Biblical counseling can be defined as “an interpersonal ministry of the Word in which born-again Christians speak biblical, redemptive, spiritual, seasoned, and applicable words into the lives of others, addressing sin and suffering in body and soul.”
Our church is in the exciting process of laying a foundation for a biblical counseling ministry. It is our prayer that our biblical counseling ministry will accomplish three goals drawn from Scripture.
We pray that our ministry will:
- Equip our members for effective “one-another” ministry within the church. We hope that every member will be “full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another” (Rom 15:14), so that together we may grow into Christ (Eph 4:15).
- Provide our church with internal systems of care and support for our members. Providing long-term and sustained care for someone going through challenges and trials is difficult. With our own internal counseling ministry, members can care for one another in effective and biblical ways with a natural and internal support systems of biblical counseling.
- Position our church to engage our community with the love of Christ. Many people today are looking for holistic care to address their struggles in life. Sadly, they do not recognize that physical and psychological aches often stem from a broken relationship with God, fractured because we have rebelled against the King of creation. Through an evangelistic counseling ministry, we hope to offer people in our community the waters of everlasting life found in the Gospel (Jn 7:37-38). While all the world's systems of personal care eventually fail in the face of death, biblical counseling prepares eternal people for resurrected life in the coming kingdom of God.
The biblical counseling ministry at Harbins Community Baptist Church draws upon resources available through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF), Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC), Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), and The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD).