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.
The Fellowship of Biblical Soul Care embraces a philosophy of biblical counseling that is based on the conviction that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man and the 66 books of the Bible represent God’s truth to man through the authority, supervision and direction of the Holy Spirit to the various human authors who composed and recorded God’s word to be delivered to man to provide the only source of true help and hope (1 Cor 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). In addition, the every word of the Bible is verbally inspired (2 Tim 3:16), and is absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and communicated by God, and is therefore the only infallible rule of faith, practice and true spiritual heart change (Matt 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Cor 2 Tim 3:15-17; Heb 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Word of God is the source of all truth. It possesses absolute authority over the claims, precepts, philosophies and theories proposed by science and history. Therefore the Word of God is preeminent in all matters of life and saving faith. As a result, FBSC rejects any and all counseling philosophies and theories that contradict the Scriptures. When Scripture is properly interpreted, it reveals all the knowledge necessary to understand our need for Christ, and how to live in a god-honoring way regardless of physical, relational, or economic circumstances.
A changed heart is the bright promise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God. The Scriptures speak of the gift of a new heart (Ezek 11:19; Psa 119:11; Prov 3:1; Luke 6:45; 12:34; Rom 10:10; 2 Cor 3:3; 9:7; Eph 1:18; 3:17; 6:6; Phil 4:7; Col 3:15; 1 Thes 3:13; 2 Thes 3:5; 1 Tim 1:5 Heb 8:10; 1 Pet 3:5), however this doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Therefore, when the hearts of men change through God’s grace (Rom 11:6; 1 Cor 15:10; Eph 2:4-9; Phil 1:6; 2 Pet 3:18) and truth (Psa 33:4; 100:5; 119:160; John 1:1, 14; 14:6; 17:17; Eph 1:13-14; 4:25; Jam 1:18; 1 John 3:18), man’s behavior will manifest progressive and permanent change. So when a believer struggles with habitual sin and is uncertain real change is possible (Rom 7:18-24; Rom 8), biblical counseling reveals the power of God’s transforming grace to bring about real and lasting change that pleases and glorifies God and brings great joy to the believer, come what may.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Biblical Counseling Discipleship Soul Care
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