The Fellowship of Biblical Soul Care (FBSC) is not offering a program; rather we desire to help local churches establish a lifelong process for transforming the spiritual hearts of believers based upon God’s empowering grace (2 Tim 2:1; cf. Eph 6:10). It is a loving and patient process that ideally takes place within the local church, through small groups or in various “one-on-one discipleship” relationships, as believers actively, intentionally, and prayerfully participate in the process of “putting off self” and” putting on Christ” (Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:18-20). In other words, soul care is committed to moving the individual’s spiritual heart from habitually focusing on self to habitually focusing on Christ, and encouraging the local church in “living out the one anothers.” The ultimate result of this biblical soul care process is God being glorified (Isa 43:7) and pleased (2 Cor 5:9), and is enjoyed by His children now and forever (Ps 37:4; Rom 9:22-23).
Someone once said, “We do what we do, think what we think, and say what we say, BECAUSE WE WANT WHAT WE WANT!” Matthew 6:21 serves as proof-text to this claim, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So what an individual truly loves and desires will be the treasure of his heart and will determine what he does, thinks, and says. In 1 Corinthians 15:10, the apostle Paul expresses the hope he found in the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that enabled him—the Pharisee of Pharisees and the great persecutor of Christ’s church—to not only experience salvation from his sins (past, present, and future), but to begin the lifelong process of “putting off” the various sinful idols of his heart and “putting on” the desires and will of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thus, the same grace that saved Paul, also sustained him, and enabled Paul to experience a continued spiritual growth and heart attitude change during the best of times and the worst of times.
It is God’s absolute sufficient grace that empowers a believer to continue on and thrive in his lifelong spiritual walk with the Lord through both the blessings and trials of real life. In his book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul David Trip, a pastor and soul care giver, reflects the heartbeat of grace empowered soul care with these words, “We point people to a God who not only sets the goal for their lives, but who enables [or empowers] them to do what they have never done before. His grace results in reconciliation, restoration, and peace. The impossibility of sinners becoming godly becomes possible through his amazing and empowering grace (emphasis added).” No matter what sinful addictions or habits lead a believer to disobey God’s word and will, it is God’s desire that his children experience the power of His saving, transforming, and empowering grace and truth.
Our commitment is to come alongside local churches to help create a culture of soul care. Churches should never settle for the status quo; or worse yet, like the false shepherds of ancient Judah, “(heal) the brokenness of (God’s) people superficially” (Jer 6:14). Biblical soul care utilizes every biblical resource for training in discipleship and counseling in order to help believers experience lasting heart transformation. It provides both a biblical curative and preventative for life-dominating and life-destroying sin—wisdom anchored on the Gibraltar of divine revelation, not the sand of human speculation.
Biblical soul care is the responsibility of every believer who has been thoroughly examined and proven. Its success is based on the fact that it is not a program—it is a lifelong process as God’s grace, Spirit, and Word continually transforms the hearts of His people. This will inevitably create a “culture of soul care” within the local church (Prov 27:17; Matt 7:21; 28:18-20; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 6:40; 14:33; John 13:34-35; 15:5-8; Phil 3:12-14; Col 3:26; 1 Thes 5:11; 2 Tim 2:2; Heb 3:13; 10:24-25; 1 Pet 3:5).
This is a loving and patient process that takes place within the local church, within small groups or “one-on-one discipleship” relationships, as God’s people actively, intentionally, and prayerfully participate in the process of “putting off self and putting on Christ” (Eph 4:22-24, Col 3:8-10).
A soul care coordinator will assist in administrating this ministry, while also teaching, training, and modeling for others how to be an effective soul care provider. It is their goal to establish an efficient team of soul care providers for the purpose of providing the local church with biblical discipleship and counseling for it’s people.
FBSC utilizes three levels to establish a soul care ministry in a local church:
Soul Care Level 1 takes place in the loving, gracious, and supportive care of a local church ministry and it’s leadership (2 Cor 7:3; Eph 5:25; Col 4:5-6). The reason soul care belongs in the local church is that the disciple/follower of Christ must be held accountable for his beliefs, attitudes, and actions—ultimately by their shepherds who are commanded to “keep watch over (their) souls, as those who will give an account” (Heb 13:17). In addition, the disciple will experience encouragement by their discipler, who truly believes their disciple can experience progressive and permanent spiritual heart transformation. Level 1 utilizes 26 lessons designed to equip the disciple in biblical theology and encourage weekly accountability.
Soul Care Level 2 offers weekly classroom training and instruction in the foundation of biblical counseling principles and practices, family relationships, and the Christian life. This covers topics such as the key principles of biblical counseling and what makes biblical counseling biblical; comparing other philosophies of counseling; examining the doctrine of spiritual change and growth; marriage and parenting; effective communication; examining the biblical view of depression, forgiveness, anger, fear, and worry; eating disorders; chemical imbalances, genetics, and hormones; freedom from life-dominating sin; pornography; handling problem people within the church; examining the superiority of Scripture to produce lasting change; building spiritual maturity in others; understanding and establishing biblical priorities; examining what the Bible has to say about idols of the heart; how to effectively work with a counselee’s physician when dealing with biological or organic issues; handling the past biblically; understanding ADHD biblically; examining the principles and methods of accurately interpreting the Scriptures; understanding finances biblically; how to counsel children and teens; dealing with relationships biblically; in addition to observing and discussing various counseling scenarios.
Soul Care Level 3 is a biblical studies institute offered to those individuals that have successfully completed Soul Care Level 1 and 2. This is a two-year program that provides a classroom setting for individuals to study a Systematic Theology of the Bible.
[For more detailed information pertaining to Soul Care Levels 1 thru 3, click on the “Seminars and Training” tab]
Every believer who is faithfully attending the local church will be provided the opportunity to grow spiritually and actively participate in the process of transforming their spiritual heart by means of the biblical soul care ministry.
Each soul care provider’s goal is to teach God’s Word to the disciple assigned to him or her, while also modeling these biblical truths in their own life.
The Three Goals of Biblical Soul Care…
1) A COMMITMENT TO teach, model, and encourage other believer’s towards greater spiritual heart attitude change as they participate in the process of no longer focusing on self but habitually focusing on Christ, measured by an obvious passion to glorify (Isa 43:7), please (2 Cor 5:9), and enjoy God forever (Ps 37:4; Rom 9:22-23).
2) A COMMITMENT TO biblically identify various sin issues and acts of disobedience that violate God’s standard resulting in divine chastening and forfeiture of blessing in a believer’s life.
3) A COMMITMENT TO teach, model, and encourage the local body of believers in living out the “one anothers” commanded in the Scriptures.
We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man and constitutes the only infallible, authoritative, and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
We believe that the Word of God is objective, propositional revelation, verbally inspired in every word, and is absolutely inerrant in the original documents.
We believe in a literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of all Scripture, which would affirm a distinction between Israel and the church and also affirm the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days, thereby refuting the theory of evolution.
We believe there is but one living and true God, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each equally deserving worship and obedience.
We believe in the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ, His incarnation and sacrificial death on the cross to redeem all who will believe on Him alone as Savior, His resurrection from the grave, His current role as sole mediator between God and man and His glorious second coming.
We believe that all men are sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration thus incurring upon themselves the penalty of spiritual and physical death—becoming subjects to the wrath of God—and have in themselves no power to save themselves apart from God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that salvation is wholly a supernatural work of divine grace accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, and is an instantaneous transformation of the inner man and declaration of righteousness to all who, as result of divine regeneration, place their faith in Christ, repent of their sins, and confess Him as sovereign Lord. The genuineness of one’s salvation is then validated by the manifestation of fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous character and conduct.
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the church, the bride of Christ, and that the purpose of the church is to glorify God by building itself up in the faith by the instruction of the Word, by keeping the ordinances, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world. The formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration who baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and that it is the duty of all believers to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit. At salvation, the Holy Spirit bestows all His gifts upon believers for the perfecting and empowering of the saints for service. (The miracle of speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, restrains from sin, comforts, and seals believers unto the day of redemption.
We believe that all the redeemed receive a “divine nature”; a “new self”; a “new mind”; a “new will”; a “new nature”; and become a “new creature” in Christ. Consequently, genuine salvation is transformation of the inner person and is therefore not defective or short-lived, but rather a faith which will endure forever, protected by the power of God.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come and remove His church from this earth before the seven-year tribulation; a time in which God will pour out His wrath upon an unbelieving world and fulfill the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy. At the end of the tribulation, Christ will physically return to the earth to occupy the throne of David and establish His glorious messianic kingdom for 1,000 years, thus fulfilling His unilateral, unconditional, and irreversible covenants made to Abraham and David and His chosen people Israel, who, because of their disobedience, have been temporarily displaced as the custodians of divine truth, a responsibility that has been temporarily transferred to the Gentile church. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved unto the resurrection of life and eternal glory and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.