Biblical Counseling is the process where the Bible, God’s Word, is related individually to a person or persons who are struggling under the weight of personal sin and/or the difficulties with suffering, so that he or she might genuinely change in the inner person to be pleasing to God. -From Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana
What Biblical Counseling Looks Like at Providence
We do not believe the local church should outsource shepherding. Intense trouble calls for intensive attention. We offer counseling free of charge because we believe this kind of disciple-making is obedience to Christ's Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe godly people with a knowledge of the Scriptures are competent to help others in need using the Bible. Our elders, along with others in the church, make themselves available to help those in need.
Three Key Beliefs
First, we believe that the Bible, given by God, is sufficient for life in that, when properly interpreted, it reveals to the believer all the data necessary for one to understand his need for Christ, how he can please the Lord, and how to live in a God-honoring way regardless of the circumstances whether comfortable or oppressive.
Second, the Bible is also the authoritative source with which all truth claims—including claims made by science and history—must be evaluated. As a result, we reject all counseling theories that use presuppositions, principles, and/or methodologies that are inconsistent with the proper interpretation of the biblical text.
Third, we believe that genuine heart change is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Thus, our view of counseling practice includes the importance of prayer, dependence on God, a thorough knowledge of the Word of God, and an understanding of ministering to people.