing (sanctification), and we must be willing to submit ourselves to teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The counselee learns how to grow and change through the preaching of the Word, and through the discipline of consistently reading the Bible, studying the Scriptures, and committing them to memory (1 Corinthians 9:24-26). These are worthwhile investments of time, for they will reap a bountiful harvest of righteousness.

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The Cure for Doubt, Discouragement, and Disillusionment

If you have succumbed to doubt and are already experiencing full-blown discouragement, you may need help in the form of another person. The Bible says that iron sharpens iron, and that two are better than one. We all know that we can turn to God at any time and He will help, but sometimes we need “God in a bod.” A person who is indwelt by the Spirit of God can communicate truth to us in ways that our stubborn hearts may not have discerned by merely reading it.

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